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  1. The big question is if the new owners plan to keep Kuhfer's Lofts or if they plan to tear everything down. Obviously I hope for the former. Here is the corner parking lot owned formerly owned by Revelation Baptist Church, then the unused block building owned formerly owned by Feast of Love. It's not hard to imagine a boutique hotel or new apartments/condos similar to The Allison going up here, but I fear that FC's mysterious development arm wants to tear everything down that you can see here: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1122757,-84.5240164,3a,75y,50.59h,83.62t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sJHnyraz91gyIc8G0uZ7bVA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Here is the other hot and mysterious corner at Wade & Central Ave. True Story: I attempted to buy this vacant lot (actually 4 lots) two years ago. I put the letters in the Corryville post office's curbside mailboxes and heard nothing for a month. Then one party contacted me and considered selling but then changed their mind. https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1122224,-84.5223363,3a,75y,301.91h,95.84t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sn8c28xHbZ0xE_d2JjehQ8Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 I'm guessing that in two years Revelation Baptist Church and the various block buildings fronting Liberty will have been replaced by a SpringHill Suites or some such: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1134597,-84.5243745,3a,48.3y,127.11h,99.4t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTQWDxht4764Ks0s96-b47g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  2. jmecklenborg

    Cincinnati-NKY International Airport

    A former coworker of mine booked a show for his band in Iceland via WOW and a few people from Cincinnati went. He met a girl from Australia there and now they are dating. So that cheap flight to Iceland is now costing him a ton since they're flying back and forth from Australia. As for "real" overseas trips, I don't understand the point of going for less than a week, and the cost of a flight reduces as a percentage of the overall trip cost the longer said trip gets. Who wants to deal with airport monkey business while jet lagged at the end of a 2-week overseas trip and have to show up beat to work the next morning?
  3. jmecklenborg

    Rural Ohio is dying

    The state highways like 33 and 32 are basically interstate-quality, and enable people from rural Southeast Ohio to commute to and from Columbus or Cincinnati each day. The Lancaster and Nelsonville bypasses were pretty huge improvements. It's only an hour drive now from Athens to DT Columbus, which is similar to the drive time from Miami U to DT Cincinnati, which nobody previously thought as being remote in the way that Athens is known for being remote. Also, the rail line from Athens to Columbus is now barely used thanks to the collapse of coal as is the line from Portsmouth to Cincinnati. Each could have a pair of state-operated passenger trains on them making laps all day long.
  4. jmecklenborg

    Cincinnati-NKY International Airport

    Yeah but a direct flight to an overseas destination is definitely worth the difference in price. I were to fly to Paris from Cincinnati, I'd take the direct over a connection even if it costs $500 more. There's just too much crap that happens out there.
  5. No, I believe they have everything under contract if they haven't closed on it already. What I'm amazed by, looking back at where we were in December-January, is how the local media just couldn't figure out what was going on when all the signs were there and a half dozen people on the internet were able to figure it out. I mean, the change of internal ownership of the Jehovah's Witness property in November 2017 was an obvious signal that they were preparing to sell. When all if this stuff closes we'll see who played their hands well and who sold way too easily. Already we see people who didn't realize what was going on and others who made out with some serious life-changing cash like the myth, the legend Stoney Lee Brooks. It'll be interesting to see what the various religious organizations sold for. I fear that one or two of them may have sold for WAY too low.
  6. jmecklenborg

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    Congrats to the Crew:
  7. jmecklenborg

    Cincinnati: Restaurant News & Info

    ^Although if I were the owner of a brick-n-mortar restaurant, I would be very much opposed to food trucks, pop-ups, etc. Losing one table of customers per day is a loss of $20,000 in gross annual revenues.
  8. 423 Wade just closed for $450,000: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1122217,-84.5232411,3a,75y,188.01h,115.79t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sY2z2130p2vmMWPEHEbHfsw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 423 is just the western of these two buildings. 421 is owned by the Kuhfer's Lofts developer. Also, I talked to a person completely removed from the previous person I talked to (I'll call him "Source #2") who confirmed that virtually everything between Wade and Liberty has been purchased although not much of it has closed. It will all close in 2019. According to Source #2, they confirmed that Revelation Baptist Church has sold and will be demolished. The concrete block building that reaches between Wade and Bauer owned by "Feast of Love" adjacent to Revalation's parking lot has sold. All of the buildings involved in Kuhfer's Lofts have sold, despite just two condos having been completed. Additionally, this building on Central Ave. has sold and tenants have two years to vacate: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1125195,-84.5224593,3a,75y,305.87h,104.46t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1stZBVE_S-XWJGNrA39iCRMg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 All vacant lots on the south side of Wade and on the west side of Central between Wade and Bauer have sold. So who has not sold? This guy is hodling: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1127803,-84.5230914,3a,88.3y,25.5h,91.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sU0zR21tPnmJIiFFY5i-iMQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 This guy is hodling: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1127918,-84.5232627,3a,75y,7.76h,101.64t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sleZkx3vIETafvNZ7TyLRzg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Also hodling: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1127685,-84.5229129,3a,75y,234.08h,95.38t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sx2sbm5Y6uERqKsUClzIYCQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Also hodling: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1127803,-84.5230914,3a,75y,202.05h,94.78t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sU0zR21tPnmJIiFFY5i-iMQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  9. ^We went from 5 to 20+ breweries in Cincinnati in what seemed like the blink of an eye. My sense is that there is space for about 5 breweries to be profitable per city, not 50 either breaking even or losing money. People are going to find out the hard way that the regulations put in effect after Prohibition were a way to guarantee that brewing beer remained a profitable enterprise. If everyone can brew and seamlessly distribute beer across their region and throughout the country, then it can't possibly be profitable for anyone. No, the "best" beer doesn't survive because a) the public can't tell the difference meaning b) the survivor has the best salesmen/marketing and the least debt, irrespective of the actual liquid in the their cans.
  10. jmecklenborg

    Cincinnati: Western Hills Viaduct

    If the new clear span enables the railroad to gain more capacity, the railroad should pay into the rebuild.
  11. jmecklenborg

    Rural Ohio is dying

    Apparently the French TGV system has something of a super-commuter problem that is clogging up capacity originally intended for business and general travel. This is a huge issue facing the California HSR system. All of the trains that begin their day in San Francisco will actually originate in tiny Gilroy and all of the northbound trains out of LA will actually originate in Palmdale. So it's quite likely that a super-commute population will fester in those two cities that will enjoy plenty of empty seats on that early-morning 5:50am inbound train, but then clog all of the 4-6pm trains each afternoon.
  12. jmecklenborg

    Rural Ohio is dying

    A more robust version of the 3c's Ohio Hub rail with the addition of commuter service back and forth between Cincinnati and Dayton would have helped downtown Hamilton and downtown Middletown become commuter suburbs. No doubt small towns in England, France, Italy, etc. benefit from residents being able to ride trains to job centers. NPR did an interesting story on the rail "super commuters" in Italy who travel huge distances from their native small towns to Milan, Rome, etc.
  13. ^^^That award list includes a $1.3M~ award to extend this trail about a mile past the Rt. 4 bypass, pushing the total length of this trail to about 4 miles.
  14. jmecklenborg

    Cincinnati: Liberty Street Road Diet

    It probably doesn't even exist, or barely exists. It's like the "electric wire suspended in oil" that Smitherman invented to advertise the impossibility of expanding the streetcar up the Vine St. hill.
  15. jmecklenborg

    2018 Hurricane Season

    Well Michael turned out to be what the media thought Florence was going to be, with tons of dramatic destruction, but they didn't get their crews down there in time to really turn it into a sensation.