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has any one of the “Tall-haters” actually noticed in what some call “real-cities”.. I hate that term but its used a lot.. that most all the time you look UP to find the sky.. most every city i travel that is really vibing and growing is going Up… not just downtown either.. but even in the burbs it is becoming more and more common for buildings to reach and exceed that 8-10 floor mark… real estate is expensive.. regardless of where you go… along with the fact people want to live-work-play close by their home. the only way to do that is build up not out… there are PLENTY of places to go if you want to look sideways and find the sky… alas the OTHER very popular thing to do which is people moving BEYOND the suburbs and out to areas where they have an acre or 2 or 3.. and nearby a cluster of businesses for those people to patronize.. kind of a wide-area suburb so to say.. but really.. boston, pittsburgh, austin, houston (even the galleria suburb), atlanta, (even the suburb buckhead), to name a few are all building UP…
-ChristopherNovember 10, 2015 2:43 pm at 2:43 pm in reply to: What happened at the corner of Henderson & Olentangy RR? #1101300
to those with enviromental concerns.. many of the toxic-smoke producing items are removed from these houses before they burn them up.. sure you still have some wiring in the walls and such.. but they will remove most of the plastic items.. carpets, vinyl floors, appliances, they will recycle the freon from the air-conditioner, etc before bringing the house..
after all they are doing training fires.. while fires are dangerous, having less toxic materials in the house allows for quicker and easier rescue in the event firefighting cadets make mistakes…
inside an “occupied” house fire, MOST of the HIGHLY toxic smoke comes from belongings and modern interior finishes..
Plastics Burning are the worst.. take a look around you now as you type this and notice how much of your house is NOT plastic once you remove the appliances, furniture, carpets, vinyl floors, and empty out the kitchen cabinets..
many fire departments will not accept vinyl-sided homes for training fires.. or homes where OSB board was the primary flooring / sub-siding material.. as these materials burn very hot, fast, and toxic…
residential is HOT here right now.. and the prices show it.. the fear is of course that the prices are going up much faster than they should in my mind.. sure if people will pay it then great.. but if we start getting a reputation of being too expensive downtown for residential then it not only chokes off people’s willingness to consider columbus as their new home, it also chokes off the available extra money people have to spend on home-goods, dining, etc.. similar to what happened in the burbs of the 90s and early 2000s the same trend exists in downtowns now.. people that want to live downtown So bad they become (house poor).. the quest to have that cool apartment or condo downtown takes up much of their expendable income making for less to spend on Life in general.
so I think rifght now the trend should be build build for residences.. not enough to make the prices go too low that owners cant make money (or rif raf moves in), but enough to keep the prices in check with a city our size and to keep attracting new business and residences coming to downtown..
I fail to understand the reason or need for super high skyscrapers other than a cool skyline look.. it seems all they do is block sunlight which we dont get enouygh of in this town anyway with all the gray days.. the 10-15 story building makes for a nice density level and also still being able to see the sky when walking along the street. with the ;large amount of land we have in this city it seems like a population base large enough to support retail / restaraunt growth can be obtained with buildings in that 10-15 floor range. we arent bounded by mountains, oceans, lakes, etc like many cities are so we can spread a little and still be very walkable / bikeable in the central area.
while im the first to say i love skyscrapers and wouldnt mind living in a high-floor apartment someday I think part of the issue becomes selling people on them. many cities faced big issues after 9/11 selling high spaces.. esp in buildings that stuck up above the others.. for a building to truly change the columbus skyline its going to beed to build higher than our tallest one.. could the developer sell the space? perhaps now as people are beginning to “get over” the tall building fear that existed after 9/11.
I do agree buildings shorter than that 10 floor mark do create low-density in areas in which we really need and could sell higher density.. I was surprised to see that the buildings around the commons were not taller.. but the 250 South high building creates a really Nice height for the area (I think).
going up into the short north I like to see the height increase too in an area thats more residential than anything I think this increases the density where its needed to support the local businesses in the area..
while people in the burbs may travel to the city as part of work, and for a special event such as gallery hop, reality is they arent the norm for supporting the businesses. Office buildings in the area offer a certain amount of support for daytime shopping / dining.. HOWEVER let the old city center be a reminder that just because you have many people WORKING in an area doesnt mean they shop there…
I personally would Like to see more taller Residential buildings go up in the short north area..
-ChristopherSeptember 30, 2015 2:21 pm at 2:21 pm in reply to: Campus Partners to Redevelop High from 17th to 14th #1095440
Record sales in my opinion are increasing simply because of “trend-buckers”.. call them millenials, hipsters, whatever you want.. they are out to buck every trend and whate everyone else is doing just because..
im not saying people enjoy records.. I know I do.. but then I had them as a kid and have had them all along…
other things are the never learning to drive, living in shoebox homes, giving up such things as internet, cell phones, and Air conditioning…
simply because it is opposite of what everyone else is doing..
while all your friends are buying big houses in the burbs, expensive condos downtown, downloading itunes, driving BMW’s living the corporate Ladder.. this crowd is getting degrees in fields with no future, uying records, turning shipping containers into Homes, and growing their own gardens to eat..
im not saying anythign negative about it as its just a different group altogether.. However I believe it is SHort-Lived in the sense.. that if too many caught on to buying records.. it would no longer be the “Cool” “unusual” thing to do any more and the fad will die quickly…
there are those that are die hard vinyl vans and always will be and they wont go away from buying records….
-ChristopherSeptember 30, 2015 9:14 am at 9:14 am in reply to: LC RiverSouth – 8-Story & 10-Story Apartment Buildings at High & Rich #1095369
the south side of rich I have noticed them installing the Water and sewer lines, but not as much as seen a soul on the north side for over a month.. though I do note the direction of the crane seems to change every couple of days. . not sure if thatd just the wind moving it or if they have to run it every so often for maintenance, safety checks..
I wouldve thought that they wouldve worked hard to get the structure up before winter so they could work indoors this winter and be ready to rent during the busy spring season…
what is the delay? did they run out of money?
-ChristopherSeptember 30, 2015 9:07 am at 9:07 am in reply to: Short North Coffee House closing tonight at midnight #1095367
sure seems to be slow going for these guys.. I walk up high street nearly every day (unless its cold and rainy like today).. and once about 2 weeks ago I saw lights on inside.. since then nothing.. no workers, no doors propped open for work, no lights, etc.. not sure what they are doing.. but their biggest crowd was the student crowd.. and they are missing out by not being open during school-time…September 21, 2015 10:17 am at 10:17 am in reply to: 6 Story building proposed to replace Rebecca Ibel building in Short North #1094144
I actually like the design of this building!! and if its true an apartment could be had for that 700-750 range.. I’ll be the first (im sure last in a LONG LONG LINE) to try and get one.. just to have a crash pad in downtown away from my suburban-boring neighborhood….
I like the modern structures popping up in the short north area.. that mix of modern and old excites me.. let high street go modern then bam! one block east or west and its completely historic.. thats iconic in my mind… I hope this trend continues
-ChristopherSeptember 21, 2015 10:11 am at 10:11 am in reply to: New Convention Center Parking Garage Proposed Along E Goodale #1094139
they are moving this along nicely!..
is this garage going to be only for conventioneers or will it be a public garage for people just coming to the short north area?September 21, 2015 9:01 am at 9:01 am in reply to: The Joseph – Pizzuti Short North Hotel – News & Updates #1094111
I wish they (industruous)would have online options for getting pricing for long or short term co-working.. everytime its mentioned.. you have to contact their sales dept..
it looks great, but I just want to be able to get a price online, book it, meet them to sign a contract and go.. without the hard-sales pitches..
any word on it? ive been trying to go there for the last 2 months and the Neon in the front windows is lit up but its never open.. at least not for breakfast when ive tried to go a few times..
are they defunct forever??
I really need to find another good crispy-hashbrowns and crisp-bacon breakfast joint if they are gone!
im thinking Purple for the chicken restaraunts.. needs lots of space for people to Spread outAugust 6, 2015 4:29 pm at 4:29 pm in reply to: Short North Coffee House closing tonight at midnight #1088224
I may give them a reboot.. i also had bad feelings after i learned about travis’s “sexcapades”.. being a survivor myself from childhood abuse I never could quite get back into it… before that I used to be an alost nightly late-night code-jammer there…
they are still south of 5th which is good.. not sure how the rent will be so much less than their spot before..
it is the old tattoo parlor i think?? has to be just on the other side of the bike shop.. if i rememmber right it has good window frontage…
hopefully they brighten it up just a little inside from the old place..
that area of the short north can definitely support a coffee shop, though their main crowd was OSU students which seemed to hang out for hours and not continue to buy drinks…. not sure how you make it in that arena but we shall see and I hope for the best because I do miss the late night code jams..
I thought uber’s office was in a shared space on north high in the garden district area..
as much as I would love to see a Mass transit system built here in the city.. because I ride them when I go to other cities.. I also see how the cities I travel to were built and are older cities where the transit system was thought into the plan… columbus is one of the EASIEST cities in the USA to travel to / from / and through by car.. it just is.. I live in grove city and oin most any given day i can be downtown in 15-20 minutes, polaris in 30-35, the air port in 20, easton maybe 25… the idea that for a city to be “real” means everyone has to dump their favorite car for their favorite transit seat is rubbish… lets be smart about transit.. technology evolves… instead of put rail tracks down the center of all the streets what if we put “transit lanes” after all its A PIPE DREAM to think we are going to dig up the whole city and put in a subway.. so any rail would be above ground…
the existing streets can become an adaptable transit system as opposed to a fixed one like rail tracks do…
the only reason people want light rail is because its the “cool” and “Hip” thing to do…
we are a city with a great ROAD infrastructure lets BUILD upon that and not shun it…
im not going to go into specifics of how I would design a system.. im just saying that a center-lane bus system with platforms and all could be built MUCH less costly and be adaptable (busses can drive on regular streets)..
the big thing that also has to happen is the EMBRACING and not HATING and SHUNNING of the suburban areas of this city either… all of that needs to play into a transit plan… not just spoke to hub in the AM and hub to spoke in the PM.. thats not where the majority of the people’s work – home – shopping life is.. there is a lot of reverse travel as well as spoke to spoke travel… and right now to go from say grove city to hilliard, you have to go downtown first then back out… why would I do that when i can drive 10 times easier??? but if I could ride just about as easy I would ride… just for the simplicity..