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  1. This is something I don't get the appeal of. Who wants to swim in a saltwater lagoon in the middle of Ohio at an RV park? I know saltwater pools can avoid some chlorine use, but does that apply in lagoon form? I like the idea of a luxury RV resort, it's unique and there's not much else going on in that part of town, but are there that many people looking to feel a little more buoyant?
  2. Obviously disappointing, but from the pictures it doesn't really seem like there was much there besides a fascade anyway, the inside just looked like it had been gutted and was at this point just an empty brick rectangle. Maybe there is something special (woodwork, original ticketbooth, etc.) about the lobby that could be saved, but it will probably be easier for them to build new anyway.
  3. I'm going to be the contrarian here and say I actually like both of these buildings. I think the architecture is unique and defined by their era. Now I wouldn't want an entire city of brutalist structures, but a couple add some interest. Plus they can look really cool when lit with modern led lighting, check out Boston City Hall's 2019 renovation. (I also think Boston City Hall can feel desolate because of the giant brick plaza out front, a fate that Newark doesn't seem to suffer from)
  4. Saw this NY Times article this morning that supports what I was thinking above. http://The New York Times: Manhattan Faces a Reckoning if Working From Home Becomes the Norm. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/nyregion/coronavirus-work-from-home.html One excerpt: David Kenny, the chief executive at Nielsen, said the company plans to convert its New York offices to team meeting spaces where workers gather maybe once or twice a week. “If you are coming and working at your desk, you certainly could do that from home,” Mr. Kenny said. “We have leases that are coming due, and it’s absolutely driving those kinds of decisions.’’ “I have done an about-face on this,” he added.
  5. I agree, I think we'll see a hybrid model moving forward where you maybe WFH 2 or 3 days and are in the office 2 or 3 days a week. Maybe with a shared workspace, instead of a dedicated desk. I think this has given people a taste and proven to companies that they can work effectively remotely, so why not sell it as a benefit and reduce your office costs. It doesn't work great for everyone, but I haven't missed my commute (although I'm getting real sick of 5+ hours of Google Meet a day) I know anecdotely that both my wife and I's company's have sent survey's out asking for feedback on possible permanent WFH scenarios, I've heard the same from many friends. I think this will be one of the lingering structural changes that we see resulting from COVID-19. Probably hurts the commercial real-estate market, but could boost some of the smaller towns around the state that have cheap housing, but few jobs. Total side bar, I also hope that all this secures high-speed internet as an essential service and sees it classified as a utility.
  6. I think one of the structural changes resulting from COVID-19 is that WFH will become much more commonly accepted. If you are WFH most days, but still have to head into the office occasionally it makes the commute from places like Newark much easier to accept if it's something you only need to do infrequently. I think that might help give a boost to the some of the smaller cities near big job centers that have a lot to offer, but might not have a lot of local jobs.
  7. Wasn't it built as an office building by Bank One? Per an old dispatch article: "Bank One, bought by Chase in 2004, completed the first phase of the building in 1996. The second phase, which more than doubled its size, was finished in 2001. The bank, which had employees scattered in offices throughout the area, opened the building as part of a move to concentrate employees into a handful of locations in the city."
  8. Good eyes. I'd missed that originally. I'd almost rather they not force it and leave one or two lots as an empty grass lot for now and then go taller later.
  9. I thought this exact same thing. This location probably has the best view of their entire lot, why not go higher, maximize what you charge for views, and shorten the waitlist? Overall, I don't mind the design and like that it's built out to sidewalk. Hopefully this encourages some density when they redevelop the old giant eagle lot up the block.
  10. These are awesome. Any sense of what these things cost? They seem like a great solution.
  11. Ooofff (actual sound I made when I saw these). This is pretty bad, but they couldn't get their nicer/denser project passed, they couldn't sell the lot, so they brought in the cost cutters and here you are. You can't really blame them, they need to get something out of the site.
  12. I thought this would be an issue and I'm surprised they didn't try to front the tracks with the parking garage component. They're not even taking that approach with Gravity 2.0, so either they're not that concerned about it or they've found some other way to mitigate it.
  13. Sweet math bro. Wpcc88 is entitled to his own opinion, particularly, since it's his neighborhood. No need to force him out of his house, because you got a hard on for some renderings.
  14. I just want to know what he intends to see scuba diving in his brand new mud lake? It's not exactly like they'll be coral or a shipwreck
  15. Yeah, I don't fully understand what residents are complaining? I don't agree with them, but I at least can understand that for those who paid $400k+ for a house in German Village why there'd be a vocal minority. But who living in this area cares enough to complain. Isn't most everyone just renting?
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