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  1. If only we had a bridge connect the West Side of Cincinnati to all these jobs...
  2. Thanks for posting! I always thouht the area of McMicken between Vine and Main and the smaller streets in between can be a beautiful, urban neighborhood. There are a ton of abandoned buildings in that area and probably will be the last area of OTR to revitalize.
  3. This is completely anecdotal, but I spent a lot of time shopping and driving through Newport/Covington, going to movies at NOTL, etc. I swear on my life the amount of times that tough white dudes talked s*** to me out of nowhere, yelled at me, etc. was astounding. I was considering looking seriously at cheaper homes in Bellevue, etc. but there is a lot of hostility it seems in those neighborhoods for new people, maybe I am completley wrong. Just had gotten a hostile vibe in a lot of areas. One time I was with my fiance at the time at the Target in Newport, and a white guy shopping was screaming at these two little black boys who were playing around on cart. I thought he was their dad at first, yelling at them saying "Get out of the store if you are just going to be f****** around! What are you trying to do, steal things!? Hasn't your mother or grandma taught you any manners!?", it was a massive scene, the poor kids walked out of their almost crying and their mom finally came out. The two young boys were probably 7-10 years old. I wish I would have said something but it seemed like the dude more than likely had a gun and was drunk or something, but he looked to me like a middle class, 45-50 year old. It still makes me mad to this day. Maybe other people get that vibe in NKY where as in areas like Walnut Hills, most everyone are very fine folks and say hi to you, how is your day, etc. This all said, most of my interactions in NKY were very cordial and people are very nice and homely, but it was those few times things like that happened. Also had one time at NOTL by myself in the parking ramp leaving a movie where three dudes were yelling obscenities at me, trying to get me to fight for some reason, calling me homosexual slurs, it really scared me, luckily I was next to my car and took off right away. I had the sense not to let me temper get the best of me, because I had heard recently right after from my colleagues husband that he had been stabbed at NOTL when I told him the story, when he apparently parked too close to someone in the ramp and the guy freaked out on him and started pushing him, he pushed him back then the guy stabbed him twice in the stomach. By the way, I am a 6'1" 230 lb. Iowa boy, maybe I come off different and they can see I am different than they are, but that is some of the vibes I have gotten from NKY.
  4. I wonder how quickly 3CDC will turn around with the Kroger redevelopment on Vine after this Kroger store opens?
  5. Careful, I don't think Taste of Belgium is opening any type of restaurant, only offices from what I read. Maybe I am wrong and they will make waffles and coffee there but I didn't think that was the case.
  6. Yes the area is really starting to pick up with tons of projects going on right now. Will be exciting to see where it sits in a year or two when all the current projects are wrapped up.
  7. I don't know why but I am really nerded out about this development. Reasons: 1.) See how it rents out itself with no parking 2.) See how this translates to the next building but not only that, future buildings as I am sure other developers are watching this one closely 3.) I am excited to see if this and the second building could also help with more redevelopment of Main Street in the CBD. 4.) Along with point 2, this could also maybe help with redevelopment of Main and Central Parkway in regards to low parking mins
  8. Maybe if this one rents really well and quickly, they could even increase the height or possibly footprint of the building just to the North.
  9. Troy I think what you are proposing is basically saying shutdown OTR where there is crime and turn it into a militarized area. That's impossible. OTR even 5 or 6 years ago was much more dangerous let alone longer ago than that, it isn't even close. And these areas where there are shootings are not in areas that are frequented really for restaurants, etc. These are areas that some people live but a lot of the area is vacant too. It is most definitely troubling as it is anywhere in this city or country where there is shootings and violent crime and it really is tragic. But the fact is that you can't turn something around in 10 years which took 60 years to get to where it was, we aren't San Francisco or Seattle, etc. You can make an argument that the city or 3CDC should focus all their efforts in these areas in regards to redevelopment in these areas but that just isn't feasible. I think something that would actually help if you want to push more private development North of Liberty is you finish the Liberty Street Diet as it should spur more development North of Libery and you push for redevelopment of Findlay Playground or parking ramps in the Findlay Market ramps to help spur more development North of Libery by Findlay that then can jog over to Vine Street then down again. I think the policy 3CDC is taking in connecting Court Street and downtown to OTR is a good one as there are areas in between where people in the past at least have been mugged and robbed and which they need to clean up. They can only do so much at one time. Sure it's bad press but it honestly isn't a whole lot worse than what it was on a year to year basis and honestly it's much better than 5 years ago.
  10. I'm really excited to see how this turns out with the building not having much parking/any at all really. If it fills up quickly, I bet they build the second one quickly and perhaps expand to other areas. Could really set off a bit of a boom.
  11. Yeah they seemed to have promenades on every skyscraper with first or maybe up to 3-4 stories of retail, then parking garage, then the tower above. I don't htink we have enough foot traffic in Cincy to mask as well but there are things they can do to make it must more pallatable
  12. I am not that against this in all aspects of having an above ground garage. When I went to Bangkok for work, nearly every building had above ground parking (Bangkok is notorious for traffic). That is a massive city. That said it seemed like they masked it pretty well with retail, etc. but then the floors above you could see it was parking. For example: https://www.google.com/maps/@13.7354993,100.5626533,3a,75y,78.19h,120.67t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s50uX4OiEqXayZQ8ySzWQIg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  13. I had the same situation. What I did was rent pretty cheaply because I wanted to pay off loans to get more in savings for a bigger downpayment. I rented closer to my work for 3 years ($700 a month) in Mount Lookout and worked in EWH so short drive for me. You could still live closer by to your office I am sure and not pay as high of rent and take a bus in like Jake mentioned. It's a balancing act depending on your income or rent but if you are single and don't mind a small place starting out I would do that. It ends up worth it in the end when you have loans paid off or significantly reduced then you can upgrade your rental or buy a house if you have saved up quite a bit for a downpayment. ***Keep in mind too, you aren't always "throwing money to a landlord" when you rent. If you have a low downpayment on a mortgage and paying say $1400 per month, not a whole lot of that is going to go into equity. If you instead rent for $900 per month, it isn't like you are throwing away $900 in equity vs. the $1400 per month mortgage payment. You need to look into the details to see yourself, I took a lot of time to figure all this stuff out. For example: $200k House, $10,000 downpayment, 5% interest, 30 Year Term: Mortgage: $1400 PMI: $80 Insurance: $80 Taxes: $200 Interest: $800 $240 per month paid on equity. So for one year you would basically be out $240*12 = $2,880 in equity, which isn't a whole lot considering vs. the common $900 a month in rent being thrown away myth. If you saved up for a say $40k downpayment (20%) on the same house it would look more like this: Mortgage: $1150 PMI: $0 Insurance: $80 Taxes: $200 Interest: $660 $210 per month in equity but your payment would be $250 less per month so you can put that in savings or add to your payments for total of $360. If this took you two years to save you would lose out in $5800 in equity but moving forward you would be saving and gaining quicker on equity / have more free money from a lower payment.
  14. ^I agree. The area of Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor, which is basically a metro area together of about 400,000 if that, is even in deep talks about adding dedicated busses between the two cities (about 25 miles apart) to help with commuters between the two areas, and I think they actually launched a pilot program. We could be doing so much more in Cincy but it's just.... a lot different.
  15. Easy now, I'm from Iowa! LOL, that said, it is pretty crazy how much more progressive Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City are compared to Cincinnati. In Cedar Rapids, they have recently converted all their downtown streets from 1-way to 2-way, installed a protected bike path along with other bike paths, and have used traffic calming like bumpouts throughout the downtown. Though it's a small city, still pretty impressive. Before: https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9768072,-91.664998,3a,75y,330.71h,90.07t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sqcfD1iFUJeJ1PixiWq5WCQ!2e0!5s20170801T000000!7i13312!8i6656 After: https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9767989,-91.665003,3a,75y,330.71h,90.07t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sJTMtkjzP-Hon6J4RFDJGgQ!2e0!5s20170801T000000!7i13312!8i6656
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