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  1. One of my life goals is to make a crapload by being the stubborn hold out.
  2. Literally nothing I said was hatred of Parma. I have no problems in general with Parma anymore than I do with any suburb. In fact, I think parma does a decent job on a lot of accounts of providing the suburban lifestyle that many want but in a dense, affordably designed way. If all suburbs were more similar to Parma i think that would be an overall improvement. My problem is specifically with the area outlined in this plan. It's a series of poorly designed, disjointed remnants of past versions of the American suburban shopping realm. You have strip malls with parking out front, chunks of a dead mall with parking surrounding it, freestanding retail with parking surrounding it, freestanding big box stores with parking surrounding it, etc. And all this is connected by roads and a street grid that forces all traffic to a few key streets which means those streets have no way of ever being pedestrian friendly and the entirety of the development in this area is not walkable so there's no reason to be providing walkable infrastructure, wayfinding, placemaking, etc. unless there's an actual push to rebuild in a true mixed-use manner that would necessitate it. You say, "you'd be surprised" as if I'm not from the area. I used to go to Parmatown every Friday growing up to play Initial D at Aladdin's Castle Arcade. I was in that area as recently as Christmas. My opinion very much still stands even if the Shoppes at Parma is more successful than Parmatown was. It's still disjointed and does nothing to encourage an actual town center feel, making this plan quite odd in my mind. This planning document has a lot of great aspects to it, but it's missing the key element, and that's humans outside of their cars. Unless they truly push to make this into something it currently isn't, all of this is going to go to waste.
  3. That's a whole lot of dressing up of a hideous area that has nearly zero redeeming qualities. The only way to achieve a "town center" would have been to use the failure of Parmatown as an opportunity to build out a street grid, create some sort of central plaza or square, and build mixed-use development in a master plan fashion. At the moment there's just a series of huge roads, parking lots, strip malls, and whatever you want to call The Shoppes at Parma. There's no logical way to turn that into anything meaningful. All that beautification and creation of bike lanes, trails, wayfinding, etc. won't do anyone any good if there's no "there" there and there isn't currently any obvious way to make that happen. Not in the near term future at least.
  4. God, do you ever give the "yuppie" thing a rest? Do you sit at home and fester over the idea of young people investing in neighborhoods that have been seriously neglected for decades? Give it a break, damn.
  5. They really aren't "shoeboxes." I owned one of the studios in Westfalen II for a few years and loved it. It could have easily comfortably housed another person that was like-minded. Not everyone needs a boatload of space to be comfortable and happy in their living environment. Some of us are more than happy to live small but be in a good location, like being a 2 minute walk away from Washington Park.
  6. "A year" is developer speak for "two years from the start date we're telling you" so that people feel excited and it's easier to get people onboard.
  7. You need a LOT more than just a 6" air gap to stop sound transmission from live shows. With that said, there are certainly ways of achieving it. But having once looked at a condo above a live stage and snooping around, finding ear plugs on the nightstands I can't imagine it's going to be an easy sell and people will (rightfully) question any statement made about soundproofing, even if it truly is handled.
  8. Major thing to note, that's a dangerous way to base it off of. Occupied units that haven't been renewed also show up. Considering the majority of renters don't renew after a year in most markets, you will see a lot more listings than there are truly vacant units.
  9. 1 Manhattan Square is a seriously underrated office tower. It's incredibly simple without being a basic box. The rounded corners, subtle taper, and beautiful base/lobby really make it stand out in a crowded market of "just okay" office towers in the immediate area. It has a quality to it in person that the others in Hudson Yards don't. Hudson Yards' most prominent office towers, 10 and 30 HY by KPF, seem to have taken the same approach that Honda and Toyota take with their cars these days. They don't know when to put the pencil down and reduce. They just keep adding and adding. I don't hate 10 and 30, but they don't have the elegance of Manhattan Square. When 2 Manhattan Square is finished the scale and relationship is going to evoke aspects of the original World Trade Center but does it in a way that isn't, well, horrible to the pedestrian experience.
  10. The terracotta panels are different and "rotate" back and forth as they rise. It creates arching bands of light and shadow when looking at the building in certain conditions. Very much on purpose.
  11. 261 space garage for 66 apartments? Are they planning on each household having 4 cars? Or are they planning to use this garage for further development nearby and to take advantage of the topography to create below grade parking for multiple future buildings? Or is that a typo? 66 units on a site that large seems pretty low.
  12. Additionally, a TON of buildings in OTR have completely new brick patched in all over, sometimes entire facades. As a result the raw brick is extremely unsightly.
  13. I love how gung-ho they were about this development then just fell off the face of the earth the moment it opened and became clear it was going to struggle. I still remember my one and only visit shortly after opening and seeing water damage in the residential buildings, the hotel and on that weird rooftop park space and just knowing this things was thrown up to make a quick buck (which seems to not even have happened) with no care really for the future.
  14. Main Street is likely more densely populated than Vine Street purely due to the fact that there were very few demolitions along Main Street and almost all the buildings are residential above. Whereas on Vine there are still several large gaps and a lot of the new infill and rehabs are office space. Which is good since variety is what a mixed use neighborhood needs. The downside though is that BECAUSE Main saw fewer demolitions there are more storefronts to fill. The reality is that Main likely won't be "full" until Sycamore gets developed with primarily residential buildings and Pendleton fills out more since both those areas will be much lighter proportionally in terms of ground floor retail space.
  15. Yep. Construction is extremely expensive right now. The fact that they went with steel and concrete framing instead of the typical 1 over 5 wood framed building alone is a huge step up from typical student housing. Everything mentioned above sounds like things that haven't been picked up since the punch-list. Which happens. Sometimes you leave many little items until after opening because you have no choice on timing of opening. My statements above shouldn't be used to make it out as me thinking this is a great building. It's an average "good enough" building with a nice amenities package. Which is the reality of the market right now. My statement was about being annoyed by Jake's constant need to berate anything designed, styled, whatever, etc. for younger people. It's exhausting. It's not 1996 anymore, get over it.
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