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I’m just over the US political dialogue as a whole.
People on both sides of the aisle seem to be too focused on either
A) Projecting a dystopian future based on an over-simplified problem.
B) Projecting a utopian future based on an over-simplified solution.
Sidenote: This is still accurate as Donald Trump will both create the Bear Patrol and “make the bears pay the bear tax”:
February 8, 2016 10:14 am at 10:14 am in reply to: Two25 17 Story High Rise Proposed for SE Columbus Commons #1113773
Not sure how people are interpreting this board as having an “anti-height” agenda?
I think it’s pretty clear that people are just trying to discourage the perspective that one building’s loss of height from 17 to 12 is some sort of symbolic testament to Columbus’ future.
If it turns out I am wrong, I’ll admit it. But we won’t know until down the road whether this was just a bump in the road or a long-term deviation.
I took a deep breath and read the comments…
The Columbus Browns seems to be a funny theory. Sorry Cleveland. I really don’t want the team either. ;-)February 3, 2016 4:27 pm at 4:27 pm in reply to: Two25 17 Story High Rise Proposed for SE Columbus Commons #1113341
In any case, I can tell when the debate is lost. The majority of people want something different than I do. Disappointing, but nothing I can do about that. So it goes.
I don’t think you’ve lost anything. You’re just speaking up on your desire for Columbus to be a more metropolitan city. I want that too. Lots of people do. We all just have different expectations for certain characteristics and preferences when it comes to the urban experience.
The biggest thing I’d say to you is to get off city-data. I lurk over there from time to time and I don’t know how you handle it. Those people give me an inferiority complex and I’m perfectly happy. They’re like the inverse extreme of suburban materialists: Defining themselves by what their city has like it’s a fashion statement.January 30, 2016 12:14 am at 12:14 am in reply to: Two25 17 Story High Rise Proposed for SE Columbus Commons #1112791
While I get that the demand is there, we do have a lot of residential to come online by the time this would be completed. Between the LC buildings at Rich and High, the proposed residential on Main and Front, and not to mention other downtown residential projects further north at Gay and High, it’s likely Kaufman is playing it safe.
I’m sure they would have preferred building 17 stories as well. But once the 12 story fills up, they’ll build another cool building. It’s not like we’re out of parking lots yet. :-) And at the end of the day, if I walk around in a sea of 10-12 story buildings with lots of bustle and good aesthetics, I’m happy.
/optimismJanuary 18, 2016 8:30 pm at 8:30 pm in reply to: Will the next 24 months of development be transformational for Columbus? #1111266
We’ve already had quite a bit of transformation over the past 5 years. When I did the 10TV documentary, “Central Ohio 2015”, back in 2010, I don’t think any of the leaders interviewed honestly thought we’d be where we are now, save Mayor Coleman. And quite frankly, his quote “2015 will be in the middle of this city’s renaissance”, came across as more of a hopeful platitude than definitive proclamation, IMO. I remember a lot of people internally rolling their eyes at that line, like it was bullsh*t. Yet, within like 2-3 years, that line was looking rather prescient.
In 2010, I don’t think people really knew how big of a catalyst Coleman’s raising of the income tax and demolition of City Center would be. Even cool stuff, like the Scioto River Greenways project or the university redev plans, seemed like things that were a decade away, not 3-5 years away. Add in all of the urban infill and even the suburban urbanist plans like Bridge Park, and we truly are in transitional times.
Of course, on education and transportation, our progress has been slower but I think it’s become increasingly clear to community and business leaders that we’ll have to address those two issues in order to continue our economic momentum.
Personally, I think that if Wexner is considering those ideas on the riverfront, that’s HUGE. When we interviewed him in 2010, he just didn’t seem to have that kind of urban mindset. He talked about Columbus as an escape from New York and urban life. He talked a lot about family, getting out in nature, and personal ambitions. His mindset on Columbus at the time had more to do with branding the city than developing it (As he had done with New Albany). So if he’s considering what that mag article suggests, that’s a huge step forward for him.
Local scenes are almost a thing of the past. The internet has removed the cultural isolation necessary to grow unique scenes that drive any kind of local interest. And even when one arises, it’s ripped off so fast that the scene often doesn’t get the credit.
Anyone else find themselves hate-reading their social media during this stuff?
I had friends this afternoon blaming it on “These right wing inbred rednecks” and then when the name of the shooter came out, the posts became “These Obama-loving Muslim fascists” (Granted, different people).
I really wish we could teach kids about social identity theory, outgroups, and echo chambers in like 8th grade or something. I’ve just about had it with everybody using tragedies to punch down on people they deem bad.
Honestly, is it that hard to admit we seem to face problems with both mass shootings AND terrorism? They’re not an equal problem, but they’re both equally a problem.
I recently entertained the idea of a suburban developer building a German Village-inspired subdivision with a friend in the business. With more suburbs considering grid-based codes in certain areas, I think it’s certainly possible it could happen.
I think a city like Dublin would totally consider a development like the Avon Lake one, only I imagine Dublin would approve actual urban setbacks these days (Depending on the area). Even if it’s just a residential developer (Like an M/I, Rockford, or Fischer), I imagine a city like Dublin would encourage the developer to create clubhouses, workout centers, and a community restaurant that resemble the independent commercial buildings in GV.
This all said, I doubt you’d see many developers wanting to use any of the authentic materials that make GV what it is, due to price and niche skilled labor constraints. The brick or paver streets are probably a “no”, due to snow plow concerns and price. But potentially brick sidewalks and brick crosswalks could show up as those are used in many high-end suburbs already. The gas street lamps could happen. The under-the-street tunnel / wine-cellars, probably not going to happen.
I think they would market it to families looking for a more urban experience but with suburban schools and newer construction for the same price as a pre-existing with reno work.
Tell you what, go up to somebody who’s making the biggest purchase in their life and tell them, “Hey! You shouldn’t buy there. You should buy over here… In an area you don’t know and last thought about five years ago when your friend’s car was broke into there or when it made the news for bad schools”, and let me know how that goes. ;-)
My point: Perception problems take a while to recover from.
IMO – It’s on informed people to educate the masses, not just assume or imply that the motives of all who buy homes in economically uniform areas are classist a**holes. That’s a great way to get them to NOT listen to you.November 15, 2015 11:09 am at 11:09 am in reply to: Columbus Apartment Rental Market Getting More Expensive #1102024
On the other hand, we could be in NYC.
The high rise condo is the new gated community, deal with it and your small dick insecurities.
That’s not really “new”. Rich people have enjoyed high rises for many a decade. And I think the continued suburban sprawl would suggest that new gated communities are the new gated communities.
You have to wait until owning chickens becomes uncool… ;-)
Here are the laws:
My guess is that if it’s waking you up and your neighbors, it’s probably waking up the owners too.
Probably wouldn’t hurt to probably talk with them about it first, before going to the city. Chickens make noise. The owners could probably reduce sound reflections from the coop with some acoustic foam and insulation but you can’t exactly soundproof a coop without hurting the birds.October 21, 2015 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm in reply to: When did WLVQ (QFM) get taken over by the Tea Party? #1098424
When your format is “classic rock” like QFM, you’re likely to appeal more to conservatives and men, so the DJs play to that angle.
Chipotle attempted breakfast at airports but they stopped it because people seemed to get their Chipotle “usual” the majority of the time.
Wendy’s never seems to differentiate when they try it. Gotta do something memorable, make it colorful, and appear “healthier” (That seems to be Wendy’s marketing approach anyway). Plus, McDonalds owns the mcmuffin and hash browns. Why compete with them when you could take a bite out of Bob Evans or Panera breakfast instead?