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  1. There have been mutiple comments about where Amazon office space could be located. I don't think people realize how much office space can be built in downtown alone. 8 million square feet of office space can easily be built downtown with so many millions more.
  2. Dan Lincoln, CEO of the Cincinnati USA convention & visitors bureau stated that the demand is greater than the capacity, yet those plans go from a 870 room hotel to a 704 room hotel. Shouldn't it be increased instead of decreased? For a headquarters hotel it should increase to at least a 1200 room hotel at a minimum.
  3. On msn.com today and they have a slideshow that lists the states and gives one impressive fact. Funny when it came to Ohio, it mentions Cleveland and the world's first traffic light system, but it has a picture of a Cincinnati street. You will see the hill in the background and Cleveland is flat, then you have the street car tracks and electric poles. It gave me a good laugh. Follow the link or just look at the pic. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/one-impressive-fact-about-every-state-in-the-us/ss-BBwZOqx?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U220DHP#image=35
  4. This actually looked like a cool project when it was first envisioned. Now it just looks sad. I'm thinking Cranley would've been happy with something like some ranch style one story homes put at this location. He stuck his face into it and turned it into a piece big pile of $#!* He lowered what the city was contributing to the project, but it just lowered the amount of units by a 1/3 and transferred that to another project. So in the end, I'm thinking we still get the same amount of units and the city still put in the same dollars, just spread out (suburban mentality). That corner needed as many residential units as possible and he f'd it up. If he doesn't want the city to look and feel like a city, then he should go be mayor of some suburban location.
  5. how can that be true? cols has just over twice the population (850cols/388cle=2.2) and almost 3x the area of cle & cin (210/75=2.8 ). so if the cle population holds, and yeah thats a big if *sigh*, but if so, and if cols stops annexing, cols would have to go just a parma or so over a million in population to top that density. cinci is similar no doubt. You are probably making the common mistake of assuming that much of Columbus' population is out near and along its boundaries, but the reality is the opposite. Most of its population is closer to the core, just like in Cincinnati and Cleveland. As the guy with the data mentioned earlier, I have personally gone over the numbers in numerous ways, from measuring different square mile areas to going down to the census block level. In all the ways I have looked at in regards to city limits, I have found that just 1 way does Columbus not come out on top- in the CBD. Columbus easily has the lowest Downtown population of the 3- or did so as of 2010. Go just outside of that area, though, and the story is much different. And if anyone feels like I have unfairly manipulated numbers, they are free to go do them themselves. The Census offers all kinds of ways to do it if one is willing to put in the effort. At the current rate of growth, Columbus will hit 1 million before 2030- probably between 2026-2028. The fact that Cleveland's population continues to fall, unfortunately, means that the density gap is closing all that much faster. As far as Cincinnati, Columbus passed it sometime in 2014 or 2015. What are you referring to Columbus passed Cincinnati back in 2014 or 2015? I just looked it up and the MSA for 2015 Cincinnati 2,157,719 and 2015 Columbus 2,021,632 and 2015 Cleveland at 2,060,810. Now if you want to talk CSA (combined MSA regions), not sure why, but Columbus' CSA 2,424,831 covers a huge amount of area in Ohio and covers 8 MSA areas. The areas aren't even near the city of Columbus and very disconnected. Then you have Cleveland's CSA which covers 7 MSA regions at 3,493,596 which is 1 million more than Columbus. If someone wants to counts CSA's vs MSA's that number would be hard to cross. Then Cincinnati's CSA is not much different than it's MSA at 2,216,735 because it only covers 3 MSA regions. Although the Census Bureau stated that Cincinnati's and Dayton will be considered one area in the next 1-3 years (whenever it is updated) as they have already grown together as one metropolitan area. The suburbs between Dayton and Cincinnati are booming areas.
  6. Apparently, according to the business courier the banks is voicing the desire to get the streetcar uptown.
  7. Ok, I'm trying to understand this. The streetcars function is to be able to get people around and when the large events are going to happen and there will be lots of people in downtown they don't want to use it? It's like buying a new air conditioner, but you turn it off when it gets really hot. Or perhaps drain the swimming pools in the summer, don't want people to use them when people might get in them. Maybe we should cancel streetcar service when there are conventions in town too. Maybe no service during sporting events as well. These events can stay in downtown and keep the streetcar running. Adjustments just have to be made to the events. Would there be a way to run some of these events parallel to the streetcar route so no matter where people are they can walk a block and ride?
  8. Exactly! The distance from the edge of the Ohio River going across from the Cincinnati side to the edge of Covington or Newport is about the same distance from the edge of the river in Cincinnati to 5th Street in Cincinnati. Newport and Covington are very much a part of downtown Cincinnati, it's just that the river is such a large psychological barrier, but the actual distance is so small. That's why when people talk about the downtown population, the downtowns of Newport and Covington should also be part of those figures. Look at a part of downtown Newport or downtown Covington on a map and look at the distance to the edge of the river in Cincinnati and then go the same distance up through Cincinnati from Cincinnati's river edge and you will see what I mean. It would be much easier for a tourist in Cincinnati to jump on a streetcar to visit the Newport Aquarium or somebody in town in Covington for a Convention staying at a RiverCenter hotel to come to Cincinnati and enjoy everything along the streetcar line through Cincinnati. The areas can feed off of each other in a more tourist friendly manner. A tourist could easily double their spending if the connection was there. I'm sure the entire area is currently losing out on money because the downtowns aren't more connected.
  9. I thought that at least one of the bridges was built with the idea that rail was to be used at a future date and could be added. Yes/No?
  10. I remember that article, but I also thought there was an article in the middle of last year with them saying that a big announcement was going to be made by the end of 2015, unless that was for something else by somebody else. I just remember somebody saying a big announcement was going to come by the end of 2015, which never happened.
  11. UC and the hospitals would both benefit from a streetcar line. So many people don't want to take the bus, even when it's just between Uptown to/from Downtown. I'm one of those people. Students at UC I'm sure would love to know they had a rail transportation option. Not having to try to figure out what bus is running at what time, etc... When I think of taking a bus anywhere in Cincinnati, I think of those old math questions you used to get in grade school. If a train/bus left Chattanooga at 8:48 AM going 50 MPH, and another train/bus left..........blah, blah, blah. That is what comes to mind when thinking about riding a bus. Rail is not that way, especially a streetcar coming through going the same route continually. It could an added selling point for UC and Xavier (if it reached both), with students knowing just by getting on the streetcar that they could get to so many places of interest in the city.
  12. Cincinnati's streetcar has so much going for it. It goes through so many areas; Findlay Market, Music Hall, Washington Park, Fountain Square, etc..., and it also has the ability to add so much more along the route; more population, businesses, office, etc... The same goes if it is extended Uptown. There is so much good that is going to come out of it. Having said that, I hope it works for Kentucky too and I like that they want to connect it all together. I like the idea that they want to connect Newport and Covington, they are the huge centers and should be connected. I thought not connecting them would miss the boat, so to speak. For Newport there is the Aquarium, NOTL, the new residential going up and the bell. Covington has MainStrasse, the Convention center, hotels, offices and other potential around RiverCenter. There is also other future potential for Newport and Covington; Ovation in Newport and the area around the IRS in Covington. Then there is the potential for much more residential being built along the line and eventually trying to connect the other areas a little farther south so bring life to what is there and bring in new development. Just by hitting these areas in the beginning still allows for a lot of growth by building new residential and business in NKY. It could have a huge effect. Then after they get the first phase in, they can venture farther south to help bring up the neighborhoods, but the major areas need to be connected first. I also have a question regarding the connection point in Cincinnati. I noticed it connects only in one direction at the Riverfront Transit Center. Why wouldn't both incoming and outgoing connect into the Transit Center? If other rail transit is setup at a later date (let's hope not too much later), I would think that people would want an access point. instead of coming across the bridge and then having to get off at the street stop and then having to walk over to the transit center. If the entire Cincinnati and NKY system is connected that would be great, but I think the stops should be in the transit center or at least directly next to steps going into the transit center.
  13. This concerns me- it seems like we have a window of opportunity to secure a right of way to the north of MLK Drive but it may be closing quickly with the planned developments for that area. Has anyone talked to the Uptown Consortium about this possibility? I would hope that the Uptown Consortium gets involved with this in a big way as the future of the Uptown area would benefit. I think that the Uptown Consortium also needs to put pressure on city council since the mayor is non-rail and if they can get the ear of enough of them, things can get done. A group like the Uptown Consortium should be able to get their attention. Securing right of way should not be a huge task.
  14. A few things confuse my about this route. I'm not sure why it would travel a section up along the Interstate. Anything traveling along Interstates would be higher speed light rail which things like streetcars can feed. Things like street cars shouldn't be traveling along an Interstate canyon. I agree with getting to Xavier, but not going up a section of Interstate. Then there is the opportunity to have the zoo along the route which it misses. It comes very close, but just misses it. That is a missed opportunity.
  15. The section set for the HQ is roughly the same size as what great american sits on. And it actually looks like it would be a cool place for a tall tower as well.
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