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  1. "'It’s one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done in my work,' Mr. Cranley said." For the mayor of a major US city to make such a statement should be astounding, no matter what you think of the stadium development.
  2. If Joe's Diner could have managed to make a decent hamburger, they would still be open.
  3. I just posted a nice 500 sq. ft. 1BR @ 15th and Elm for $800/month at 11:00 on Zillow and Craigslist, and by 11:18 I have three people requesting tours.
  4. I can't argue with that logic - moving functions to home means more pressure on space at home. Maybe the sweet spot is converted high-rise office space where the old parking space perk is replaced by free access to well designed / efficient in-building flex office space. What society could gain from that is a lower carbon footprint and increased productivity. but I guess this is also off-topic...!
  5. This is (obviously) pure speculation, but I wonder if all this zoom/work from home that's going on will naturally add to the importance of living in an "interesting" place. I mean, for those of us lucky to have avoided unemployment, home isn't just someplace to crash at the end of the day - it's your office, your restaurant, and your hotel. My wife and I are good with the setup, but I think I'd go insane to be single and living out in the suburbs during this mess.
  6. ^So happy to hear this. As far as I am concerned, my OTR neighbors who build massive single family homes on lots where 10-20 people once lived, and then complain about neighboring developments with even modest densities, should be ashamed.
  7. "Good schools" seems to be mostly a socially acceptable method of sorting. Voucher systems would seem to go against that view, but I think that voucher proponents would turn fairly quickly into voucher opponents, if the proposal was for a voucher system large enough to disrupt the current sorting.
  8. Impressive! The people who undertake this sort of restoration work are amazing to me.
  9. the scaffolding is for masonry repair. last time I looked they had removed roughly the top 10 feet or so of brick (and were presumably set to re-lay that).
  10. It's here: https://development.ohio.gov/files/media/pressrelease/News Release - State Supports 23 Historic Rehabilitation Projects .pdf
  11. This is obviously wrong. Nobody is paying $100K+ for a residential water service, using a well established technology employed throughout the construction industry.
  12. Yes, what freaks people out is not knowing where to look for parking, causing them to drive around aimlessly looking for a street space. This makes them look stupid to their passengers and causes arguments and stress. And then there is the terrifying act of skillfully executing a parallel parking move, something that has not changed since they took their drivers license exam. The cost of parking is truly secondary. And as for Findlay market vendors, if anything, the last 15 years seems to have shown that if you want the market to thrive, just do whatever the current vendors say will destroy their business.
  13. ^ Yes and the NPS recommends, among other treatments, the following for historic masonry: "Applying compatible paint coating systems following proper surface preparation." and "Repainting with colors that are historically appropriate to the building and district." https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/rehabilitation/rehab/masonry01.htm
  14. I wouldn't call it quiet, in the same way as a suburb where the loudest noise is a lawn mower, but most of OTR is nothing like Vine or Main. Especially the cross streets and minor streets like Republic and Pleasant are usually very quiet. Last week I had a tenant in our Elm St. apartment tell me about her younger sister who moved recently to Current. She had apparently considered OTR but the gist was OTR was for "grown ups."
  15. On the 1500 block of Elm I have had a front row seat to changes in street drug dealing/using, prostitution, and public intoxication/urination/defecation over the past 10 years. 10 years ago it was the Wild West - some truly crazy people, fights, screaming, loud car stereos stopping for a half hour at 3AM... some times I could count 100+ people within a half block. Now, there's rarely more than 6 folks just hanging around, with most of those being extremely resistant drug dealers who've been in and out of prison their whole lives. I think their market has shifted elsewhere, and the ones that are left are sort of the lower rung. The people who are left all know my name and say hello to me when I walk past. Like they're trying to be good neighbors. It's very weird. What I've found most remarkable is the gradualness of the changes. I can't tell you how many times I've thought "that's it, they're gone!" but instead of some sea-change it's moved just about at the same pace as redevelopment - just as gradually. Recently 3CDC bought the L&S market building across the street, along with two lots behind it on pleasant, and another building on Race, from slumlord Aaron Etzler (which I think marks his formal exit from the neighborhood). Something like $850K for everything. Now, once L&S market's lease runs out, 3CDC will boot them out of there. Without a local shifty bodega for cover, that will, probably, be the last nail in the dealers coffin. But, from beginning to end, my guess it will end up being 15 years.
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