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  1. While all these exterior additions are nice for the street front, they present no solution for the unusable interior space. It would be incredibly inefficient as a parking garage, and it obviously can't be occupied for anything too useful due to the lack of fenestration. Aside from a self-storage facility, I don't think there's a solution without putting holes in the wall. What it comes down to is how big the holes are, what pattern they create, etc... I don't think this building can get redeveloped without creating usable interior space in the currently window-less portion.
  2. This is only a small part of why it needs to be preserved. Do some research. https://www.citylab.com/design/2018/02/whats-in-the-future-for-cincinnatis-modernist-icon/552968/
  3. In keeping with the "spirit" of the building, I would be okay if they did smaller, subtle punched openings in the brick with the glazing pushed back from the exterior brick veneer. Hopefully the preservationists would go for this too, since it keeps with the original concept of a solid mass.
  4. Danny Klinger said he has “grave concerns about interference, by a prominent political actor, into the affairs and integrity of the historic review process.” Who is this political actor? Is he just trying to scare people into getting worked up over this project? Danny Klinger was at the Pendleton Council meeting and voted no on the project. He spoke out in strong opposition to the development, but the neighborhood voted yes. Now he is throwing a tantrum to try to delay the project and potentially kill it?
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    Smells of City Living

    "Smells of City Living" I'm so glad this is a thread. It's interesting how Cincinnati developed their industrial district to the west of downtown. Most cities tend to place their industrial district to the east so the prevailing wind doesn't blow the smells into downtown. Due to the basin and its relationship to Mill Creek, I suppose Cincinnati didn't have much of a choice in the matter. On a better note, living in Pendleton is nice because you step outside to the smell of Lucius Q BBQ. The worst part is I'm always hungry...
  6. Getting back to Fountain Square, I also hope to see a shopping district free of big traditional anchor stores. Like it was stated previously: stores like Zara, H&M, and Uniqlo would all have more success IMO. Especially with the proximity to all the OTR hipsters who don't want to drive to Kenwood. Besides, stores like Macy's Nordstrom, etc. are dying anyways. I say good riddance to them.
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    Smells of City Living

    This actually has a surprising impact. I walk by 3 Points every day and sometimes the smell is so strong I have to cover my nose! I'm sure I'll get used to it though, much like the people north of Liberty will get used to it after some time.
  8. I'm curious what everyone thinks of Empower's building in OTR. Good? Bad? What moves do the architects make that deem it successful / unsuccessful as historic infill?
  9. I had no idea that was the story behind it, tragic but interesting. Here is a picture I took back in November of the new construction meeting the old.
  10. https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1090878,-84.5133272,3a,60y,42.24h,90.08t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1ssrtIbhcBGgEENrFSWhm3Eg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 This is a prime example of poorly replicating historic buildings...
  11. And anyone who cares about history..? When people walking around in historic districts can't even tell the old from the new, that deeply detracts from the character of the neighborhood.
  12. Because this would be incredibly dishonest from an architectural standpoint. In most historic districts, stuff like this wouldn't even get past the HCB due to the Secretary of Interior's guidelines.
  13. Wheeler Kearns did a great job of a "contemporary cornice" in Chicago
  14. Don't know how I missed this one, that has the potential to be a really cool project. Says nothing about a Moxy, however. How do you know this will be the brand? Last I heard, Moxy (Marriott) was only interested in OTR because of their brand fit better there, not in the CBD. Perhaps they realized a hotel in OTR is near impossible and abandoned that idea.
  15. I actually really like this brand. Where is it proposed to be located on 3rd and Main? The current parking garage on the NW corner?