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  1. Sorry, I’m unmoved. Somewhere between getting kicked in the head by a horse or run over by a stampede of pigs going to slaughter, and achieving the “right” to unfettered and safe movement at any time, our cities died. The occasional need to walk out of bounds and maybe disrupt traffic doesn’t sound at all panic inducing, to me. By the way I was also on Main Street last night and hadn’t given a second thought to it, till your post. Just different reactions I guess.
  2. Wow - "too many pedestrians". I've honestly never ever heard or thought that before in Cincinnati. A happy milestone.
  3. This and other aspects of these guidelines need to be fought vigorously when they come up for approval.
  4. was at Cafe Vivace over the weekend and someone there told me that they were now pursuing a $750K crowdsource financing campaign, which sounded completely nuts to me.
  5. In my mind some people - apparently the OTR Infill Committee - overly romanticize the role of OTR architecture in defining the community. I get the idea these people would be dismayed to be standing on a street corner on Vine street in 1900, because of all the people passing by disturbing their views. You have enough people on the street, they become the city, not the buildings. The infill committee wants an architecture museum, not a real urban community built for people. The strangest thing to me is that these same folks are the ones complaining the loudest about the lack of affordable housing in new infill developments. Hypocrisy...
  6. I'm in, for at least the first couple of hours.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. ^ Wow, those tables are so cool.
  10. 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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
  13. 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%.
  14. ^ Oh and by the way, my pre- and post-construction numbers matched!
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