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March 1, 2013 9:22 pm at 9:22 pm in reply to: The Wood Companies Short North Apartment Building – News & Updates #336659
I love this building.. what a great addition to what I thought previously was an ugly single story building.. I like the fact the short north is building upward in recent years… all this development makes me wish I could live in the SN area again…. but alas im tied to a worthless suburban house for the rest of my life… <sigh>..
running inside of low density neighborhoods is a foolish use of COTA.. but to have a regular schedule at the entrance / exit of such neighborhoods is good business i believe.. unless I give the suburban public too much credit to think many would ride transit if it were convenient..
to me park and rides would be a great use of otherwise abandoned suburban strip shopping centers.. and we all know there’s lots of them…
-ChristopherMarch 1, 2013 5:12 pm at 5:12 pm in reply to: Columbus City-Wide Curbside Recycling – News & Updates #469389
im not sure how you measure success.. I agree with a post that says there are some amount of tons of waste going to recycle centers instead of the landfill.. I know in my case I was a near-Zero recycler until curbside came along.. for one, I and many of my neighbors drove / drive SUVs where on a hot summer day you would be hauling smelly “trash” inside the vehicle with you to a recycle center.. I just plain didnt do it.. even after i bought my little car with a trunk, I still didnt.. now im filling a blue bin every 2 weeks with marked recyclables.. and there are weeks my green trash bin stays in the garage because theres next to nothing in it..
I see a lot of bulging recycle bins in my subdivision on recycle day now.. cant say how well its pre-sorted but at least some are making the effort whereas many in my area made ZERO effort.. im not even sure where the drive-up bins were in my area..
I do however agree that apartments and condos should be part of the program.. if for no other reason, people living in downtown districts tend to be more aware and willing to participate than the average suburbia family.. not to mention the pure density allows for the same truck to make 1 stop and pick up more pounds of material than rolling through suburbia..
-ChristopherMarch 1, 2013 5:01 pm at 5:01 pm in reply to: The Hub Mixed Use Apartment Development in The Short North – News & Updates #261500
oh im SOOOOO glad we are getting a melt!! that is SOOO gonna rock.. and I also think the short north is a great place for it!
at the time I bought my house, weinland park area was still pretty “hoody”.. the campus gateway project and the new Kroger as well as the garden siatrict revitalization have all taken place since 2004… so yeah now I would easily consider wienland park.. but of course im not going to sell my house anytime soon.. I just cant…
I totally agree on mass transit.. and im also not opposed as ive mentioned to parking elsewhere and riding the bus in the rest of the way… but for me to ride COTA in its current state.. I first have to walk 2 miles through a semi-truck district, or on a 45 MPH speed non-sidewalk rd to the nearest COTA route.. catch the 15 and come into town.. I honestly believe if COTA were to run some routes not IN the suburban subdivisions..but just to the entrances of each one in a given area that ridership would go up.. esp if those routes were designed to get people in and out at different hours. (not just toward downtown in morning and out at night)…
this topic really I think turning into a mass transit discussion is really what it is about.. whether it be parking cars or transit, the object is to get people into an area.. the more people that can frequent an area easily, the more it will go and thrive…
the more people that will ride a mass transit system, the more it will also grow and thrive… the trouble is changing the attitudes of many columbus area suburbanites.. which think “ewwww the bus!” as opposed to actually taking it now and then…
im sorry, but I still seem the general attitude is that a subrubanite like me is unwelcomed.. sorry you guys are just making me feel that way.. when ive explained several times that the only decent way i can get there is by car… 2 mile walk to a bus stop is not “convenient mass transit”.. I have done it.. the #15 winds around a lot so it takes me a good while to get there.. im OK with that.. but the walk is dangerous… so I could bike to the Bus.. except that the 2 times ive done that the bike racks were filled to capacity when the bus got to my stop… and the driver told me “sorry cant bring your bike.. wait for the next bus.. “30 minute run times”.. so yeah I drive into town!..
once the new Bikway is completed from the downtown area to Big run south park.. I’ll be able to Bike safely all the way to town.. (and I will in spring / summer).. but I cant find any timeline anywhere on when that section will be built..
the *REAL* point here is that you need PEOPLE for an area to thrive.. people that Live in an area will utilize that area a LOT for a certain amount of time.. then unless that area continues to change and grow.. theyll grow tired and patronize other areas.. allow outsiders to come in and you keep things flowing.. residents see and meet new people.. not the same ones.. visitors bring their friends.. etc. which also keeps residential units full.. as outsiders want to move in.. so they keep the rent prices high enough landlords make money and keep properties well maintained..
im not saying you have to get people there by CAR.. but right now we dont have trolleys, short COTA loops, trains, or anything like that…
I would be the first to jump on a train if, as mentioned by another post, the city would become connected.. a high speed rail system allowing people to move efficiently from one end of the city to the other (burbs included).. but unfortunately it seems the people with the $$$ dont want to get that done here..
-ChristopherFebruary 27, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm in reply to: The Hub Mixed Use Apartment Development in The Short North – News & Updates #261496
im glad to see the project in gear.. for so long that corner was an eyesore with that old party supply in disrepair.. then the torn up ibiza signs.. other than the artsists that painted the remaining plywood every few weeks.. (that was cool).. im glad to see this is rockin and rolling!
im in total agreement that I like to see a mix of retail / office/ living/ and dining… by traditional retailers.. im talking things like clothing, electronics, etc… and you are right a strip mall effect in a mainly residential area doesnt sound appealing.. I guess I confuse the difference between a downtown and an area like the SN..
the city center died a quick death once tuttle, easton, and polaris were opened… I remember the 90s when city center was packed.. with office workers.. visitors from the burbs etc..
maybe the issue with city center at the time was not nearly enough downtown residents to patronize the stores…
an office worker seemedto rather first drive to the burbs, then shop, rather than walk a block or 2 to the city center, shop, then drive home to the burbs..
I think for downtown retail to make it, it somehow has to have a draw that makes it a destination.. city center proved that a visiting shopper when given the choice, shops close to home rather than close to work..
so if for instance downtown retail tries to be the “coach” or “Saks” or “target” it needs to be able to draw a high percentage of its business from nearby residents… BUT if downtown retail brings in stores that arent available to the burbs, then I think it draws visitors (workers) and residents alike and thrives…
im sure there are other reasons city center died as well.. (lack of security.. gang activity heightened.. lack of keeping the mall fresh and new.. it was dated in both appearance and ill maintained later on).. maybe thats what killed it? i just dont want to see the same mistake made again.. as I would be one to really enjoy a nice retail scene downtown.. a decent downtown nightlife other than just a few restaraunts here and there…
with 40% of my home’s value in the burbs lost its near impossible to think of moving to the city.. on the other hand when I bought my house.. prices in the SN were prohibitive of me living in anything other than an at the time half slummy apartment with no central A/C , no garage (own a classic car in an urban area.. garages are non existent..).. fireplace? yeah right.. so alas im like a lot of people that live in the burbs and frequent the SN area.. its really sad to see that neither I nor my money is wanted.. (or after some of these posts even feel welcomed.. you paint me to be one of those evil suburbanites invading your urban space!!).. maybe the fact i spend close to $500 a month in the SN / downtown area is meaningless to the rich people that spend thousands a week there…
have I personally had an issue parking? most of the time I dont .. as I know the time to be there and where to park on what days to avoid the problem.. and i dont mind walking.. since thats what I go to the SN to do…
however to the post that mentions cars degrading the walking experience.. I agree.. and to that point is the constant gridlock of cheesed off drivers trying to squeeze cars into unthinkable spots.. or darn near running over people in cross-walks to get that space.. if those people were parked they wouldnt be constantly creating gridlock and degrading the pedestrian experience…
im in agreement that surface lots are ugly.. but in many cities i travel I do see garages in urban areas.. ft lauderdale las olas area,, austin’s 6th stree.. houston midtown district, West Hollywood strip.. all have a parking garage somewhere in their districts..
however I still dont like the attitude that suburbanites arent welcome.. or our cars arent.. im sorry columbus is a city built around the car.. if COTA could get me to the SN when I want to go, id use it.. but it cant.. and cabs in columbus if you can catch em.. would surely cut into the amount of $$ I soend at SN businesses.. so for now you are all stuck with me and my honda Civic or Jeep Wrangler so get over it!
-ChristopherFebruary 27, 2013 9:38 pm at 9:38 pm in reply to: Columbus City-Wide Curbside Recycling – News & Updates #469376
cant you get a second container if needed? theres just 2 people living ion my house.. and we easily fill our blue bin to capacity in each 2 week period.. cant imagine what a family of 4 or 5 people does…
we are pretty avid about recycling everything that has a “triangle” printed on it.. maybe some people just thrown cans, or cardboard, etc and dont look for the symbol on everything…
I would love to see that also.. because yes most times there are LOTS of empty spaces on evenings / weekends downtown.. I remember years ago they had “Cota link” that ran some hours during the day to try and promote people working downtown to patronize businesses in the short north for lunch.. but somehow that went by the wayside.. something like that even just on say thurs-sat nights.. up and down high street even… which would allow people to make use of city center garage, surface lots, surface meters etc downtown..
im all for build residences downtown.. esp rentals.. it seems like as soon as rentals are built, they are occupied.. which bodes well for restaraunts and businesses downtown.. not only patronized by the new residents.. but their guests as well..
I do FAIL to understand why more retail? we havent even come close to filling the retail space in the lazarus building.. and some frontage exists in the 5/3 building as well (old wendys).. and of course we know the old madisons building and the whatever next to it has been vacant forever. it seems to me empty retail space makes a city look more forelorn than non existent space.. yet available spaces arent nearly full..
I just dont think columbus is ready for downtown shopping just yet.. esp when you have the short north nearby that is bleeding traditional “retail” outlets in favor of pubs / bars / restaraunts / coffee shops..
if short north is already an established mixed use area and cant sustain retail other than a few galleries.. a clothing shop or two, and some gift shops.. i cant see downtown being ready to either…
and downtown we already have an abundance of coffee shops and are building up dining establishments so I cant see much of that new space going for that.. at least just not yet..
** easy way NOT to get FAT **
im not afraid to push a half or more filled plate away when my tummy says “im full”.. just cause its schlopped on there doesnt mean you have to shovel it in..
I eat out LOTS.. cooking at home for one Sucks..and I hate leftovers..
I hate vegetables.. I dont eat them (or fruits)..
I walk at least 3-5 miles per day (many many more in warm months).
if its cold outside I walk the polaris mall (warm N cozy inside)..
I drink some amount of caffiene every day.. but not in the form of a 1000 calorie carmel latte.. – usually Black Tea..
I drink LOTS of water.. (at least half a gallon per day.. more if im active)..
I take 2 vitamin C and 2 flintstones per day (yep flintstones)..
I keep a positive attitude (yes this helps curb snacking from depression)..
I ride my bicycle lots in summer (not in winter..)
I work lots… (usually find me in some coffee joint sipping water N tea)..
I sleep at least 8 hrs / night (most nights).. sleep rejuvenates the body’s ability to ramp up the next day
im not some young calorie burning gym-bod.. im 44 and 5’9 145 lbs.. and have less muscle than a skeleton..
Just sayin.. unless you have an underlying medical condition you dont HAVE to get FAT… if you have clinical depression. thyroid issues, diabetes, etc its tough to keep the pounds off.. but most people just have the “oh im fat woe-is-me” condition…
cant too few parking spaces though be construed as a deterrent for people to come into the city.. drive 20+ minutes only to find theres no place to park.. or “special event” fees that go sky high.. enough to turn some people around.. that in turn tell their friends “downtown parking sucks”…
Columbus I believe has plenty of truly downtown parking… but areas like the short north surely suffer from lack of it…. people living in the short north can easily attest to the lack of parking.. when they get home and have to park 6 blocks away to unload their groceries.. permit parking helps with residents woes.. but having all kinds of new restaraunts / pubs built where there used to be clothing stores does not… an average of 5-10 people MAX in a clothing store at a time.. for a short time.. vs an average of 50+ people MAX in a bar / pub at a time for several hours.. is really going to strain things..
comparing columbus to chicago is not even close.. as we have a (sorry im blunt) CRAPPY public transit system to get people into town for an evening out… as a result no one uses it..
BTW im a suburbanite that finds myself in the city as LOT.. patronizing the businesses of downtown and the short north nearly daily… if I had to start paying a lot to park.. id surely find somewhere else for me (and my money) to go.. and trying riding the COTA from Grove city… nearest route is 2 miles from my house.. i dont dig COLD.. so I wouldnt think of walking that 2 miles on no-sidewalk warehouse district streets in windy cold conditions… id stay home first.. or drive burb to burb…
-ChristopherSeptember 21, 2011 1:39 pm at 1:39 pm in reply to: Want to Increase Housing Value? Build Rail Transit! #460905
It sounds like your work isn’t very transit accessible, which makes it difficult. However, it sounds like you have also chosen to live in a non-walkable area over a mile from a mediocre transit line (the #15). If transit is a priority for you, why not more to somewhere in the High Street corridor on the north side of town so you can catch a #2 without the transfer and excessive travel time? You would most likely be closer to shopping and entertainment too.
ahhh easier said than done when my house has lost 45% of its value in 7 years.. but really the post isnt about me personally.. its about many others like me.. that would love to make use of transit if there were more burb to burb routes…
there are many people in the I-270 corridor that also work in the I-270 corridor.. and would love to be sitting ona transit line reading their iPAD rather than reading the license plate of the car 2 feet in front of them on an I-270 traffic jam. but there are VERY FEW bus routes that dont take you downtown first.. these are also the people that then vote down COTA levies.. as they dont want to pay for something they will never use…
Transit only works when you have a majority of the citizens of a metro area willing to foot the tax levies for it and who may ride it a couple or more times per week…
even take the people in DC and the metro. many people are on board with it.. because Ok they may not use it daily.. but they use it for special events and it works great.. so they will continue to vote for funding it…
if COTA were to begin creating routes that suburbanites would find usefule and convenient.. they would then tell their neighbors.. and more votes would come in for funding it.
however its a hard sell as many suburbanites are so used to hopping in the car to go somewhere, the idea of riding transit either escapes them, or they assume its going to be a bunch of thugs, or that its going to be slow-go…
yes i would love to live back closer to town again.. i moved out here at the time because I restored cars, had yard parties, wanted a new-built home, and a wood-burning fireplace that was more than “decorative” in nature..
at the time I built, this area was the boom.. in face a big shopping / condo / mixed use similar to easton was to be built here.. but the old-men at the barber shop wanted grove city to stay away from the “city” so even after land was acquired and funding secured.. the zoning gurus killed it…. Nice for me as im on an island now :(
As for the Metro, it would be incredibly awesome, but there just doesn’t seem to be any desire to fund massive subway systems in low-density mid-sized cities.September 21, 2011 12:27 am at 12:27 am in reply to: Want to Increase Housing Value? Build Rail Transit! #460900
I think rail would be great in columbus.. as long as it or COTA addressed the real issue with transit here and that is it is ALL designed around people that either 1] live in a burb and work downtown, or 2] live asnd work in a near city neighborhood..
reality check!! many many people that live in suburban neighborhoods like mine also work in one.. and yes would be willing to ride public transit to work and back.. OR to a walkable neighborhood.. at an off-time…
COTA takes people downtown in the morning and takes them home at night.. sure there are local routes that travel this same effect back and forth.. but express routes are in during the morning and out during the afternoon…
I live in SW columbus nooked between grove city and columbus.. for me to arrive by transit at my office in worthington.. i can
1] drive there in 30 minutes or less..
2] walk or bike over a mile (non sidewalk street) to the bus stop.. catch the number 15 to downtown.. wait for a number 2 to crosswoods.. then bike or walk (more non sidewalk street) to my office 1.5 miles away… for a total trip time of close to 2.5 hours…..
and im not alone in that type of commute by bus.. so of course I hop in my jeep… and become part of the traffic clog… losting 5 hours out of my day is just not worth it… and thats assuming i dont get sniped into one of my busses have both bike rack slots full where i have to wait and hop the next one has a bike rack open…
most all of the proposed rail transit is just redundancy to the existing situation… downtown in the morning.. out in the afternoon… anyone noticed the amount of vacant office space downtown??? and the rarely crowded sidewalks? not really a huge amount of people working downtown compared to the space we have….
I do believe THATS why many people dont want anythinbg to do with rail transit in columbus… why not use existing tracks and set up rail stations along the edges of the city. and move people around that way.. can we say DC Metro style? yeah I can ride from rockville Md to arlinbgton virginia in less than an hour….. granted I will admit the DC metro is one of the best.. but it is a model of what CAN be done…
and I realize people are not really into the idea of the Big-Dig for columbus like boston has had to deal with….