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  1. I parked down on Court St a few weeks back with some friends, and when I got out of the car and turned around, the nine stories of this new building poking out from the historic facades on Court made the street feel totally different. Everything felt a little cozier. Filling in these voids in the city, even if the building itself isn't particularly remarkable, improves the feel of the surrounding area immeasurably.
  2. I'm probably an outlier, but I love Crosley Tower. Brutalist buildings are being torn down at a fast clip the same way Victorian buildings were demolished earlier in the 20th century. I never understood why these types of buildings get bashed so much, while the truly offensive International/PoMo monstrosities like Atrium One/Two or those maroon towers on Covington's riverfront don't. I guess those are so corporate and bland that they don't even register. I wouldn't want a whole city of Brutalism, but having a few crazy buildings like that around is nice. Once they're gone they'll never come back (which I suppose most people would be fine with).
  3. Unsurprisingly, it sounds like Cranley will veto. Does this mean the project is dead for good, or could it theoretically be revived when Cranley leaves office?
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    Cincinnati's "Hidden" Streets

    Not a hidden street, but I always felt the same about this lonely house in Camp Washington surrounded by the Crosley factory: https://tinyurl.com/ya6zqwsj It reminds me of the house from Eraserhead in which the family dinner scene takes place, next to that factory belching out steam.
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    Cincinnati's "Hidden" Streets

    Wow, never knew about that stretch of Cliff St. I'll have to check it out next time I'm over there.
  6. I've always thought the combination of topography and architecture made Cincinnati a unique urban landscape to explore. The small streets and lot sizes coupled with the hills provide for hidden pockets of the city to exist just steps from highly-trafficked areas (e.g. Little Bethlehem). Numerous times walking or biking around I've come across streets that I didn't know existed even though I've gone by them countless times. Here are a few of my favorite hidden streets. Google Maps didn't bother to drive down any of them so I linked as closely as I could. Foxhall Ct (CUF) https://tinyurl.com/y9cvjflw There are two houses with sweeping views of the Mill Creek valley down this street that can be mistaken for a driveway. Old McMillan St (CUF) https://tinyurl.com/yc6bndaw Again, thought this was a driveway for a while. There are four houses tucked down there. I'm assuming this is where McMillan terminated before they removed the Fairview Incline and extended McMillan down to McMicken as a replacement route. Sohn St (CUF) https://tinyurl.com/yafyflpk Down the steps here are four houses, accessible only from the staircase. Van Lear/Ohio St Steps (OTR) https://tinyurl.com/yceov48e Van Lear is hidden enough, but again, there is a house that as far as I can tell is only accessible from the stairs leading up to Bellevue Park. East Pueblo St (Mt. Auburn) https://tinyurl.com/y9btydtf Down at the end of Walker is another street that looks like a driveway with two houses. It's totally disconnected from the rest of Pueblo St. I'm sure there are other good candidates out there. I'm especially fascinated by the stair-streets. Any other instances of those in the city?
  7. He's the second coming of Peter Bronson. Or is that too harsh?
  8. I knew about those demolitions but wasn't sure if they were building additional homes fronting Ringgold. Or were they torn down just to create backyards/garages for these?
  9. Biking around last week and got a shot of these new townhouses on Slack St. Looks like all that was there previously was this bungalow: https://tinyurl.com/y73k8caf
  10. Getting back on topic, new PDF with the latest design plans for "The District". Lots of details here: https://res.cloudinary.com/courbanize-production/image/upload/v1/timeline_events/lvrrvxjlfzmrhi6qdqdk The views on top of the high-rises could be pretty special.
  11. Yeah, I was surprised at that. I like a lot in the proposal, but it seems like that building would be really easy to convert into a hotel.
  12. Here's info on the Deaconess development: http://res.cloudinary.com/courbanize-production/v1/timeline_events/yojdkiaxeargg56tdv7y From the story on Business Courier: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/08/03/here-s-what-s-being-planned-for-the-former.html 180 hotel rooms, 750 housing units, 100,000 square feet of office space and 100,000 square feet of retail space.
  13. Where is the actual news about the delay? I'd like to contact council but would rather have something substantial to go on rather than rumors. If it's true that the stadium is the issue, I think FCC fans could get rallied to support the road diet.
  14. The truly irreparable damage was where the street grid was lost, mainly from I-75 and west to the trainyards. That is never coming back. Even if it ever becomes something other than light industrial, it will still have a suburban-feeling streetscape. But I take solace in the fact that many other pockets of the city that suffered destruction still have their 19th century street layout, and could, in theory, be rebuilt on a human scale. It often doesn't happen that way, but at least it's a possibility. It's all you can do to keep from losing your mind looking at a photo like this and thinking we could still look like Philadelphia does, except our brick was painted bright colors and had flamboyant cornices.
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