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So they have a $20m plan to develop an area rapid transit (I think they should call it WART) that would run from I think downtown to out in Hewitt where the mfg. jobs are.  It will run down Franklin and supposedly sink up with the lights so it could be a 15min trip. 

I believe that was supposed to start this year but my details are a little fuzzy. I'll see if I can find a link.

They need to focus on mobility and urban density now to stay ahead of population growth.  Especially with 35 being under construction for the next few years.

Ok my details were off.

Here's what I found

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Meanwhile, Evilia said creating a bus rapid transit line remains a priority for local transportation leaders. AECOM Technical Services, under a contract with the city of Waco, conducted a $468,000 study that envisioned an east-west trunk line that followed Franklin Avenue. Four express buses would serve this backbone, while circulator buses would feed into it from up to 14 citywide stations. The system would eliminate the need to end and begin all routes at Waco Transit’s downtown hub.

The BRT was included in the 2040 transportation plan and was adopted as a goal last year by the MPO and Waco City Council.

“The consultant has finished the report, and it met all feasibility criteria. They came back with some really impressive numbers on reducing travel times on the system,” said Evilia. “The next phase, which Waco Transit has begun, involves the engineering and design phase, taking steps to get funding for the infrastructure and physical things needed to have such a system. This would be done with input from the Federal Transit Administration.”

 

That process could take another two years, Evilia said.

“Instead of taking an hour or longer to get across town, we might see 20-minute loops,” said Evilia. That time savings becomes critical, said Evilia, considering projections that job creation between now and 2045 will be heavily concentrated along West Loop 340, near Woodway and Hewitt, Texas Central Industrial Park, Providence Health Center, Hillcrest Scott & White Health Center Waco, Richland Mall and Central Texas Marketplace

Meanwhile, Evilia said creating a bus rapid transit line remains a priority for local transportation leaders. AECOM Technical Services, under a contract with the city of Waco, conducted a $468,000 study that envisioned an east-west trunk line that followed Franklin Avenue. Four express buses would serve this backbone, while circulator buses would feed into it from up to 14 citywide stations. The system would eliminate the need to end and begin all routes at Waco Transit’s downtown hub.

The BRT was included in the 2040 transportation plan and was adopted as a goal last year by the MPO and Waco City Council.

“The consultant has finished the report, and it met all feasibility criteria. They came back with some really impressive numbers on reducing travel times on the system,” said Evilia. “The next phase, which Waco Transit has begun, involves the engineering and design phase, taking steps to get funding for the infrastructure and physical things needed to have such a system. This would be done with input from the Federal Transit Administration.”

That process could take another two years, Evilia said.

“Instead of taking an hour or longer to get across town, we might see 20-minute loops,” said Evilia. That time savings becomes critical, said Evilia, considering projections that job creation between now and 2045 will be heavily concentrated along West Loop 340, near Woodway and Hewitt, Texas Central Industrial Park, Providence Health Center, Hillcrest Scott & White Health Center Waco, Richland Mall and Central Texas Marketplace.

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8 hours ago, Post Oak said:

It will run down Franklin and supposedly sink up with the lights so it could be a 15min trip.

Chip and Joanna talk not going away. 

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12 hours ago, ImissWallyPryor said:

Chip and Joanna talk not going away. 

Farmhouse sink up

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The wife and I were talking about which restaurants we were gonna support during the lockdown.  We decided on 

Dubl R.  - Honestly if you can use the bathroom there you are probably immune. But I need my Dubl-Dubl with tots

Revival- they are doing to go family meals with that will free 4 for $30 plus we are gonna get a couple of Tshirts.  It's not my favorite place to eat but I really like the woman who opened it and think we should support her courage.  Check out her Instagram for the meals.  Think you have to order it a day ahead

Moroso - the pizza is great but doesn't travel well to go because it steams on the box and gets floppy.  So we'll order meals. Plus he had wine for 25%off

Jesse's Tortilla Factory - time to stock up on tortillas, tamales, chips, and salsa

Lula Janes

Hecho En Waco

900 Degrees Pizza

Sergio's food truck. Best Bacon Potato Egg and Cheese breakfast tacos I've ever eaten. And I've eaten 1000s of breakfast tacos

 

Anybody doing similar

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16 hours ago, Post Oak said:

Moroso - the pizza is great but doesn't travel well to go because it steams on the box and gets floppy. 

Specific to this, unless it's a really short drive and I'll be eating immediately, I always open the box of a takeout pizza and let it cool as quickly as possible. Prevents the steamed floppy crust, and you can reheat in an oven or on a hot pan on the stove and it's nearly the same as hot and fresh.

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23 hours ago, Post Oak said:

The wife and I were talking about which restaurants we were gonna support during the lockdown.  We decided on 

Dubl R.  - Honestly if you can use the bathroom there you are probably immune. But I need my Dubl-Dubl with tots

Revival- they are doing to go family meals with that will free 4 for $30 plus we are gonna get a couple of Tshirts.  It's not my favorite place to eat but I really like the woman who opened it and think we should support her courage.  Check out her Instagram for the meals.  Think you have to order it a day ahead

Moroso - the pizza is great but doesn't travel well to go because it steams on the box and gets floppy.  So we'll order meals. Plus he had wine for 25%off

Jesse's Tortilla Factory - time to stock up on tortillas, tamales, chips, and salsa

Lula Janes

Hecho En Waco

900 Degrees Pizza

Sergio's food truck. Best Bacon Potato Egg and Cheese breakfast tacos I've ever eaten. And I've eaten 1000s of breakfast tacos

 

Anybody doing similar

We had Whizzbangs on Wed Night

A group of us had Barnett’s do a spread Monday with a whiskey bar/beer delivered.
 

Did a Sergio’s beef fajita burrito and picked up some Waco Ale Co.   

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Health Camp

Casa de Castillo

135 Prime

Jesse's

 

135 is gearing up to prepare a weekly meal for Meals on Wheels.

 

 

Probably try to pick up at Luigi's next week. 

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I don't know if any of you fellow hell dwellers listen to the local ESPN sports talk radio affiliate 1660, but they apparently went thru a major divorce in the last week or so. David Smoak, his son Craig and one of the other guys left to join an "internet radio" station. Whole deal seemed weird.

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21 hours ago, Post Oak said:

I heard about that but I don't listen to them much.

Their programming has been my background noise for years. I guess it was around 2010 or so when David Smoak came to town from East Texas and he did up the quality of the broadcasting a good bit. Just seems like a weird deal, to leave an ESPN affiliate to go to work for a Baylor-centric internet radio startup. I guess there may be more to the story. Baylor has used 1660 as their "flagship" station for most of my life. If the university is behind all of this then it would make some sense but outside of that I can't understand it. The AD at Baylor, Mack Rhoades, has been pretty progressive in his approach to utilizing the internet to further the school's branding efforts. They, with considerable derision from the olds, "broadcast" one of the OOC football games on Facebook. Maybe they're just ahead of the curve here but somehow I doubt it.

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4 hours ago, El Diablo said:

Their programming has been my background noise for years. I guess it was around 2010 or so when David Smoak came to town from East Texas and he did up the quality of the broadcasting a good bit. Just seems like a weird deal, to leave an ESPN affiliate to go to work for a Baylor-centric internet radio startup. I guess there may be more to the story. Baylor has used 1660 as their "flagship" station for most of my life. If the university is behind all of this then it would make some sense but outside of that I can't understand it. The AD at Baylor, Mack Rhoades, has been pretty progressive in his approach to utilizing the internet to further the school's branding efforts. They, with considerable derision from the olds, "broadcast" one of the OOC football games on Facebook. Maybe they're just ahead of the curve here but somehow I doubt it.

Man I hope they bring back Butch & Tom. More naner puddin' talk.

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2 hours ago, Kyle said:

Man I hope they bring back Butch & Tom. More naner puddin' talk.

Butch is still around I think, seems like he moved to one of the earlier hours and maybe paired with one of the other guys. They have a couple of smaller market stations they broadcast on and I think that's where they are.

Barfield is sitting in a custom kayak on the Brazos hoping to feed the beaver.

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2 minutes ago, El Diablo said:

Butch is still around I think, seems like he moved to one of the earlier hours and maybe paired with one of the other guys. They have a couple of smaller market stations they broadcast on and I think that's where they are.

Barfield is sitting in a custom kayak on the Brazos hoping to feed the beaver.

I feel like I should understand your Tom comment, but I honestly don't ... he selling boats?

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MILO...Corey’s a good dude and we’re doing what we can.

Revival

Martha’s on 19th...best Mexican in town

Moroso’s

and a few others as we think of them.

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34 minutes ago, Kyrie Eleison said:

MILO...Corey’s a good dude and we’re doing what we can.

Revival

Martha’s on 19th...best Mexican in town

Moroso’s

and a few others as we think of them.

We’ll probably do Moroso sometime this week.    Shit is gonna get ugly everywhere in a few weeks.  

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I just bought a gift card for Revival.  I don't wanna go out more than I have to and this seemed like the best option for us. 

 

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On 2/12/2020 at 3:57 PM, El Diablo said:

My cousin owns a home in a neighborhood where some Magnolians have a house. The neighbors are all pissed that their tax valuations went up, lol.

Read this as Mongolians at first. Considering we're talking fucking Waco, it makes sense either way but I think more so with Mongolians.

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3 hours ago, Chopper said:

Read this as Mongolians at first. Considering we're talking fucking Waco, it makes sense either way but I think more so with Mongolians.

Please don't put any ideas into Joanna Gaines' head or we'll all be living next door to a yurt in the near future.

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4 hours ago, El Diablo said:

Please don't put any ideas into Joanna Gaines' head or we'll all be living next door to a yurt in the near future.

This shit lasts much longer and a lot of people will be living in yurts

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Oh it's going to. They are supposed to launch their own network this fall.  It's gonna get a lot worse

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Anyone heard if Taste is closed right now? They don't say anything about it on their site/facebook, but when I called nobody answered either.

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On 3/29/2020 at 12:50 PM, Kyle said:

I feel like I should understand your Tom comment, but I honestly don't ... he selling boats?

He was at B&B for a long time after leaving radio. Seemed like a good fit there.

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18 minutes ago, SimonBolivar said:

Anyone heard if Taste is closed right now? They don't say anything about it on their site/facebook, but when I called nobody answered either.

I haven't heard.  I hope not.  Wife and I have been to Kissing Tree's storefront in BE.  It's a really cool old building right of I35. The woman who owns could not have been nicer.  Although I didn't care much for their wine.

I really enjoyed Taste and was planning on taking my wife back for her Bday in March but that wasn't able to happen.

If you find out if they are let me know and I'll buy a gift card

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22 minutes ago, Post Oak said:

I haven't heard.  I hope not.  Wife and I have been to Kissing Tree's storefront in BE.  It's a really cool old building right of I35. The woman who owns could not have been nicer.  Although I didn't care much for their wine.

I really enjoyed Taste and was planning on taking my wife back for her Bday in March but that wasn't able to happen.

If you find out if they are let me know and I'll buy a gift card

I've been 3 times and I really like it. I'll keep you updated if I find anything out. Unless @Trey3216 knows from his connections in the industry.

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18 minutes ago, SimonBolivar said:

I've been 3 times and I really like it. I'll keep you updated if I find anything out. Unless @Trey3216 knows from his connections in the industry.

I haven’t heard anything as of now.  I imagine they’re not doing the to go ordering because it may not have been marketable at their PP.   

 

I didn’t like all their wines, but a few of them were solid enough to go enjoy.  Their tasting room is really cool.  It’s an old bank building that still has a lot of original wood and what have you.  I’ll see what I can dig up 

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1 hour ago, Trey3216 said:

I haven’t heard anything as of now.  I imagine they’re not doing the to-go order because it may not have been marketable at their PP.   

 

I didn’t like all their wines, but a few of them were solid enough to go enjoy.  Their tasting room is really cool.  It’s an old bank building that still has a lot of original wood and what have you.  I’ll see what I can dig up 

I love those old buildings and it was just a creaky and charming as I could've hoped.

I had a Montepulciano at Taste that was really good the first time we went but I don't believe it was one of theirs.

The 2nd time the wine was forgettable but the food was still really good.

I hope they're able to survive.

From my limited interactions with them they seem like wonderful people who chased their dream.

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18 minutes ago, Post Oak said:

I love those old buildings and it was just a creaky and charming as I could've hoped.

I had a Montepulciano at Taste that was really good the first time we went but I don't believe it was one of theirs.

The 2nd time the wine was forgettable but the food was still really good.

I hope they're able to survive.

From my limited interactions with them they seem like wonderful people who chased their dream.

That’s more the thing.  The wine isn’t great, but it works.  The scenery and the food (at Taste, and at their Friday night meals at the place in Moody) was good and absolutely helped the wine work.  Great folks 

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13 hours ago, SimonBolivar said:

Anyone heard if Taste is closed right now? They don't say anything about it on their site/facebook, but when I called nobody answered either.

Pretty sure they are closed.

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News from the Trib and Mike Copeland -

Waco is getting a new grocery store, and H-E-B is not involved.

It will carry the name East Market and Goods, and will go into the Shoppes at 6 Eighty Four Crossing, which represents a new use for the former Club Alazan nightclub space that haunted that address, and law enforcement, for years.

The grocery store will take 6,600 square feet and will double as a farm-to-table establishment, said Gregg Glime, the local Coldwell Banker-affiliated real estate agent marketing the space.

 

“They will sell fresh vegetables, and provide a farmer’s market set-up on weekends. They will have a big patio where you can enjoy a sandwich or a freshly prepared meal, kind of like Whole Foods,” Glime said.

The grocery store should open in three or four months.

“It’s in the permitting phase with the city now,” Glime said.

At that same locale, Nightlight Donuts will have a drive-thru location. A nail salon, skin-care emporium and Pilates studio also are in the works.

That bar when it first opened in the early 80's was run by the same crew that had managed Mickey's back in '79-'80. I'd worked at Mickey's as a barback before I went into the Navy  and their new gig was the first place I worked when I got out of the Navy in '84. "Mr. B's" it was called originally. It was owned by a local named Behringer and one of my aunts was from that family and was terribly embarrassed that her family name was semi-associated with such an establishment. 

/oldmanramblesonwithnscsb

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I saw that and was hoping it would be in the middle of one of our food deserts and maybe it is.  I'm still waiting to hear about the mexican grocery store opening on 18th.  Theyve been talking about that for nearly two years  

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On 5/3/2020 at 11:09 AM, El Diablo said:

News from the Trib and Mike Copeland -

 

That building was originally a jewelry store or it sold jewelry among other items.  I worked as a bar back at Mr. B's for brief time in the mid 80s myself.  Couldn't remember a soul that I worked with though.

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49 minutes ago, BonzoMontreaux said:

That building was originally a jewelry store or it sold jewelry among other items.  I worked as a bar back at Mr. B's for brief time in the mid 80s myself.  Couldn't remember a soul that I worked with though.

It was built when I was in the Navy I think but there was a pawn shop on one end maybe? Pretty sure Behringer owned that too.

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1 hour ago, El Diablo said:

It was built when I was in the Navy I think but there was a pawn shop on one end maybe? Pretty sure Behringer owned that too.

That's the way I remember it.

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18 hours ago, El Diablo said:

It was built when I was in the Navy I think but there was a pawn shop on one end maybe? Pretty sure Behringer owned that too.

I do recall the pawn shop now that you mention it.

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On 5/3/2020 at 11:09 AM, El Diablo said:

News from the Trib and Mike Copeland -

 

That sounds fantastic, also I've seen signage up for a new Italian restaurant at that location. Does anyone know more about it? @Trey3216 any of your industry contacts been talking about it?

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2 hours ago, SimonBolivar said:

That sounds fantastic, also I've seen signage up for a new Italian restaurant at that location. Does anyone know more about it? @Trey3216 any of your industry contacts been talking about it?

As far as I know, Dan Moroso is really good friends with the guy and gave him some high praise, so that would be encouraging to me.  

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@Post Oak @SimonBolivar @El Diablo @Kyrie Eleison

 

About to drop off 15 gallons worth of picked Loquat fruits from my tree at my house to Waco Ale.  They're gonna brew a hazy IPA with it, which will be ready a little down the road.  Gonna be wicked.  We'll have to stop in and try it, since I'll get a nudge nudge deal on it.  

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10 minutes ago, Trey3216 said:

@Post Oak @SimonBolivar @El Diablo @Kyrie Eleison

 

About to drop off 15 gallons worth of picked Loquat fruits from my tree at my house to Waco Ale.  They're gonna brew a hazy IPA with it, which will be ready a little down the road.  Gonna be wicked.  We'll have to stop in and try it, since I'll get a nudge nudge deal on it.  

Say when. I'm up for a frequent meetup

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[mention=379]Post Oak[/mention] [mention=184]SimonBolivar[/mention] [mention=439]El Diablo[/mention] [mention=671]Kyrie Eleison[/mention]
 
About to drop off 15 gallons worth of picked Loquat fruits from my tree at my house to Waco Ale.  They're gonna brew a hazy IPA with it, which will be ready a little down the road.  Gonna be wicked.  We'll have to stop in and try it, since I'll get a nudge nudge deal on it.  

I’m down for that.

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6 hours ago, Liteitup said:

I drink IPA's...just saying.

Live in Waco?

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