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  1. I'm in, for at least the first couple of hours.
  2. The previous square was an abomination, as was its (lack of) programming. We had a big brutalist stage that dominated the north east corner. There were different levels all over the place. We had the KKK come visit every Christmas. We had an economic development director - I can't recall her name - that was such a moron she wouldn't allow free standing tables and umbrellas cause she thought they were tacky. John Altshuler came and consulted, and thank God he did. I still remember the meeting when he simply said the entire thing needed to be scraped clean and started anew. And that it could then be a great gathering space. That's exactly what happened and it couldn't be more different from before. The fountain was moved precisely because it's a fountain - it didn't deserve to be the center of attention. The center of attention was the public square, and the people and activities it would attract. The old guard who complained so bitterly about moving it (and re-doing the square) were the same people who would only drive by and say hello.
  3. This editorial by John Schneider is awesome (and long overdue - thanks John): Streetcar’s No. 1 roadblock? City Hall Published: March 13, 2019 For no good reason, City Hall has taken over management of the streetcar from the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority. Our city has no experience managing a rail transit system. For good measure, the city appointed a lawyer with no transit experience to oversee the operation. https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/03/14/streetcar-s-no-1-roadblock-city-hall.html?u=x26E64qTM4GUjuNBOsoKtMaWVlG&t=1552585459&j=87235371
  4. ^ Wow, those tables are so cool.
  5. Where are your figures coming from? At least the business courier couldn't find figure post 2017 for employment, when it stood at 1400. They mentioned that it was a goal to get to 1800, but they never said they went to 1800 and then dropped 400 people. The actual material in the article references GE leadership where they talk about how the banks facility and area is a great environment for the type of workers they are trying to attract and need to interact to build complex solutions. These are high paying jobs for people figuring out how to run GE engines more efficiently and safely, and write software that scales to the global enterprise. You don't just put those jobs out in an Evendale office park, any more than you tie one hand behind your back before a fight.
  6. ^ wow that's great news. Sounds like buying over on that block, with what's been done already on Race, is no longer a crazy venture. BTW I think you may have meant "west" side of vine.
  7. ^ I'm looking forward to trying the new Babushka Pierogies on Main Street sometime soon. OK not a dumpling, but actually it is a dumpling
  8. I know what you are saying, and I also realize your list was meant to be just an example. But for me those types of stores either exist in downtown (or they have good substitutes) -- and I can walk to them, or I can't recall the last time I wanted to use one of those types of stores. I mean, I'm pushing 60 years old, but do millennials even use dry cleaners? Wouldn't they prefer a good and reliable pickup/dropoff laundry service if they did? For me, combining the new downtown Kroger with something like a downtown Target would get me to 90%.
  9. ^ Oh and by the way, my pre- and post-construction numbers matched!
  10. I know - I've personally submitted and won historic tax credits at Federal and State levels, and completed that whole process, including the CPA audit (and that was expensive!) What I meant was, after you have the CPA audit, nobody at the State level ever goes back and says "Hey, they spent $1M here, how does that jive with what they said they would spend, in their historic tax credit application?" So, if that's the case, just say you'll spend whatever you think will pass the smell test, cause like I said, the larger that number the more competitive is your application.
  11. Applicants for historic tax credits have a built in motive to over estimate the rehab costs, and it certainly seems that's been done here -- these buildings don't even appear to be in very bad shape, as far as OTR vacant stock is concerned. By over estimating costs, the percentage of the credit goes down, and that wins points in the scoring. The thing is, in the end, nobody to my knowledge ever compares the certified rehabilitation expenses, against the proposed total project cost. It's sort of amazing.
  12. ^ is this related at all to rehabilitation of that building? I remember some time ago there was "talk of plans" to turn it into apartments.
  13. Yeah, but it's also true that it might make little sense to put a huge parking structure right at the FCC site, which will be activated 30 dates/year. They stated that one of the things they're looking at is a smaller parking structure first near Findlay. Given the way the Findlay node is progressing, I think that's a wiser use of county money for parking, compared to one large facility at FCC that would likely see lower use overall.
  14. It would make sense to extend the current SID, I agree. Also just from a management perspective. You need an organization to run this, and who better than DCI. And @ink yes on infrastructure improvements. Street lighting + burying utilities, over time.
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