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  1. Not sure of the best place to post this--the only topic I can find with Perfect North in the title is a photo thread--but interesting news yesterday that Perfect North has purchased Timberline Resort in West Virginia out of bankruptcy. Some info below: https://www.skisoutheast.com/its-official-timberline-resort-is-sold-to-perfect-north-slopes/ Timberline is a decent-sized ski resort with, by all accounts, some pretty good terrain.
  2. I've got several emails/messages from Kings Island indicating a big announcement is coming tomorrow, August 15. I assume (hope!) it's for a giga coaster!
  3. I totally agree that for coasters, you can't beat Cedar Point. But when you said Kings Island was smaller, I had to look that up. Did you know that, according to Wiki, Kings Island and Cedar Point are both listed as 364 acres? If that's accurate, how odd is that?
  4. Not to disagree (typical way to start an internet post), but I guess my question would be are you talking about the city proper or the metro regions? And how are you measuring "suffering"? From a population growth standpoint, the Cincinnati metro has been continuously gaining population for the past decades, and now the core city is as well. I haven't looked closely at the metro population numbers, but I do recall that certainly Detroit, Pittsburgh and I think Cleveland (I am sure someone in the thread will correct me if I am wrong!) were not only losing population in the core cities, but in the metro area as well. IMO the biggest common thread between those three places is the high level of industrialization that used to exist. I know it now seems long gone, but when such a large number of the metro area's jobs are in traditional manufacturing and that goes away, it is going to take decades to pivot, and it will not be done without hiccups. It may just be the case that Cleveland is still in that stage of fully making the transition. I think that Cincinnati traditionally had less manufacturing than those places, making the transition a little easier for it. Minneapolis, Indy, and C-Bus have a lot in common. State capitals (or just next door in Minny); large research institutions; large health care institutions; not places that were steel or auto hubs in the past. I think it also helps that they are "newer" cities, with growth that wasn't realized in a previous environment. All of these are positives for them, but it also may just mean that they are earlier in the life cycle of mid-size metro regions. They may face some of the same issues that Cincy or Cleveland faced 50 to 100 years ago. I think that weather and political climate actually have very little to do with it--or at least they aren't direct causes.
  5. I'm right there with you. Had no issues with the language, and it's a fantastic place. Easily a top-10 (maybe top-5) city for me.
  6. Not sure how this relates to census trends, but I love Montreal.
  7. Anecdotal evidence, no doubt, but I flew out of CVG this morning and there was an unbelievable line just to check luggage. It's clear that the airport is doing well, which was a good thing.
  8. Are you telling me that Emporis is lying to me???
  9. Emporis has the American Building at 255 feet as well: https://www.emporis.com/buildings/122035/american-building-cincinnati-oh-usa And it also lists the new apartment building at Eighth and Sycamore as either 215 feet or 238 feet. I am certain that building is shorter than this new Court and Walnut building. https://www.emporis.com/buildings/1249430/8th-sycamore-cincinnati-oh-usa
  10. So this has me confused. According to this--which is obviously not authoritative--the American Building is 255 feet tall. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Cincinnati This Courier article says that the new Kroger/Court and Walnut building topped out at 206 feet. I could be totally wrong, but the new building looks pretty much the same height as-- and maybe just a tad taller than--the American Building. Any ideas? Is this a typo, and it's really 260 feet tall?
  11. Not trying to pile on Travis, but Atrium One also has some underground parking as well.
  12. I think that's fair. There is definitely a lot of nuance in the American system. And I'm just happy to have rational discussions on these issues, even on the internet.
  13. We're going to have to agree to disagree on the constitution "codifying" the Articles of Incorporation. There was no doubt that the states had the power under the Articles, but there's a pretty seismic shift from the states to the federal government--in things like taxation, standing armies, borrowing, etc.--in the Constitution, and certainly the developments since then (the Nullification Crisis, the Civil War) have really made it clear that, while they are "dual" sovereigns, federal sovereignty outranks the states when there is any kind of conflict. But of course, disagreeing is fine. Law enforcement is an interesting point--certainly the states have the police power (along with general health and welfare powers), but when there are conflicts between state and federal authorities where both claim jurisdiction, I feel like the feds tend to prevail. Finally, I think I learned far more about the structure of American government as an undergrad from history and political science classes than I did in law school. I feel like the focus on cases in law school meant there was much less of a discussion of the context of things. Or, practically speaking, I read a ton of the Federalist Papers as an undergrad, and I'm not sure if I saw anything more than excerpts of one or two essays in law school.
  14. A couple things: we are a constitutional republic, but we are also a democracy. You may be thinking in terms of direct democracy vs. representative democracy--we are certainly the latter, but since the earliest days of the Republic, there have been voters. The suffrage has expanded (from wealthy property owning white males to everyone), but we've always been a representative democracy. That voting aspect may not be clearly enshrined in the earliest parts of the Constitution, but as a practical matter, there has been a voting aspect to the American system of government--whether on the state or local level--since the founding. Second, your description of the Federal government as "designed to be "weak" because the true sovereign has always been the state" may describe the Articles of Confederation, but not the Republic under the Constitution. Look no further than an issue like gay marriage--no doubt many states still have constitutional bans on gay marriage on the books, but also no doubt that those are inoperative, because federal law overrules the states in that instance. The Supremacy clause is clear that when there is a conflict, federal law prevails. I don't see how you can characterize any entity as the "true sovereign" when its laws are subject to overrule by another sovereign.
  15. 13 floors will be a good size there. The northeast side of downtown has really changed in the past 3 years between this, the new Kroger development, and the two previous apartment buildings. A nice little infill building boom there.
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