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  1. I don't know, but does anyone really think that this is in our best interest? Does it make sense for our government to be encouraging this type of activity in another country? Who are the people that are really benefitting from this?
  2. I did some research on Jundullah: From a Pakistani article from 2004: Jundullah is but one of several small terrorist cells that have emerged after the government's crackdown on 'jihadi' elements. According to police officials, some 20 cells, largely splinters of the banned militant outfits, are operating in Karachi, which has become the main center of terrorist activities in recent months. "Many of those involved in the recent terrorist attacks in the city received training in camps in Waziristan," says Tariq Jamil, chief of the Karachi police. "Jundullah has close ties with Al-Qaeda." From the Asia Times: Jundullah is a purely militant outfit whose objective is to target Pakistan's pro-US rulers and US and British interests in the country. Members receive training in Afghanistan and South Waziristan, and it is now actively recruiting. The organization produces propaganda literature, including documentary films, and has a studio named Ummat. It does similar work for al-Qaeda's media wing, which is called the al-Sahab Foundation. Jundullah was allegedly headed by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al-Qaeda operational commander of the September 11 terrorist attack in the US.
  3. I'm throwing this out there: What is your reation to this story, and what type of group is Jundullah?
  4. ABC News Exclusive: The Secret War Against Iran April 03, 2007 5:25 PM Brian Ross and Christopher Isham Report: A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News. The group, called Jundullah, is made up of members of the Baluchi tribe and operates out of the Baluchistan province in Pakistan, just across the border from Iran. It has taken responsibility for the deaths and kidnappings of more than a dozen Iranian soldiers and officials. Read More...
  5. I'm starting to wonder if there is such a thing as liberal and conservative anymore. Just insiders and outsiders.
  6. Here is a video made by one of Ron Paul's supporters. In the New Hampshire debate, the other candidates were saying that we should consider striking Iran with nuclear weapons. The response by Dr. Paul was encouraging: [youtube=425,350]FG_HuFtP8w8
  7. Here is a concept by Jeffrey Jakucyk from his portfolio: His concept calls for an open park, but it could theoretically be filled in with Parisian-scaled architecture, at about 6 stories. Note the use of the roundabout, which could be an interesting public space. Something that you can see from this site plan is the vastness of Broadway Commons. It's about the same size as Pendleton.
  8. I like your use of the subway tunnel underneath Central Parkway. I drew up a regional plan in conjunction with my Uptown concept that includes the Central Parkway subway tunnels, and these could use light rail lines. This is essentially a modification of the 2002 Metro Plan. The stations running from Liberty to Northside could be used as Bus Hubs, as you described. Like the Mt. Auburn subway concept, it could emerge above ground partway through its course: Note the Anderson Ferry Bridge and the Maglev lines. This would be something for well into the future, like 50 to 100 years. These lines could run through the industrial areas in the Mill Creek Valley and along River Road. With Maglev, you could be in downtown Columbus in 40 minutes. You could go from Cincinnati to Dayton in 24 minutes, all the way to West Chester in just 8 minutes. And to the Airport in under 4 minutes.
  9. Also, I should point out that the entire line would not necessarily be underground. For instance, the line could go underground at Mulberry and emerge at Short Vine and run above ground from there. If it ran on Short Vine and MLK then it would have stops in Corryville, but it would miss the zoo.
  10. Here are a few ideas on Uptown transit: First of all, when deciding what to do in the Uptown area, our leaders need to consider the wider region and how Uptown fits into the bigger picture. If a regional transit system is ever developed, there will probably be three hubs in Cincinnati. The main hub will be in Downtown, and two secondary hubs will be in Northside and Evanston, respectively. Here is the 2002 Metro Rail Plan: A long term transit plan for Uptown should connect to all three hubs, providing the necessary interconnectivity to this important part of the city. Here is a general concept of what I'm talking about: The key is for the system to flow with as few transfers as possible. The solution may not be for a connector system...perhaps the main rail lines should be brought straight into Uptown. Afterall, this is the second largest employment district in the city, and a geographic focal point. The solution might come from the recent past. Remember the concept of the Mt. Auburn tunnel: From Cincinnati-Transit.net A subway tunnel could provide quick, efficient access between Downtown and Uptown, while moving northward to the Evanston hub: <br> Then a streetcar system could connect Uptown in a loop before moving onto Ludlow and the Northside hub: <br> The two lines together: <br> Anyway...just an idea to throw out there...
  11. "The first segment of the proposed Oasis Riverfront Rail Transit line would extend from the Riverfront Transit Center to the Montgomery Inn Boathouse area." Is this accurate? The first phase is from a transit center surrounded by nothing...to a single restaurant within walking distance!
  12. Something like that should be done between Elm and Main.
  13. Or talk to 3CDC, but most of this is only possible 10-15 years down the line. If they started planning for something like this in conjunction with the city's Central Parkway improvements, then they could make it happen. Since the city is in charge of the streetscape improvements, they really need to do a first rate job by making major changes. The way to exert pressure on them would be through 3CDC and possibly the OTR Chamber of Commerce. I should also add that the county would need to find a funding source for the initial purchase of land and for some of the cost of a Broadway Commons purchase.
  14. Here's my ultimate concept for Central Parkway: Since the county owns property in this area they could be a major force in getting this property redeveloped. Here's an idea: the county could purchase the rest of the Main Street and Central Parkway block and combine it with their Court Street parking lot and sell the site to 3CDC. The county could then put that money towards the purchase of Broadway Commons. This would be a longterm plan. 3CDC is not going to buy a large plot of land such as the Main property right now, but I'm talking 10-15 years down the line, after the Washington Park redevelopment is completed. This accomplishes several objectives: 1. 3CDC would be able to redevelop Main and Central Parkway, which is a key development site that would make Central Parkway a success. 2. The county would own Broadway Commons, half of which could be turned into a major greenspace. This concept is based on the Boston Public Garden: 3. The county could then sell the other half of Broadway Commons to 3CDC to turn into parkside condominiums. 4. The county would use the money from the sale to 3CDC to construct a garage at the corner of Ninth and Broadway, next to the jail. A new parking garage would offset the loss of spaces at Broadway Commons, and partially shield the jail from the new condo property on the other side.
  15. I think you're exactly right Mr. Lyles. The city should definitely do something along that line, at Central Parkway and throughout the city as a whole.
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