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February 25, 2014 3:36 am at 3:36 am in reply to: LC RiverSouth – 8-Story & 10-Story Apartment Buildings at High & Rich #520970
Is there an advocacy group trying to prevent this from being torn down? Because there ought to be. It’s a shame it can’t be kept. The cost of removing the asbestos I imagine would be quite high, but wouldn’t it be worth it?
Everyone can appreciate this building because it’s historic, reflects the community it was designed for, and represents a bygone era. Newer buildings, although cool and can represent the present, cannot replace the presence of an older structure that has grown with the city. Historic structures cannot be replaced. Just because downtown Columbus is now desirable for developers to develop in, doesn’t mean we give them the right to build where ever they want. That’s called desperation. I would like to think that my home city has more pride than that, and would be smarter when it comes to balancing new developments with the old city.
I agree that most transit systems in the U.S. are weaker than our peer countries, and not as efficient as we’d like (frequency, accessibility, price, available options, etc.). But we must understand that while it is possible to have better transit in this country, it is difficult to do when driving a car is the easiest way to travel. Driving an automobile is cheap and the roads are built accommodate a lot of traffic. Parking is easy and cheap, and the government spends an exuberant amount of money on building and widening our “super highways”. If driving wasn’t as easy, people would take the bus, train, etc…and demand it to be more efficient. The transit authorities and government would spend more money because a larger share of the population would demand it. The best way to increase frequency is not to give up and drive a car, but stick with it and one day we will get there. In order for our transit systems to dramatically change in the next few decades, more folks need to become ‘transit pioneers’…it won’t be optimal, but you do it because you care and want to make change. Otherwise nothing will change. Unfortunately most of our political leaders don’t see public transit as an important part of society, we must convince them.
Ouch. Not to be a downer, but this is not a good design for a building along a park in a downtown area. Yeah, it just looks too uniform…there just isn’t a lot of variety in the building. But, buildings usually look better once they are built and viewed in person, so hopefully it won’t look as bad as the rendering. It will likely just sit there and no one will notice it…which is fine, not every building has to make a statement I suppose.
Someone’s jealous…September 20, 2012 2:01 pm at 2:01 pm in reply to: Question: How do you make friends in Columbus (if you're from another country)? #514459
Whenever I move to a new place, I always have a good experience with couchsurfing. It is actually a great great way to hang out with locals, and it is a very international friendly community. Local Couchsurfers will post events, meetups, gatherings, etc on the website…they could at least give it a try: couchsurfing.comApril 9, 2012 5:06 pm at 5:06 pm in reply to: Out of the Closet – Planned Development at 5th & High #146671
I don’t think anyone is concerned about a mix of uses or a high profile structure. They just want to see more than one story on this building, given its location.
I don’t think that is an unreasonable expectation in an urban setting such as this.
I agree that a taller building would fit better with the context of High Street, and is even ideal. However, I would disagree that a one-story building is not urban. There are plenty of one-story buildings in Columbus that exist in urban neighborhoods, like German village. Buildings come in all shapes and forms, but what makes a city dense and urban is the activity that occurs within and around the buildings. The neighborhood is already pretty dense, so it’s not like density needs to be created, it just needs reinforced. This development will never be suburban because it is being occupied by a venture that would not establish itself in a low-density suburb. Out of the Closet needs a dense population where services are in demand. This is not a question of whether or not this is an “urban-style” development. I think folks are just disappointed because they expected a 3+ story building, and it is viewed as a missed opportunity. I too envisioned a taller building for this site, but I think one-story buildings can be just as urban, if done well. This is just my personal opinion and observation.April 9, 2012 4:06 am at 4:06 am in reply to: Out of the Closet – Planned Development at 5th & High #146657
I am currently living in San Francisco, and I have noticed at least four Out of the Closet stores located throughout the city, and every single one is one story. It appears that this is part of their mission as stated before by Evelyn. Therefore, if the company will not change their designs to add a more intense development, then maybe more can be done at the sidewalk level to help create a better corner. In the end, better pedestrian presence and a reputable gay health and service center is extremely beneficial to the area. Not all development is about mixed-use and high profile structures. I think with some very easy changes, this can be a great project.
The Downtown Commission should address window size and brick color. Specifically, larger windows need to be added, and the brick color must be pleasing to the eye. These buildings will be highly visible due to it’s location between High Street and the park, and should be aesthetically pleasing.February 9, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm in reply to: The Carvery – New Restaurant at 51 East Gay Street #438788
The Record DistrictFebruary 2, 2012 4:46 pm at 4:46 pm in reply to: Which City will have Rail Transit First: Columbus or Dublin? #480021
I say Columbus. Maybe the news of Dublin becoming interested in rail transit will get Columbus and it’s residents to support it more and make it happen sooner rather than later. Ideally, Columbus and Dublin would work together and link together with a rail line. It would benefit both, and lessen the financial burden on both cities. Either way, it’s nice to hear this being an option for any city. It’s about time.January 17, 2012 8:05 pm at 8:05 pm in reply to: Nationwide building 5-story office at Front and Nationwide #459599
Columbus does lack a contemporary art museum. There are museums that showcase contemporary art in Columbus, but it would be nice to have a centralized facility, one that might be a modern structure itself. Personally, when I visit cities one of the first things I look for are what museums they offer, especially the contemporary.
I could see this site work in the future if something does emerge.
I wonder if the Cleveland accent will make its way down to Columbus eventually. It’s already started, considering a lot of columbusites are from northern Ohio.September 1, 2011 3:38 pm at 3:38 pm in reply to: Urban Columbus projects: just helping everyone keep track #459260
Edwards proposed Gay Street projects (N’borhood launch future expansions)
1) Columbus Park of Roses (when in bloom)
2) Franklin Park Conservatory
3) High Street Strip (Downtown to OSU)
4) German Village
5) A local art or music event that is going on at the time (varies each week/weekend) – my personal favorites include; Gallery Hop, Urban Scrawl, Independents Day festival, Comfest, etc. Help can be found here https://www.columbusunderground.com/the-2011-columbus-festival-season
But, pedestrian oriented businesses would at least help create a better streetscape. That is vital here. Especially if the far west part of the Arena District will have housing someday…