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  1. While a publicly accessible boardwalk may be a nice amenity, it can absolutely be a stopper for some companies that require security perimeters. It's why the R&D site has security fencing and multitudes of cameras and why some of these proposals for it to be connected are just silly.
  2. The Eagle Avenue lift bridge was rehabilitated in 1991 and closed in 2004 after some structural deterioration was found. It's actually in very poor condition at this moment because of superstructure and substructure issues and will need replacement. But for the cost of a new lift bridge, is it worth it for the 7,000 AADT that used it every day? I'm not sure.
  3. I don't think there will be much foot traffic between R&D and the new headquarters (per an earlier comment). There never was a huge footpath connection between the existing R&D and headquarters (separated by quite a difference in elevation) and other facilities. They essentially operate as two separate entities and working out of platforms such as Teams makes any physical connection that much less important. I think this is the best possible outcome for those parking lots. I'm curious as to what a possible 30-story tower would look like in the skyline, even if its a generic blob superimposed on an image.
  4. The A. E. Burckhardt House is the abandoned residence of Bavarian-born furrier Adam Edward Burkhardt in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1883, Burckhardt acquired 16 acres of land in Avondale for a country estate. The renowned Cincinnati architectural firm of Samuel Hannaford & Sons was hired to design a lavish Romanesque, Queen Anne, and Victorian-style mansion which was constructed in 1886-87. Samuel Hannaford was Cincinnati’s most prominent and prolific 19th-century building designer during the “Gilded Age,” and his firm was responsible for the designs of over 300 prominent structures in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Referred to as Edgewood, the residence contained 33 rooms with ten bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and approximately 8,000 square feet of living space. There are radiators under the bench seats in the turret. It's been a good few years since I was last inside but someone told me it's significantly deteriorated with a lot of water damage. I haven't heard of news recently but the owner wanted to tear it down for a nursing home, essentially its former use. More of the house and its history: https://abandonedonline.net/location/a-e-burckhardt-house/
  5. It really does anchor the east end of downtown! I knew of an older photographer who took me around town one day. He would pull over in the travel lane of busy arterial roadways, even I-490, lean over, and snap some photos with his camera. I'm surprised we didn't get rear-ended that day.
  6. Yikes. A lot of graffiti inside Heberle. When I was inside Lafayette Bloom, it was mostly graffiti free (I'll post photos later today). I remember taking a colleague who was wanting to purchase / inquire about the furnishings inside Heberle about two years ago and it was being emptied out that day and being tossed into a dumpster. That was the last I've seen of work being performed but I haven't checked back on it in some time.
  7. Came upon this in a Sandusky newspaper about the dedication of the Lafayette Bloom school on April 29, 1916:
  8. I hear the same thing regarding Beachwood Place on the eastern suburbs of Cleveland. There have been a disturbing number of incidents in recent years - shootings, mass mobs, etc. in what is supposed to be -the- upscale mall of Cleveland, and it's a short bus ride away from the worst neighborhoods in the area. Pinecrest is also sapping a lot of that energy from Beachwood, but the violent incidents aren't doing it any favors.
  9. seicer

    What are you watching?

    Chernobyl is probably one of the best short series I've watched. I've equally been fascinated with the visuals of anything on Fukushima because even in abandonment, it still looks orderly and clean.
  10. I am amazed at how some projects can come to fruition so quickly (Lumen) while others stall out. This will be a fantastic addition to anchor the east end of downtown.
  11. A simple subway tile backsplash, but considering that the people never came out to do the job, it wasn't that much of a loss since they found out it was easy to do and a labor of love. Plus, they got the idea to add some creativity to the project they wouldn't have been able to do before. It's pretty tough to find a reputable handyman in my parents area, surprisingly. They wanted tiling done in the bathroom and one supposedly good outfit in Ashland KY kept making excuses on when the tiles would be in, only to charge them a "deposit" fee and never following up with actual installation (they had the charges revoked from the credit card side of things). They had an equally horrible experience getting carpet put down years ago with delayed delivery dates and doped up installers. The tiling in the kitchen has been in for about a year now and it looks great.
  12. seicer

    What are you watching?

    Last Man Standing, but I've always been a Tim Allen fan. It gets far better in later seasons. I'm still pissed that Home Improvement is no longer on Hulu.
  13. My parents have such difficulty finding anyone reputable down in Kentucky to do remodeling projects, so they have taken up to looking up everything on YouTube or going to the free Lowes classes (which are seemingly packed with seniors like my parents). They were quoted something like $1,500 for a tile backsplash in the kitchen, which seemed absurdly high. They completed the project for just a few hundred dollars and found it "very easy" to do it themselves. They are now watching YouTube videos to do tiling in the bathroom now.
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