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  1. No offense Troeros but I think you worry way too much. This isn't anything new which has been going on for years. Very unfortunate, very very sad, no doubt about any of that. But, this isn't giong to turn people away from visiting and spending money in the city, maybe some people who hadn't been already but what is the city missing then?
  2. Not certain if you are being serious or not but they are doing a massive $100 million renovation so they are probably closing most the stores to re-do everything, I bet it will be better than ever when they are finished.
  3. *Just to clarify, Muz's is closed and has been for quite some time. It looks like on that project Ramundos and Ruthai would not be affected.
  4. ^Yes overall should be a good project when they get to it, those commercial fronts are old and tired and maybe the vacuum shop would want to open again somewhere else on the square. Do you remember what that bar was called? I went in there a couple times, it probably was 5 years ago, and it was so dingy and old but I can't remember the name
  5. Interesting project, should help with businesses in the area. Nothign really wrong with these houses but they are a bit tired, hopefully it's a nice upgrade: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1300156,-84.4292316,3a,75y,312.39h,91.47t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sfiLcbdPmiqqSwouX1JYHJQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DfiLcbdPmiqqSwouX1JYHJQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D222.2425%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656 The project B looks like it may take out a couple decent houses as well as a vacuum shop and cobbler, as well as what used to be a bar which I went into a couple times when drunk and can't remember what it is called: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1306628,-84.4304727,3a,75y,112.17h,89.1t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sjS5UP1MUZNyIbWa4diL8ZA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  6. Honestly when I walk around town the biggest problems I see are underused buildings, skywalks and parking lots. The underused buildings are slowly but surely getting fixed up, they need to tear down more skywalks, and the parking lots will get filled eventually, this is the END. The MEANS to get to the END: A robust *current* streetcar route, with fast times and reliability Road treatment where needed and necessary Road Diets Re-orientation of traffic flow downtown ALL these things will help build more growth, make itmore attractive, etc. and get more people wanting to live and work downtown. I get we need parking ramps downtown, but we can have both streetlife and ramps. Look at Bangkok or LA
  7. I think a Starbucks would work well at the Banks even though there is one on Fourth. My wife and I have done so many times just parked at Friendship Park and walked to the Banks, and it would be awesome if they had just a simple coffee shop like a Starbucks, not wanting to walk up to Fourth Street to get it. If the steering committee had any vision, they should pressure Taste of Belgium to have a pop up window for coffee and if they don't want to do it allow Starbucks or Dunkin in one of the open retail spots. (This is all assuming Starbucks would want to open there of course!)
  8. I'm good with the hotels! I think these developers know where the market is at and what other plans are there for it, so I am sure they will remain solvent. Plus it seems hotels bring a bit more life to the streets
  9. I've done some pretty remote camping with my friends about 10 years ago and 9 years ago in the Upper Peninsula (Sylvania National Forest) and Boundary Waters in Minnesota. Would definitely recommend out of those two Sylvania National Forest. It was completely remote on Whitefish Lake and we killed it fishing on canoes. Was also completely still and quiet and lovely, we really got a taste of nature with at that time no cell phone service really. I always thought even camping in Iowa in summer, it was so dang hot, would make it kind of miserable. That said, a couple things we learned: 1.) Bring some dry good snacks like trail mix and crackers 2.) We had to boil our water but we also brought a water purifer, like a empty balloon you fill up and over the day it filters, you can add a tablet to kill any pathogens as well 3.) Bring MRE's or "instant" meals. I can't remember exactly what they were called but you basically opened powder and threw them in boiling water and next thing you knew, you had freaking biscuits and gravy 4.) Obviously have something you enjoy doing while there. We love to fish, so it was basically a fishing trip, but we also cut out a day or two each to explore the different lakes and waterfalls in those areas 5.) We brought alcohol but didn't drink too much, we did not bring beer. We found out if we woke up at dawn, fished all day, started drinking at end of night then tried to find the tent after using the restroom, it was really difficult, even after not drinking a whole lot. PLUS, one time we did drink a lot and got real dehydrated and hungover, worst feeling of all time, you don't want that on your trip. Especially when it takes forever to filter water, etc.
  10. That reminds me of when I tell my mom she needs to quit smoking she tells me only my younger brother can tell her that because he smokes too.
  11. Song: Prince Purple Rain Album - Was Purple Rain the first big hit off that album to get airplay? Always curious about that one! I posted a bit on Iowa Hawkeye sports forums but mostly just trolled. I don't post on any forums except this one, started in 2013 when I moved to Cincy during the streetcar debacle
  12. ^Troeros I am with you that we need a lot of things downtown still and in OTR, but you are kind of contradicting yourself. They are filling these apartments and building 1,000 more plus all the hotels, etc. There is demand to move downtown and we are getting a huge migration to the basin in spite of everything you stated. As more and more people come it will be more and more amenities. Chicken or Egg, if the egg is population increase, it's going to be the egg. We aren't going to incentive Apple or Macy's to stay downtown anymore so it has to be the egg. It is what it is. I wouldn't worry about it.
  13. I read or maybe it was the podcast with Steve Leeper on "That's so Cincinnati" that Apple would need a lot more people and traffic. 2,000 new residents in the basin is fabulous, if we can get to 20,000 people in downtown and OTR I bet it's a go. We need to keep building on this. Also, I am interested to see what other big project 3CDC churns out next. After Kroger (maybe they are done with that) and 4th and Race, is it the new convention hotel and Fountain Place only, or do we see another mid-rise south of the Kroger tower? On the Podcast with Steve Leeper, he talked in depth of the need to keep connecting from that area around the library to Fountain Square. He specifically talked about redeveloping the North Branch of the Library and re-doing the main library, but before it gets to that point, maybe they construct another mid-rise south of the Kroger tower.
  14. All great news with all these buildings. Sometimes we know a lot of this stuff doesn't end up getting built but with 3CDC and Model I assume that for sure will get built and also the Clyffside Brewery. It's going to be really interesting to see how North of Liberty looks in the next 5 years. Wondering if we should look to create a seperate thread for North of Liberty Projects vs. South of Liberty projects? Maybe that is redundant but now with the numbers really ramping up North of Liberty it would be easier to follow the news. Glad also to see the work going on East 15th. I lived there for over a year and those buildings are big and beautiful and need more productive uses. The next big one south of Liberty is obviously the Kroger redevelopment and jogging that over to Walnut. Walnut from Liberty to 14th Street is an area where there isn't a lot or next to nothing going on that will really fill in the whole corridor, close to from Walnut over to Elm. The streetcar is pushing work on Elm corridor from Wash Park to Liberty, 3CDC with their big projects on Race, Pleasant and Vine, then just need to finish up Walnut. I wonder if that will be all finished up in the next 3 years or so? Also, I know there was a real big building slated for redevelopment and that received credits on Vine Street, maybe this building? Has there been anything going on with it and is it still moving forward? https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1151896,-84.5164983,3a,75y,265.26h,112.68t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sCwrgH9MZUy7Oes2Ua2eZaw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  15. Yeah I looked it up but 84 new business opened up in OTR from Sept 2016-Sept 2018. If that is the same pace that is 42 per year and 21 per 6 months. So 4 businesses closed while 21 opened in the last 6 months, that’s par for the course.
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