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  1. On the other hand if the streets remain one way maybe they can dedicate the lanes someday. This is made more complicated when you have the tracks running in the right lane for some length and then switching to the left. I'm not sure there are plans to make some of the north-south streets two-way, unlike a lot of the east-west streets. Vine was an exception. Plans change all the time, whereas streetcar tracks are not so easy to change. It limits the possibility of future plans. The tracks should run in the right lane the entire length of Race. It is goofy to switch lanes from right to left up at Findlay Market. I thought it was done to avoid moving the sewer line, but maybe it had more to do with the left turn at Central Parkway and not having the train cross in front of parallel traffic making the turn. Maybe a better solution would have been dedicating the right lane for streetcars and buses and creating an extra signal phase for them at Central Pkwy. Would only have had to be done for a block (though the whole length of Race wouldn't have hurt).
  2. Thanks for the pics, taestell. I know we've gone over this before. Several times. But how many portions of track run on the left side of the street? Why? Wouldn't it have been better to anticipate the streets possibly becoming two-way in the future?
  3. It's so fugly it's amusing. It's like from an alternate universe where the USSR took over Sweden.
  4. Developer: Streetcar spurred 20 new Downtown apartments Bowdeya Tweh, 5:57 p.m. EST January 22, 2015 A developer has completed the renovation of a Downtown office building to house 20 new apartments and street-level retail space. ... [Developer Joe] Levine said discussions about the then proposed Cincinnati streetcar helped him determine a residential redevelopment would be the best use for the building built in the early 1900s. Speaking in the building along the streetcar line Thursday, he said being connected without a car to Findlay Market, and other Downtown attractions would be appealing to new residents. In 2013, the city approved the Levine Properties affiliate to get a 12-year tax abatement for all improvements to the building. "The streetcar played a big role in turning this into residential up top," Levine said. "It really helped us a lot." Read more
  5. That type of restaurant should do really well there. That's what I thought about Mahogany's when it was announced.
  6. Instead of removing it, just traffic-calm the sh!t out of it and make it part of the park, while still useable as a cut-through. Best of both worlds.
  7. You mean their local formula? Cincinnati, as a grocery market, is just a blip for them. They have urban stores elsewhere. Building a CBD store would hardly be "changing their formula" in any meaningful sense.
  8. natininja

    The BEER Thread

    nice and cork city aka hoboken's best craft beer bar certainly agrees. great lakes is holding 3 taps at the moment, more than any other brewery, which is typical for them and impressive as nj is outside of the distribution range: http://www.corkcitypub.com/bluto/sites/club/draught.asp I counted 6 from Victory Brewing.
  9. It's not mentioned in this description, but it looks like this is being used as a way of enabling cyclists to maintain right-of-way (as in precedence) over automobiles -- so the cyclists don't get a stop sign but are forced to slow down. Does anyone know where this has been implemented and/or studied? I'm not sure I like it (I'm not sure fast-moving cyclists in a cycle track are such a danger to pedestrians that they need to be inconvenienced categorically; if auto-cyclist conflicts are the worry there are other possible design solutions), but it's an interesting idea.
  10. So are those "antique medicines" going in those "heritage cocktails?" Could make for some uh...interesting libations.
  11. I realized there are two versions of the boundaries, one "statistical" which don't overlap, and one for community councils (which do overlap). It's still messy, as the statistical one doesn't have all 52 neighborhoods. It has 49 or 50, can't remember.
  12. natininja

    The BEER Thread

    ^ I enjoyed the Brickskeller when I went in 2005. At that time, it was still an oddity.
  13. I like the idea of having a good sized building at that corner, but having a semi-circle or similar shape carved out of the corner to make room for a small plaza. Basically, like atlas suggests.Just having one of those done well would be huge for Cincinnati. It's one of those little striking details you often find in world-class cities. If the ground floor of the corner-cut building has a cafe, even better.
  14. Looks to me like the parking garage fronts Elm on the ground floor of the residential scheme.
  15. Roebling is a travelled roadway currently, but doesn't always have to be. It would be a fantastic place for a linear park.
  16. I wasn't saying it was in the same category, just referring to the processes of getting a demo permit. Thanks for the clarifications, ryanlammi[/member].
  17. Were the owners of the Bavarian Brewery requesting federal funds for demolition? It seems to me that in other cities historic registry has more teeth. Am I imagining that?
  18. The river divides the region, yes, but it's not an unsightly, loud, polluting freeway. The bridge isn't a space that needs to be dispensed of, imo. Fair enough. I am sympathetic to this view. I certainly don't think the river is "a space that needs to be dispensed of," and that's why I said "not to insult the river," but I also think it would help make Newport feel closer to Downtown if this were built. There are other ways that could be done. Adding some food carts would be great. Developments closer to both sides of the bridge would be fantastic. Still, this would be a unique attraction and it could really make walking/biking over one crossing seamless. Which might create synergistic development on both sides of the river. I won't be crying if this doesn't happen, but I think it would be a new landmark that raises the image of the city. This thing absolutely would be photographed all the time, published in architectural magazines, people would know about it. It looks sleek and contemporary. Some people would, no doubt, hate it. And if in 20-30 years it's decided this was a huge error, the bones of the bridge will still be there when the building is torn down. If we didn't have the Roebling bridge, I'd be more worried about insulting the historic character of this bridge. But we do have the Roebling bridge, which puts the quaintness of PPB to shame. If the plan were to get rid of the ped/bike ROW, I'd be more hesitant to support this. Making it like the High Line would feel derivative. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it wouldn't have the Wow factor. There's a lot of park space on the Cincy side and hopefully soon there will be on the KY side. Actually, High Line-ifying the Roebling would be pretty damn cool if Covington makes a Smale(lite) on their side. That would be epic, really. That wouldn't be derivative, because the Roebling will never be derivative no matter what it does. And it's dead center on the city and the flagship riverfront park. That would be another project to garner (inter)national attention and be endlessly photographed.
  19. Doesn't a building with a story get an individual designation of some sort? I don't know, I guess I just expect being registered to provide some sort of protection. But it doesn't seem to offer much protection in this city. I guess that's because the preservation board is pressured to be developer friendly?
  20. natininja

    The BEER Thread

    In both of these instances you're conflating the coffee shop/tap room boom with the rise in appreciation for better coffee/beer. People are buying better coffee and beer for home consumption, too. In fact the preference for better coffee has outlasted the coffee shop boom, and the preference for better beer will outlive the boom of breweries and tap rooms. Honestly, I think if anyone is being duped by the craft beer boom it's people investing a ton of money in "me too" breweries, which certainly isn't benefiting anyone else. So the idea that it's all a marketing ploy is ridiculous. If you think the quality of beer being produced today is the same as was being produced in the '90s, you just fundamentally don't get what's happened in the industry. Today is to beer as the late-'60s/early-'70s were to music. The underground has bubbled into the overground and creativity is at an unprecedented peak.
  21. It never ceases to amaze me when buildings like this and the house Christie's/Lenhardt's was in are not on the historic register. Shouldn't CPA be nominating these left and right? If any of you know of buildings with a story like this that aren't registered, please try to draw some attention to it.
  22. I really like this, especially if the ped/bike right of way can be preserved. In a way it's like capping FWW, dispensing of blank space that divides the city. (Not to insult the river, but it is a major divider for those on foot or bike.) The design is reasonably attractive. It's unique to the area as far as I know.
  23. natininja

    The BEER Thread

    ^^ At first I thought you were saying "Love it!!" regarding the new Great Lakes label. I was puzzled until I figured out that wasn't the case, because it's really bland. They did nothing to shed their image of being a craft beer dinosaur. ^ I agree. Why even "upgrade" if you're going to be so conservative about it?
  24. natininja

    The BEER Thread

    In my experience, with these bold-flavored beers, you need to switch it up because what was at first an incredible taste experience rapidly wears down (similar to a favorite song). Like a favorite song, you don't necessarily start disliking it over time (though you might), but not switching things up leads to fatigue. It's not "all about marketing." What's all about marketing is the brand loyalty that dominates among BMC drinkers. I do think there will be a bubble burst, where it's no longer feasible to start a brewery and instantly boom just because you're a novelty. However, beer consumption will continue to be more like wine consumption has been forever. Most people who drink wine are very promiscuous with their consumption habits, between vintners and styles (though someone might exclusively drink reds or whites, they are open to a lot of variation within these broad boundaries). On another beer-related topic... I came across a Dogfish Head beer yesterday, Beer Thousand, which was brewed in tribute to the 20th anniversary of Dayton's Guided by Voices releasing their 1994 album Bee Thousand. Picked up a bottle. That was definitely marketing, but hey. GBV. I was all slack-jawed in the store when I recognized the label as sharing the album cover art, since I missed all the articles written about it back in June.
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