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  1. BigDipper 80

    up in michigan

    Driving into Michigan always strikes me as “entering a different world” compared to crossing into one of our other border states. All of their towns and cities, while superficially similar to ours, feel foreign to me compared to driving into some random town in Indiana or West Virginia.
  2. BigDipper 80

    Rural Ohio is dying

    ^I was caught off guard with how nice Wapakoneta's downtown was. Most of those little I-75 towns are actually in fairly decent shape and have reasonably well-occupied downtowns. Lima's still a bit of a mess (though improving), but Troy, Sidney, Piqua, and the Grand Lake St. Marys towns always impress me.
  3. BigDipper 80

    Rural Ohio is dying

    Barnesville (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9879671,-81.1774539,3a,75y,121.86h,101.65t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sn-XrquVjkWOPjmozMwz0hQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo1.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3Dn-XrquVjkWOPjmozMwz0hQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D344.5187%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656) and St. Clairsville (https://www.google.com/maps/@40.0806019,-80.9002897,3a,75y,245.61h,94.33t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s8j9w4NZZEEt-cnf0AMTG6Q!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3D8j9w4NZZEEt-cnf0AMTG6Q%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D155.06123%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656) are both very attractive rural SE Ohio towns. Appalachian Ohio has some incredible little pockets that prove you can find "urbanism" even out in the most rural of environs. I wish these towns could get a little more love, either from locals or as tourist spots. St. Clairsville seems to be doing somewhat OK since it's essentially Wheeling sprawl these days.
  4. BigDipper 80

    Cincinnati: Western Hills Viaduct

    Is there any reason this thing is still going to be double decker? Is traffic really that bad on the viaduct that they can't just integrate the I-75 interchange all on one level?
  5. As long as it stays shorter than Key Tower, I'll be happy .
  6. BigDipper 80

    Columbus: Restaurant News & Info

    The Shrimp Lips Creamy Whip! ;D Food sounds good, the name is a little... interesting.
  7. Some renderings from UD's website: Like I've said before, I'll be pleased if UD and Premier can even only pull off redoing the roundhouse. Everything else is icing on the cake for me at this time.
  8. BigDipper 80

    Ohio Census / Population Trends

    About 33% of the respondants responded "neutral/it depends". There was about 11% who said they wouldn't support immigrant neighbors, but they were mostly concentrated in the white working-class corners of the city.
  9. BigDipper 80

    Ohio Census / Population Trends

    Dayton's doing its part to attract immigrants, for what it's worth: http://www.welcomedayton.org/ At least we're trying!
  10. BigDipper 80

    Ohio Census / Population Trends

    I know that Fairfield, north of Cincinnati, has a fairly sizeable Hispanic population. I don't know the extent of greater Columbus' Hispanic spread, but if I had to guess there may be a few more out in the western suburbs.
  11. BigDipper 80

    Ohio Census / Population Trends

    Cincinnati has plenty of borderline-exurban tracts within the city limits. Most of the west side is no more dense than any Columbus neighborhood, and huge swaths of Hyde Park, Mount Lookout, and Clifton are effectively suburban subdivisions with huge lots. Even Walnut Hills is mostly large single-family homes.
  12. BigDipper 80

    Ohio Census / Population Trends

    Cleveland's media market includes all of northeast Ohio (excluding Youngstown, I think). Cincinnati's media market pretty much only extends from (roughly) Florence to Middletown, with Dayton all the way up Wapakoneta being its own media market. So that probably affects the numbers and rankings.
  13. BigDipper 80

    Ohio Census / Population Trends

    Dayton gets shafted by not having Clark County or northern Warren County included in our MSA, but we don't complain about it too much.
  14. BigDipper 80

    Cincinnati: Restaurant News & Info

    I don't feel like the Oakley Connection is going to be doing much for the connectivity of Oakley.
  15. BigDipper 80

    Kings Island

    ^They should replace Planet Snoopy with Emoji Land.