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  1. Huge news out of Seattle today, as sources are saying that Mayor Durkan intends to resume construction of the Center City Connector streetcar project, which she "paused" last year. For those unfamiliar, here's a map of the full system. The CCC is the dotted line through Downtown that links the two existing streetcar segments.
  2. Except that for the Liberty Street project, City Council did pass a legally binding ordinance providing the funding and directing the admin to move forward with the project. I don't think a similar ordinance exists for the bike plan.
  3. Today marks three months since City Council passed a funding plan for the Liberty Street road diet and instructed the administration to move forward with the project. Yet there is no evidence that the city is doing anything. The city's website for the project hasn't been updated in 6 months. I emailed the new DOTE director yesterday to try to get a status and haven't received a response.
  4. So they essentially punted and did not address the major underlying issue: Central Parkway is dangerous for pedestrians.
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    Greater Cincinnati Metro (SORTA) and TANK News & Discussion

    That makes sense. I thought that federal funding had something to do with it, but for some reason the concept of fare revenue completely escaped me.
  6. I know BBC put that line in there primarily so that groups like COAST can't say, "clowncil's gonna spend that money on the trolley!" Except that I promise COAST will still say that because they are post-fact.
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    Greater Cincinnati Metro (SORTA) and TANK News & Discussion

    I am confused by the Business Courier's statement that this tax increase, if passed, would only increase Metro's funding by 35%. The current Metro earnings tax is 0.3% and the proposal is to raise it to 0.5%. So the amount of revenue collected from this tax should increase by 66%. Maybe @thomasbw has some insight on this disparity. I do like the fact that this ballot initiative will really hold SORTA's feet to the fire. SORTA declined to put a sales tax on the May ballot and BBC was ready to go, literally the next day, with their petition drive for this alternative funding plan. If SORTA does put a sales tax on the ballot in November, we could see two different Metro funding proposals on the same ballot. I wonder if Cincinnati's "business community" will come out with a campaign supporting the sales tax and opposing the earnings tax (Yes on X, No on Y) like they did with the term limit changes this year. I do think putting text into our City Charter banning the city from using any of this money for rail is a bad idea in the long run, for the same reason I opposed Issue 9 in 2009 and Issue 48 in 2011. It's holding rail to a different standard than other forms of transportation for no real reason. I am a little surprised that they did not propose a progressive earnings tax. Maybe something like 0.5% on income up to $100k in income, 0.7% on income over that. Or is that not allowed by state law? I'm not sure if any other cities in Ohio have progressive earnings taxes.
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    Toxic Masculinity

    So what I'm learning is that some people feel uncomfortable when the term "toxic masculinity" is used, and they would prefer that a more politically correct term like "men exhibiting toxic behaviors" be used instead.
  9. Yeah, long distance was the only service that AT&T provided in Cincinnati at that time, as far as I know. There was no AT&T cellular service yet (Cincinnati was covered by Ameritech's cell phone service which later became a part of Cingular, and then finally a part of AT&T in 2007). Speaking of telecommunications companies, another possible use of that windowed space would be a data center. It would be great it a local company like CBTS to occupy that space, but they are probably doing fine with their current location in the Cincinnati Bell building.
  10. I think you are not giving 3CDC nearly enough credit for the progress that has already been made, and how fast they are moving now compared to when they first started working in OTR about 12 years ago. Back around 2008, the OTR neighborhood had such a bad reputation, many Cincinnatians were convinced if you even drove through the neighborhood you would get shot. But, more importantly, there was a widespread anti-city attitude which is hard to even explain today. We still hear anti-city talk on 700 WLW and from groups like COAST today, but it was far more widespread in the 2000s. It was common to hear high school and college aged kids say things like, "Cincinnati sucks, this is such a boring city, there's nothing to do here, I can't wait to move after I graduate," etc. Even the renovation of Fountain Square was extremely controversial because many Cincinnatians thought, "no respectable person would ever go downtown except to work in an office building, why it the city wasting money renovating this public square that no one is ever going to use?" 3CDC was successful in OTR because they have been able to focus all of their efforts on one block at a time. If you traveled back in time to ~2008 you would see that basically only one block had been developed--Vine Street between 12th and 13th. As soon as you turned down 13th Street, there were no street lights and the sidewalk had disintegrated to gravel. But that little bit of development was enough for a light bulb to go off over some people's heads, and think, there might be something interesting happening in Over-the-Rhine. Then they told their friends. And 3CDC continued to develop another block, then another block, and more people told their friends about a new restaurant or bar down here. Eventually more and more of the local population starts to understand that spending time downtown is a thing that normal people do. So I understand that some people might feel uncomfortable walking down certain streets. And I agree that it's annoying that it will probably be another 5 years before the Grammer's buildings are redeveloped. But, give it time. The march of progress will continue, and the neighborhood will continue to get safer and have fewer vacant buildings year after year. You also have to understand that most people who are willing to drop $300k on an urban condo today know what they're getting in to. They understand that there are certain places you want to avoid walking alone at night, there are panhandlers, there are random loud noises, there is a shady convince store down the street, etc. That's just city life, and if you don't want that, there are plenty of purely residential neighborhood in this city where they can live.
  11. I find it so odd that AT&T had a 700 employee call center inside the Terrace Plaza in Cincinnati, one of the few American cities where AT&T never provided telephone service. (Cincinnati Bell is one of only two telephone companies in the contiguous United States that was never part of AT&T.)
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    Cincinnati Enquirer

    I am not convinced that the general public of Greater Cincinnati would be any worse off if Gannett was sold to new owners who shut the Enquirer down completely.
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    Greater Cincinnati Metro (SORTA) and TANK News & Discussion

    The Save Our Icons campaign was really good but remember that the original goal was to pass a tax increase that would fund the renovation of both Union Terminal and Music Hall. Once the Tea Party got involved, they successfully convinced Hamilton County to cut the tax in half to only cover the renovation of Union Terminal. Fortunately the City and 3CDC were able to cobble together enough money from other sources to renovate Music Hall as well, but the Save Our Icons tax itself only half-succeeded at its original goal. Likewise, I think the SORTA board is terrified of the Tea Party and COAST types who are going to run a massive campaign in opposition to whatever tax increase SORTA proposes. COAST is going to lie and say that "SORTA is going to spend this money on streetcars, not buses" and our lazy media outlets will amplify that "viewpoint" (lie) and low-information voters will believe it.
  14. The shutdown cost Delta $25 million in January. We may have been heading into a recession already but maybe this shutdown is enough to really get the ball rolling.
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    Toxic Masculinity

    So, yeah, going back to the first page of this thread: Some people are really performing some extreme mental gymnastics to try to find a way to be offended by this ad.
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