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  1. Hmm, yes @OHIO.SUCKS, nice unbiased post. If you're interested in why sharp curves like this (which isn't Deadman's curve) exist, you have to look at the history of the Interstate Highway System. Older portions, such as this, were designed with much tighter radii because speeds and traffic levels were expected to be much lower than the realities of current day. In addition, property acquisition comes into play, like with the ACTUAL deadman's curve. They designed around what they could work with and the property they had acquired. And it wasn't an issue because it was anticipated during design that cars wouldn't need to cut their speed in half because they wouldn't be going that fast in the first place. Then things changed. But I like your Microsoft Paint markups.
  2. There was also this Marriott proposal which I'm not sure was ever leaked or shown anywhere. I got this from someone I know that worked at the city doing something tourism related. I was told not to share it and kinda forgot about it until just now haha.
  3. Lolwut. Vandercar is concerning. They inspire zero confidence. Although the Millennium is a terrible hotel, it would have been nice to have an adaptive reuse of the existing structures, new hotels built on the vacant lot, and a westward expansion of the convention center. I feel like that would have added the most life to western downtown. This current plan will remove a chunk of the skyline for a big question mark. That's concerning to me.
  4. I don't know if there are actual definitions out there, but two people making 50k combined seems like it wouldn't fall into "middle class." Regardless, there are affordable options in OTR using the metric of no more than 1/3 of your income that taestall mentioned. It's a trendy neighborhood. The fact that there's anything available under $250k is abnormal as it is, let alone as cheap as $150k. The studio I bought 5 years ago in OTR cost me $820/month for mortgage, taxes, and HOA. That would be affordable to someone making $30k a year. Which is not a lot.
  5. I quite like how this turned out. I still think it would have been great to have had a color we don't have much in the skyline like a blue or green or yellow. Basically anything other than shades found in common stones or bricks, but I still like the shades of brown. It adds a pop of modernity to Euclid Ave. In 10 years when we have a few more modern towers we're going to have a nice mix of old and new along this corridor. It'll be really nice.
  6. That glass is looking like the right amount of reflective:clear ratio. Too many buildings lately have super reflective glass which, unless you're buying high quality glass, ends up looking super cheap because the reflections are wavy and wonky as a result of the cheapness. This is looking like it's going to turn out great!
  7. Wow. That's an awesome looking place. That's going to be a serious draw into that area. I would imagine it'll be a catalyst for spin off development around it to happen, kind of like with Rhinegeist (to a smaller extent). One thing I really miss since moving away from the Midwest is that because land is so expensive (here in NYC) it's essentially impossible to make building something like this work financially. You sometimes get backyards or roof tops, but there's something about a large, ground floor outdoor bar that's special and not something I ever imagined would stick out as something I really miss about Cincinnati.
  8. The good thing is that this is about 99% confirmed to be B&M and their other interventions at the park both use the terrain to their advantage. Both Diamondback and Banshee don't hit their top speeds until after the first drop by way of using the terrain. In fact, Banshee is halfway through its ride before it hits its top speed. They purposefully laid it out so that all the elements were scaled as if they were the first element after the first drop. It's a super unique situation in that there really aren't any small elements other than the final helix. Very atypical, especially for B&M which has gotten a lot safer with their designs over the years.
  9. I believe that's their last phase of the 15th and Race project along with the Elm Street Industries building. Now that they finished the current phase I would image something might be seen soonish.
  10. Not sure what you're having trouble seeing. There's nothing in any of those that's overly challenging to understand. Maybe you just aren't the type of person who would ever be viewing a design competition submission? They're interesting, but all of them rely in part on demolishing something that has already been developed. Which is a shame. I get why they made those moves in each, but still, it would have been stronger to use real world scenarios.
  11. Zoning here is such a crazy mess of rules, regulations, overlays, special districts, etc. haha. But it's fun to see what can and can't be done. I like having the advantage of understanding the zoning to know what can and can't happen in the future with these kinds of sites. I'm hoping something prominent does get built here. It's an extremely dramatic site looking from Brooklyn. Would be interesting to have a Lower Manhattan skyline with two equal peaks instead of just one.
  12. No. That requires a zoning change. That has only successfully happened a few times in recent history but takes years and you can't legally hold up a project for future zoning changes. Without a zoning change there's nothing anyone, including Gale, can do about it since it's as of right. It's the exact same reason her opposition to the 57th Street supertalls amounted to a hill of beans. The only thing that really could have stopped another supertall is if this site was in a landmarked district, but it's not. It's highly unlikely this will get split back up. It's more valuable as one collective assemblage. It's more likely that the tower that gets built won't be as skinny as proposed which will help with the current state of construction and the market, but that's to be seen.
  13. Dead duck in its current incarnation, but definitely not dead long. Hundreds of millions in consolidated air rights means someone will surely buy it very quickly. Expect a building of similar height (possibly even the same design) to rise on that site at some point in the nearish future.
  14. It's also possible their plan for a tower above won't require full demo and rather selective demolition. That corner might be able to remain occupied during the process. Always an option.
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