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  1. Take a look at Kansas City- they were facing this same dilemma and decided to expand over the highway. For now, the Brent Spence uncertainty prevents expanding over 75, but if you take Kansas City as a model there's still a lot of options. https://www.google.com/maps/@39.0956349,-94.5886676,3a,75y,27.27h,87.43t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1srG5k-peZ9AcJQFcZ2TXVxQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192 The ideal option is to connect the casino to a new convention center and arena. Between Eggelston and Liberty, along 71, there's plenty of room for continuous convention space. Conventions would be in walking distance of some of Cincinnati's best assets- OTR, Mt. Adams, the casino, etc. The whole development could even be built on top of a transit center with connections to a 71 light rail line, streetcars/BRT on Reading and Gilbert, and the subway. Of course, all of this is impossible for countless reasons, but it's fun to dream.
  2. Is there any way to move the Lyte Tunnel I-71 lanes to the 471/50 junction? Especially if you removed the ramps connecting 5th street and 50? It's really tight around there, but there's gotta be a way to make it work. If you can free up the tunnel, you might be able to run trains through it to the Riverfront Transit Center.
  3. I don't know if it's true, but growing up I always heard that Hamilton was "the largest city in America not connected to an interstate". Poor connectivity really hurt their manufacturing industry and made it harder for their citizens to commute when jobs left the city. Middletown had similar issues. Had Butler Veteran's been extended all the way to 71, I don't think the sprawl in the Mason/ West Chester area would have been any better/worse. But it would have strengthened the most urban areas in Butler county.
  4. Have other cities/counties done this before? The courthouse and justice center have a monopoly on their business, so it doesn't really matter where they are located. What would be the drawback of moving them from their current location to a low land value area? Put them where they could kickstart the revitalization of a neighborhood.
  5. Dream scenario: Bengals build a new stadium next to the tennis center in Mason. Kings Island can sell spots in their parking lot to tailgaters. Subway tunnel extended south from the Central Parkway bend, under Plum Street. Continue south of the river to meetup with the Covington elevated rail tracks. Benefits: Get Mike Brown out of Cincinnati and Hamilton County politics Free up a ton of space at the Banks Connect FCC stadium, expanded convention center, Banks, and Covington IRS development along a rail corridor that can connect to regional rail on both sides.
  6. I know it's about twenty years too late to do this now, but what about building a new convention center next to the casino? You would have to rebuild or accommodate the existing parking garage and Greyhound station, but Eggleston to the Liberty St. ramps is about 2000 linear feet. There's already a large network of bars and restaurants nearby, and some pockets of land to support new development. The project would also make it easier to justify other game-changing infrastructure projects like expanding the subway or building a rail line along 71.
  7. What about a bridge from Ludlow? As I understand it, 75 was originally supposed to go through Ludlow, until Covington pulled some strings to change the alignment. Moving the 75 crossing to the west would give more room to accommodate the US-50/Fort Washington connections and dramatically increase the size of downtown. I'm imagining a rerouted 75 following the rail line that goes from the Fort Mitchel County Club to Ludlow. On the Ohio side it would follow Freeman Ave until meeting its current alignment at Union Terminal. That would be a multi-billion dollar bridge/tunnel project worth pursuing.
  8. Would it be possible to straighten out the bend in Vine between McMillan and Correy?
  9. Spring Grove Village and Hamilton based 80 Acres Urban Agriculture was featured in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/lifestyle/led-growing/
  10. I think the endgame is someone reinventing the Vespa.
  11. Great answer, thank you. Perhaps you could also say that Red Bike's ambition is to serve its community, and not become the next billion dollar mobility startup like Uber or Lime. It's refreshing.
  12. I didn't realize Red Bike was a nonprofit. Why is it structured that way?
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