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  1. With how many times @Ram23 is called out or found to be a hypocrite via older posts, you'd think he was attempting some form of Trump performance art.
  2. Its been my experience that during multiple community meetings I've attended (both pre and during levy) that it has been referred to as "BRT." While not exclusively used by all officials, I've heard some public folks refer to it (and the 3X because it can kind of use the highway side lanes) as "BRT Lite:" I would argue that both of those lines don't even meet the criteria to even have the BRT term near them. If anything, they're simply express routes or in Metro Plus' case: a frequent regular line. It's certainly not fast or "rapid." My point is, many of the people involved with this whole thing are ignorant (either willfully or by circumstance) of even modest improvements being done in other cities. While I'm happy to see some improvement, I'm very skeptical of what will actually emerge. As @JYP said—the devils is in the details, but when it comes to politicians (and aspiring politicians) and business folks who have demonstrated a clear lack of understanding when it comes to transit (in addition to bungling the streetcar for several years now), I have no real confidence. Even if everything in this levy happens: we may finally have transit on the level of.... Indianapolis? And that's if BRT is built properly.
  3. Even if a Biden presidency occurs and even if that administration is overwhelmingly pro public transit, what gives anyone the confidence that SORTA, this city, or this county is going to do anything meaningful? These people still call Metro Plus "BRT."
  4. It'll be nice having the crappy jokes from ODOT's twitter feed right in the heart of the city, near the sports parks. "Don't FUMBLE, get a designated driver." "Buckling up is a HOME RUN."
  5. @OldBearcat Thanks for sharing that CAGIS map, that's super helpful! Sounds like that link was the initial part of the system constructed then? @Ram23: I truly wonder if Saks does good business. I always forgot it was there and occasionally found myself in need of quickly grabbing nicer clothes for some meeting or function I had forgotten about (as I worked in jeans and sneakers). Macys always came in handy or I'd run across the river to Target. I always forgot about Saks. Speaking to another friend today, apparently the PNC building also has a badge reader on its skywalk—you can still access other parts of the block, but to get into that particular building, you need to go to the street and take the elevator back up. Thanks for the link on the 5th/Race building. Gonna dig into that later. And in regards to the Sheraton: I think originally both buildings that are/were the Millennium were both Stouffer's once. Stouffer's built the Inn (older building) first, then added the second tower and it became "Stouffer's Cincinnati Towers." Looks like they became Millennium/Sheraton before joining as one Millennium. So here's another random question, two questions actually: of art! 1) A reader on Facebook pointed out that there used to be a Yoko Ono art installation near the Skywalk/Contemporary Arts Center (I think the old CAC by Gov. Square). It was a "a single black line and had some saying." Anyone remember this or have a picture? I feel like this question was made for @jmecklenborg 2) Anyone know whatever happened to the weird art piece at the center of the Tower Place food court?
  6. I should've known to check Urban Cincy. I also should've texted you and @taestell, but I'm usually writing this crap at 3 AM. Thank you, @JYP!
  7. There's nothing particularly significant about December of 2008 aside from the fact that it's when I once made an attempt to photograph and document what remained of the Skywalk system in Cincinnati. The original feature on my website was Flash based and when it went away, I never bothered restoring it. Then I got the idea to re-share the photographs and actually found myself noticing how much the city has changed in just over a decade, how much I originally enjoyed shooting/writing about stuff like this, and it brought up a question I had. I'm not trying to simply post here and push you to my website, but if you want to read the full piece it's here. My main reason for sharing here on UO is a question that came up as I was finishing up the post for my site. I'm hoping some folks might know/remember and I hope this UO post starts a discussion. I'd love to hear about the Skywalk in its heydey. Background: I originally shot these photographs not with artistic reverence in mind, but rather as a documentation. When I wrote the original 2008 post, I noticed that I had missed some parts of the Skywalk. 10+ years later, including five years working Downtown daily and I realized I missed even more. In addition, the system has had segments removed over time. As I was writing this 2020 post, I was studying one of the "maps" I documented: ^ The day I was out shooting these, the convention center was closed so I missed the Skywalk bridge between it and the Millennium Hotel. The circle shows a gap in the system. I don't recall what building was once here and I believe it was demolished for the failed attempt at luring a Nordstrom Department store (today it's the 84.51 headquarters). On the eastern side of that gap, over Race St. was the closed Skywalk bridge from Macy's/Fountain Place: And to the south of that gap, was another closed Skywalk bridge from Saks Fifth Avenue over W. 5th St. towards what was then an empty lot (again, now the 84.51 Building): ^I pulled that screenshot from Google Street View. It shows this bridge existing in 2007, but gone by 2009. I don't think it was there when I was shooting in December 2008, but I could be wrong. All this to say: these dead ends/bridges converge on one point. If there was once a building there with Skywalk connections, the map would've looked like this: And if those connections existed, at one point there was also a bridge over Vine St. that continued over Fountain Square to Walnut St. (demolished during the Square renovation). That means the map would've looked like this... ..which means, one could've (theoretically) at one point walked from the garage at Central/6th all the way above ground/through buildings to the riverfront arena and down to the riverfront (a bridge did connect to the skywalk system over Fort Washington Way to Riverfront Stadium which itself was connected to US Bank Arena). Like this... Does that seem right? As a kid, my interactions with the city/Skywalk were pretty limited. 2008 was the first time I really tried to go looking at it. Here in 2020, I still have questions haha. Also, some other interesting tidbits: • I've read that the first segment of the Skywalk was built to connect the convention center with Fountain Square. Technically, a connection like that still exists today. But I don't think it's the original one? • If you look closely at the map above, you can see how Fountain Square was modified with a sticker hastily placed over it/over the former northern Vine St. bridge. • Below the Millennium on the map, a Sheraton Four Point is denoted. Where was this at? Was this part of what is now the Millennium? Anyways, I hope this spurs some conversation. When I threw these up again, I thought it'd be a quick post, but here I am quickly sucked back into a world of seemingly insignificant local infrastructure history. Again, if you want to see the full post, it's on my website here. There's also questions about the weird Skywalk above "shapes park," a look at Tower Place, and other random stuff along the way. Also some pondering on whether or not Music Hall's bridge was once envisioned as part of a larger system.
  8. Hillary Clinton would like a word.
  9. This. 1,000 times THIS. Especially for FC Cincinnati and connecting people with the other attractions in town. Seems like it would be a no-brainer for various power brokers around town, but also... the app is rough, the signs are still hit or miss, the fare machines are awful, arrival times are iffy, etc. All the issues from Day 1 could've been fixed.
  10. Let's be honest—while their sports motifs are certainly a good marketing ploy, that's not the reason their ridership "smokes ours." Theirs is operated properly and always has been from the start. Ours has had the "leadership" of a dis-interested transit board who then kicked it to the city. By the time ours got going, and with very few championing it on level where any real change could happen, who was going to get the Reds or Bengals to sign on as sponsors? Our streetcar doesn't even hold sponsors when it's running under the best of its hampered operations.
  11. Thoughts and prayers to you, my friend.
  12. Trump kicks off the 3/19 presser by lambasting the media and referring to Covid-19 as "the Chinese virus."
  13. Just came from (the area, not for actual testing) one of the Clinic's testing sites. Was pretty calm and the police had a pretty good set up for guiding vehicles in, screening, and then passing them onto the actual drive-thru portion. My fiancee was in the area yesterday and said it was chaos with tons of traffic. Not sure if today's more calm situation is from the lack of availability mentioned above, the opening of more testing sites, or people just realizing what the current norm is. I will say (and obviously this is anecdotal, not scientific), having been around both Cincinnati and Cleveland in the last few days: people seem to be looking out for each other/being more courteous... holding doors, saying "good morning" on the street, etc.
  14. Yes, but he also spoke with McDonalds and Wendys and they're tremendous. Spicy nuggets will get us through this.
  15. Spare me with your assumptions about political leanings. The largest issue is that there is still not widespread testing, our nation is behind, and we did not go on the offensive with testing in the ways that South Korea did. I have no issue with partnership with the private sector, but it doesn't change the reality of our current situation. At least these CEOs are good corporate citizens, though, right? By the way, the link you posted doesn't mention "results within minutes," but it does praise how these various corporations stand to gain and promote their individual health brands. Good for them. I've got two friends hunkered down in Daegu who have been able to get tested and have had masks, gloves, and other supplies made readily available due to the government working with the private sector. Despite being in one of the hardest hit outbreak areas, they're feeling rather confident and hopeful. Here in the US at the fed level... at least the Target CEO got to mention his brand from the Rose Garden. Thankfully, Ohio has been further ahead than most in taking proactive steps. Edit: Just heard from friends who have been waiting in line at the Cleveland Clinic since this morning. To summarize, I appreciate and will be grateful when drive-thru testing is available in more places and widespread. However, we're still behind and have a nation that's growing ever more anxious no matter how many CEOs approach the podium and tell us about their "little clinic" brands.
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