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  1. It has been. For good reason. It's a huge undertaking and the reality is that its specifics really depended on the long-term successes and failures of The Banks. I'm nervous it's going to wind up being parks. Not that I dislike parks, but it won't do a good job of bridging the gap and will detract from the world class park on the riverfront that is already fairly huge for the population it serves. There should be a strong push to build out buildings on the caps.
  2. I'm almost okay with closing Elm if they create a pedestrian pass-through, similar to 6 1/2 Ave in Manhattan. A large, inviting, open space pedestrians can use to go from one side to the other, done in a way that's truly inviting and makes people feel comfortable doing so. If the city is dead set on this type of expansion, this is a MUST. Those in the city should start creating awareness of the benfits of creating large pass-throughs in buildings of this size. They can work if handled correctly.
  3. My new co-op is in Jackson Heights. In general it's very peaceful and quiet where I am (in the historic district) but on the random occasions this flight path is the one taken, I can hear the planes landing while in my living room. Thankfully not super loud, but definitely noticeable.
  4. I haven't been back to Cincy since I moved back in mid 2016 and one of the things I've noticed in a lot of recent pics and the updated Google Streetview is that the street trees around the neighborhood are getting big! I remember these being planted and now they're as tall as the surrounding buildings. It's going to be so great in another 10 years when there's a continuous canopy on many of the streets south of Liberty. Just need them to finish burying power and utility lines.
  5. I know in some places (like here in NYC) you can't have penetrations in your egress corridor for anything other than egress as of right. They'll occasionally let things like maintenance closets, mechanical rooms, etc. to open into the corridors if you can prove there really isn't an economical/viable way of doing it differently, but they are likely to give you an objection and force you to redo your plans if you present them something like this. The reason being that mechanical rooms are some of the most likely places to cause a fire other than kitchens and having a door, even fire rated, opening straight into your egress path is counterintuitive. Granted, with sprinklers and fire rated door construction these days it's really NOT an issue, but the code in many places hasn't really kept up with reality.
  6. These are priced around $2.25/sf/month which is more or less bottom of the range possible in new construction mid/high rise buildings. So it seems they're pretty well priced given that any lower and the building wouldn't have been built.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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