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jmicha

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  1. I know people want a big new construction development, but there are tons of great new developments that center around some sort of redeveloped industrial building. These could easily be the centerpiece of the new development with new buildings ringing them. No reason we can't have both. And if this gets us closer to new construction sooner instead of waiting for magical funding to fall from the sky, I think it's a smart move.
  2. Huh? Pierogies are pretty freaking commonplace anywhere that has a Polish or Ukranian population. Like, you know, an enormous chunk of Ohio. It's not some new trendy thing people will lie about knowing about. They're literally served in elementary schools all over Ohio. I can't tell you how many I ate growing up outside Cleveland and I'm not even slightly Polish/Ukranian.
  3. ^The city is cracking down on those types of hotels. They aren't legal and don't meet code at all. Most are being shut down in one way or another. Midtown is going through a massive wave of new hotel development. All nice enough and fairly priced. I can literally see three under construction as I'm typing and next to them 2 more that are a couple years old and across the street there are 4 that are all less than 4 years old. Hotels are saturating the market so prices are very reasonable.
  4. The most impressive aspect of that building is the complete and utter lack of visible structure. It's completely see through. There are small columns spaced quite far apart on the perimeter and that's it. The core is tucked off into a corner, there are no interior partitions whatsoever, no mid-floor-plate columns, etc. It's really interesting. It's quite striking.
  5. Mind pointing us in the direction of said renderings?
  6. Where the heck did you stay? There are countless nice hotels in Midtown and Downtown Brooklyn for 150-250/night. Many brand new. For restaurants, same thing. I went to dinner with my boyfriend the other night and got an amazing arepa for $7. Last week I got some halal that was two meals' worth for $8 after tip. I'm a young person who lives on my own earned money in NYC and own property here. It really isn't that hard if you aren't dumb with your money. I save half of my post-tax income on top of putting 10% of my income into my 401k and I make a very middle-class income. Prices are expensive in Manhattan and in trendy parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Go a couple neighborhoods further out and you can find one bedroom apartments for 200k. Not exactly super wealthy required to purchase. My apartment in Brooklyn cost me less to buy per square foot than my condo in OTR did. Similar price, significantly more room. Additionally, people generally do make more here compared to other places in the same career. I make twice what I did in Cincinnati. That more than makes up for the differences in cost of living. Additionally, living without a car is way easier here. That saves me $400/month alone over living in Cincy.
  7. I love brutalism and hate how much of it is being torn down. With that said, Crosley is terrible. It is a perfect example of all the bad aspects of brutalism (of which there are many) and essentially zero of the good aspects. The interior spaces are horribly tight, it's not laid out in a logical manner and isn't very adaptable, it doesn't have enough bathrooms, the quantity of windows is a joke, the entrances are inhospitable, the garage entry is especially crappy, the exterior is a patchwork of repairs as a result of the nature of monolithic concrete construction, it doesn't relate whatsoever to its surroundings, it presents itself as a closed off fortress and nothing more, etc. I hate seeing good brutalism disappear as is happening all too often, but this isn't good brutalism. It's bad architecture.
  8. That's an enormous investment in one project. Speaks to how strong the market likely is for that type of conversion. This takes office space off the market and clears out one of the largest possible tower conversions in the city, inching future demand for residential and office space towards large scale new construction. Huge win for the city. Hopefully they can also restore the tip. Get back those few hacked off feet.
  9. There are a handful of instances where it works with the overall aesthetic. A lot of times (most times) however it's just a relatively easy and affordable way to add variety to a simple form. I personally don't hate them quite as much as most, but they definitely wouldn't be my first choice for a tower. There are a handful of times where it's regular enough to feel appropriate (The Beacon being built in Cleveland for instance handles them well I think) but in most it just ends up looking messy and fussy in my mind. Overall I actually don't dislike this proposal. There are some things I'd change for sure, but I think it will actually be a pretty good looking building once built and in a real environment, not the PS1-fog and white blocks environment it's rendered in currently. If they're sending this design out to bid, you can bank on it being fairly close to what they intend to build. Things will definitely change, but if they have drawings to a point of doing a full bid then you won't be seeing any major massing changes.
  10. Though I'm happy to hear that as that entire complex needs much more life, I really do wish changes were being made to the exterior. The entire complex is...ugly. Not in a garish, in-your-face kind of way, but it's just not a flattering series of forms, textures, details, colors, etc. This building being one of the weirdest. The way the penthouses sit on top has always looked really uncomfortable to me. But that's enough negativity, more people right across the Roebling is good for both cities. Hopefully they can bring more people into future developments and whatever happens with the IRS building site.
  11. So when you're in the sketchup model did you geolocate the model? If so, go to file>expor>3d model and select the google earth file (.kmz) then open Google Earth and load it. If you can't get this to work I can quickly do it when I'm free but that likely won't be until later this weekend.
  12. I really don't think it is. If you do a hotel/residential tower it could likely work. The Cincy market isn't much different than the Cleveland market in terms of price per square foot and construction costs and they're building a 396' tall residential tower. Put that on top of a 10-15 story tall hotel/retail podium and you have a 550' tall mixed used building. It's feasible. It'll be a challenge no doubt, but it's not impossible in the current market.
  13. I like where your head is at. 800 footer here, another 650 footer on the lot by the convention center, and a handful of other 150-300 footers scattered about and suddenly the skyline is much bigger.
  14. I disagree. I think this has a very open and appealing feel, I bet it would be an attractive and busy area, I also assume at least part of the ground level would be some form of retail or restaurant. I don't understand the necessity for a street wall. The Kroger building does just that and it's supremely univiting, same with the base of the Terrace Plaza, which is so beloved on this forum. There's a difference between a bland adherence to a street wall, and an activated street wall which is definitely what jjakucyk is talking about. Kroger and the Terrace Plaza have street walls that have essentially no entrances off them, no active uses, etc. so they are dead. An active street wall with proper ground floor uses, building entrances, etc. that feels active is precisely what makes urban areas special. You CAN create impactful plazas that are really great public spaces that activate the space, but the problem is that they often don't go anywhere close to far enough and therefore just become front lawns. Being that this is a mixed use design, I would hope they'd find a way to make it active at all hours, but the reality is that we don't have many good examples of this in Cincinnati. Most plazas are bad and kill street life rather than activate it.
  15. I still love that their argument was based on there being no market for residential in that area...despite the two new towers directly behind it and the new one that is likely to rise directly across the street. What a farce.
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