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  1. Twitter, like most social networks, is all about who you follow. If you follow extremists, your feed will be full of extremists. If you follow reasonable people, your feed will usually be full of pretty reasonable opinions.
  2. I agree, but this is the direct result of bad behavior being swept under the rug for so long. The pendulum has swung from one side (ignoring bad behavior, discrediting accusers) to the other (calling out any speech/behavior that could be interpreted as racist/sexist, trusting accusers unconditionally). Eventually things will settle down and we will realize that if someone made an honest mistake in their past and apologizes for it, they should be forgiven, but if they have a repeated history of bad behavior and coverups, maybe they shouldn't. And that accusers should generally be trusted but facts should also be verified.
  3. Cincinnati City Council Member Christopher Smitherman is super triggered over the fact that PG Sittenfeld and Chris Seelbach used the word "bruh" in text messages to eachother. He perceives this as a micro-agression towards African Americans and AAVE. Not sure if that has anything to do with Smitherman being a bad council member.
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    Voting

    What are the odds that in November 2020, at least one state has major issues with voting (broken machines, long lines due to a reduced number of polling places, issues with mail-in ballots, accusations of voter fraud, etc.) causing the state to throw out the results, and state legislators decide the cancel the election and simply choose the electors themselves? Now the Supreme Court has ruled that the electors can be bound by law to vote for a specific candidate.
  5. If only there was a rendering that showed the original "big budget" versions of both NOTL and The Banks.
  6. Unelected Cincinnati City Council member is concerned about how a mask requirement might affect...lipreaders?
  7. In 2018, I got to hang out with the director of the Kansas City Streetcar for a few hours and while we were walking the route, he made the exact same comment to me -- because both directions travel on the same street, it feels twice as frequent to the average bystander. Cincinnati's configuration is very similar to Portland's. Both systems travel on one-way four-lane streets, which allow for the streetcars to stop "in traffic" but not block the whole street, as cars can get around in the other travel lane. But, as Jake mentioned, their blocks are much smaller than Cincinnati's blocks, so running on parallel one-way streets is less of an issue there. I didn't get involved in streetcar stuff until after the route was already selected, so I missed all of the debates on that topic. I think a route utilizing Vine Street from The Banks to Findlay Market would have been cool, but I do think the planners wanted to "spread out development" like you said. Additionally, Mallory and City Council probably did not want to fight the political fight of making Vine Street two-way in the CBD.
  8. The saga of the Center City Connector continues... the project has again been "paused" due to pandemic-related budget shortages. Anti-streetcar council members trying to seize the opportunity to cancel the project. As a reminder, this project involves building the center section of the Seattle Streetcar, linking together the two existing sections that already operate from the edge of downtown out into other neighborhoods. It's really a no-brainer and needs to get built ASAP.
  9. Cranley is now calling for CPS to bring back full time in-person education for all students. FYI for anyone unaware, the City of Cincinnati does not run Cincinnati Public Schools. CPS has the authority to make its own decisions; the Mayor and City Council have no control over CPS. Cranley wants CPS to go back to in-person to make his friends on Fourth Street happy. Between this, his refusal to institute a mask requirement (passing the buck to City Council), and saying that it's not good for the economy if everyone stays home all the time, I am led to believe that Cranley is a Covid truther.
  10. Meanwhile in Cincinnati, our mayor snarkily responds to the teachers' union when they ask why he hasn't required masks yet:
  11. As someone who has been saying for years that our city has been focusing way too much on restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues over the past ~5 years, I am excited for the possibility that developers might shift their focus back to adding residential to the core.
  12. I hope and pray that Cincinnati some day has a mayor that gets as "excited" about building high-quality public transportation and adding more residents to the city, as John Cranley gets about building a stadium. This makes it sound like the team paid to replace an old, crumbling stadium with a new state-of-the-art one. In reality a just fine not-that-old stadium was replaced with a just fine new one across the street. The author praises Berding for "leading the response" but does not add any more details relating to those concerns or what the team's response to those concerns would be. He strangely mentions that the neighborhood is 80% renters but not the fact that it is 85% Black. He does, however, include this quote about the team funding youth soccer and giving out some unspecified grants: What a joke of an article.
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