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  1. ^ But if they're empty more than standard seats then that makes them a bigger drag. They're also much more limited in the routes they can be used on, so they're just less flexible in their deployment and utilization. I will say however that a hyper-focus on individual service metrics can still be a mistake. Diners and sleepers on long-distance trains, or owl service on city transit may look like just a loss, rather than a loss leader. But these are the sorts of services that can be absolutely essential to make a round trip viable. In the example of city transit, owl service is not used much, but that can be the only option for someone working an oddball shift. If that one leg isn't available, then the system loses that passenger's daytime leg of the journey as well. Then they're much less likely to use the system for anything else either.
  2. Fixing stuff like that is nigh impossible if it's not a gut job. I have a project under construction in Newport right now, and while the foundation is good, the beams and other floor supports are all terrible, so the floors were sagging and crooked. New walls were built under the beams in the basement, and rotted sill beams and studs were replaced. The floors are now stiff and level, but the front door won't open, and the few wall finishes that weren't demo'd basically all exploded as the floors were jacked up. Imagine if all the walls were still plastered, it would be a disaster.
  3. Since it's being sold as-is I wouldn't be surprised if there's some lurking structural or foundation issue that's not in the listing but is part of the owner declarations. It looks nice, but the second to last photo of the rear of the house shows some pretty wonky stuff going on with the stucco.
  4. There was probably some library or historical society watermark on the photo and someone just did a very crude copy and paste. Anyway, it does also show what the facade of the Kao building to the right looked like, and which could still be buried under that awful 1960s re-skin. There's a ground level photo from http://www.cfdhistory.com/htmls/company.php?name=43
  5. And Paul's departure. But what's the physical reason? Is that paint that was covered only by decals? If so, why were the decals removed?
  6. The thing is that so much of our economy is based on squeezing out every last tiny fraction of a percent that even 90% of normal can be a crushing blow to a lot of industries. In construction for example, you can have multi tens of million dollar projects where they still scrimp and squeeze on every little detail so they can get that extra 2% out of it. Even if vinyl baseboards, unfinished exposed concrete, and plastic lights aren't going towards a new Alfa Romeo for the developer, tiny fluctuations in interest rates or demand curves are enough for project finances to no longer pencil out. With the way things are going, returning to 80-90% of normal would be a best case scenario, even if it's still objectively a disaster. I guess it's more a question of what outfits will be able to weather the storm long enough to capture that market after all is said and done.
  7. At first glance because of the panorama distortion it looks like the Anchor building up the street. https://goo.gl/maps/1bqPok2g9SuQKc5o7
  8. That could be a case where the street used to end in a cul-de-sac and was later extended through for one reason or another. I know that was the case with Claramont in Oakley: https://goo.gl/maps/3Hr4bXDVZuhXujPT6
  9. No, a mini roundabout is one that's plopped within an existing intersection, generally with no other modifications. They can be fully mountable if trucks or buses need to make turns. They're also called neighborhood traffic circles. http://calmstreetsboston.blogspot.com/2012/04/modern-day-roundabouts-and-neighborhood.html
  10. Mini roundabouts would be good "tactical urbanism" projects. A planter box, some paint, and a few signs is all it would take. I don't think McMicken/Ravine is the place for something like that though, because of the geometry. Mini roundabouts tend to be found at 90-degree 4-way stops in residential neighborhoods with little truck or bus traffic. I don't really have any ideas off the top of my head for that intersection, but some curb bump-outs and turn restrictions might be the low-hanging fruit there.
  11. No I'm saying without the rail yards it could just be a surface street, kind of like Gest, or Hopple between Spring Grove and I-75. The whole point of the viaducts was to cross the many railroads and yards, not so much for topography. There'd still be a bridge over Mill Creek, and a couple of railroad overpasses, but nothing like what's there now. I know it's a complete pipe dream.
  12. In a case like this I wouldn't be opposed to a facadectomy. Keep the street wall and windows, but demolish everything behind it. Of course then they'll probably complain that the floor plates wouldn't line up, and something-something brand image, something-something.
  13. KAO USA plans to expand; Powell Valves moving after 174 years of operation Powell Valves, a 174-year-old industrial valve manufacturer in Cincinnati, is moving for the first time to allow its longtime neighbor, KAO USA, to expand. Check out this story on cincinnati.com: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/2020/03/11/kao-usa-expanding-powell-valves-moving-after-174-years-same-location/5013626002/
  14. I wonder how much it would cost to relocate the rail yards instead, and just get rid of this whole viaduct nonsense altogether. They were built here for historical reasons, and then expanded when urban industrial areas were collapsing, but there's not really any need for it to be so close to downtown. Sharonville had a much larger yard in the past, and getting a couple of warehouse buildings out of the way would provide a similar amount of space out there. Of course, redeveloping the freed up space into more low-density industrial like the rest of Queensgate wouldn't be of any benefit, and I don't see city leaders coming up with anything more creative than that, so oh well.
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