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  1. jmecklenborg

    Cincinnati Beer / Alcohol News

    That's a helluva photograph.
  2. ^I believe that a ventilation system could clean and redirect the exhaust fumes in a way that doesn't happen with the notorious "bridge" apartments. Also, the unfinished Third St. to I-75N ramp remains an ongoing problem. Its construction has been delayed 18 years at this point and is waiting for a final design for the Brent Spence Bridge replacement augmentation. Right now traffic leaving the Riverfront area has to cross Third St. up to Fourth to reach its 75N entrance ramp. This single situation is the cause of the majority of the congestion down there after Bengals games and other large events.
  3. The pilings that were driven in the FWW median in 1999 intentionally left 20+ foot gaps at either end of each overpass so as to provide natural ventilation to the trench and prevent it from being categorized as a "tunnel" by the FHA. So Columbus-style caps wouldn't be able to make use of those pilings unless they extend pretty far from the overpasses. And then most of the pilings wouldn't be used at all.
  4. jmecklenborg

    Cincinnati: General Business & Economic News

    Yeah, I agree with this completely. Cleveland and Cincinnati each have much more going on in the "real city" department than Nashville or any of the Sunbelt cities. We think of Columbus as a distant third in Ohio in that realm, but it still smokes Nashville in the "real stuff" department. There is nothing in the entire state of Tennessee that compares with German Village, Victorian Village, or High St. The Nashville Symphony did get a great neoclassic symphony hall ten years ago that really adds tremendously to their downtown as it expanded south of Broadway, which was the traditional border. The project was financed in large part by the Ingram Family, who is not unlike a northern philanthropic family. Also, the downtown post office was turned into the Frist Center, a nice venue for traveling art exhibits similar to the CAC in Cincinnati. But Nashville lacks: 1. a respectable old art museum (sorry Cheekwood) 2. a ballet, opera, or theater company 3. any sort of iconic building (sorry imitation Parthenon) 4. any sort of iconic bridge 5. zero Amtrak service 6. almost zero real city parks (nothing like Washington Park or Burnett Woods in Cincinnati...but Warner Park out in the suburbs is a pretty nice big suburban forest like Mt. Airy) 7. no local chains or food (sorry, "Nashville Hot Chicken" is a post-2010 invention) 8. the river is unattractive and isn't used for recreation 9. no neighborhood business districts of the kind that are common in Ohio 10. no downtown square or gathering place. No Fountain Square, no Public Square. No nothing. This is the Nashville Farmer's Market, the closest thing they have to the sort of thing that exists in abundance in Ohio: https://www.google.com/maps/@36.1724289,-86.7898377,3a,75y,143.48h,83.7t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sdF7lkbRqlgmv9ggDIjU-Ow!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  5. My bad. I looked on google street view and didn't see how deep the building is. If they are doing a total of 23 1-bedroom units they're not at the level where they need full-time management. So it's going to be expensive to hire a management company - almost as expensive as hiring their own guy. That's why you rarely see apartment complexes go up with less than 75 or so units.
  6. jmecklenborg

    Cincinnati: General Business & Economic News

    The schedule is pretty limited. Only one off-peak midday train, and no late trains. So it only works for commuters who work predictable hours and who work within walking distance of its oddly-located station. It would be like the Oasis line having a station down by Bicentennial Commons instead of the Transit Center. Also, Nashville's downtown is hilly - much hillier than ours. It's a really annoying, hot walk from that station to the statehouse or where Amazon will be building.
  7. jmecklenborg

    Cincinnati: General Business & Economic News

    The crazy thing is that Memphis was much more Tennessee's "music city" than was Nashville until Nashville went on its crazy "Music City" hype campaign in the 1990s. Most of the early rock & roll was recorded in Memphis, along with blues and country. The reason why the national labels set up offices in Nashville instead of Memphis was because the WSM "Grand 'ol Opry" show was the last show of its kind to survive and was syndicated throughout the country. That gap for national syndication was enabled when 700 WLW canceled "Midwestern Hayride", which was the exact same sort of show but recorded and broadcast out of Cincinnati. I walked around the fabled "Music Row" in the mid-90s, before the national record labels consolidated. The offices for places like Mercury and Polydor were amazingly small. Like 25 workers max, including he receptionist up front. The neighborhood felt like you were walking down Markbreit Ave. in Oakley. it was absolutely nothing special. So from this tiny, tiny outpost of the LA entertainment industry, somehow Nashville's city fathers bred a thriving bachelorette party industry. I simply can't explain it. Nashville is a silly and ugly place. Few mature trees, railroad tracks and power poles everywhere. If people are expecting the Gone With The Wind south, Nashville's absolutely not it. Not only aren't there magnolia or other exotic trees, there aren't many trees at all. Plenty of parking, though.
  8. jmecklenborg

    Is rural Ohio dying?

    I have a former roommate who works in the office at DHL. He is the source of my figures -- that they're burning through upwards of 3,000 sorters per year. There is no way that Clinton County, pop. 40,000, or the surrounding counties, could possibly support the unending turnover. There is no way that Amazon Prime Air, even if the majority of its workers work first and second shift, could possibly get enough people to commute from Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton. There are already plenty of crap warehouse jobs in these cities going unfilled. I know for a fact that many workplaces around Cincinnati are now skipping drug testing because they simply can't get the bodies otherwise. We had a major accident at my place earlier this year, the culprit failed the mandatory drug test, and they rehired him a week later. Frankly, it's going to be a struggle for Amazon Prime Air to get the workforce it's going to need in Cincinnati if current economic conditions continue.
  9. 1513 is a very large building. 1505 is a max 4 units.
  10. jmecklenborg

    Cincinnati: Random Development and News

    People who own the lots don't want to sell - ever. They use them in their complicated tax games.
  11. jmecklenborg

    Is rural Ohio dying?

    What's crazy is to think if DHL hadn't moved back to CVG, Cincinnati might not have gotten the Prime Air Hub. Hard to imagine DHL's fleet of 28 jets being joined by Amazon's 100 in tiny Wilmington. DHL does one flight per day to and from each U.S. airport. In ten years Amazon's going to be doing 2 shipments per day between Cincinnati and most other U.S. and Canadian cities. Maybe 3 jets per day to and from LA and New York.
  12. jmecklenborg


    Uber losing $1 billion per quarter: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/uber-posts-1-billion-loss-210213496.html So all of your frivolous uber rides are still being subsidized by investors. It would be interesting to tally all of the public subsidies to public transportation across the U.S. and see how those numbers compare per rider.
  13. jmecklenborg

    Is rural Ohio dying?

    I don't think that they were there for more than five years. DHL at CVG burns through thousands of employees per year. Their turnover rate is 300%. They have about 900 people show up every night at 11pm and they work until 8am. It's a rough job. I know about five people who have worked down there. Most only tolerate it for a few months.
  14. jmecklenborg

    Cincinnati: General Business & Economic News

    Taylor Swift is the perfect metaphor for Nashville. There is no there there. She's boring and her music is particle board.
  15. jmecklenborg

    Cincinnati: General Business & Economic News

    Mobile is truly a dump. It's basically Paducah-by-the-Sea. The Amazon announcement in Nashville makes absolutely no sense. Nearly non-existent public transportation and almost zero walkable neighborhoods. The airport sucks. The interstates suck. There aren't any mature trees anywhere close to the downtown. The river sucks. Not many recreational activities nearby (mountains are a 4-hour drive, nearly as far as from Cincinnati).