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  1. Woot, this is huge for Dayton! Is that vacant taller building on the corner included in the reno plans?
  2. I’d have to imagine that the value of the new real estate that’d be created with the 5 lane option would more than pay for the rest of the project. It’s one of those cases where I think one could legitimately argue that the project would pay for itself. In the grand scheme of things, $1million is not that much money, especially if it leads to tens/hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment. Pastor is acting very small town here, especially with this crossing guard nonsense.
  3. This has been such a frustrating situation to follow. You have one of the most beautiful and prized urban neighborhoods in the country in OTR. Its revitalization has done more to lift Cincinnati's image than literally anything else in the past 30+ years, and one can envision a scenario where OTR becomes a nationally known destination ala the French Quarter. You have a super wide, ugly street that bisects the neighborhood, essentially cutting it into two pieces. There is a possibility to not only stitch OTR back into one cohesive neighborhood, but also create new land in this highly desirable, increasingly tourist driven area, and the Mayor and some of Council comes out against it?! Make it make sense! It's so incredibly short sighted and myopic to not seize this incredible opportunity. Turning Liberty into a beautiful, tree lined, pedestrian friendly street, while creating new land and opportunities for new infill should be an absolute no-brainer. Surely Cranley knows that OTR is Cincinnati's best shot for becoming a noteworthy domestic and international tourist destination. When the NYT and other national publications write about Cincinnati it's basically all they write about, because it's gorgeous, hip, designed in a way that wouldn't and couldn't be built today, and frankly, it's surprising to many on the coasts that such an environment exists in Cincinnati. Knowing this, you would think the city would fully support any and all efforts to remove barriers to success and to increase connections across from the booming southern portion to the largely vacant and untouched northern portions of OTR. The controversy over this project is baffling, but also so typical of Cincinnati's toxic political culture.
  4. Ok, so where is the legal challenge? If there was a contractual obligation to turn the Emery into a working theater, why not take it to the courts? If it was more of a good faith understanding, then there's not much we can do about it. I think turning the building into apartments at a time when there wasn't much going on in OTR was hugely beneficial, so it's not like UC has been a slumlord for the building. Other than the history, and whatever past agreements were made, can you make a case for why the neighborhood and this part of the basin would need or benefit from another theater?
  5. So we should create another venue that we don't need, that won't have a host tenant, because....UC said they would renovate the theater 20, 30 years ago? It seems like nearly every theater I go to has some sort of claim about acoustic perfection, so that doesn't resonate with me, true as it may be. Hundreds of millions of dollars were just spent renovating Music Hall and Memorial Hall. Renovating another old theater, which honestly is hidden in plain sight and not an eye sore in the slightest, is a low priority for my OTR wish list. I'd rather see it renovated to office space so that the Salvation Army could move in from next door, and that whole block could be redeveloped as a true gateway to OTR and Main St.
  6. What's the big deal about turning the Emory into a theater anyway? We already have Memorial and Music Halls, the Shakespeare theater and the theater at the SCPA just a couple blocks away, plus there's the Woodward over on Main, the Ensemble on Vine, and of course the theaters at the Aronoff Center just a few blocks south and the Taft a little further south and east. Isn't the core pretty much good on concert venues and auditoriums? I get that it's a shame that the venue is currently sitting unused, and I'd love to see it turned into productive space, but I don't see the need to create yet another music venue at the Emery.
  7. ^ Oh yes, I'm aware that renderings aren't contracts, and that they are basically promotional tools. The plans that are reviewed by the city for conformance with the code are, in essence, contracts, as they are usually reviewed by city staff for compliance with zoning, building, fire, etc. codes. If those plans didn't show tree wells on the third level of the garage and only the initial renderings did, then shame on the city for not ensuring that there was proper screening in place for this garage. I didn't review the plans for this project, and only relied on renderings for envisioning how this will turn out. Of course, there is always a bit of creative license when it comes to renderings, but to totally do away with parking garage screening after showing a garage that is almost totally obscured from view by vegetation seems to exceed artistic license, and veers into the purposefully misleading territory. Of course, all this could be moot if they are still planning on planting bamboo on this level. Bamboo doesn't create as thick a screen as a mature tree would, but it grows tall and grows quickly, and it stays green all year round, which is nice in the gray winters of Cincinnati. Guess we shall see what ends up being there when all is said and done!
  8. I think the Republican primary process for the '16 election was about as ugly as it can get, and it obviously did not have a negative effect on election day. The primary process is supposed to be a little contentious, and it's where we, as a party, get to decide who our torchbearer is, and who most represents our values and interests. As the 'big tent' party, we have a lot of disagreement over different issues, and that's ok as long as we coalesce around the candidate and everyone feels like their voice was heard. The democratic rigging of the primaries was farm more harmful to Clinton than a nasty debate or challenge by Bernie would have been, because it told a whole wing of the party that they don't really matter and never had a chance to begin with. That's the type of behavior that will ruin the democrat's chances, not trading barbs or critiquing policy positions during the primaries.
  9. They had originally rendered trees going in on that little step-back above the 3rd floor to help screen the garage. Doesn't look like there is sufficient depth to accommodate trees, and I don't see any sign of planter beds. It will be super disappointing if that portion of the project doesn't come to fruition, and I don't think developers should be allowed to lie in their renderings. The garage screening is pretty weak, based on the photos shown here, and if the trees weren't going to happen on the Court St. side, the city could have required some other screening techniques to be implemented.
  10. They've been trying to get a development at these sites for so long. It sounds like this time it might finally happen. Wonderful news for College Hill, which has slowly and quietly turned into a very solid neighborhood with a strong business district. Also, Lasserre Bradley of Pennrose was formerly with the Model Group for many years. It's great to see that he's obviously advocating for Cincinnati in his new (?) role in Philly. It'd be excellent to attract other east coast developers to town. If they're developing in College Hill, no doubt they'll be interested in the even hotter neighborhoods like OTR, Northside, Oakley, etc.
  11. ^ I remember years ago meeting with one of Cincinnati's well known self-proclaimed "Big Ideas" guys to see if the organization he worked with could partner/sponsor revitalization work in some of the non-core neighborhoods in the city, and he went on this strange rant about 'fowling', and how it's so cool, and that Cincinnati needed to land a fowling place. He assured me it was all the rage in Detroit, and we were missing out big time by not having a fowling bar. I'm sure he's thrilled by this announcement.
  12. Yeah, it's nice to see both Dayton and Cincinnati's core counties appear to have leveled off and are growing again. I'd be curious to see a map of where the growth is occurring in Hamilton County. No doubt parts of the city are growing, but other parts of the city are still losing. There is a bit of new subdivision growth still occurring in the western part of the county, and I think the north/northeast burbs are also growing. Off the top of my head, I can think of 5 new housing developments in Blue Ash alone, and I know the demand for housing in Sycamore schools is off the charts.
  13. Neck and neck with Minneapolis? Not since 2014. And it looks like Chicago has been quite a bit bigger than Cleveland since 2014, too. Not knowing much about the bio-tech/medical sector specifically, it appears Cleveland is in a pretty good place compared to its Midwestern peers. The top 10 regions are highly variable, and I'm guessing very influenced by one time deals, mergers, etc. You have St. Louis going from $242 in 2016 to just $44 in 2017. Cincinnati had an amazing 2017, but shrunk back down to its more normal (but growing) range in 2018. Cleveland, however, seems to be pretty consistent, which seems to indicate that the market is diversified and not driven by one dominant company, though I know the Clinic is responsible for the vast majority of the other related companies in the area. Other than the large drop off from 2014-15, the Cleveland market hasn't experienced dramatic change, and the number of companies has shown a steady, continual growth since 2015. Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see anything too alarming here. Btw, saying Columbus, Ohio on an Ohio development site, discussing numbers related to midwest metro economic performance is unnecessary. You know that, of course, but just wanted to point out that it comes across as petty and juvenile
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