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  1. I would assume a physical zoo expansion. Wasn't there a report floating around before that detailed out their 25 year vision that detailed just that?
  2. I love this. Many early hospitals were surrounded by parks or were set in natural or rural areas where patients could receive fresh air and sunlight. This trend was stronger with sanatoriums where having open-air porches that faced south was instrumental to a patient's health. But hospitals should be promoters of a healthy environment, and being surrounded by acres of parks - which I surmise would be open to nearby residents in an area where there are few parks, is a far better environment for patients than being lobbed in a concrete jungle. Cleveland is far from running out of places to develop upon and we do have the leeway and room to set aside land for passive activities.
  3. Ouch. There was a study done on the feasibility of routing I-74 along the AA Highway, and another to construct a southern bypass in Kentucky. The former was not justified due to its very high costs and low projected traffic volumes, especially east of Maysville; the latter was not justified due to its very high costs, low traffic counts and the need for tolls.
  4. It didn't cost that - it hasn't even occurred. There are also two separate projects entailing more than just a simple "lane addition" that you keep harping about. And we are talking about two separate projects - Mill Creek and Thru the Valley, which combined will most likely exceed $900 million. But again, those projects are phased out well into the next decade or more, so those costs are unknown. And when you spread it out over two decades (or more at this point), that's not that big of a deal. You must have forgotten about the replacement of 50 year old bridges that were nearing the end of their lifespan; the total replacement of pavement that was well over the end of their lifespan; the rebuilding of several interchanges that didn't meet FHWA standards; etc., etc., etc. More than just a simple lane addition.
  5. I think that jjakucyk[/member] means that what we get with other Citiramas is... suburban crap: Rockford Place in Northside. I mean, it looks great, but it's still suburban.
  6. You can't build an industrial park any closer to Bowling Green because it's already been developed - and because of geologic factors (e.g. caves and sinkholes). The exit has clearly demonstrated it's need and cost in the expansion of the industrial park. I bet you also complained about the new (third) Georgetown exit on Interstate 75 to serve the 7,000+ workers for Toyota and its many subsidiaries. It also serves several major new Toyota developments, so, yes, it's justified. Just because it's car centric doesn't mean its wasteful or unneeded. (And boom, that's the tie in to this thread.)
  7. Let me get a big eye roll over here. I bet you clamored the same talking points when Toyota and Honda ate GM/Chrysler/Ford's profits and playbook.
  8. So to correct: 1. It is an FHWA mandate to have free flowing ramps on interstate highways. Previously, those two freeways - the Pennyrile Parkway and the Western Kentucky Parkway, were tolled and were paid off years ago. Tolls were removed. Applying the Interstate 69 designation on the Pennyrile, Western Kentucky and Purchase parkways, and a portion of Interstate 24, is cost effective because it utilizes existing freeways instead of new alignments. Besides reworking the junction of those two parkways for free flow movements, other interchanges were reworked (example) because they had no deceleration or acceleration lanes. These served as toll booths (under the underpasses) when the highway was tolled. 2. That is the future Interstate 66 bypass of Somerset, which is an extension of the Cumberland Parkway. Like other parkways, the Cumberland was tolled and paid off years ago. With funding from Rep. Rogers, phase one of the Interstate 66 bypass was completed. Funding for design work for phase two has been secured, and alignment proposals and upgrades for KY 80 east to Interstate 75 have long been studied. (Interstate 66 will no longer go west or east from Interstate 65 or 75.) It also wasn't feasible to upgrade the existing KY 80 through Somerset. 3. Built to serve the massive Kentucky Transpark development. You gave three examples in rapidly growing areas. The state, absent of its rural areas, is growing. 3.
  9. Eh. Many of the things he ended up doing resulted in positive outcomes for the railroads. Absent of the abrupt relationships he developed with shippers/etc., precision scheduled railroading has been a success. "CP’s key operating metrics all improved dramatically during Harrison’s tenure. From 2012 through 2016, average train speed improved 31 percent; terminal dwell declined 11 percent; fuel efficiency improved 15 percent; and train length grew 21 percent, according to an investor presentation. These efficiency gains, combined with rate increases, helped to triple CP’s profit margin." It's all about data driven metrics, and by following his seven principles (outlined in his book that I am currently reading), CSX can closely align itself with the success he had elsewhere. Where would we be if Toyota and Honda had not demonstrated the ways of Just In Time servicing and lean manufacturing principles? We'd be stuck with a bloated, inefficient automobile manufacturer hierarchy that still haunts GM, Chrysler and (to a smaller extent now) Ford. JIT and other lean principles and guidelines heavily rely on data to inform decision making - going against the grain of accepted thought, unions and long-ago established procedures. Harrison also died of emphysema, attributed to decades of smoking that left him short of breath. He suffocated. Have some sympathy, or at least class.
  10. They didn't quite disappear, they just migrated north for the Thru the Valley project. Another couple billion to add one lane. It didn't cost a "couple billion" to "add one lane." I won't even go into the specifics of what work was done or the scope or the actual cost - but even if you are an ardent opponent of the project, you can't be *this* obtuse.
  11. I thought this was just a concrete bridge, but it's steel with concrete faces. Most likely, the steel beams have rusted or corroded significantly, necessitating their replacement.
  12. Bought my home at 4324 Beech Hill Ave. some years ago after it was fully rehabbed for $131k and sold it for I think $136k three years later after putting in about $2k in landscaping. Not bad. 4326 Beech Hill, my neighbor, was on the market for around $381k and sold for about $351k. This was literally a flop house, where a drug dealer murdered some girl after she tried to snitch on him. NEVER would I have imagined this house going for as much as it did. Granted I had an abatement so my taxes were absurdly low and at the time I purchased mine, there were very few rehabs on my street. A lot of owner-financed work, too. But has a bubble formed since I moved out just a few years ago!?
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