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  1. Well, let’s hope the access/exit is off Campbell alley, which would likely result in the loss of 3-4 spaces to the 80. I’d love to see the little non-contributing blue building between Elm and Campbell replaced with a pedestrian laneway that could connect to a cool, small bar laneway environment in this new development. It could even go all the way through to the Film Center if you can rationalize the floor plates, which I think you can.
  2. can I suggest some reading material to help with said hobby, if you haven’t already: High cost of free parking Parking and the city cities for people social life of small urban spaces death and life of great American cities Walkable city street fight happy city radical cities the city at eye level manuals This is a good start I reckon.
  3. Well you heard it here. Troeros is getting his best practice urban planning cues from Dubai, not Madrid (or Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Melbourne, Portland, Vancouver, London, etc etc etc). And please remember Troeros - cars are not some new invention. They’re an outdated 20th century hangover. You defending a mono-functional, likely inflexible garage for them is just about as retrograde an idea as you can get. What were promoting is something new and exciting, and yes, traditional all at the same time.
  4. On one hand you say - I love Cincinnati’s compactness. And on the other you say - yea it’s cool if said compactness is destroyed.
  5. Once you lose land to private interests, it is nearly impossible to get it back for public use. And I’m all for positive change, which means advocating and arguing for positive outcomes. I get that it’s easier to put your hands up and just say: well, it is the way it is. But that attitude leads to mediocre outcomes, which is what we’re seeing here. And I’d argue this outcome is sub-mediocre. In fact, this isn’t a ‘future forward’ change. This looks like something out of the 1980s. So if anything, I’m against going back in time and pretending there will magically be a different outcome than similar efforts we’ve seen in the past. I truly hope I’m wrong. I see you waxing on and on about safety in the centre city and wonder when it will ‘truly’ turn the corner. These sorts of decisions are why the city doesn’t ‘feel’ safe in some corners. No eyes on the streets which comes from a mix of uses, diversity of ownership, small blocks, etc. This isn’t an opinion - we know this to be true. You need to build for urbanity. If you plan for people and place, you’ll get people and place. If you plan for cars, you’ll get cars.
  6. When is enough enough? It is just a bit of land, they said, when the Mt. Adams incline right of way was sold off. Just a small breezeway, they say, as PNC erases the fountain square pedestrian cut through to Walnut. Just one block, they say, as the convention center eats up Elm. Just one more block, you say, as the FC Stadium demolishes what’s left of a historic block of rows. Death by a thousand cuts. Except the city has been cutting itself since the 50s. This isn’t about one block, it’s about the obliteration of the historic grain, which includes individual buildings with their beautiful cornices, but also a walkable intersection density, connectivity through mega blocks, narrow street widths and diversity of land ownership. This is yet another example of the homogenization of the city centre and it will keep happening until it’s stopped.
  7. So then why ruin a neighborhood by adding just 1,000 more? Seems totally preposterous. Remember, these garages are also the reason the Liberty Street road diet is so muddled down. When will we learn the answer is in creating a great place for people, instead of this fantasy where we think we can have a place with ease of parking AND still be great for people. Cities don’t work this way anywhere on the planet.
  8. The entire stadium is lifted off the ground plane by the parking garage. This is why it doesn’t interact with the street level well.
  9. It’s been said before and needs to be said again and again. The only way downtown and OTR become truly vibrant with critical mass is through transit. If you don’t have that you won’t get the political capital to do away with parking requirements, you won’t get many banks willing to lend against parking-free projects and you won’t get the population willing to get rid of their car. I’m amazed how many folks I know from Ohio who owned a car and then moved to the coasts and got rid of said car bc they could, they wanted to live in a central area and bc it was more of a hassle to have one there. The same people making a different decision in a different location - it’s only possible with transit.
  10. Oh my god this stadium is a disaster. That area will be totally dead most of the time. This is as much an ‘urban’ stadium as the ‘urban’ casino turned out to be. This won’t be used By other cities as best practices anytime soon. And let me get this straight, there’s a garage under the stadium and now next to it? Is that right?
  11. Slightly off topic. But I’m surprised there’s been no movement to get a boutique hotel in OTR. This would be in high high demand
  12. Look to Sydney for ideas on improving the offering. Their yearly Vivid event is a 3-week cultural event. It started as a smaller lights show on the opera house and harbour bridge and quickly turned into a massive event expanding into ‘lights, music and ideas.’ They run cruises on the harbour to get views of the lights from the water. They also have events and talks on fashion, film, urbanism, gallery exhibitions, live music, etc. The main event is and always will be the magical light displays on the Opera House, but as a resident I was more interested in the discussion series. I would avoid the weekends and go during the week after work to avoid the crowds. https://www.vividsydney.com/
  13. hell, I timed coming home to visit family to coincide with this event, so count 2 coming from Delhi, India. Also, my friend who lives in Denver came to town to see it. It has a draw.
  14. Holy sh*t the square is being overtaken by structures and overhangs and pavilions. Also, cutting off access from Walnut is a big mistake. They should be enhancing that connection, not eliminating it. This is what happens when public space design is left in the hands of a bank. I hope, but doubt, this will be rejected.
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