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  1. The larger of the two stadiums is a disaster at street level. It eschews the street grid and is surrounded by a fence with literal spikes on top. It's also of gargantuan scale because of the huge ribs and gaping openness. It doesn't seem like a building. https://goo.gl/maps/nhZ59Kbjtm4rReqV6 The smaller stadium actually maintains some street walls and has doors and windows along its entire perimeter. It's also of a scale similar to the buildings around it, and in fact is even a bit shorter. It feels like a building. https://goo.gl/maps/GbgH4ZVWCwV5nKCq5 Which of these two would you want to live near, or walk next to? https://goo.gl/maps/Ut5BPKwsQ3YwuiAW6
  2. A building can be pretty or ugly, it can win design awards or not, but that's independent of whether it's good urbanism or not. In fact, the projects that win design awards are usually bad urbanism because they retreat from their surroundings in order to be an objet d'art in isolation.
  3. Just because *you* don't care what the outside looks like, that doesn't make it not matter. If this was in Mason in some cornfield, fine, but it's not. Civics matter, especially so when you're a literal stone's throw from the largest historic district in the country.
  4. Or demolish a section of the levee and replace it with a plaza at ground level. They can do an arcade wall or something like an old aqueduct to support removable flood wall panels for when the river is high. Or do something like the entrance to Sawyer Point/Yeatman's Cove that can be closed off.
  5. I don't see how any of the schemes that have these huge elevated lawns with Rivercenter Blvd in a tunnel are going to fly, they're going to be budget busters. Plus elevated plazas/lawns need tons of density to activate them, and even then it's very difficult. William Whyte dedicated a lot of analysis as to why elevated (and to a somewhat lesser extent sunken) plazas don't work without very specific characteristics, even in New York.
  6. The garage's/hotel's support columns would be in the parking lot, so they might lose a few spots, but if the hotel garage's entrance is on Euclid or Taft then there wouldn't be any ramps to that lower level. It would basically be a parking lot under a garage, which is only slightly different from being the lowest level of the garage itself.
  7. I don't have access to the Courier articles, but simply identifying "corridor goes here" without actually designing it as a bikeway is just as bad as ODOT's rapid transit "accommodation" in the I-75 rebuild. I see lots of zig-zags, no MLK crossing, and no connection to anything else. If it's left to be figured out later, then it's already over, because there will be critical roadblocks and any solutions will be totally botched. From what I can see, if they did design a bike path through this thing that's visible at a different scale, then I bet it's a windy, slow, frequently impeded kludge, but I'd love to be proven wrong.
  8. The parking structure would be four stories tall as viewed from the Kroger parking lot, with the bottom level being the parking lot that's there now. From Taft it would be one story below and three stories above, with the hotel lobby taking up most of level 2.
  9. Considering the way it's designed right now, they're not even thinking about that. Also, look at NIOSH, they couldn't design a more 1970s suburban office park site plan if they tried.
  10. If that. This side lot is just one aisle wide, and a good chunk of it is taken up by the pharmacy drive-thru, so there's only 32 spots. I don't think this hotel project goes farther west than the west facade of Kroger, but I'm not positive about that.
  11. It's filling in this bowl to the south of the Kroger. https://goo.gl/maps/MWQEbLGXePqukLrbA You can see there's probably room for two levels of parking before you get up to Taft/Eden, but I don't think that's enough so I believe that while the lobby is supposed to be at the Taft level, there's still going to be some garage above it too. At least that's what I saw several months ago. Seriously, parking just ruins everything.
  12. It's not replacing the parking lot, which will just become the bottom level of the hotel's garage.
  13. Were they able to find decent public schools in the city? Was the best job they could find in the suburbs? Could they afford a house in the city with the extra bedroom (or more)? It's been pointed out over and over that people can only choose from the options that are available to them. Schools are a huge factor for any family with kids, and very few people are willing to risk their kid's education by pioneering in a bad district. They're making rational choices based on the situation they're faced with, but it doesn't mean that's their preferred choice.
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