Our City Online

Messageboard

NOTE: You are viewing an archived version of the Columbus Underground forums/messageboard. As of 05/22/16 they have been closed to new comments and replies, but will remain accessible for archived searches and reference. For more information CLICK HERE

Forum Replies Created

Viewing 15 posts - 46 through 60 (of 718 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • in reply to: Columbus PD blames pedestrians for getting hit by cars #1101384
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    I think the quotes from CPD speak for themselves:

    “What we really want to do is prevent pedestrian violations, so we don’t have to write tickets tomorrow, and even more so, so we don’t have to go out there and work traffic fatalities tomorrow,” he said.

    “It’s very rare that we have a pedestrian fatality where we cannot say, ‘well if the pedestrian had only done something differently, then they would have survived,” Wilson said.

    WHAT? Sure if the pedestrian would have stayed in the house they would have survived but that doesn’t make them responsible for their death. I’m not sure how you can argue that they aren’t attempting to lay all responsibility on pedestrians. This to me signals that CPD sees pedestrian’s lives as the sole responsibility of the pedestrian, not the driver. We need a major shift in tone.

    in reply to: Jeffrey Park – News & Updates #1101381
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    When I worked for Sandy Wood, I went with him to look at the Smith Brothers Building (some time in the late 1980’s). You want to talk about fantastic floors, the dock had hardwood blocks for flooring. Absolutely stunning – but a serious fire hazards.

    I have never been in Buckeye Steel, so can’t comment.

    Yes, some old industrial buildings have stunning floors, be they brick or wood block. But many of them also have so many industrial waste products in them they would make your feet glow in the dark.

    Jeffrey was bought out by Dresser Industries (a Texas firm). No, they didn’t screw the employees or their pension plan. Tad Jeffery was a smart man and took care of that angle.

    Jeffrey Mining Machinery had a huge impact on Italian Village, no doubt about that fact. However, we don’t live in a vacuum. Neighborhoods evolve.

    Some industrial sites evolve better than others. Obama, Clinton and hipsters had almost nothing to do with the evolution of the Jeffrey site, in my opinion.

    Thank you Nancy. Almost all the nuance has been lost in discussions on development and neighborhoods.

    in reply to: Columbus PD blames pedestrians for getting hit by cars #1101294
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>CB_downtowner wrote:</div>
    Frustrating that Columbus’ stance is that even if pedestrians follow the rules, they don’t necessarily have right of way if a driver makes the first move.

    I didn’t take it like that. All I got was that they were warning pedestrians that if a car driver can’t see you, it naturally follows that it won’t operate as though it does. Struck me as though they were operating under the desire to mitigate loss of life/injury rather than make a statement of principle or law.

    And, it seems a bit simplistic to leap from the statement that most pedestrian deaths involved some mistake on the part of the pedestrian – which could be true! – to taking it as though the police rep was suggesting that pedestrians are always to blame period and that motorists aren’t making mistakes in their interactions with pedestrians (because we all know that they are).

    It is interesting to me that nobody reading this thread would gather that the actual point of the piece being referenced was that pedestrians get hit by cars more after daylight savings is in effect… which seems like a fairly innocuous and useful PSA.

    The issue with the comments from CPD from various articles are that they seem to put the onus fully on pedestrians, not drivers.

    Do pedestrians need better educated on safety? Sure. Do drivers break the law and jeopardize the lives of pedestrians far more often than pedestrians break the law? Absolutely. So why are we targeting pedestrians instead of drivers. The whole thing is akin to Ben Carson scolding school shooting victims for not charging the gunman.

    in reply to: New 11-Story Office Building in The Short North #1100683
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    Uh,thanks Nancy. Why do I get the feeling that most of the people on the VV and IV commissions are a bunch of conservative, finger wagging, sock darning, church lady old ninnies?<br>
    Pardon my French.

    I can promise to you and everyone else that the commissions are both are made up of a diverse set of people, with a variety of view points. The number one focus of both the commissions is to maintain a high quality, vibrant, and historically sensitive built environment. They are all public meetings if you ever want to come down and see how they work.

    in reply to: Legalization of Marijuana in Ohio – News & Discussion #1100367
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    I’d love to read an interview from the organizers! (Hint)

    in reply to: 12-story, 170-room Hilton Garden Inn Proposed Downtown #1099151
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Eugene_C wrote:</div>
    Speaking of this, I want to know why Columbus is building a wall to hide the view of Nationwide from the 3rd street bridge? It’s a pretty stunning view of a vibrant city as you drive south into downtown. It doesn’t look like the wall is high enough to prevent rock tossing, so I have to wonder what the rational is.

    I was wondering the same thing, but I assumed it was an ODOT project rather than a city project. Or maybe an ODOT requirement for the installation of the bike lanes?

    Seems like its probably to prevent people from going over the side since actual people will be out there now with the bike lanes.

    in reply to: Light Rail in Central Ohio #1098351
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2015/10/20/big-project-could-attract-federal-funds-metro.html

    From a Cincinnati Biz Journal article:
    Metro has a BRT-lite line known as Metro*Plus that runs from Kenwood to downtown through Uptown. Amongst U.S. cities, only Cleveland has a true BRT line with a dedicated lane and signal prioritization. Columbus also is considering a project, Holland & Knight’s representatives said.

    in reply to: Columbus Bike Lanes — News, Updates & Discussion #1097609
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    the rush hour traffic the last few days on N.4th and Summit has been bleak, in many cases 2 lanes are open and you can sit through 2-4 cycles of the traffic light, they will really need to re-time the lights to make 2 lanes work, oh wait it was poorly timed lights (at 45 mph at the end of the cycle) that got us here in the first place.

    “Traffic and Engineering, the 2nd worst Department”

    4th and Summit have been 2 lane for the majority of their length for a long time now….

    in reply to: LC RiverSouth – 8-Story & 10-Story Apartment Buildings at High & Rich #1097470
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    Looks like work has started again on the North Building!

    Attachments:
    You must be logged in to view attached files.
    in reply to: Campus Partners to Redevelop High from 17th to 14th #1095401
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    dunno… music shops are a tough business these days. How many 18 year old students, born in 1997 (the same year Winamp was released and the mp3 music file format rose to major prominence), are buying music in physical formats?

    Redevelopment or not… I don’t see too many campus record stores sticking around into the not-too-distant future.

    It would be interesting to see what a modern take on the music store of old would be (and not a hipster record store version). After all many of today’s popular services and devices are modern-day reinterpretations; think Uber, Airbnb, Apple Watch, food trucks, arcades.

    in reply to: Middle West Spirits #1094886
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    I know Middle West is expanding (in Milo I thought), but when I went by today I saw steel rising at least two stories above the Cortland building. Anyone know whats going on?

    in reply to: Copious Restaurant & Bar / Notes Underground Live Music Club #1094456
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>OneBagTravel wrote:</div>
    Brewery district is getting more and more interesting. Since shadow box and world of beer moved in, now Notes. Exciting times for the district.

    Agreed. Include Arepazo, Double Happiness, Basil, Brick, Local Cantina, Vue, Via Vecchia, Three Sheets, High Beck and CBC (and probably others I’m forgetting off the top of my head) and you’ve got a pretty solid collection of destination bars/restaurants/venues down there. ;)

    All we need are the new caps, and whatever the improvements will be for Front Street.

    in reply to: Columbus Needs a New City Flag #1092489
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    Indianpolis flag:

    However, I like where you are going with the star.

    in reply to: The Scioto Greenways Riverfront Redevelopment #1091692
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    Hard to see but speaking of wildlife returning, I spotted a Great Blue Heron below the Broad Street Bridge.

    Attachments:
    You must be logged in to view attached files.
    in reply to: LC RiverSouth – 8-Story & 10-Story Apartment Buildings at High & Rich #1091691
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    Noticed some heavy earth moving equipment back out on the Beatty site last week. Looks like they weren’t kidding!

Viewing 15 posts - 46 through 60 (of 718 total)

Subscribe below: