Author Archives: Bob Voelker

About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i

DFW Area Urbanism #CNU23 https://twitter.com/cnu23dfw

DFW has some great urban projects — from Dallas & Fort Worth to McKinney, Grapevine, Carrollton, Southlake, Plano, Garland, North Richland Hills, Fort Worth Southside, Burleson, Denton ….. the list is endless.  Links to some of these urbanism projects: Legacy … Continue reading

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More Audacious Plans for Downtown Dallas

Mayor Rawlings has a 10 point Grow South initiative, that includes a private investment fund for Southern Dallas. What if we went further, and helped out Downtown and the Southern sector, forcing the business community to think south of I-30, … Continue reading

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The Inter-Connectedness of All Things in Dallas – Race, Place, Urbanism, Highways & Affordable Housing

Our quality of life, both individually and collectively, is intricately the result of where we live. We understand this individually when we spend time stuck in traffic, or are forced to drive for daily chores – grocery store, bank, drug … Continue reading

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The Latent Potential of #DowntownDallas

Amazing difference what narrower two way streets, better sidewalks, parallel parked cars, can make.  Elm & Commerce treat streets as “roads” (platforms to move cars) — whereas Main Street is a “street” — a place you want to be, not … Continue reading

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Developer – Meet the Urbanist – One of the Goals of CNU23 in DFW

Ever marvel at the contradictions in your life, and why they appear so dissonant? I spent last week at Urban Land Institute’s Spring meeting in Vancouver, one of the gleaming cities in North America, ranking among the top 2 or … Continue reading

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Urbanism, I-345 Teardown and Affordable Housing in Dallas – Beyond Race/Place Rhetoric to a Metroplex Revolution

Let’s get this out of the way so you can categorize me: I grew up in suburban Kansas City (Overland Park), had 6 minorities in my high school (graduating class of 670), and went to SMU undergrad and law school.  … Continue reading

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Inactive New Street Frontage in West End Dallas

No real need to comment on the poor design – lack of ability to “address the street” of this new hotel in Downtown Dallas. Hard to believe that we would permit this type of development. At Griffin & Pacific

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If the Aussies can do it, why not Dallas? Let’s be audacious in planning for #DowntownDallas

Saw an infographic earlier today that said Melbourne Australia grew its city population from less than 800 in 1993 to over 100,000 today.  Would love to know (time for some Google research) how they accomplished this incredible growth in city … Continue reading

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A Tale of 3 Streets (in #DowntownDallas)

Remember the magazine games as kids – “circle what’s different about these two pictures?”  For my urbanist friends, below are 6 pictures of Downtown Dallas street scenes (Main, Commerce and Elm — looking East & West from Akard) that tell … Continue reading

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Banner Week for #DowntownDallas #urbanism News

Dallas Design District to get at least 4 new restaurants by 2015 Atlanta developer is buying Victory tract in Dallas for new residential high-rise Why a Dallas developer wants to bring lofts, retail to Downtown Dallas Large downtown Dallas site … Continue reading

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