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  • in reply to: Short North Donatos Demolition and New Build #1061972

    cadillackid
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    im really surprised they would decrease bus stops.. esp when an idea might be to get people to use the bus to reach the short north area as opposed to park there… I dont know how many people use the C-bus, but I know that when I am in the unfortunate spot of not being able t ofind a place to park I simply park downtown and grab the C-bus up to the short north.. granted im a walker by nature so I dont care if I have to walk further or not as im likely just walking around anyways.. but perhaps less bus stops might bother some..

    yes ive been heckled more than once leaving that donatos… more than once ive given up my leftover midnight snack to those at that stop..

    -Christopher

    in reply to: Best places with wi-fi to work from? #1061486

    cadillackid
    Participant

    I live in GC and really enjoy stauffs German village to code-jam. i often sit at the bar area where there are power outlets readily available.. I also hang at appropos as well.. friday is nice as its burger day there.. for the late-night code-jam the short north coffee house is the happening place.. during the day its a bit sparse but power outlets are plenty and the food is pretty good. for a different style there’s the atrium at the hyatt regency downtown, tables in the sun and coffee at the coffee shop on the lower level.. or even sit on the ampitheatre style stairs. the lobby area of the hilton across from the convention center is a nice code-jam as well. crimson cup on north high north of henderson is a nice cozy place to hang with plentiful power outlets.. cup-o-joe downtown is nice in the morning or afternoon.. but at lunch time they like more dine- and-leave style as they tend to get busy for lunch so laptop-warriors taking up seats should plan on eating lunch.. other times of day no issues. fox in the snow is a nice place to chill out on the macbook as well.. plus they have dedicated parking lot..

    as for the west side area, Starbucks at mill-run is OK but a bid cold sometimes.. starbucks on sawmill is a nice wide open airy space usually a decent crowd..

    hope this helps a bit.
    -Christopher

    in reply to: IKEA Columbus Opening at Polaris – Summer 2017 #1061456

    cadillackid
    Participant

    for some reason I cant get quoting on this board to work.. but I, for one like IKEA because i can get something, enjoy it for a couple years, craigslist it, or give it away and get new.. Im a Geek that loves modern styles and gets tired of most anything pretty quickly… (the average time i keep a car is 12-18 months).. furniture? im tired of it in a couple years.. carpet? Gone! in a year.. wall colors? yeah gotta paint more often! Boyfriends? well i dont have one of those anymore because I got tired of em too quick so I gave up

    IKEA is just perfect as I dont feel bad about swapping stuff out. though being in grove city im not sure polaris will be a whole lot closer than Westchester.. and going to westchester I can hit up Maggiano’s little italy while im in the area for a good pasta dinner… nevertheless my office is right around the corner from polaris so I’ll making use of IKEA quite a bit!
    -Christopher

    in reply to: 12-story, 170-room Hilton Garden Inn Proposed Downtown #1061454

    cadillackid
    Participant

    having installed technology in many a HGI.. this one is a standard cookie-cutter look to it.. trouble with building nice-looking true to city hotels is that the ROI on the added costs isnt there.. Hotel guests in the 21st century arent wow’d by mini bars, Long distance phone calls, in-room movies and certainly dont want to pay for the internet…

    in short a HUGE psrt of a hotel’s original revenue stream is now gone.. so spending lots of money on a fancy building isnt an option.. yes room rastes go up some.. but guests simply demand lower rates, competition for rooms gets stiff, and RAC rates must drop or a hotel stays empty..

    more and more of the sites I install telecom in, look like the “last one” built in a brand.. standard plans, standard fixtures, standard everything.. and most of it pretty cheap-looking… even in upper brands..

    I’d like to sdee the city fight back a bit to keep some character, but my guess is that they developer will just pull back… and it may be a case like mentioned where the 170 rooms make a difference for the DNC possibilities.. and YES buildings ARE built for one-time events.. can we say olympics?

    and of course the coat-tails effects that landing the DNC would have.. expose people to the city who then recommend it for their future cons.. or a convention being able to say “in a city that was home to the DNC”.. all sells hotel rooms…
    -Christopher

    in reply to: Short North Donatos Demolition and New Build #1061453

    cadillackid
    Participant

    this will be a great addition to the short north indeed. regardless of the long cold columbus winters I think roof decks can make it here…

    someone mentioned austin, a town I soend quite a bit of time in for work, yes the weather is decidedly better there, however most every plsce with a patio has the capability to enclose and heat it.. some with portable heaters, others with permanent solutions.. it gives venues a way to have more than one live band at a time.. bands are scheduled so both never break at the same time.. patrons go hear the other band when one is on break.. so they keep that customer there, eating and drinking..

    it will be nice to see that nuisance surface lot go away too.. thyat lot has been the source of more than one drug deal, and often a place where donatos employees have to constantly watch it for non-customer parkers..

    I, for one have mnore than once passed by donatos without eating there in the past, as I didnt want to be “stuck indoors of another overly air-conditioned columbus restaraunt”(restaraunts in columbus Love to BLAST their AC regardless of outside temps) when I wanted a slice of pizza.. and opted elsewhere instead.. where i could dine outside on a nice day..
    -Christopher

    in reply to: Any "regular people" restaurants open thanksgiving? #1052460

    cadillackid
    Participant

    thanks for the tips!!!

    max and ermas looks like my place of choice! called german village and they are open till 9 with their full menu.. yum!!

    by regular people food I meant not foofy fancy stuff or ethnic stuff…

    I have gone to waffle house on thanksgiving before and it ended up being a bunch of people crying syrup on their waffles about how they didnt have anyone or anyplace to go.. im into more of a positive and festive atmosphere.. im driving so I can indulge in any cocktails but yummy food I sure can!!!

    I do know bob evans(some of them) is open as a friend that works there is working today.
    I have also noticed driving around that after 4 pm several local pizza shops are opening up.

    Starbucks (many of them) are open now.. I had my tea and wrote a good amount of code at german village this AM..

    -Christopher

    in reply to: The Madisons Building Downtown #1052418

    cadillackid
    Participant

    I really hope they can save these and dont just level them.. whole I really like the look of ‘new’ in downtown with new offices, apartments, rtc i also like to see some renovated old along the street-front. these buildings are kind of iconic in a way.. though id rather see them levelled rather than abandoned if in fact they are un-saveable.. I would hope if thats the case the developers dont just run away from a half-started project.

    I still though havent figured out why we keep building more office space when there is so much open office-space downtown… maybe that office space will dwindle as more and more residences are built??

    -Christopher

    in reply to: 250 High – New 12-Story Mixed-Use Building Downtown #1042874

    cadillackid
    Participant

    that project is going up very quickly.. as most steels do.. they are already doing interior wor kin the lower floors.. as HVAC Zone Boxes are being hung, fire-suppression piping is being hug as well.. they are on the move… im guessing to get it as closed in and heated as possible by the time real winter sets in around middle of december or so!

    -Christopher

    in reply to: The Chintz Room – New Elizabeth Lessner / CFL Restaurant #1042873

    cadillackid
    Participant

    are you going to have the really rich macaroni and cheese?? I really had no idea what the chintz room was until I realized it is the place that grandma took me as a kid for THE BEST macaroni and cheese in Lazarus.. seeing an old pic of the original restaraunt online triggered that memory…. i dont remember eating anything else there.. ever.. and it was only as a kid.. for some reason I never knew it had lasted up to 1998… I just assumed it had gone away years before.. as when I became a teenager other things took over life..

    -Christopher

    in reply to: 5XNW Pizza Crawl – 10/02/14 – 6pm Starting at the Ohio Tap Room #1042872

    cadillackid
    Participant

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>rus wrote:</div>
    I still call it “The Columbus part of Grandview”.

    As everyone else does. And, in doing so, nothing of value is lost (and the ability to actually understand where they’re talking about is gained).

    really the deal is that the people doing the work in the area just want to be recognized i believe….. after all as mentioned here many times the average visitor has no idea.. in fact ive heard more than once from people (hey when you go to grandview watch out, half of it has parking meters half of it doesnt).. they have no concept its actually a dividing line. I really never did until I asked the parking meter guy one afternoon and he told me it was actually columbus north of 3rd…

    its like anyone though… everyone wants their own work recognized… no different than when someone says ‘i was on the lead development team of this succesful product, I helped develop this software!’ when in reality they were really part of the team that built the office furniture and set up the PC’s for the programmers.. still extremely important but honestly no one ever thought of those guys.. on the programmers… same deal here.. the people getting the updates done in 5XNW were being lumped in with the grandview people. and they wanted their name in lights too..
    -Christopher

    in reply to: 5XNW Pizza Crawl – 10/02/14 – 6pm Starting at the Ohio Tap Room #1042871

    cadillackid
    Participant

    Grandview only starts at 3rd – 75% or 80% of the businesses that people say are in Grandview are really in 5XNW. We were told by the City that our name couldn’t reference “Grandview” it is a separate municipality and we have a different Mayor, recycling effort, Zoning Board, Police force, taxes, bike lanes…

    We had over 200 people two years ago attend the event – it was very popular, and maybe 75 the first time 4 years ago – it IS well attended. And, this isn’t the only event we’ve done successfully – we probably had 1,000 people and the Mayor of Columbus and his whole cabinet – last fall… and a community night last spring with maybe 75 people again! :)

    We do a lot of good for the hood – and the City of Columbus in general – we started (successfully) the whole free curbside recycling program – we’ve oversee zoning for the whole area (Third to Olentangy River Road, Kinnear to Northstar/Wyandotte)… and soon will be bringing a “greenspace” (somewhat thru Recs & Parks) but not officially so it isn’t a “park” on King and Olentangy adjacent to the river.

    We are public officials that oversee as volunteers the whole area of Columbus that is in-between UA, Grandview Heights proper, Marble Cliff and the University Area Commission – and have worked with the developers of all of most of the new businesses and restaurants that exist between these boundaries – as well as Car2Go, etc. We recently put in new sidewalks on Grandview Avenue, King Avenue, and are applying for new sidewalks on Northwest Blvd. and Northstar… as well as other improvements to the neighborhood. We petitioned the City to repave 5th Avenue and part of King – as well fixing many of the alleys that were in bad repair… and may do decorative street lights throughout the area if there is enough money in the grant.

    We worked to develop Loops, Mazza, part of Grandview Yard (although we lost on them following the urban development plan :), Woodlands Patio, and the new hotel on Olentangy River Rd. (and we may get more redevelopment along that corridor), we helped Wendy’s to rebrand their stores on 5th and Olentangy to bring those up-to-date… and oversaw the Mews development as well as “Granvdview Village” behind the Kroger’s… AND, the Kroger’s expansion (with accompanying signage updates & sidewalks – and the gas station… and landscaping and we are working on more on this property).

    We fixed hundreds of potholes, burnt out street lights, and we were instrumental in starting the Farmer’s Market on Grandview Avenue, the bike lanes on King, the soon to be bike path on Third, the widening of the underpass on Third… which is coming soon, and the Community Garden that feeds the homeless at Blvd. Presbyterian Church (through the 43212 Civic that we started).

    And, we will oversee the Rife’s redevelopment and the Giant Eagle… :) We have worked hard on the Suboxome Clinic remediation (better planning to accommodate this in need population), and have done studies on traffic flow and are currently working with the City to improve that – we installed the turn lanes on King Avenue (and planted trees through the Civic on 5th). We just don’t get a lot of credit for everything… everyone calls it “Grandview” and gives them the credit. We can’t change our name without reforming the Area Commission… it had to be a unique name… so, we like to think of it like North by Northwest (the movie) or South by Southwest the music festival.

    We put into place Urban Commercial Overlays working with City Planners and architectural standards that make it very attractive to developers – and bring all about many of these new fun places to go… such as Miller’s Ale House, Matt the Millers, Jimmy V’s (back in the day), Bibop, Loops, the Rude Dog redevelop, the Ohio Taproom, Dewey’s Pizza…

    Just give us a little credit – we do a lot of good… :) We may just have a “funny” name! And, this event is meant to celebrate the walkability, the variety of pizza places – due to neighborhood’s Italian heritage, be fun (a little pizza and maybe some beer…), get people out exploring new places, give our locally owned pizza shops (and maybe a few corporate shops – as we don’t want to leave them out). :).

    I actually walk this area quite frequently.. I realize my name isnt ‘walker’ on this board.. but I walk our city 5-10 miles per day.. I find im often hanging out at more businesses near or north of third than I do i grandview proper.. its just the name I had never even heard of before.. the word ‘pizza’ in this thread title is what caught my attention.. I definitely see a lot of development and improvement in this whole area of the city as I walk.. I usually park my plug-in car at either the chargers at OSU / kinnear or at the electrical trade center and walk.. having sidewalks most everywhere I walk in that area is definitely Nice indeed!! also most of the major intersections have working walk-signals some of them even the newer timer-display type… Kudos for your group in making this area a place where i feel safe and comfortable walking…

    Now if grandview could get their act together and re-install the walk signals at northwest and goodale that they removed i’d be much happier.. (ive almost been run-over twice trying to cross there from the public EV chargers behind the electrical trades center!!!)
    -Christopher

    in reply to: Is the Short North Tapped out? #1034333

    cadillackid
    Participant

    I wasnt aware of the new northstarr or the Pizza restaraunt.. im glad to see both of those Prime spaces filling back in.

    if you ask me though.. (someone who walks through and hangs out lots) it seems the Daytime foot traffic is less than before.. while obviously the nightlife is Booming more than ever… maybe the area is destined not to be arts, crafts, and retail but more of an upscale night-life spot(as opposed to the all-out Party spot of park street)… a place to walk, Dine, drink coffee, cocktails, and the like.. which im fine with as I much enjoy Code-Jamming on a patio or in the window of a coffee shop watching people go by…

    I agree about the “low” spot right ariund family dollar.. maybe having fireproof just a couple blocks away, and the re-opening of Bodega, as well as mikey;s getting an actual sit-down space will help tie together and bridge over the gap between the Garden district and rest of the short north.
    -Christopher

    in reply to: Is the Short North Tapped out? #1034327

    cadillackid
    Participant

    my only concern is it seems like a High number of closures recently.. and in the last year some places have stayed shuttered.. where just a few years ago it was rare to see a spot to stay shuttered more than a month or two… I realize its always been an “out with the old, in with the new” neighborhood. you need some of that to keep the
    non-regulars coming back to see whats new..

    Since im not in retail ive never priced a retail spot there.. I do know living spaces are pricey but those arent over-priced as they get filled pretty much as quick as they are built.

    I would think people traffic through the area would be higher with additional parking, as well as the C-bus.. (which I ride quite often after parking somewhere easy..)
    -Christopher

    in reply to: CBUS Circulator — Free Downtown COTA Bus Route #549385

    cadillackid
    Participant

    I really think this could be the solution to those that cry about parking issues in the short north… so often at night there are downtown lots and garages that sit empty while endless lines of cars parade high street looking for places to park… so simple it would be to be able to park downtown in a garage, for perhaps a reduced rate.. helping those garages sell space during usually slow-times.. then perhaps with a current garage ticket you would get a free ride on the circulator that could take you to the short north , german village, etc…

    seems tp me it would be a win-win situation.. it would also get COTA’s name out there. and get people more used ot riding public transit.. if people ride even a circulator and have a good experience, it might make them take riding the bus in a different light if they wish to use regular routed service at some point…

    -Christopher

    in reply to: Bike Share Systems in Columbus #532377

    cadillackid
    Participant

    I really wish they wouldve included say Lennox towne center, maybe grandview, perhaps franklin park into the stations.. the stations are very dense downtown.. however moving out just a little would make it a 100% no brainer for me to use…

    I enjoy the Cogo to ride from GV to SN or back when im out and about for a while day.. however many times i find myself in grandview too…

    imagine connecting the Nearly unused EV charging stations on Goodale to downtown via CoGo… allowing more people to drive “emmission-less” charge theur car and reach downtown….

    of course Lennox town center for those that want to go to the movies from the SN.. I realize there are other theatres but it seems a lot of people from the area end up at Lennox… (this would also connect the mostly empty EV chargers at OSU CAR facility to the city as well)..

    of course franklin park is just a thought.. i realize its an easy COTA ride from downtown to reach the park…

    -Christopher

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