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  1. and are these alignments wide enough to support double track (in order to run trains in both directions at same time ) for light rail?
  2. I hope they redesign the side of the corner building facing 12th street. Looks like the elevator shaft is front and center or something. Needs more windows. Other than that I think the scale/granularity of this project is appropriate and i like the overall number of units and number of affordable units added to the neighborhood
  3. Right, and they have had a seat on the Banks steering committee for years, which has always had a vision of filling in the area between the stadiums with mixed use development. I just don’t know why they would want the area around their stadium to look perpetually unfinished. That’s what it looks like and there’s no other way to spin it.
  4. this is at least the second time they’ve had this discussion in public and the county still has not explained why the city’s math regarding the number of surface parking spaces is inaccurate. EDIT: That looks like an old article reposted by mistake with 6/22/2020 date? It mentions Councilwoman Amy Murray. Also I remember parts of it (the Wetterich no relation comment.) I don’t think anything is going on right now except the big budget discussion.
  5. Question: if back or side yard ADU’s were allowed, would that reduce the demand for subdividing lots? https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/06/19/mayors-wife-ex-chief-of-staff-spar-over-zoning.html?iana=hpmvp_cinci_news_headline
  6. The issue of BRT through Neighborhood business districts isn’t an urbanist vs. car culture or 700 WLW debate or some kind of measure of progressiveness. It’s real trade offs within urbanism. If you dedicate the curb/parking lane for busses and make it wide open, there’s no barrier to the street for pedestrians on the sidewalk and drivers will go faster without any perceived obstacles around them. plus it would eliminate the possibility for curb bump outs for pedestrians that would otherwise extend into the parking lane. It needs to be carefully evaluated on a case by case basis
  7. Oakley sits at a sweet spot in proximity to both downtown jobs and jobs in the Blue Ash/northeast suburbs along the golden road of I-71, the rest of Cincinnati needs it to accept growth, lest it is captured by the suburbs and exurbs. Other neighborhoods don’t have this geographic advantage that creates demand.
  8. Please don’t take my comment the wrong way, I am not expressing a preference for single family housing at this site, I am actually excited by the fact that multifamily housing at this site could increase the city’s population by the hundreds, maybe a thousand. I am simply commenting on the form
  9. Re: master plan for the site. i like how it extends the street grid for 31st to 33rd Aves. and also adds an East-west street. And that 2 out of the 3 street extensions go almost all the way to the tracks in case additional connections over the tracks can be made someday. it gets a little dicey in in terms of urban form in the northwest corner where it looks like some buildings (labeled “G”) would face parking lots. Although that portion is sort of boxed into a corner anyway. It seems like many multi family buildings face parking lots as a default design these days, ironically making it easier to create good urban form (buildings that face streets) with single family homes like in the eastern portion of the development, although its not as dense. I guess my views on urbanism are really simple: have streets and then have the buildings face them.
  10. ^are ADU’s legal in Cincinnati? seems like they could be a good fit for neighborhoods of a certain vintage with detached garages (like Walnut Hills or Westwood.) Gives options to homeowners to get more use out of their property be it from housing extended family or using as a rental or AirBnB. (Or could even help a family member quarantine if they got coronavirus.) Plus they would be hardly even noticeable. something to think about now that some of these original detached garages are becoming dilapidated and will need to be rebuilt soon
  11. Don’t know why a big city would aspire to be a suburb of an even larger city. Not that it’s going to happen anyway.
  12. To me local pride comes from the history, the buildings, the streets, knowing that these came together to form a functioning, growing and dynamic city at one point in time, a big deal, with a uniqueness that you can’t find out there in Anywhere USA. And even though many things like the highways have dealt it blows this city can still be found and explored on foot and on bike. Without that all the locally-themed t-shirts and wall decorations would ring hollow for me. We definitely lose something with demolitions like this.
  13. To me there is a huge disconnect between the team’s appeals to local pride and their decisions to tear down these historic buildings that lay outside the footprint of the stadium itself. But maybe that just doesn’t register to suburban fans
  14. I think one of the most productive things that could happen to fight Covid right now would be the normalization of wearing masks in public in Western societies. Have masks in different colors readily available at Walmart, Target, Kroger with the rest of the clothing. Have celebrities, Instagram stars and fashion designers promote masks. Have small hipster boutiques sell indie masks from local crafters (I think this one is starting to happen to an extent.) This would be a useful strategy in almost any Covid severity scenario that plays out from here on forward.
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