Our City Online

Messageboard - General Columbus Discussion

NOTE: You are viewing an archived version of the Columbus Underground forums/messageboard. As of 05/22/16 they have been closed to new comments and replies, but will remain accessible for archived searches and reference. For more information CLICK HERE

Blueprint Columbus

Home Forums General Columbus Discussion Blueprint Columbus

This topic contains 17 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by  Alex Silbajoris 4 years, 10 months ago.

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 18 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #100825
    King Gambrinus
    King Gambrinus
    Participant

    The mayor mentioned Blueprint Columbus in his state of the city address. I hadn’t heard much about it but after doing a little research it seems like a really interesting concept.

    Below is the promotional video, it’s worth a watch just for the graphics starting around 40 seconds in.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do6jFv_HdbE

    And this a link to PDF with some more info. http://ohio.sierraclub.org/central/SWAB%206-12-13%20Presentation%20(Blueprint%20Columbus).pdf

    Not the most exciting topic in the world, but reducing overflows into our rivers is important, especially since with the efforts to rehab the Scioto through downtown.

    #560071
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Corrumbus said:
    Not the most exciting topic in the world, but reducing overflows into our rivers is important, especially since with the efforts to rehab the Scioto through downtown.

    Honestly, I think it’s a pretty cool topic. Brent Warren is already looking into a full story on this new initiative. We were interested after just hearing the basics in the State of the City.

    #560072

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    You guys are singing my song. Join your local watershed group.

    Please pardon some broken links, I’m not finished migrating the FOSR site to the new server.

    http://www.sciotoriverfriends.org/

    #933316

    News
    Participant

    Green Infrastructure and Neighborhood Pocket Parks Part of Blueprint Columbus Plan
    March 13, 2014 – Brent Warren

    Although it hasn’t inspired the kind of spirited debate that Mayor Coleman’s idea to create a rail link to the airport has, the city’s Blueprint Columbus program – which also got a shout-out in his recent State of the City speech – could potentially have an even bigger impact on the city.

    The program, if approved by the Ohio EPA, would take about $2.5 billion of rate-payer money that had previously been earmarked for two large underground sewage tunnels and direct it towards the surface; green infrastructure like rain gardens, trees, and porous concrete that will help treat stormwater on site.

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/green-infrastructure-and-neighborhood-pocket-parks-part-of-blueprint-columbus-plan-bw1

    #934335
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    Does anyone know what will happen with the existing deep tunnel work that is already underway? I heard something about there being some unexpected trouble with water in the tunnel. Was there an epic engineering fail that hasn’t been reported on? I fully support the new plan fwiw, just curious as to the amount already spent.

    #947662
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    How about a subway trunk line?! The tunnel is 23′ wide, why not?

    #947713
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Looks like it could provide great subway train service from the bars in the Arena District straight down to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. :P

    #948121
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    Ha! I was thinking Brewery District but I suppose the treatment plant grounds could offer a park and ride area too, where the old trash burning power plant used to stand.

    #948201

    Graybeak
    Participant

    A useful subway then, drill the rest of the way to Scioto Downs. Sure, it’s not the actual casino, but it’s still ok.

    #948272
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    What else can you do with a 4.5 mile, 23′ diameter unused tunnel 170 feet underground?

    #948339
    ntn
    ntn
    Participant

    I get to work on small bits of that project, though unfortunately I haven’t had chance to enter the tunnel itself

    #1018698

    News
    Participant

    #1018788
    EvilAnton
    EvilAnton
    Participant

    What an amazing plan! I am so glad that our tax dollars are going towards something like this. This is something that seems smart, and not short sighted. And it’s a new solution (in part at least) to an old problem. I love this.

    Reminds me of an article I read. I remember thinking, “I wish we’d do something like this in Columbus.” Seems like we have all of the components.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/thearts/2004016910_visart16.html

    A somewhat related article with better pictures.

    http://rocknrollproblems.wordpress.com/tag/rainwater-tank/

    #1018794
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    It’s still bugging me that the mayor talks about spending x dollars on blueprint columbus plans instead of paying for tunnels but what has happened with all that has already been spent and built? Who’s accountable for what is possibly already hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the current project, what’s the status and why is there no mention of it?

    #1018859
    King Gambrinus
    King Gambrinus
    Participant

    I never quite understood how porous pavement is supposed to work anywhere the temperature falls below freezing. Wouldn’t it just tear itself into gravel after a couple winters? Google tells me it won’t because “rapid drainage of the surface reduces the occurrence of freezing puddles and black ice”, but I find that a little counter-intuitive. It’s bad enough when a normal piece of concrete gets cracks that let water in, much less a a material that’s designed to let water in.

    I thought the OARS tunnel project was still on track. Phase 2 wasn’t planned to be finished until the end of this year, with the whole thing wrapping up by 2017. But I haven’t been able to find a lot of recent news on it. I’m guessing it wasn’t mentioned because a tunnel 170 feet below ground is a lot less fun to talk about than turning abandon lots into parks.

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 18 total)

The forum ‘General Columbus Discussion’ is closed to new topics and replies.