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  • in reply to: Idea: Relocating Crew Stadium to the Arena District #1127566

    bwitty92
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    The Crew do not contract the parking out to another company. The parking lots are owned by the fair grounds which is who determines the price to park, so I think you must have misunderstood their explanation. Also, try parking near the entrance/exits of the parking lots rather than parking as close to the stadium as possible. I park near the entrance/exits and it never takes any more than about 5 minutes to leave. Obviously you have to walk a bit further but it’s worth it. You could also park over on Fourth Street and walk over for free! It’s not a bad walk at all and a ton of people do it. Also, when entering the stadium before the game, try taking Fourth Street up to 17th and enter from the west entrance rather than the east entrance. Far fewer people enter this way so there is usually little to no line.

    in reply to: Idea: Relocating Crew Stadium to the Arena District #1127349

    bwitty92
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    The idea of turning the tailgating culture into a bar culture would have a negative impact for many people. The first issue I see is there are a lot of families that get to the stadium early to tailgate. The parents grill and have a few drinks while the kids play soccer and eat. That will obviously be wiped away. Also, tailgating is much cheaper than the bars. You can bring your own beer and food for much less than going to the bar. I think if they can update the stadium, get the fairgrounds to knock down the price of parking, fix traffic flow problems before and after games, and pave the rest of the parking area I would have no issue with the team staying where they are right now.

    in reply to: Idea: Relocating Crew Stadium to the Arena District #1127223

    bwitty92
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    Crew stadium actually has an awesome view of downtown. The neighborhood I’m talking about is the thousands of young people that live less than an a mile to the west of the stadium. I’m assuming you don’t make it out to many games, NEOBuckeye, but I go to almost every home game. There are probably about 1,500 fans that actually walk to the game from the University area. Comparing the Crew to the Jackets is kind of apples to oranges. They cater to fairly different fan bases, although there is obviously overlap. I think moving the stadium downtown would have positive and negative impacts. The biggest drawback is tailgating, it’s a huge part of the culture with Crew fans. That won’t be happening downtown.

    in reply to: Idea: Relocating Crew Stadium to the Arena District #1127198

    bwitty92
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    I used to hate the location of Crew Stadium, but now I kinda love it (I hate the parking price though). It’s pretty unique to see how many people actually walk to the stadium from the surrounding area to the West of the stadium. It kind of is like Wrigley, or any other old baseball stadium, in that it is sort of situated in an urban neighborhood type setting. I do wish the immediate surrounding area could be improved but I think development will start to spread east from High Street toward the stadium which should help the area out. I would have no issue with keeping it in its current location as long as they can make improvements to the stadium itself.

    in reply to: RiverSouth District – News & Updates #1127115

    bwitty92
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    I thought I saw an article here a while back about some apartments that were planned there along with a parking garage. It’s also odd that the LC RiverSouth buildings as 9 and 11 stories rather than 8 and 10 stories.

    in reply to: Nationwide Realty buys more land in Franklinton #1126978

    bwitty92
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    I have to think that once one decent sized development actually gets started in Franklinton it will have quite a snowball effect and get the rest of the developers involved

    in reply to: NBA in Columbus ? #1126211

    bwitty92
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    Yes, OSU basketball struggles with ticket sales at times, especially the last few years, but many NBA teams do as well. My point is that our existing sports are big enough in the local market that it would be difficult for a new NBA team to fit in. I would think the Jackets would need to go if we wanted an NBA team here, and I would personally much prefer the Jackets over the NBA. Also, a city like Orlando is not a good comparison at all. Sure, the population is similar, but at the time the Magic started there were no pro sports in Orlando. Now, the only other pro sport is Orlando City, and on top of that there are no big time local college sports to compete with.

    in reply to: NBA in Columbus ? #1126208

    bwitty92
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    I agree with everything RedStorm said. OSU football is actually much bigger than a lot of NFL teams, at least in the local market, and I would venture to say the same about the basketball team when they are winning. Those are essentially two “pro” teams right there, in addition to the Crew (who’s fan base is growing every year), the Jackets (who have a healthy size fan base when they actually win), and the Clippers. When you look at it from that perspective, our sports landscape is just as crowded as any other city our size. While it would be cool to have an NBA team here, I don’t see it happening for quite a while. Maybe if we hit that 3 million mark for the metro area by 2050 we could find some room for an NBA team.

    in reply to: Apartments/retail at Grandview Giant Eagle? #1126076

    bwitty92
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    Does anyone know what is being built at the corner of Grandview Ave. and 33?

    in reply to: Marconi Parking Garage is Closing #1124669

    bwitty92
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    I definitely don’t think parking is going away from this spot, however it would be nice to see something like a new hotel that would include additional parking. Something like the DoubleTree on Front St could possibly work here.

    in reply to: 330 E Oak St. Demolition #1123256

    bwitty92
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    Was this plan approved? I saw it was included in the construction round up.


    bwitty92
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    On the bright side, the new city buiilding/garage and 12 story condo building are making fairly quick progress.

    in reply to: Columbus $15 Minimum Wage #1121830

    bwitty92
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    But if Chipotle has to pay $15 instead of $9 they will just figure out a way to operate with less people. Or they will increase prices. Moving up to $15 so suddenly would have a huge economic impact.

    in reply to: 2015 Columbus Metro and County Population Estimates #1119818

    bwitty92
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    He was comparing both metro area populations. What you are doing is comparing two different figures as if they are same (Cleveland’s CSA vs. Columbus’ MSA)

    in reply to: LC RiverSouth – 8-Story & 10-Story Apartment Buildings at High & Rich #1115370

    bwitty92
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    Is there parking going underneath this? That might be causing some of the slow vertical movement. Also, it is the middle of winter. It’s not necessarily the easiest time to be productive outside. I would imagine once the weather warms up and they get the first floor part done the rest of it will go up pretty quick.

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