March 1, 2014 1:29 pm at 1:29 pm #100825
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.
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.March 1, 2014 2:00 pm at 2:00 pm #560071
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.March 1, 2014 2:40 pm at 2:40 pm #560072
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.March 13, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am #933316
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-bw1March 13, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm #934335
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.March 14, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm #947662March 14, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm #947713
Looks like it could provide great subway train service from the bars in the Arena District straight down to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. :PMarch 14, 2014 1:48 pm at 1:48 pm #948121
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.March 14, 2014 1:53 pm at 1:53 pm #948201
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.March 14, 2014 1:55 pm at 1:55 pm #948272
What else can you do with a 4.5 mile, 23′ diameter unused tunnel 170 feet underground?March 14, 2014 1:59 pm at 1:59 pm #948339
I get to work on small bits of that project, though unfortunately I haven’t had chance to enter the tunnel itselfMay 22, 2014 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm #1018698May 23, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am #1018788
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.
A somewhat related article with better pictures.May 23, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am #1018794
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?May 23, 2014 4:47 pm at 4:47 pm #1018859
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.
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