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  1. I would support capping FWW if the caps are designed to be built on (not just greenspace), but as long as 2nd and 3rd streets continue to feel like highways with five lanes of one-way traffic, with signals timed to encourage fast thru-traffic, and many blocks with no onstreet parking, it's going to inhospitable to pedestrians and not feel like a place where you want to linger --> not a place you want to live. That intersection of High St in Columbus is also five lanes, but it is two-way and has onstreet parking, effectively bringing down to 1 lane in each direction with a center turn lane. The restaurants on that block of High St have outdoor seating, and it is a much more pleasant environment because traffic will be naturally much slower there than along Cincinnati's 2nd and 3rd streets.
  2. I'm also not thrilled about the idea of the Bengals taking MORE prime real estate along the riverfront. I assume Hilltop Concrete pays quite a bit in property taxes (their property is split across several parcels, so it's tricky to figure out exactly how much they pay). I wish the Bengals would put the indoor facility on the existing practice fields, which currently sit unused the vast majority of the year. And if they do ever build an indoor facility, it'd be great if they make it available for community events and other sports leagues year-round whenever the Bengals aren't using it.
  3. Here is the link to the latest HCB packet, with details on 1505 Republic and 1513-15 Republic: https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/buildings/historic-conservation/historic-conservation-board/november-19-2018-staff-report-and-attachments-1-5/ Here is the link to all HCB packets: https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/buildings/historic-conservation/historic-conservation-board/
  4. That is not correct. The HCB packet clearly states that 1505 Republic was most recently set up as six units. The proposed renovation will increase it to seven apartments by renovating the attic space and adding a rooftop deck. The apartments will all be 1-bedroom or studio setups. Thankfully, the Historic Conservation Board is recommending approval of the increased density (I was a bit afraid as I read through their comments that they were going to deny the 1-unit increase in density). I'm glad to see this kind of density on this block. Across the street is a massive, single-family house. It's good to have a diversity of sizes/uses/prices on the same block. 1513-15 Republic functions as two separate buildings which are mirrored and identical in layout. They are proposing to put eight units in each building, for 16 total 1-bedroom apartments. Again... I'm glad to hear about this kind of density being approved. No mention of parking requirements, which almost certainly would have been a sticking point for a 16-unit building without dedicated parking, if they had applied for approval just a few months ago before Council removed the urban parking requirements.
  5. Looks like LA is getting the same model of ebikes as Red Bike (both cities use B-Cycle for their bikeshare), with the same Bosch powertrain.
  6. jwulsin

    Electric Scooter Sharing

    I honestly don’t know what point you’re making. Do you think all of our streets are optimally designed today, so we shouldn’t make any changes to make them safer and more attractive to bikers? I agree with you that being an “idiot” increases your chances of injury in most situations, including biking. But I don’t see what point you’re making. I don’t want idiots to get killed by cars either. I bike lots and have never been in a major crash, but I still hate the design of MANY of Cincinnati’s streets. And when I bike in cities that have better bike infrastructure, it feels so much better. In addition to bike lanes, I wish we would design streets to make cars go slower, which will in turn make them more attractive for bikers (and scooters) as well as pedestrians and people who live there. Slower streets also have the ancillary benefit of making it a bit more expensive (and less atrractive) to live further away in the suburbs, which is a good thing in my opinion.
  7. jwulsin

    Electric Scooter Sharing

    We're going to see a lot of different applications that leverage cheap batteries and electric motors. I'm not at all confident of what the mix of vehicles (kick scooters, ebikes, vespa-style scooters, golf cart style "quads") will look like in 5-10 years, but I'm excited that we're seeing a proliferation of new designs. I'm sure there will be a combination of shared and privately owned vehicles, but again... not sure what the mix will be. Here's a great podcast on the topic of "micromobility", if you're interested: http://5by5.tv/micromobility
  8. Urban Sites is going to renovate 2806-08 Woodburn and build a 4-story rear addition. Will be commercial first floor with 19 apartments above (currently has 10 apartments): https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/11/08/exclusive-developer-renovating-expanding-east.html
  9. The app doesn't yet show where electric bikes are available (apparently will be visible in a future app update in coming weeks), but for now you can see available ebikes on the Red Bike website: https://redbike.bcycle.com/top-nav-pages/stations/station-map/
  10. Anybody have a recommendation for a good, reasonably-priced car mechanic near the urban basin? I used to use Parkway Automotive, but they had to move (out to Wooster Pike) for the FC Cincy stadium.
  11. ^Really hope that Provident Bank Building project moves ahead with or without the tax credits. Would be great to get 160 apartments in that part of the CBD, which doesn't have much residential today.
  12. Anybody know if the canopies of the new FCC stadium will have some mechanism for blocking the sun? Allianz Arena (in Munich) is wrapped in ETFE like FCC's stadium will be, and at Allianz they have retractable shades, presumably so that when it's sunny and hot, they can limit solar gain and the greenhouse effect.
  13. The latest (Nov 5) Historic Conservation Board packet has details on the proposed renovation of 1615-1617 Pleasant St, which is owned by OTR Holdings (3CDC). https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/buildings/historic-conservation/historic-conservation-board/ It's an impressively ambitious project, with three townhouses ranging in size from 1800 to 2600 sq ft each. I don't recall 3CDC ever doing a project quite like this one. I'm not sure if they're going to try to pre-sell the townhouses before construction, or if they're building them speculatively and then will sell/market them once complete. Either way, I'm glad to see 3CDC taking on these types of projects.
  14. Interesting. Thanks for the background. I get that budgets impose constraints. As I said earlier, it seems like the kind of thing that kind be fixed/updated in the future, either with new paint... or maybe they shake the money tree and get the expensive metal cladding.
  15. Well, I guess on the upside, it's always easy to re-paint.