Improve the Experience with Your Neighbors

Improve the Experience with Your Neighbors

When living in the apartment building it is quite possible that there are neighbors living close to you. They can’t just share your walls but they can even share your floor and ceiling as well. They can be of great help, for example, by checking the mail when you are away and possibilities are that they can become friends with you as well. However, when you face difficulties with your neighbors in frisco apartments, your experience with them can become quite unpleasant. Continue reading →

Three Texas cities rank among America’s best cities to live in, study says

Three Texas cities rank among America’s best cities to live in, study says

Of the top 50 best cities to live in, three Texas cities top the list.

Of the most livable cities in America, Flower Mound ranked at No. 13, Frisco at No. 16, and Atascocita at No. 21, according to financial news site 24/7 Wall Street.

Low crime, a healthy economy and affordability are among the universally desirable attributes considered to define the “most liveable” cities, but 24/7 Wall Street devised the rankings based on an index of over three dozen socioeconomic measures.

From 24/7 Wall Street:

13. Flower Mound, Texas

• Population: 73,289

• Median home value: $344,300 (top 25%)

• Poverty rate: 4.7% (bottom 10%)

• Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree: 61.3% (top 10%)

The typical household in Flower Mound, Texas earns about $131,500 annually, the sixth most of any city. After adjusting for the area’s low cost of living, the median income in Flower Mound is the highest of any U.S. city. Just as a large share of area residents are wealthy, very few face serious financial hardship. Fewer than 5% of the city’s population lives in poverty — less than a third of the statewide poverty rate.

Largely financially secure, Flower Mound residents are also generally safe from the threat of violent crime. There were fewer than 50 violent crimes for every 100,000 Flower Mound residents in 2016. In comparison, there were 434 violent crimes per 100,000 people in Texas and 386 per 100,000 people in the United States.

16. Frisco, Texas

• Population: 163,631

• Median home value: $369,900 (top 25%)

• Poverty rate: 4.3% (bottom 10%)

• Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree: 65.9% (top 10%)

Frisco is a fast-growing suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area and one of the best places to live in the country. Over the past 10 years, Frisco’s population has increased by 73%, the third fastest growth of any city. Frisco is also one of the wealthiest cities in the country and has one of the lowest costs of living. The typical household in Frisco earns $124,829 a year, more than twice the national median household income of $57,617. Adjusted for the area’s low cost of living — goods and services cost 6 cents less on the dollar in Collin County than they do nationwide — Frisco households earn more than any U.S. city other than neighboring Flower Mound.

A third Texas city cracked the top 50 as well: The Houston suburb of Atascocita:

21. Atascocita, Texas

• Population: 72,763

• Median home value: $182,000

• Poverty rate: 4.2% (bottom 10%)

• Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree: 39.6% (top 25%)

At only 4.2%, the poverty rate in Atascocita, Texas is one of the lowest of any U.S. city. Adults with a college education are less likely than those with lower educational attainment to live in poverty, and 39.6% of adult city residents have a four-year college degree, a far greater share than the 31.3% of American adults.

Well-educated and financially secure, Atascocita’s population also lives in an affordable city. The typical area home costs only 1.9 times the median household income in the area. Nationwide, the median home value is 3.6 times the median household income.

24/7 Wall Street’s most livable cities span the country — from the Deep South to New England and from the Mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest.

Carmel, Indiana earned the top spot with a population that is “healthy, wealthy, and well educated,” as well as a low cost of living.

The full list of 50 can be seen below. To see 24/7 Wall Street’s summaries for each city, go here.

50. New Rochelle, New York
49. Layton, Utah
48. Appleton, Wisconsin
47. Orem, Utah
46. South Jordan, Utah
45. Springdale, Arkansas
44. Nashua, New Hampshire
43. Bend, Oregon
42. Kirkland, Washington
41. Franklin, Tennessee
40. Clifton, New Jersey
39. Palm Coast, Florida
38. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
37. Beaverton, Oregon
36. Waukesha, Wisconsin
35. Edmond, Oklahoma
34. Danbury, Connecticut
33. Lawrence, Kansas
32. Enterprise, Nevada
31. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
30. Weston, Florida
29. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
28. Eagan, Minnesota
27. Metairie, Louisiana
26. Charlotte, North Carolina
25. Meridian, Idaho
24. Maple Grove, Minnesota
23. Olathe, Kansas
22. The Villages, Florida
21. Atascocita, Texas
20. Woodbury, Minnesota
19. Lee’s Summit, Missouri
18. Waldorf, Maryland
17. Hoover, Alabama
16. Frisco, Texas
15. Arlington, Virginia
14. Rochester Hills, Michigan
13. Flower Mound, Texas
12. Gilbert, Arizona
11. Mission Viejo, California
10. Raleigh, North Carolina
9. Columbia, Maryland
8. O’Fallon, Missouri
7. Naperville, Illinois
6. Dale City, Virginia
5. Highlands Ranch, Colorado
4. Johns Creek, Georgia
3. Arvada, Colorado
2. Centennial, Colorado
1. Carmel, Indiana

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Del Frisco’s launches new menus, ‘smarter’ marketing to stem slide

Del Frisco’s launches new menus, ‘smarter’ marketing to stem slide

As Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Inc. heads into the profitable holiday season, the company’s three steakhouse brands are launching new menus and market campaigns, company executives said Friday.

The fourth quarter, with the winter holidays, historically produces 40 percent of earnings for the Southlake, Texas-based steakhouse operator, which includes the Del Frisco’s Double Eagle, Del Frisco’s Grille and Sullivan’s Steakhouse brands.

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After Frisco Reedy’s big win last week, the next challenge awaits

/Left photo: Ashley Landis/DMN. Right photo: Steve Hamm/Special contributor

Last week, Frisco Reedy won its battle of unbeatens against Frisco Wakeland. That 35-28 victory impressed the voters in the SportsDay’s area 5A rankings, who moved Reedy from unranked all the way up to No. 9.

Now Reedy, which showed last week that its development is far ahead of the typical second-year varsity program, must make sure it doesn’t get too impressed with itself. Because if the Lions (5-0, 2-0 in District 13-5A) have an emotional letdown Friday, Frisco Heritage is the kind of team that can pull an upset.

Heritage (2-3, 1-1) has played a tough early-season schedule that included Frisco Lone Star (4-1), Grapevine (4-1) and Colleyville Heritage (4-1). The Coyotes can put up a lot of points, and Amare Jones is a potent dual-threat quarterback who has thrown for eight touchdowns and averages 160 yards rushing per game.

Heritage needs a win to move toward the top of the playoff pack in the district, and it also has the motivation of last year. Reedy’s only district victory of 2016 came against Heritage, 38-17.

The Reedy-Heritage game features a great QB matchup with Jones and Reedy’s Josh Foskey, who is having a memorable season. Foskey has completed 91 of 149 passes for 1,272 yards and 15 touchdowns — and he still hasn’t thrown an interception.

Reedy’s defense also made some key plays in the second half against Wakeland, leading to this:

Congrats to @RHSFrisco’s @DominicMccorry for winning @SportsDayHS defensive player of the week! 💻🏈: https://t.co/ON21X9DgUz pic.twitter.com/Xo0fuWk02o

— SportsDayHS (@SportsDayHS) October 10, 2017

Another key 13-5A game this week pits Centennial (2-3, 2-0) against Wakeland (4-1, 1-1). Wakeland wants to get rolling again, while Centennial would like to get another district win before it plays Reedy and Lone Star the next two weeks.

This week’s Frisco ISD games:

Frisco (0-5, 0-2) vs. Independence (3-2, 0-2) 7 p.m. Thu., Ford Center at The Star Heritage (2-3, 1-1) vs. Reedy (5-0, 2-0) 7 p.m. Fri., Frisco ISD Memorial Stadium Liberty (1-4, 0-2) vs. Lone Star (4-1, 2-0) 7 p.m. Fri., Ford Center at The Star Wakeland (4-1, 1-1) vs. Centennial (2-3, 2-0) 7 p.m. Fri., Toyota Stadium

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Frisco Named The Fastest Growing City In The United States! Four Texas Cities Make Top Ten!

Frisco Named The Fastest Growing City In The United States! Four Texas Cities Make Top Ten!

Earlier this year, Frisco was named as the second fastest growing city in the United States in terms of population. Now…we’re number one!

WalletHub just released its list of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and among the FOUR Texas cities that made the top 10, Frisco is number one! The city of Frisco’s economic development arm attributes its ranking to its residents and businesses being drawn because of its top-notch schools, “pristine” parks, and retail, sports, and entertainment destinations.

Frisco’s population in July, 2016 was 164,000, an increase of about 6% from the previous year. Projections have that by around 2035, the population could be close to 375,000 people. WalletHub analyzed 515 U.S. cities across 15 key metrics, measuring data that ranges from population growth to college-educated population growth to unemployment rate decrease.

A ton of Texas, and especially DFW cities made the list of the fastest growing in the United States, which shows that the Lone Star State is CLEARLY the best place to live in the entire country!

5-Midland

6-McKinney

9-Austin

14-Round Rock

25-Allen

26-Pearland

31-League City

57-Irving

58-Denton

64-Richardson

82-Grand Prairie

83-Fort Worth

110-San Antonio

112-Dallas

185-Houston

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Two North Texas cities looking lure Amazon rank among top sites

Two North Texas cities looking lure Amazon rank among top sites

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A Washington, D.C. magazine has recognized Frisco and Denton for their bids to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to North Texas.

The Washingtonian ranked Frisco fourth and Denton sixth among nine public campaigns for Amazon’s second headquarters. Frisco’s campaign highlighted some of its newest projects, including Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility The Star in Frisco and Jamba Juice’s relocated headquarters. It also featured Cowboys owner Jerry Jones saying he caught the "Frisco flu" when building his team’s facility in the northern suburb.

Frisco has submitted a half dozen possible sites for the headquarters, all situated along the Dallas North Tollway. About 40 percent of Frisco is undeveloped, with billions of proposed real estate developments popping up along the DNT surrounding The Star, according to Dallas Business Journal reporting.

"We have a whole menu of options to offer the company from shovel-ready sites to green field to customize a campus," Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney told the DBJ. "We are hungry for a corporate relocation of a Fortune 100 company and we’ve never seen as big of an opportunity as this one."

Denton’s bid uses the hashtag #HQ2DentonTX on the city’s Twitter and Instagram posts. But The Washingtonian questioned whether the hashtag will be enough to bring in the e-commerce giant.

The city who lands the headquarters project stands to gain up to 50,000 direct jobs, an indirect employment boost of 53,000 and $38 billion in economic activity.

Twelve to 14 cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, representing 30 sites, met a deadline Friday to submit individual bids for the headquarters. Some, like Dallas and Frisco, are proposing multiple areas and developments for HQ2.

"In a unique region like ours, we are going to have a lot of great options with different character and advantages because we are such an interesting composite," said Mike Rosa, senior vice president of economic development for the Dallas Regional Chamber.

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Ex-Amazonian: Hyperloop and other next-gen transportation planning could bring ‘HQ2’ to Texas

Ex-Amazonian: Hyperloop and other next-gen transportation planning could bring ‘HQ2’ to Texas

An artist’s conception shows a Hyperloop transit tube heading toward a city skyline. (Hyperloop One Illustration)

One of Amazon’s leadership principles is to think big, and that’s exactly what a former Amazon employee is encouraging cities to do if they want to land the retail giant’s second headquarters.

Brittain Ladd, who worked on the global expansion of Amazon’s grocery arm AmazonFresh and is now a supply chain consultant, said cities need to look beyond just finding somewhere for Amazon to set up a campus. He said cities in the same state shouldn’t compete with each other, and instead they should come together with regional plans that address transportation and other big-picture issues that could pique Amazon’s interest.

Brittain Ladd.

“It doesn’t do Amazon any good to merely build another headquarters. Instead, Amazon should select a state that will collaborate with Amazon on designing and building the transportation systems of the future,” Ladd told GeekWire in an email. “This means fast-tracking the use of drones for package delivery; fast-tracking the use of autonomous vehicles beginning with Amazon associates who can be picked up and dropped off from work; leveraging airports for Amazon Prime; and my favorite, fast-tracking the use of the Hyperloop.”

Of the more than 100 cities that say they will bid for the massive HQ project, which could bring a $5 billion investment from Amazon and 50,000 jobs, one darkhorse stands out to Ladd, and that is Frisco, Texas. It is about 30 miles from Dallas, with plenty of room to build.

Frisco doesn’t look like a viable candidate today, as its population falls well below Amazon’s threshold of 1 million, and its transportation options aren’t up to par. But Ladd, who said he has made his thoughts known to Frisco but isn’t working with the city on a bid, believes that if the state can plan holistically for a huge research campus connected to cities like Dallas and Austin via next generation transit options like Hyperloop could help Texas land the coveted HQ2 project.

“If Amazon selects Frisco, they can build a massive campus/research center with a Hyperloop station, room to test unmanned drones for flying people, autonomous vehicles, and more easily use drones to deliver packages,” Ladd said. “Long-term, if Texas provides the support, Amazon could have Hyperloop lines running from their headquarters to Austin; to DFW Airport; and to Dallas.”

Whether HQ2 ends up somewhere in Texas, or Atlanta or Boston or Toronto or somewhere completely different, Ladd says long-term thinking could make the difference for the winning bid. Though the concept of cities duking it out through tax breaks and incentives to land big companies is decidedly a 20th century concept, the winning bidder will be the group that looks at current conditions as well as the future.

“I believe Amazon needs to select a location that will help them better compete in the 21st century while exploring and testing future technology and transportation that may not become a reality 10 or 20 years from now,” Ladd said.

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Frisco preschoolers part of nationwide toy test

FRISCO, Texas — If a toy is going to get the coveted title of the "Preschooler-Approved Top 10 Toys of 2017," it has to pass through the hands of a group of experts in Frisco first.

Experts like 2-year-old Addison who raced across her classroom Wednesday to grab a hidden Elmo doll broadcasting its location in Elmo’s unmistakable voice.

"Oh it’s a child’s dream," said Kristina Stone, owner of The Goddard School Frisco location. The Goddard School (Goddard Systems, Inc.) has more than 460 schools in 36 states. For the 10th year, 50 of those schools are taking part in their annual toy test.

Goddard has its own toy test committee, comprised of early childhood education experts. The committee reviews applications from nearly 100 world-wide toy manufacturers. Based on interactivity, collaboration, and skill development, the toys are reduced to the top 25. Those toys are now being tested, i.e. played with, by the children with additional votes cast by teachers and parents.

"Really that collaboration that they’re going to get when they’re in a group also will help what makes a good toy," said Stone.

The testing lasts all this week, so we don’t know yet what the Top 10 will be. But on our visit to Frisco, we did learn that 4-year-old Grayson approves of a matching animal game called Science on a Tracking Expedition.

"The stickers and the animals," he said were contributing factors in his decision.

We learned that 4 1/2 year old Hallie is an expert on baby animals. "Maybe from milk," she told her classmates about the best food for baby animals. "Babies love milk!"

And 4-year-old Julian is a fan of animals, particularly if that animal happens to be a possum. "Because they’re a cool creature," he told us. "They have pouches."

The Goddard Schools nationwide will tally the votes for the Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toys and announce the results on November 1. Voting will be opened to the public until November 10 on The Goddard School’s Toy Test website.

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Texas doughnut shop offers scary clown delivery

Texas doughnut shop offers scary clown delivery

A Texas doughnut shop in is getting showing off their Halloween spirit with a new delivery service.

Hurts Donut in Frisco, TX, is offering a special delivery option for those living nearby – for an extra $5 on top of the already $5 delivery service fee, an employee from the shop will dress up like a scary clown and drop off a box of the artisan treats at your house.

Hurts owner Kas Clegg told Guide Live that the special – which is available September 25 and 26 – is meant “to keep up with the trends, and clowns are trending right now.”

The surge in clown interest is due in part to the smash blockbuster, “It.” Though the Hurts’ clown costume has unruly red hair, jagged teeth and comes gripping a handful of shiny red balloons, Clegg has denied any relationship between it and the film adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.”

“It’s fall, and it’s getting close to Halloween,” Clegg said. “So we just wanted to spice it up a little bit and do a super fun delivery.”

“We just love scary clowns,” Clegg added.

Clegg is hoping others love scary clowns, too. The company has said on their Facebook page that if their clown delivery service drums up enough interest, they “may pick a day for out of town clown deliveries as well.”

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Scary clown’s disturbing and delicious donut deliveries in Frisco

Scary clown’s disturbing and delicious donut deliveries in Frisco

FRISCO, Texas — If you want a simple, glazed donut, go somewhere else. Hurts Donut in Frisco takes it to another level.

“They’re oversized, they’re just crazy, kooky, funny names,” said owner Keith Selby.

Names like Homer and Cereal Killer, with unusual toppings. Now, Hurts may be topping itself. A Facebook post Tuesday promising to scare the “sh… shprinkles” out of your friends has gone viral.

A creepy clown will deliver the donuts to addresses in Frisco Monday and Tuesday. The post has been shared over 1,400 times.

Co-owner Cheryl Selby can barely keep up, even WFAA’s interview was interrupted by the phone ringing. “I’m just totally surprised, totally surprised we’re getting that many responses,” she said. “I have a lot of phone calls to make.”

There have been more than 100 calls so far.

“People are evil,” exclaimed Cheryl, with a smile. “The funniest thing is when the wives are calling to prank their husbands, and they’re so giddy and excited about it.”

Many of the other calls, they say, are from bosses who want to have a little fun with employees. Of course, their scary clown can’t arrive in any old car. So if you see an old ambulance wrapped like a glazed donut, well, you’ve been warned.

“I think some people will be kind of scared, I’m six feet tall, coming in with a scary clown outfit,” said Cheryl’s husband, Keith.

He’ll be in the driver’s seat on Monday. On Tuesday, he’ll don the clown outfit himself. “I just think it’s hilarious that he’s doing this,” said Cheryl.

“Kind of like our name, Hurts Donut. We want it to hurt a little bit. Make it different,” said Keith.

It’s so successful, Keith quit his corporate job Thursday to focus on the donut shop full time, like Cheryl did when it opened back in January, with lines out the door.

After all, the clown is just the kickoff to Hurts new delivery service. Hurts is a Springfield-based chain with several locations around the country.

If you would like a scary clown to deliver donuts, remember, Hurts Donut will only deliver in Frisco Monday and Tuesday. It costs $15 for a dozen donuts, plus a $10 delivery fee.

Hurts Donut is considering expanding delivery to other cities if they get enough response.

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Texas judge denies NFL bid to reinstate Elliott suspension

Texas judge denies NFL bid to reinstate Elliott suspension

FRISCO, Texas (AP) A federal judge in Texas has denied the NFL’s request to suspend his injunction that blocked a six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant on Monday was expected and came after the NFL had already moved on to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans with the same request.

In his ruling, Mazzant criticized the NFL for not waiting for his decision after using the argument of premature filings against the NFL Players Association in Elliott’s request for the injunction. The judge wrote that the ”irony is not lost on the court.”

The NFL filed a request for an emergency stay with the appeals court Friday, and the union issued a response the next day. The league responded to the union’s filing Monday. All the filings make similar arguments from the original lawsuit the NFLPA filed on Elliott’s behalf in Mazzant’s court.

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