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  • in reply to: 3C Passenger Rail Project – News & Updates #348028
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    New York

    chucky wrote >>
    If it had an opportunity to break even, the 3C could have been possible.
    The facts is, if Ohio had gone full bore on this, Ohio is required to run the the 3C for 20 years per the federal agreement of taking the rail funds. This is regardless of any losses incurred year after year.
    Rail projection figures…Taiwans was off 75 % causing the entire project to go bankrupt. Las Vegas Monorail on the strip, off by 50 % and went belly up.
    With Ohio staring down the barrel at a multi billion dollar budget deficit this was never going to happen, even if Strickland had won re election.

    WHY IN THE HELL are we concerned about this “BREAKING EVEN”? Are you concerned with the 1.7 BILLION DOLLAR split fix “breaking even”? This is a joke really. Is anyone concerned with the 250 MILLION DOLLAR interchange at 161 and 270 or the Easton interchange? No they are not and that is because every form of transportation is subsidized, yet they can see the easy, wasteful and destructive benefit of creating congestion and a terrible built environment by ripping up our prime agricultural land and replacing it with asphalt and suburban sprawl. I wish everyone would stop feeding the joke that this costs too much.

    The truth is people are stuck in their old-minded conservative ways, so much so that many are unwilling to even try something new and even the slightest bit progressive. It’s sad really. If only people in this state were like those in New York http://fastlane.dot.gov/2010/11/new-yorkers-high-speed-rail-facebook-campaign-hits-all-the-right-notes.html who are begging Ray LaHood for our money. Take it New York, you deserve it more than most of the people of this state ever will.

    in reply to: 3C Passenger Rail Project – News & Updates #347832
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    in reply to: 3C Passenger Rail Project – News & Updates #347830
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    somertimeoh wrote >>
    No more highway improvements for the next 4 years then, right? Why isn’t he killing the 70/71 split construction? If profitability is where you draw the line, then how does a fiscal conservative justify those billions and billions spent every year?

    +1 You got to it before I did. The reason why is because either he himself is uneducated or not smart enough to realize that every form of transportation is subsidized, roads more than anything. The only other option is that he is pandering to his uneducated rural base that can’t see beyond the interstate that goes through their cornfield.

    in reply to: 3C Passenger Rail Project – News & Updates #347811
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    GCrites80s wrote >>
    That coot thinks that people voted for him because of his anti-3C stance. He got in for being not a Democrat and that’s about it.

    If you are refering to me as the “coot” then here is my reply: Regardless of why people voted for John Kasich, the state of Ohio (which is completely controlled by Republicans in every statewide office, the entire Supreme Court and with large majorities in both houses of the legislature and will continue to be due to reapportionment) will continue to lag behind other more progressive state (which sadly now include Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, Florida and Tennesse) in development of passenger rail.

    My guess is this domination will also mean that State and Federal funds will dry up for any light rail/street car development in Columbus or Cincinatti. With rising gas prices, and inability to fund our highway system and a general indifference for car travel by young people its inevitable that the people of the state of Ohio are on the losing end of the deal here because of their lack of foursight.

    in reply to: 3C Passenger Rail Project – News & Updates #347809
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    Double Post

    in reply to: 3C Passenger Rail Project – News & Updates #347808
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    Snarf wrote >>
    That’s certainly not your average 25yo.

    Perhaps because you are thinking in “Ohio Terms” where things like good transportation and well planned cities are an afterthought. In a class full of 72 people the other day almost every single one raised their hands saying that if possible they would live without a car. Thanks to the people of Ohio though, “Passenger rail is not in Ohio’s future” (John Kasich). The majority of young people I know are looking to leave the state and after the debacle that was this last election, I am too.

    I don’t want to have to dream about how good this state and this city could become for the rest of my life, I want to live that way. When even the smallest victories (like 3C rail) are destined to be killed by the old conservative forces in this state, there is no point in fighting. For me it’s sad because I love Columbus and always will but like most other young people I will most likely take my talents elsewhere.

    in reply to: Loops Restaurant at Northwest and King Ave, in 5xNW #399472
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    I was literally just about to post the same question. A google search yielded nothing, but its awesome to see this development starting to get filled in! Does anyone else know about any other potential businesses in this building?

    in reply to: Downtown Columbus Lightened Up #398314
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    I think anyone else who has been to Times Square or Vegas can attest to the fact that brighter isn’t better. Let’s make downtown nice for the people living there not the people driving down the freeway!

    in reply to: Law Q: Who pays your water bill? #383505
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    I have a question related to water bills and this looked like the closest thread… When exactly do Columbus water bills come? It it monthly or on a quarterly basis?

    in reply to: Main Street Bridge Opening #391354
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    Just took a night bike ride across the bridge. It is very beautiful, especially at night and the views of the city are amazing. As a side note: Everyone should ride downtown at night. Downtown sans cars is wonderful for a bike.

    in reply to: Where do you live? What do you love/hate about your neighborhood? #372864
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    NEC (North East Campus)/Old North Columbus, North Campus…

    PROS: I love that all my neighbors are extremely nice (One who I have never spoke to let me borrow his lawn mower last week.) There is so much diversity ie: Students, Families and everything in between. Convience store within 5 minute walk, plenty of stuff nearby such as ReTag It and other stores at Summit & Hudson. CABS is quick to get to Campus. Quick drive/Bus down Summit to Downtown and SN, VV, IV, GV. Awesome little park down the street.

    CONS: Neighborhood can be a little bit sketchy in areas. Long walk to High Street to get to Bar, Resturants, Grocery, Reliable COTA. Too far for a lot of “on campus” friends to walk. My house is on 4th and there are a lot of loud, speeding cars. Its not uber close to the places I like to go ie, SN, GV, AD…

    in reply to: Columbus Needs a New City Flag #360190
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    AWESOME IDEA! Please do, I for one will buy!

    in reply to: Taking Action on Cbus Rail #313593
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
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    in reply to: Taking Action on Cbus Rail #313591
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    YES! the event is still on… I posted another thread but i already seems to have faded into CU oblivion. Hoping to see lots of faces and hear lots of ideas tomorrow!

    in reply to: Downtown Strategic Plan – Public Meeting #1 – 3/2 #349094
    Josh Lapp
    Josh Lapp
    Participant

    GREAT MEETING! I loved the setup and the breakout sessions. Can’t wait to go to part 2!

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