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  • in reply to: Historic Church on Long Street Demolished #372222

    jawjack187
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    I do not believe it is the responsibility of the city to act on old/historic buildings. I think the city can and does provide incentives for those private developers to come into neighborhoods like KLD and others and redevelop or build on existing space. I worry about our citizens getting the perception that the “City” is the entity that is responsible for every private property that is vacant/abandoned and needs some help. Ohio is a state founded on the property rights of the individual.

    The process for acquisition of private property from a governmental entity takes a long time, and even if the “City” can get a hold of these properties, I don’t want my tax dollars going to the City as a large scale developer. Columbus just got federal Neighborhood Stabilization dollars to try and eliminate blight within its boundaries. As soon as the “City’ purchased multiple properties, based on the guidelines submitted by the feds, the “City” got into trouble from the press for being the “owners” of blighted property. In many cases, it’s a lose-lose.

    There are non-profits that specialize in rehabbing properties for productive use, but many of them focus on housing. This Church was built for one purpose-to be a church. Another church would have been the most likely candidate to come in at Centenary and be productive. In fact, the Yeshua is Lord Church that is on the SE Corner of Long and Miami (BEAUTIFUL facility) attempted to purchase Centenary a while back, but in the end, they did not have the resources to do what was needed to stabilize the building and turn it around. In other words, it would have changed hands and still stayed in the same shape.

    I think with the developments that we see coming east on Long, you will see someone do something with this property in the very near future. The demolition of this church actually makes the site more attractive for a new development. Sad but true, IMO.

    in reply to: New Long Street Condos #372095

    jawjack187
    Member

    The building that was demolished was not historic, it was old. It was in disrepair and was unsafe because of that. It sat vacant for over 10 years. I think it would be good for those who care to walk the KLD and determine which structures that are vacant and/or abandoned that you would like to have saved. Identify them, buy them (or find someone with the resources to do so) and then rehab them and make them productive. Sure there are old buildings in every neighborhood. The alternative is, in the SN, if it is old, it probably isn’t abandoned, and if it is, it certainly won’t sit empty for over 10 years. Someone would consider it an investment, and do what it right to save it. We don;t have very many people willing to do thin in the KLD, and so these type of old properties (with little historic value other than their age) are left to sit and become havens for drugs, crime, or worse. I think we do need a plan, but a plan without resources is in vain.

    in reply to: Historic Church on Long Street Demolished #372215

    jawjack187
    Member

    The Church was owned by 2nd Baptist Church for many years. It has sat vacant for a while now. It was ordered demolished after having been found structurally unsafe. In my opinion, we should be talking about preserving buildings like this while they sit unused. If you want to preserve it, put the money up to do so, and get to it. Everybody likes to talk about how sad it is to see something like this go, well sympathy for this building 5-10 years ago may have saved it. Money to put it into productive use 1 year ago would have saved it.
    Making it useful is very expensive. The alternative to tearing it down is that it sits there, empty, for 10 more years or more, and everybody complains about that. I would have loved to save that place, but the cost is high, and I personally don’t have the money.

    in reply to: 3C Passenger Rail Project – News & Updates #347373

    jawjack187
    Member

    Agree to disagree with many of you. I do not claim to be an expert, but obviously many of you are. I was giving my opinion based on my choice as a potential customer. In no way was I implying that highways make money, so not sure where that one came from, but I do believe more people would ride a high speed line versus a high drag line. Cbuster’s comments make sense. Good luck getting there by starting slow. I would hate for the entire project to be scrapped due to a change in the Statehouse, but that could occur. One of the issues that was addressed as to why support was not wider was the speed. I am not the only one, but I understand the determination of those CU folks who have a rail by any means necessary attitude. I hope you folks are ready to organize and fight for it, because we may have to.

    in reply to: 3C Passenger Rail Project – News & Updates #347359

    jawjack187
    Member

    Walker wrote >>

    jawjack187 wrote >>
    If given your choice, which would you rather have, 3C or a rail line in Columbus?

    Daydreaming is fine and dandy, but we’re not being given that choice, so that question really has no relevance to the discussion at hand.
    We ARE being given the choice of spending $400M on a starter passenger rail network that we can later upgrade to higher speeds, OR giving the money back to the feds so that they can reallocate it to another another state/region and ending up with nothing in Ohio.

    I just think it counterproductive to spend dollars on a network as you talk about the possibility of a future upgrade. Upgrade in the first place. The relevance comment was not needed. You could have answered or just kept that one in. The $400 million does not complete the 3C, so other funds will have to be identified. Meaning, there may have to be cuts somewhere else in order to complete it. That’s good if we could speculate that in the future, the rail system we are looking to build, now (without the “upgrade”) would be able to sustain itself with fees from riders, sponsorships through ads, etc. I am certain that many of our business leaders would want to jump at the chance to advertise, but it is all numbers game, and the speed of the train will determine how many riders you get on a consistent basis. One or two hundred families traveling to and fro for Browns or Reds games every now and then is not going to get it. You want a sustained money-maker, make it high speed.

    in reply to: 3C Passenger Rail Project – News & Updates #347353

    jawjack187
    Member

    Charlie wrote >>
    Have there been any studies done to compare costs of Regular Rail vs High Speed rail? I’d be interested in “how much more” HSR would cost, what are issues etc. While I’d like to see a start regardless, I think it would be very cool if Ohio took the lead on HSR. Maybe other states would follow us.

    +1

    I cannot understand for the life of me why people don’t get this.

    Rus has a point too. Is this a priority over education, employment, health care, etc. The truth is that snail rail “could” fail, and so “could” HSR, but which one would you make an investment of your personal resources in? Would you increase your taxes to fund it, only to use it a “few” times throughout the year? Is the 3C more important than say a local rail line? If given your choice, which would you rather have, 3C or a rail line in Columbus?

    in reply to: 3C Passenger Rail Project – News & Updates #347346

    jawjack187
    Member

    Walker wrote >>

    jawjack187 wrote >>
    I think we have to be realistic. I would love to take a train to Cleveland, but if it does not cut down on my travel time, I will take my car. It is that simple, and I think there are alot of people who also feel that way.

    How about the people who don’t own cars? Or can’t drive? Do they agree with you?

    I said a lot, not all. Those who have no personal vehicle, well how do they get around currently? Bus, rent a car? Catch a ride, take a flight. I understand we all want to get started. I just have a disagreement on what to get started on. “High Drag rail” is not attractive for the future. I think it would get built, people would not ride it in large numbers, and folks would say, “See, there’s the reason we don’t need high speed.” We need HIGH SPEED RAIL now! Not just rail, but high speed. It is the only way.

    in reply to: 3C Passenger Rail Project – News & Updates #347326

    jawjack187
    Member

    Rockmastermike wrote >>

    jawjack187 wrote >>
    http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/02/18/train-block.html?sid=101
    Wow. I have always had concerns about the speed of this thing. If it is not high speed, and I mean Euro High Speed, it is not worth it. Period.

    Such thinking ensures that nothing will ever get done. Period. End of story.

    I am not certain what you feel would be beneficial. Would you propose spending money to get 3C rail going, at a low rate of speed, knowing that very few people would use it? I do not see how we benefit as a State if we move forward with a project that people aren’t going to use, just for the sake of saying we “started something”. If we build it, and it fails, we will never get to the end result that I would approve of (which is high speed). Building a line for building a line’s sake is not responsible, in my opinion. Do it right the first time or don’t do it at all.

    in reply to: 3C Passenger Rail Project – News & Updates #347321

    jawjack187
    Member

    I think we have to be realistic. I would love to take a train to Cleveland, but if it does not cut down on my travel time, I will take my car. It is that simple, and I think there are alot of people who also feel that way.

    in reply to: Red Letter Media / Mr. Plinkett Movie Reviews #330233

    jawjack187
    Member

    They should have let Darth Maul live and somehow written more fight scenes into the next two. A Maul vs. Young Anakin scene would have been nice.

    in reply to: The Ghosts of Columbus Past #317747

    jawjack187
    Member

    Zantigo’s. Still my all time favorite place to dine on the cheap.

    in reply to: Police Suggest that People Move from Crime-ridden Areas #312394

    jawjack187
    Member

    I think it should be stated that the article does not speak to the response times or the response period of the Police.

    Our cops respond to our residents.

    This issue is about what they say, and the services they provide to the residents during the response.

    in reply to: Police Suggest that People Move from Crime-ridden Areas #312381

    jawjack187
    Member

    Somertimeoh, we have talked about that idea and initially, it seems like folks are open to it. In fact, some people have said that the city used to have a program like that. I think more than just down payment assistance is needed. I would take a kitchen sink approach and throw everything at it, tax abatements, help with cleaning the places up, remodeling, etc.
    Overall, our officers are some of the finest servants in our area, but they do have a tough job, and just like any of us, they can get frustrated. The problem I have is that it is a pattern, and not just an isolated incident.
    In the future, I would like to see the state law changed to allow cities to mandate that officers and city workers for that matter must live within city boundaries. I agree with whoever said police need to have “skin in the game” to more effectively do their jobs, but this would apply to all levels of City government, in my opinion.

    in reply to: Columbus Underground 8th Anniversary Party – Nov 18 at Due Amici #311588

    jawjack187
    Member

    Congrats Walker.

    in reply to: What’s with Grove City? #297831

    jawjack187
    Member

    Wow.

    Some of you should at least FEEL ashamed(but you probably don’t). SK tries to give some good feedback and as usual, since her opinon is in the minority on this particular issue, she gets beat down. Typical, and I am not surprised.

    (As I have tried to state before)It is OK to have differing views on things. Even, and IMHO, especially here on CU. I wish some of you who agree with SK would speak up. It would make for more productive/interesting conversations on here.

    I have said before that the very powerful/unified groupthink of “some” people on here is real, and that is ok, but differing opinions should not be so violently/rudely opposed. And the fact that many of you refuse to admit that this is an issue might just be the real problem.

    SK, you are worth more than a few food posts, and there are times we might disagree. You keep speaking your mind, and know that those who can not disagree with you without belittling or ridiculing you are the ones with the problem. Not you.

    Shame.

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