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  • in reply to: Suspicious Behavior repeated around First & N. High past two evenings #1106823
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Pivotal post for the Short North imo… It seems like only yesterday that it was more of a rarity to not see something suspicious. The improvement is remarkable but that definitely doesn’t help setting an expectation for residents who may not be prepared for an incident or weren’t around for the rougher days of the neighborhood.

    in reply to: Port Columbus (CMH) Airport News & Updates #1106215
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Oh wow, this would be such a huge win! Do we have the infrastructure to process large a couple hundred passengers through customs efficiently? I’m hoping the renovation already took that into consideration.

    Edit: Doh, I just saw the same question earlier, whoops..

    in reply to: Columbus Needs a New City Flag #1103709
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Josh Miller wrote:</div>
    The Dispatch is in the mix now… featuring Nini’s flag as the focus of the story

    Yeah, that was a great story… three weeks ago when we wrote it…

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/columbus-flag-ms1

    :P

    I’ve been noticing an increase in coincidental timing from the ol’ D more and more…

    in reply to: Columbus Needs a New City Flag #1103699
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    The Dispatch is in the mix now… featuring Nini’s flag as the focus of the story:
    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2015/11/24/1-blundo-city-flag.html
    columbus new flag nini

    in reply to: The Scioto Greenways Riverfront Redevelopment #1103340
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>stephentszuter wrote:</div>
    Man, I wish this had been completed before this picture was taken…(look at that riiiiiverrrrrrr)

    Be prepared to notice the use of outdated skyline photos for years and years to come. ;)

    Ha! I noticed the other day that Channel 4, during the morning weather segments, uses a backdrop that still has the old Town St. bridge in it! It’d be nice if our local media could at least be within the decade

    in reply to: LC Matan Apartment Project #1102319
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    More downtown commission activity… Assuming today was just a conceptual review, the article mentions that construction will begin this spring pending approval next month.

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2015/11/17/1117-new-apartments-approved.html

    in reply to: More condos coming to the Arena District #1102317
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Green light from the downtown commission this morning…
    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/11/17/Downtown-commission-approves-projects.html

    The commission also approved a certificate of appropriateness for the first phase of Nationwide Realty Investors’ Parks Edge condominium project at the northeast corner of Spring Street and Neil Avenue in the Arena District.

    Nationwide plans to begin work soon on the first of three residential buildings, a 12-story, 69-unit condominium unit. The commission approved a four-level parking structure, too.

    in reply to: LC RiverSouth – 8-Story & 10-Story Apartment Buildings at High & Rich #1102316
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Some facade changes approved this morning but bigger news is revised timeline – looks like March before the first building goes vertical, the second is 6 mos later. Also, maybe I missed it but wasn’t aware that the second building was scaled back to 9 stories from 10?
    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/11/17/Downtown-commission-approves-projects.html

    The commission also approved façade changes to the two Lifestyle Communities apartment-building projects along S. High Street: the eight-story Trautman Building at 205 S. High St. and the nine-story Beatty Building at 229-245 S. High St

    …Passersby will see the Trautman Building begin to rise by March, with work on the Beatty Building trailing by six months. The Trautman Building is supposed to have 106 apartments, the Beatty Building, 137 apartments.

    in reply to: Market Exchange Extended Stay Hotel #1102315
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Big day for downtown development… Hotel plans were approved, construction to start by this spring!

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/11/17/Downtown-commission-approves-projects.html

    in reply to: COTA Transit System Redesign – News & Discussion #1102231
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Josh Lapp wrote:</div>
    Whoever told you that was not accurately reporting.

    It seemed unlikely to me, that’s why I wanted to double check. But the COTA site seems currently only to have the changes from September listed, not the upcoming ones for January. Do you know any place with official info on the proposed January service changes?

    It’s still quite a ways away from going live – “This website will continue to be updated as we finalize the plan and prepare for its full launch between May and September 2017.”
    http://www.cota.com/Projects/Transit-System-Redesign.aspx

    in reply to: Columbus Apartment Rental Market Getting More Expensive #1101995
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Is national church only assisted living or is it all groups of applicants? I wonder if demand changes or shifts if you will see a move into complexes accepting vouchers. I dont understand the less reputable comment about private companies.

    I think they’re a little of everything.
    The less reputable implies owners who inflate the rents on sub-par properties, basically taking advantage of the supplement provided by HUD/CMHA or whoever distributes the funds each month. All while letting the properties slide closer to disrepair.

    in reply to: Columbus Apartment Rental Market Getting More Expensive #1101987
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Unfortunately most of the LITC (low income tax credit) housing is being built in struggling, working class or already impoverished neighborhoods that don’t really have jobs, services or good COTA routes. Mostly on the west and south sides. It’s especially appalling when you look at the research about concentrating poverty:

    My original point was that downtown has not been evolving in a high-end vacuum, there has been representation on both ends of the spectrum although no argument from anyone that there is a need for more low-income housing.

    I don’t want to open up a big socioeconomic can of worms but the far south side around Buckeye Steel (now Columbus Steel Castings) was built for lower income from the get-go 100 years ago through recruitment and relocation of southern Ohioans and West Virginians who were willing to do the work for what Buckeye Steel was willing to pay… Laborers in Columbus were too expensive. The result was the neighborhoods that popped up in close proximity to accommodate around Parsons & Rt 104.

    In present day the bulk of manufacturing and blue collar jobs remain on the south and west sides of town, especially due to the huge logistics hubs/intermodal facilities in each of those areas meanwhile the blue collar industries are going through their own massive labor shortages. Just last month COTA launched a new route to service the Rickenbacker area in attempt to bring laborers to the labor.

    National Church Residences does a great job of spreading out their new projects, map below. There are a ton of likely less reputable groups in addition to property management cos and private owners who have the ability to apply and receive approval to market their properties as such but how do you regulate those numbers without it becoming a nimby issue with poverty?

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    in reply to: Columbus Apartment Rental Market Getting More Expensive #1101980
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    If it weren’t for low income housing in downtown the population would’ve been near nil when the Mayor kicked off the live downtown initiative years ago instead of around 3k. The huge towers in the Market Mohawk area and numerous apartment buildings scattered throughout downtown all contribute to that spectrum, whether dedicated or just voucher-friendly. My guess is there are more units in that demographic and price range than the high-end however the shiny new buildings get more attention.

    Beyond the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, private investment from National Church Residences led to two incredibly well-designed residential projects in downtown proper within the past few years, totaling 200 units. Community Housing Network just wrapped up construction on Hawthorne Grove Apartments on Rich St. as well, a 40 unit apartment project, and not to mention great infill, that took out a surface parking lot.

    So that adds up to about 240 brand new low income housing units within the past couple years downtown… That’s roughly equivalent to 3 brand new North Bank Condo towers in terms of units.

    in reply to: New 11-Story Office Building in The Short North #1101978
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    @ Walker – have you or staffers been able to find out any of the details from this past Thursday’s VVC presentation on this project?

    The City, is slow at putting the minutes of the meetings on their website and we never get visuals.

    Re the minutes question, because I’ve pestered the city about it before :)
    The minutes have to be approved before they can be posted, a process which always happens at the beginning of the next month’s iteration.

    I haven’t heard if the IVC or VVC already do this and not sure who to ask but I signed up for a GVC monthly email that includes the agenda and corresponding images for any proposals.

    in reply to: COTA Transit System Redesign – News & Discussion #1101976
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Ned23 wrote:</div>
    I don’t know that I like the idea of a city that looks down its nose at the poor. We should be more accepting.

    +1

    It’s also 100% ignorant to think that only poor people or those with mental illnesses take public transportation.

    It would be better to have an informed and adult conversation on this topic rather than trotting out stereotypes and condescending blanket statements.

    ^+1 more… As a bus riding urban enthusiast I may have my moments but still under-qualified for crazy title.

    The redesign IMO will promote much better connectivity and inclusion… Chances are good if you arrive downtown via bus you already know what you’re doing when it comes to public transit but if not, you’d now be able to hop off at one of the user-friendly terminals in order to transfer or end the trip. Much simpler and better usability since they are staffed much of the day in case of questions and recently remodeled with new lighting, pay kiosks, route information, etc.

    For those who are already around downtown and have never taken a bus it might make the experience a little less intimidating if there aren’t 14 buses all in a row lined up on High St… e.g. “Do I wait for the bus to pull up to the stop or do I walk down or how am I supposed to read this schedule on the stop wall?” Adding the concept of transit terminals or “stations” can go quite a ways too with intimidation level; much more of a common concept in larger cities.

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