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Cincinnati: West End: City West

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When buildings don't look like they want to be there, people don't want to live in or around them.  This happened because of building materials, to be sure, but the bigger problem is the layout and the particular way these homes are not assertively situated.  They don't meet the streets or the corners in a way that both responds to and projects context.  Rather, they sort of float out there on that plain nebulously. 

 

I think some high quality design for the remaining areas could help, but it's like having to sit at a wedding reception with some weird people you barely met 8 years ago. 

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What is the construction fence and equipment doing in the large vacant piece of land south of Ezzard Charles and West of John?  Is it just staging for construction somewhere else, or are they building here?

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I think Linn Street (and most all streets in the West End) would benefit tremendously from a combination of a bike lanes and bike-share stations. Linn Street is absurdly wide given the low amount of vehicular traffic. Dedicated bike lanes and bike-share stations would make it easy to "close the distance" between Linn Street and the activity further to the east. Linn Street is roughly half a mile from Union Terminal, Findlay Market, and Washington Park. That half a mile makes for a long-ish walk but a very easy bike (on entirely flat terrain with little vehicular traffic). A solid network of bike lanes throughout the West End could make it a much more appealing neighborhood for folks who want to live near downtown/OTR and not rely on a car.

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Does anyone know what is going on with all of the undeveloped parcels at City West?  These are all platted but nothing has been built in 10 years:

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.11129,-84.5256121,388m/data=!3m1!1e3

 

Plus, this giant block hasn't seen any activity in 10 years other than construction staging for the streetcar project:

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1084512,-84.5242012,388m/data=!3m1!1e3

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This very poorly made image has been sitting on my hard drive for a year and a half, so I'll just go ahead and share it with everyone here. Basically, the concept is that Duke Energy moves the Charles Street power substation somewhere else, allowing for redevelopment of that site. The awkward Central Parkway bend and intersection with Plum Street would be turned into a roundabout and the parkway extended one block west to reach Central Avenue. The black boxes are sites for potential new development. This would really help connect OTR with the West End and start to rebuild that part of the city into a more pedestrian friendly area.

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Would also be nice to convert Plum to two-way from Central Parkway to 6th Street.


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

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Would also be nice to convert Plum to two-way from Central Parkway to 6th Street.

Agreed. And on that topic, we should get rid of the weird few blocks of Central Ave that are 1-way. Central Ave should be two-way throughout (from Mehring Way all the way up through the West End).

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Would also be nice to convert Plum to two-way from Central Parkway to 6th Street.

Agreed. And on that topic, we should get rid of the weird few blocks of Central Ave that are 1-way. Central Ave should be two-way throughout (from Mehring Way all the way up through the West End).

Yes. Central is a frustrating guess of which block is two-way or one way. Its a significant reason why almost nobody goes to that part of downtown, among others.


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
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Would also be nice to convert Plum to two-way from Central Parkway to 6th Street.

Agreed. And on that topic, we should get rid of the weird few blocks of Central Ave that are 1-way. Central Ave should be two-way throughout (from Mehring Way all the way up through the West End).

Yes. Central is a frustrating guess of which block is two-way or one way. Its a significant reason why almost nobody goes to that part of downtown, among others.

You would think that Cincinnati downtown could benefit from a comprehensive traffic study by competent professionals.

 

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Would also be nice to convert Plum to two-way from Central Parkway to 6th Street.

Agreed. And on that topic, we should get rid of the weird few blocks of Central Ave that are 1-way. Central Ave should be two-way throughout (from Mehring Way all the way up through the West End).

Yes. Central is a frustrating guess of which block is two-way or one way. Its a significant reason why almost nobody goes to that part of downtown, among others.

You would think that Cincinnati downtown could benefit from a comprehensive traffic study by competent professionals.

 

Sounds daft!


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

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Even if the study indicates that the city should change the direction of a street, the city DOTE is unlikely to do it. The streetcar project called for converting 14th Street to two way between Elm and Race, but neighbors complained so the city didn't do it. The new traffic lights were already installed during streetcar construction and are still hanging there covered by blue bags. It also called for converting Green Street to two-way, and again, the traffic lights were installed but are still not being used.

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Even if the study indicates that the city should change the direction of a street, the city DOTE is unlikely to do it. The streetcar project called for converting 14th Street to two way between Elm and Race, but neighbors complained so the city didn't do it. The new traffic lights were already installed during streetcar construction and are still hanging there covered by blue bags. It also called for converting Green Street to two-way, and again, the traffic lights were installed but are still not being used.

 

Green Street is still in process as a precursor to Liberty Street improvements. They are going door to door with postcards get buy in as part of their process.


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