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Old 07-09-2012, 08:42 AM
 
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Richardson has more retail space than the population can support, I think. This is nothing new though.
No of course not. Half those places were dead the moment they were built. BTW, Fairview, I'm looking at you. You follow the same model, 10 years down the line you get the same result.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:50 AM
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Location: Richardson, TX
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Which is why I would never have bought a house backing up to a shopping center. I hope Alamo attracts some other interesting tenants to Richardson Heights shopping center.
Agreed on both points.

Personally I'd love to see Taj Mahal Imports bite the dust. That place is dirty, filthy, and disgusting.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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I think some of the older strip malls/commercial in Richardson and Plano meet my definition of 'hood' more than the actual neighborhoods do. An example would be where Harbor Freight is in Richardson near an Applebees - it's a giant nasty parking lot that could use a repaving and has less vegitation than the Sahara Desert, and probably has 3 or 4 legitimate stores out of 30 storefronts and half the stores open are those "we buy gold" stores. But the neighborhoods and houses around it are all great. I'm still surprised that those cities allowed such awful strip malls to be built. City planners must have been on drugs in the '70s and '80s. "Great job building all those beautiful houses. Now let's throw in a strip mall that looks like a Soviet gulag, because that's where people want to eat and shop."

to paraphrase Dave Chapelle: "gold store, title store, gold store, fast food, title store" - are you taking me to an older North Dallas strip mall?

The northern suburbs continued the 'grid model' of 'buffer zoning' which started in North Dallas e.g. you have a major intersection with strip malls on all four corners - maybe gas stations on the actual corner - then behind that you will have apartments then maybe some duplexes, then single family.

Sometimes the retail holds up (Preston/Royal) and sometimes it doesn't (Coit/Spring Valley) - although I think most of the single-family homes have held up fairly well (with some exceptions to the south) around the latter. The apartments have not fared so well.

I had to go up Josey to a play-off game at Carrollton Creekview High last fall and it was very interesting to see how the corners were in transition from the oldest to the newest as I went north (Valwood, Belt Line, Keller Springs, Frankford etc)...to me this is just a consequence of sprawl. In this case I could also see that some of the single family homes were suffering the same consequences.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:48 AM
 
Location: 75025 (previously 75254, 90505, 90010, and 60614)
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The northern suburbs continued the 'grid model' of 'buffer zoning' which started in North Dallas e.g. you have a major intersection with strip malls on all four corners - maybe gas stations on the actual corner - then behind that you will have apartments then maybe some duplexes, then single family.

Sometimes the retail holds up (Preston/Royal) and sometimes it doesn't (Coit/Spring Valley) - although I think most of the single-family homes have held up fairly well (with some exceptions to the south) around the latter. The apartments have not fared so well.

I had to go up Josey to a play-off game at Carrollton Creekview High last fall and it was very interesting to see how the corners were in transition from the oldest to the newest as I went north (Valwood, Belt Line, Keller Springs, Frankford etc)...to me this is just a consequence of sprawl. In this case I could also see that some of the single family homes were suffering the same consequences.
Actually Coit/Spring Valley has held up nicely, just not in the way it was probably intended. Its almost entirely Mexican/Central American businesses.
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:38 PM
 
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My husband and I have lived in Richardson for 18 years. It's not "hood" at all. In fact, in the 80's-90's, Richardson was considered very uppity and snobby. We live in the Fairways of Sherrill Park. We have a very close-knit community with a very active HOA. There is a little petty crime, i.e.- burglary of vehicles from time to time, but where do the crooks always go? To THE NICE AREAS. Your friend is nuts. We own three houses in Richardson and we've NEVER had any problems what-so-ever.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: McKinney
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In fact, in the 80's-90's, Richardson was considered very uppity and snobby.
LOL By who?

Sorry, Plano and Highland Park have had a lock on uppity and snobby for 30 years now, not Richardson.
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:17 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Default Where Richardson, Plano and Garland Meet

Jupiter and Campbell Road area. Moved there from Potomac, Maryland. 1990-2005. Loved every minute of it. Felt like a real Texan. Changed me for the better forever. 3 ISD's, Garland, Plano, Richardson. Did all my culture around Hillcrest. Could get everywhere from Creekbend Estates where I lived. Just remember it's Dallas County that's important. Get familiar with the Dallas County infrastructure.

Now I'm back since 2005 to Montgomery County, Maryland near my hometown Capitol Hill, USA.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Irving, Texas
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I told a friend who lived there for a couple of years and her reply was "Whaaat? Why?? Richardson is not the place to raise a child, its 'too hood' ".
LOL. You want 'hood', go down to Oak Cliff. I don't even go there in the daytime.
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Sigh. Here come the Oak Cliff haters on a Richardson thread. They never rest. Just as well. It's starting to get too crowded now anyway.

Parking Battle Looms In Bishop Arts District CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Parking concerns grow with Oak Cliff
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Irving, Texas
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Sigh. Here come the Oak Cliff haters on a Richardson thread. They never rest. Just as well. It's starting to get too crowded now anyway.

Parking Battle Looms In Bishop Arts District CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Parking concerns grow with Oak Cliff
Not 'hating', just stating.
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