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  1. You're not a fan of personal property rights, I take it?
  2. There are potential cost savings from the mergers of two adjacent cities or villages (Cincinnati absorbing Norwood or St. Bernard, for example) — having to run one fire department instead of two, one zoning department instead of two, etc. But there is not that much cost savings with a city-county merger since they don't have a lot of overlapping functions.
  3. The ownership will probably develop all of the lots to the north and east of the stadium as a later phase, probably after the ballet leaves and after they can acquire that cell phone tower site. There is the potential to build some really nice infill between the stadium and Central Parkway, and I don't care too much that the base of the stadium is pretty borning, since it will be mostly hidden from view after infill is built. Let's just hope that our country doesn't enter a recession in the early 2020s and put all of those infill plans on hold for a decade.
  4. That means the stadium will have crystal clear 5G reception for everyone's selfie-posting needs.
  5. Hearing more rumors that the Cincinnati venue might not happen due to the Newport venue announcement.
  6. They even got a Cincinnati reference in that article:
  7. The same people who don't think the phrase "make America great again" is racist also don't think that "go back to where they came from" is racist. I am shocked.
  8. Cincinnati really learned nothing from the mistakes of the Skywalk era, did it?
  9. I just saw on Instagram that Urban Expansion is renovating 1709 Race into 2 micro apartments and 1 commercial space. It's great to see more projects finally happening between Liberty and Findlay Market. That stretch of Race has a lot of great buildings that are vacant or underutilized.
  10. When I say "value proposition" I'm not talking about just money. I'm talking about, what neighborhood offers the best mix of all of the things that you want, and are you willing to pay the cost of living there? Many Cincinnatians who are in their 30's and up don't really care about Galla Park or the new Banks music venue, so they are not going to pay extra for the privilege of being near those things. If your primary concern is living in a neighborhood that is somewhat walkable/bikeable/transit accessible, has a nice park nearby, and has a handful of nice restaurants and a corner pub within walking distance, there are now several neighborhoods in Cincinnati that are significantly cheaper than Downtown that offer those same amenities. It's not that people are "too cheap" to live downtown, it's that they don't think they are getting anything extra (that they care about) for the extra cost of living downtown.
  11. I think one of the factors that is being overlooked in this conversation is rental vs. ownership. It's relatively easy to build apartments downtown because there will always be 20-somethings who want to live near bars and concert venues. There will also be a lot of young professionals who get a job with one of our Fortune 500 companies and move to Cincinnati and rent a place downtown, because they don't know how long they are going to stay in Cincinnati. But if you want people to buy a condo or townhome in the urban core, you need to do a lot more to make it a pleasant place to live, not just a pleasant place to get drunk and see concerts or watch sports. Notice that 90% of what's being built today is apartments. Not many new condos are being built, and the condo resale market is struggling. The condos that were going to be built at The Banks got scrapped and that space got rolled into the AC Hotel. The condos that were going to be built at Eighth and Main got turned into apartments. Buying a home in one of the neighborhoods 10 minutes away from downtown is a better value proposition for many people.
  12. Our urban core is technically very walkable but in practice we have still a very anti-pedestrian culture that needs to change for people to be comfortable walking around downtown. This isn't going to change until we have a city administration that prioritizes walkability and is willing to move forward with traffic calming projects. As for the improvements that the city says they are going to make to speed up the streetcar and improve Liberty Street ... I will believe it when I see it. It seems like other cities that prioritize transit and pedestrians simply flip a switch and make these improvements. Here we drag our feet and try to come up with every excuse why it can't be done. Last December when City Council was presented with the first draft of the Traffic Study, there was some discussion about giving pedestrians a "jump" signal -- basically pedestrians would get a walk signal a second before cars heading in the same direction got a green light. This would allow pedestrians crossing the street to get out into the intersection and make it more clear that turning cars have to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. It's such a simple thing, it's very easy to implement and already exists in many other cities across America, but I bet our city leadership will spend the next 2 or 3 years "studying" this proposal before implementing it...if they ever do.
  13. The residential portion of 4th and Race is being developed by Flaherty & Collins, an Indiana-based developer. 3CDC's role in this project is to operate the garage and retail spaces. 3CDC will run the parking garage at Court & Walnut. The residential portion above it (called 1010 On The Rhine) is being developed/operated by Rookwood Properties, North American Properties, and NorthPointe Group, not 3CDC. The Columbia and Court Street condos are 3CDC, and those projects will create a total of 52 units. I can't recall what is/isn't public, but let's just say that their next big announcement will also be office focused. But my point isn't really about how many units are being built. It's about the city's focus on making downtown an entertainment destination and lack of focus on making it a more livable urban neighborhood.
  14. It is a delicate balance and, at present, nearly all of the effort is going into making downtown an entertainment destination and virtually none is going into making it a more livable place. All of the city's attention is on stadiums and music venues. 3CDC has shifted their focus away from residential and over to office space, parking garages, and hotels. While our peer cities are busy building protected bike lanes, traffic calming projects, and improving transit, Cincinnati's leadership has been dragging their feet and refuses to make any changes that would make the urban core a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders because they fear it might inconvenience suburbanites driving downtown to visit the entertainment venues. They continue to treat the streetcar as a tourist attraction rather than making it work better so more people can depend on it as their primary form of transit and more housing and office space will develop along the route. On top of that, the city has made a habit of balancing its budget by increasing parking meter rates in OTR (and extending hours), so while OTR residents can enjoy the perk of having parking permits, whenever their friends visit for a few hours, they have to spend $5 to park in a garage or at a meter. That's why many people have decided that is makes more sense to live in a nearby neighborhood where they are still a 10 minute drive from downtown but don't have to deal with the hassles of living downtown.
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