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  1. Whoops. I forgot another downtown residential high-rise: The Nic on 5th. image by aceclown This 26 story structure is U/C as we speak and located on the pedestrian mall along the light rail line.
  2. Eh. The Franklin Park trolly barn is simply just a hair too far from the revitalization that only recently made eastbound inroads from Parsons and Bexley isn't going to annex Franklin Park (unfortunate, considering what the city could do with it based on Main St. It's a goner and hopefully by the time improvements expand east on Oak and maybe even Main we'll see interest in developing this empty grass lot a la Harrison Park.
  3. The only thing that will renew serious investment in Milo-Grogan and other E 5th neighborhoods is an airport-Downtown light rail line that has stations Milo-Grogan, Shepard or Devon Triangle and Krumm Park. These neighborhoods are largely residential and smaller, but with improvements and proper zoning could have a few destinations in each There would certainly be space for TOD to repopulate the neighborhoods. It's too bad it sounds like Wagenbrenner is looking to add more sprawl to an already sprawled out stretch of E 5th, which made the comment about following the trend of people moving back to urban centers strange. Columbus needs to get more stringent overlays on all major commercial streets otherwise the suburban Kroger in Weinland Park scenario will repeat itself ad nauseum. Outside of light rail the only thing to raise standards for development would be turning the few existing commercial buildings into places worth the trek to Milo-Grogan. Heck, why not make a new miniature brewery district on the Timken site? There would obviously be lots of people willing to go to the neighborhood for that. I can't say I'd be surprised if in a couple years down the road that Liz Lessner buys D #1 Happy Family Bar and then opens up a new one that boasts it uses local ingredients from Arena Produce just across the street.
  4. ^^"Only 38 degrees:" that's adorable. ^We have something very similar, so I have no doubt that if the city pushed to get this done ASAP Cleveland could find itself listed among the top ten big cities for bikes, but that depends on what other cities are also doing the same. Although, a system like this depends heavily on already having infrastructure in place for paths largely separate from roads and Cleveland already seems to have a good deal in place, but it's so disjointed that I'm sure ridership is nothing compared to what it could be if completed.
  5. Columbus Alive on Rehab Tavern. I was surprised I was one of the first on Yelp to review this place. It was definitely worth a visit while I was in town. Bar profile: Rehab Tavern By Jesse Tigges From the January 10, 2013 edition As Franklinton continues its redevelopment efforts, former hole-in-the-wall Three Deuces Bar being transformed into a hip new hangout signals welcomed progress. The Rehab Tavern — a playful name derived from the bar’s renovations — opened about a month ago and is already seeing success. Manager John Crispi said there’s been a steady flow of patrons; neighborhood artists, downtown lawyers and even a couple dressed to the nines celebrating their wedding anniversary. Most visitors to Rehab Tavern are coming to check out the spectacular renovations. If you’d ever hung out at Three Deuces, you probably won’t recognize much. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t remnants of the 40-year-old bar. An old Three Deuces sign hangs behind the bar and all the original furniture was refurbished with local artist Kevin Bickle’s custom designs. More:http://www.columbusalive.com/content/stories/2013/01/10/bar-profile-rehab-tavern.html
  6. The SW Corridor is now going to be the city's 3rd light rail line after securing contracts to construct the eastern and western halves. Construction starts in 2015 and is due to debut in 2018 after the Mpls-St Paul line opens next year. Needless to say, I'm much more exited about that than a line out to the SW burbs. image from metrocouncil.org Assessing the impact of light rail January 2, 2013 // UPDATED 2:36 pm - January 14, 2013 By: Dylan Thomas image by Dylan Thomas The Southwest Corridor light rail line will be the region's third when it opens in 2018, after Hiawatha (shown here near Target Field) and the Central Corridor line schedule to open next year. Local entities submitted their responses to a Southwest light rail study in December Not nearly as voluminous as the 1,000-plus-page document that inspired them, responses from the city, Park Board and neighborhood groups to a study of the Southwest Light Rail Transit line nonetheless added up to an impressive stack of paper by late December. In those scores of pages there seemed to be broad agreement on several of the major issues outlined in the draft environmental impact statement, or DEIS, released in October: Freight rail cannot remain in the Kenilworth Corridor when light rail arrives in 2018; some alternative must be found to a massive bridge over Cedar Lake Parkway; access to trails and parks must be maintained during and after construction; and the impacts of noise, vibrations and rail users on homes and parklands near the railway could be considerable, and deserve much more study. Those potential impacts will get a closer look during the preliminary engineering phase of the $1.25-billion project. Two firms with experience in light rail, Kimley-Horn and AECOM, were each awarded $16.8-million contracts by the Metropolitan Council in mid-December to carry out that work. And before construction on the 15.8-mile light rail line between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie begins in 2015, a final environmental impact statement will identify what, specifically, can be done to mitigate the concerns of stakeholders. More: http://www.journalmpls.com/news/news/assessing-the-impact-of-light-rail-0
  7. The residential addition on top of Z-Pizza looks great overall and I'd say is successful in adding features found on surrounding historical buildings without looking cheesy. Although the angled windows, I don't know what it is, but something seems off: can't put my finger on it. Quality infill in any case.
  8. Found these (page 12), but based on the description above it's not going to look like this.
  9. Not sure why they're waiting until the Scioto riverfront is complete before starting since it didn't stop either of the other new bridges from going up which are available for use today and not requiring a wait of years more. I was wondering if it was going to have to go under the railroad bridge due to the angle and best access point near Vet's. I'm glad it sounds like it's going to look fun with the shape they'll need to get under the bridge: much better to have a curvy bridge than a straight plain one, even if it's not decked out. Now cough up those renderings! I know you took pictures.
  10. It's too bad there are no dedicated bike lanes on the Rich St bridge. Portland has a pedestrian-bike bridge connecting two neighborhoods. http://www.gibbsbridge.org/ Another view. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-09-10/bike-lanes-revolution/57733256/1 What Columbus needs, Franklinton in particular, is at least one pedestrian and cyclist only bridge. Main offers a watered-down version and doesn't connect to destinations as well as the Rich St Bridge could have. Cyclists wanting a dedicated bridge to go to Dinin' Hall, Rehab Tavern, and more in the future have to go out of their way down to Main before crossing over if they're not comfortable in heavy traffic: no bike lanes on the new bridge. What should be a top priority is a ped and bike only bridge connecting the Arena District from around Neil Ave to Vet's Memorial. No harm in making it a fancier bridge like the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge in San Diego, which is probably that way because it connects directly to downtown whereas the one in Portland doesn't. The only thing I might change would be to highlight separated bike and ped paths on the bridge. I love the modern look of the one in San Diego. George M. Fattell These bridges really are more useful by encouraging higher numbers of pedestrians and cyclists to visit destinations near either end and are a unique and enjoyable urban experience in their own right, which can't be said for Rich St Bridge with its loud motoring traffic that's prioritized and of course as ODOT said, “This project is a perfect example of ODOT’s values and goals". I'd say in the absence of a ped and bike only bridge connecting Downtown and Franklinton it also serves as an example of the City of Columbus' values and goals. Here's a CU thread Stop Rich Street Bridge where some forumers discussed a pedestrian-bike only bridge between Downtown and Franklinton back in 2010 is still overdue.
  11. Small towns were already in a rather precarious situation in the first place by their very nature no? If your town is a one-trick pony that can't perform anymore, well, that's that. In any case, their loss *could* be big city Ohio's gain depending on how many are able to move to one of the Cs. Of course, the young people who are mobile and able to move there are probably also able to move to the coasts. I think it also pays to remember that a lot of small towns were ho-hum to begin with. Was Bucyrus ever a beautiful great place to be even at its peak? It pays to remember that when many of these small towns were doing better that they were still derided as being "podunk" with small town folk hopping onto the trains to a bigger city for more opportunities.
  12. Don't get little lights that are just make tiny "blips": they're barely visible even to cyclists in good weather particularly when the battery dies down. Get a charger with rechargeable batteries and some bright ass lights. You can usually test them if you're in the store and a lot say "try me!" anyway. I'd also recommend wheel lights (although I still need to get some) which make you visible from the side. I've had enough instances where despite my bright front and rear lights a handful of drivers still don't see you somehow and I had to predict them being blind idiots and maneuver accordingly. These are more expensive than the pair I saw for $20, but 8-bit fireballs look cool and certainly get you noticed. Not light related, but I've biked through winters in Columbus and last winter in Mpls and really as long as it's just cold you're dealing with, not lots of falling snow or sleet/icy rain, biking in the coldest months is a pretty mundane daily activity that's just part of the routine. I've done bike-only winters just to say I've done it, but if the main roads aren't clear and all you have are snowy/icy side roads it ain't fun and a bus really is the way to go, so you can feel good about biking in the winter and supporting your local transit system too. While sleet/snow add discomfort to you as a cyclist I worry more about the decreased visibility factor for both motorists and cyclists, especially turning at intersections where the crappy iced slush is spread out into the intersecting street making for slow cautious turns while communicating with the motorist that you're slowing down and turning. Anyhoo. Serious winter wear from head to toe: a hat or cap before the balaclava unless it's a thick one or wear two balaclavas (here's a USA flag design, they also have a UK one), scarf is always good or something covering the neck, a thermal top with another rather thick long-sleeved shirt, coat on top, great pair of gloves because good isn't enough unless you have two other pairs you can fit into that one (I've heard good things about the heavily insulted lobster claw glove which might or might not require a thin pair underneath), dense thermal bottom and whatever pants on top is enough (thin thermals mean you need to double up if it's around 20 or less), and real socks with perhaps two pairs on before slipping those on last. For those single-digit or less days: just add an extra layer with extra attention for your head,hands, and feet, which of course are the most vulnerable to the cold.
  13. OTR is 2-3 sq mi (depending on which boundaries are being used) and has 7,000 residents; a big improvement from 4,000 something, but yes it definitely is under-served in housing. The downtown neighborhood I live in, Loring Park, used to be a blemish on Downtown, but it has made big strides. It's just over .5 sq mi and has 7,500 residents. Not sure why developers would be scared to build too many new apartments, since as you an see a similarly sized neighborhood that's well-connected to a downtown's main core is able to support many more and is still adding more new residents. I understand that there's a lot of intact and long abandoned buildings which come with problems that can be a big obstacle for rehabbing efforts, but I see some parking lots too (thankfully not too many) where some relatively dense apartments could be built.
  14. I'm with you there, but if you *had* to live there stuff like that makes it more pleasant. Still, I agree that I'd need a good deal more to live way out in the plains.
  15. Columbusite


    Speaking of skinny jeans, I couldn't resist some earthy light brown Comune skinny jeans that were on sale. I think they purported to be slim, but they're definitely skinny. In Columbus the dispatch did a write up on the Independents' Day festival, which just so happens to attract a decent amount of hipsters, thanks in part I'm sure to CCAD (for non-Columbusites that's the expensive private art school just a few blocks down the street).
  16. Some pics remind me of Southern Orchards in Columbus, but the homes there are less colorful and bigger and much more abandoned. No annual home tours let alone 14 save for a few in a 3x3 block area that defected from the neighborhood a few years ago. Parts of Old North Columbus, especially around Norwood and Oakland east of High, have a good concentration of brick homes (I have no idea why the neighborhood doesn't have home tours), but I think Southern Orchards has more, except it lacks the hipster and ethnic retail that neighborhoods like ONC and Northside enjoy. I still have to give Northside a proper visit and see how I like it compared to ONC and decide who in Ohio has the best hipster neighborhood.
  17. They could even include a little museum with the history of Wendy's: genius!
  18. Rochester just doesn't do "urban" well. Even the Dakotas prioritized their main streets for people, while in Rochester what urban strips exist are inconsistent and car-oriented. Certainly ranks at the bottom of Upper-Midwestern cities. I'd suggest Eau Claire or La Crosse over in WI or if you need something Minnesotan before hitting up MSP, Northfield and Red Wing are better detours than Rochester. Really, just about any sizable town in MN is much more intact and better than Rochester. It's pretty big thanks to this little-known clinic whose name is all but unknown and that's all it really has going for it.
  19. And you didn't even stop by to say hello! ;) For a city that size, at 86,000 residents, it has a very dense downtown, not to mention a couple other dense business districts (not in as good shape as Downtown, but still). I don't know why I wasn't expecting skywalks to show up. And hey, they even have a Pizza Luce up there:can't be that bad.
  20. Yeah, that's some cute infill. The adjacent parking lot and out-of-scale billboard is a jarring contrast, though. I like that colorful buffalo too and the coffee shop next to it looks inviting. I think part of the underwhelmed undercurrent from ink on this Great Plains tour, which I'm enjoying and hope to see more of, is that in this region downtown *is* the city: no cool urban neighborhoods to stumble into elsewhere. Once you leave there you're nowhere. It's Stripmallville from here on out. End of the traffic-calmed road. Whether it's ND or NE you're lucky if you have an urban neighborhood that isn't downtown proper (Benson in Omaha would be such an exception). I think that plays a role in how top-notch the streetscaping and prioritization of pedestrians is on these main streets:it's the only functional urban place they've got. The pro-urban movement hasn't yet moved beyond the confines of downtown around these parts.
  21. Did anyone catch this? 15 MPH speed limit and look at the results:narrow lanes, bumpouts, and busy sidewalks where pedestrians cross the street at high frequencies, it's no wonder this main street looks nice and functions well. As far as living there it depends on if you like small cities and the local culture. From a brief glance on google maps they have sushi, jazz, and a wine bar. Outside of Downtown, however, all I see are strip-malls in lieu of neighborhood business districts and Downtown has no coffee shop in a walkable atmosphere: for the closest one you'd have to walk a number blocks down a car-centric strip to a Starbucks drive-thru. Personally I need to live in a city with a healthy coffee shop culture, so between the Dakotas, Sioux Falls being SD and Fargo being ND, Fargo/ND is more my style, though I wouldn't live there either, but I don't see that as taking a cheap shot. Most people, urbanites in particular, just aren't Great Plains people when it comes to living someplace: we want Downtown and then some. I'd like to visit Sioux Falls myself (provided someone were willing to drive there). Now if he said the city isn't even worth stopping in, then I could see taking offense.
  22. Still, if Cincinnati keeps going: OTR will be filled in for the most part, have a streetcar running through, and another "Northside" will hopefully emerge or perhaps see a few good neighborhoods become great. In a way, I think the extra pressure in Cincinnati from blatantly hostile anti-urban forces has made it realize more than any other Ohio city that if you want to get pro-urban development done the city itself needs to step up to the plate and get it done and not bank too much on outside entities, from the county up to pay for x,y, or z.
  23. There's been talk of a "Weston" style development out there, but it would just be more suburban development the area already has too much of. Well, there's a Tee Jaye's across the street. Maybe if there were a streetcar down W Broad some casino goers would use it to go from the walkable storefronts on W Broad several blocks east (assuming the streetcar started attracting restaurants and bars) or vice versa, but the city didn't plan outside of a High St or Downtown streetcar. As it stands, visitors pretty much only have the casino and Tee Jaye's as evening destinations on W Broad until Dirty Frank's II opens 2 miles east.
  24. As for Portland, the problem with copycatting them means you first need to lay the groundwork in order for that to possibly happen. Is your city enacting an urban growth boundary, investing a large percentage of transportation dollars in light-rail, streetcars, and bikes and throwing out existing zoning laws for whatever Portland has? If not, what can be learned isn't going to help and Portland because it has been built on such a unique foundation it really doesn't lend itself to being used as an example for other cities, though I have to say it's not hard to see why it ranks high. I'd really like to check out Alberta St some time despite some forumers' disdain for Portland (the neighborhood was a former drive-by shooting capital turned semi-yuppified hipster-y arts district). I'm rather surprised other cities don't use the, "we're not New York" line but for Portland too. Hell, Denver would make more sense, but we don't hear people here or elsewhere tripping over themselves to emulate that city. Something about not being on the coast I guess. This certainly hints that us flyover country residents have internalized and quietly accepted that progressive good urbanism only comes from the coasts. While a good deal of these cities do pale in comparison it doesn't mean that all of them are Tulsa and that none are progressive, even competitive with the coasts with things that they could learn from us. Even in cities like Indianapolis, to pick on a different city, has things that it can learn from the region and from itself;I'd say the latter is overlooked too a good deal in the Great Lakes.
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