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  1. It seems like parks would be most usable if the Race St. and Walnut St. bridges were included in the park space too... limiting traffic across FWW to Elm, Vine or Main. It'd require conversion of all of those to 2-way streets, and to make it better maybe the Streetcar track could be taken off the Main St. bridge and go on the Race and Walnut St. bridges only.
  2. Not to float wild conspiracy theories, but I have to here given how many Cincinnatians are giving the Bengals the middle finger this year... (that and my current avatar is a guy with a boot on his head, so wild conspiracies are bound to happen). The Bengals' agreement is up in, what, 2026? I see the market for MLS continuing to grow and the market for the NFL continuing to shrink while the league keeps exploring things like teams in London. Is there a possibility that FC Cincy can pull off Atlanta-style attendance in a renovated PBS if the Bengals were to leave town? And if that happens, what would happen to FC Cincy's new stadium if they jumped ship to PBS?
  3. Thought this interview on Fresh Air today was incredibly interesting: https://www.npr.org/2019/11/06/776747102/we-re-all-struggling-writer-saeed-jones-reflects-on-identity-and-acceptance There's a lot of takeaways from it, but being a biased Ohioan like I am I thought his discussion on Columbus (which starts around the 27:00 minute mark) was enlightening. Saeed Jones moved from NYC to Columbus' Short North a couple months ago. He is an author, poet, and Buzzfeed editor, and has said (paraphrased) that Columbus is a refreshing place to live because everything is easier to do than in NYC. Errands are easier to run, rent is lower, and there's more of a community. He said Columbus is the gayest city he has ever lived in, including SF, and that the literary community is great too. I do not have a WaPo subscirption so I have not read this article, but it would be worth the read as well IMO: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/forget-new-york-for-writer-saeed-jones-columbus-ohio-is-the-place-to-be-a-literary-star/2019/10/22/7d0deb60-ef58-11e9-8693-f487e46784aa_story.html
  4. Norwood is an interesting case... like an urban version of Moraine up in Dayton since both are former GM towns, largely built around (and for) the GM plants. When GM left Moraine, there was talk of the town going bankrupt and having to dissolve for quite a while... I don't think that talk died down until Fuyao came in tbh. From an outsider perspective, it seems like with all of the development that has happened in Norwood recently it should be doing great.
  5. Glad to see Warren County doesn't want the eastern bypass to happen either... https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/warren-county-officials-fear-potential-cincinnati-bypass/ynvvfqy43iihu1hbyhGnBI/?icmp=cb_widget
  6. There’s a big difference between good urbanism (which, at the end of the day, is generally not life or death) vs. healthcare which is literally life or death. Something like MetroMoves absolutely should come back because it’s easy to sell people on a better future with it in their lives for relative little cost. As for healthcare, it’s a lot more personal issue IMO. Have you ever had to fight a claim with your insurance provider? Or deal with a less than customer service oriented government agency like the IRS? Not saying it’s fair, but this is what a lot of people fear will mix with M4A. If done right, it won’t. Maybe I’m thinking too much like an engineer here (which is my background, in part) but if we are looking purely at risk vs reward, private insurance -> M4A is like handing a 16-year old keys to a Lambroghini as soon as they pass their driving test, and the only way for them to get home is on a curvy, one lane, poorly maintained road. The odds of crashing are high, even though it’s the basically the best car you can get (if you think sports cars are the best cars, easy analogy at least even if it’s off base for an Urban forum). Public option is like giving that same kid keys to one of the 2016 or later model Honda Civics. It’s still sporty, decently powerful, and fun but the odds of crashing it are lower and the costs of crashing it are lower too. And it’ll even get you to the same place. To me it’s a no-brainer.
  7. Some companies do, absolutely. The reason why Caresource has been able to grow here in Dayton is exactly what you said... increased federal regulation that led to expansion of Medicaid across many states. Caresource is the leading healthcare provider for these Medicaid recipients. If M4AWWI or another form of public option came up, it’d be great for Dayton because Caresource would be one of the best positioned insurance companies to take advantage of the new market opportunities. Not sure how they would navigate in a M4A climate.
  8. Absolutely. It’s healthy for some national debt to exist but eventually people need to get paid, money can’t be printed forever, and the wheels will come off. It’s all about stabilization. Im not anti-M4A, and neither are any of the non-radical 2020 candidates (not “radical” in a derogatory way, but as in to the left of liberal as reactionary is to the right of conservative). It’s just we can’t F— it up. Because if we do it’ll get repealed or outlawed so fast by the Republicans it’ll make our heads spin. Stuff like this makes me think Sanders and Warren need to sharpen their pencils: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/10/high-cost-warren-and-sanderss-single-payer-plan/600166/ M4A in some form can and will be done well soon IF a Democratic majority in Congress and the White House can be secured in 2020. And a public option is essentially M4A anyways, it’ll guarantee everyone has access to high quality insurance.The key is getting to that point. The majority of people support a public option, not full blown M4A right now. The calculus will change once there’s a US benchmark. In the meantime, completely killing a private industry for the sake of switching everyone to a government run plan instantaneously that may work just about as well as the healthcare.gov launch may be just enough to turn an entire generation red.
  9. Compromise with the Republicans on this won’t be possible. Republicans wouldn’t compromise with Democrats even if they wrote the whole plan, handed it to the Democrats, and then asked the Democrats to put their plan without edits up to a vote. (Which is basically what happened with Romneycare branded as Obamacare that we have now). Democrat loathing is real and tbh horrifying in that Republican kool-aid loving camp. So anything from the Dems is going to get stonewalled by the GOP, that’s not the issue. The real concern is the American people as a whole. The majority needs to be on the Democrat’s side for any of this to work, because congressional majorities will need to be held to ram it through. I don’t think shoving all Americans into some untested government run healthcare program right off the bat is a good way to make the majority of people trust it. It’s just poorly executed policy. What would be good is if the trial run happens, beats the private market (as it absolutely should) and them implement M4A. In an ideal world, term 1 would be M4AWWI implementation, term 2 would be strait M4A implementation. A successful implementation of M4AWWI term 1 would make M4A widely popular and easy to pass in term 2.
  10. This article explains how Mayor Pete would pay for M4AWWI: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pete-buttigiegs-answer-to-medicare-for-all-includes-a-public-option/ The plan would cost $1.5 trillion and would be paid for by cost savings and reforming the corporate tax code to get large corporations to pay more.
  11. Here's a really good article I ran across a few months ago describing the rise of stick construction. It also does a good job explaining how and why the recent building trend has gone towards larger block style apartment buildings in cities vs. pre-recession suburban build: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-02-13/why-america-s-new-apartment-buildings-all-look-the-same Stick construction is really cost competitive nowadays, and steel prices probably make it even more so. Which makes me wonder why we are seeing so many of these go up as apartment units and so few go up as condominiums. This style of construction is affordable and in demand, even if it has its hazards outlined in the article. The downside is how these buildings will age. It appears some places are putting pressure on this type of construction. I'm thinking for this development in Dayton, Weyland Properties decided to stay one step ahead of the city and build with steel and concrete instead to ensure approval for their building right next to train tracks: https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/new-apartments-proposed-near-oregon-district/yQ2cO1Kc0FjYKjduAF8tIK/
  12. ^The renovation is really coming along! Every time I see pictures of the Arcade, I realize it is still hard for me to wrap my head around how cavernous it is... it'll be an amazing space once it is done, glad to see it finally happening.
  13. Only posting a Fox News article because it was the first article I could find to confirm this line of thought, but Pete does support M4A. This is his position on it: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pete-buttigieg-public-option-medicare
  14. That's why not forcing M4A is critical... let the government prove M4A is the better option so people go there, and the private market will collapse. Forcing people into a government program is never a good idea when it actively kills a private industry and the tens of thousands of jobs tied to it. But when the government can beat private industry at its own game then absolutely it should happen. Forced M4A won't fly in a general election. Warren, Sanders, etc. would have to moderate their position if they are the nominee.
  15. Personally, I agree with your point. MFA is absolutely the way to go, every first world nation has it, and it is one of the things that makes the USA a "1B" nation. Close, but we can and need to improve to really be the best. It isn't 1955 anymore and the US is not the gold standard. The issue isn't with you and me though... it's with the 300+ million people in the US with us, many of whom don't agree. That's why a solid public option needs to happen next, and the public option needs to be better than private healthcare.
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