Friday, March 13, 2020

Happy, Happy, Happy in Plano!!  Plano has ranked second on WalletHub's list of America's happiest cities in 2020.

The Collin County city ranked fifth in lowest separation and divorce rate, sixth in emotional and physical well-being, ninth in income and employment, and 16th in community and environment.

Austin ranked 22nd overall, the only other Texas city in the top 25. The Texas capital ranked fifth in highest income growth, sixth in income and employment, 12th in emotional and physical well-being, and 118th in community and environment. 

Laredo had the lowest suicide rate nationally.

Fremont, Calif., took the top spot in the overall rankings. The rest of the top five were San Jose, Calf.; Irvine, Calf.; and Madison, Wis.

Last year, Plano was first on WalletHub's list. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Allen City Council Greenlights an 80-acre Development!

Dallas Morning News Editor, Steve Brown writes that the city council has approved The Avenue, an 80-acre mixed-use development at the southwest corner of SH 121 and Alma Rd.

The development, previously known as Allen Sports Village, will include: 
  • one million sf of office space,
  • 65 single-family homes,​
  • 1,600 urban residential units,
  • three hotels, and 
  • 275,000 sf of retail and restaurant space.

File:Flag of Allen, Texas.png - Wikimedia CommonsMany of the shops and dining venues will be built in old shipping containers. A food hall and a central outdoor plaza with water features will be included.

Developer Thakkar originally proposed building a $500 million sports complex with a cricket stadium, but the deal was canceled after neighborhood opposition and the departure of a key player.