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  1. First off let me say I am very happy that this task force, with knowledgeable people who I trust on it, was assembled. I hope they are successful turning some one ways into two ways. But. As Travis suggests above, I don’t think that making Court pedestrian only between Vine and Walnut is a particularly good idea. Jeff Speck mentions in Walkable City all the failed pedestrian mall experiments that have happened across the country. I don’t think that block is pedestrian-unfriendly now, in fact i would call it predestrian friendly. It lacks businesses in the storefronts, but I think the arrival of Kroger store has the potential to change that, and the new businesses and the Kroger store might benefit from having the existing street parking there. It would be much more beneficial if the base of the Kroger tower could be renovated to open up to the street to include storefronts or offices. I don’t think it’s broken, and I think it is overcompensating for percieved deficiencies of the empty storefronts to try to spend resources there when so many other streets actually need reconfiguring.
  2. Would feel a lot more comfortable with 3cdc in charge if major changes are to be made. It’s speculated the county is funding a second garage as part of FCC deal in vicinity of Findlay Market. Could a subterranean garage here be in play or is it too far from the stadium? Almost need one here for development on Vine Street north of Liberty.
  3. Has there ever been a proposal for HSR from LA to Phoenix, AZ? On google earth it looks like a straight shot between Phoenix and San Bernardino.
  4. I’m starting to think this may be about the parking meter revenue they would forego by having no parking on Liberty 7am-7pm. They are planning on installing parking kiosks
  5. Latest blog post: https://cincinnatiideas.com/2019/02/10/a-concept-for-a-samuel-hannaford-memorial-in-westwood/
  6. Despite handing out 10s of millions to various entities, FCC is handling this in a way where they’re not getting credit for cutting a fair deal or even being generous due to the chaotic process and sometimes high pressure tactics they are employing (for example the decision timetable they gave to the school board.) Even moving Just Cookin’ has been flubbed- a situation where they could have bought some really good PR for themselves (team helps local African American woman-owned business) relatively inexpensively if they handled it correctly. Why hasn’t FCC just opened the checkbook and paid for the build out of this Linn Street location described in this article, no questions asked? https://www.citybeat.com/news/blog/21041303/west-end-business-owner-pleads-with-cincinnati-city-council-its-emotional-for-me-right-now This business owner’s situation is the real life personification of the all the fears community members and politicians have about FCC coming to the West End. They should set her up in a good situation and make a darn reality show about it.
  7. @troerosmisquoted the ariticle, it was not Taft threatening to move. ““The meters in that area do cost more than surrounding areas. We want to stay in the neighborhood. If it doesn’t come down, we won’t be able to because it has impacted our livelihood,” Salazar told the Cincinnati City Council on Wednesday night.”
  8. City forms a deal for the Police District One lot: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2019/02/06/citycity-strikes-deal-to-sell-fc-cincinnati-land-strikes-deal-sell-fc-cincinnati-land/2792614002/ It mentions constructing another parking lot across the street from District One... Would that be where the weird amphitheater/spiral ramp/ghost of Music Hall bridge is now?
  9. Looks like that plaza is about 300 ft long in the rendering which is a lot of street frontage to be closed off most of the time. What they could do is put a one story building in the space marked “lower plaza” and extend it to meet the sidewalk. Its roof could form part of the upper plaza. It could be a bar or a team store open to the public year-round.
  10. No they said yesterday they adjusted the footprint of the garage and changed from two to three levels so as to leave the ballet parking lot undisturbed. But that means they are preserving the lager tunnels then. That’s great news!!!
  11. What I mean by “non-linear” is a 12 dB increase between 10 and 22 dB represents a lot more increase in absolute sound intensity than a 12 dB increase between 0 and 12 dB. Louder than a light bulb. Other than that I can’t describe it any better than the link I shared: ”The relative loudness that we perceive is a subjective psychological phenomenon, not something that can be objectively measured. Most of us perceive one sound to be twice as loud as another one when they are about 10 dB apart; for instance, a 60-dB air conditioner will sound twice as loud as a 50-dB refrigerator. Yet that 10-dB difference represents a tenfold increase in intensity. A 70-dB dishwasher will sound about four times as loud as the 50-dB refrigerator, but in terms of acoustic intensity, the sound it makes is 100 times as powerful. Here's another way of looking at it: If the sound from one typewriter registers 60 dB, then ten typewriters clacking away would register 70 dB (not 600 dB!), and they would sound only twice as loud as one typewriter. You would need 100 typewriters to reach a noise level of 80 dB, and together they would sound only four times as loud as a single typewriter.”
  12. decibels aren’t linear, so your light bulb analogy doesn’t hold up https://www.noisehelp.com/decibel-scale.html “What is a decibel? Zero decibels (0 dB) is the quietest sound audible to a healthy human ear. From there, every increase of 3 dB represents a doubling of sound intensity, or acoustic power.”
  13. Distracting irregular background noise is enough to ruin quiet pieces of music for me.
  14. There may be something to that but if this report is correct it would ruin Music Hall. Can’t exactly just build the stadium and hope for the best. There’s no good scheduling solution- someone would give up having events on Saturday nights?
  15. It may sound silly but the real life situation we’re in now is also pretty silly. We’ll be incredibly out on a limb with 3 single use stadiums for 3 teams. One team has a bottom line obsessed owner in a league talking about expanding to London and Mexico City if concussions and the refs don’t take the league down first. Another team is brand new and building a 25k seat stadium when Atlanta’s soccer team is drawing 60k fans. There’s a lot of risk involved and the arena discussion will be impacted if something goes wrong, if only souring the public’s appetite for these kinds of projects.
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