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  • in reply to: COTA Transit System Redesign – News & Discussion #1101975
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Most of the parking g on Front Street goes away, I assume? They’ll probably need to put in a concrete diamond lane.

    As someone with a bus pass, I use the high street lines to go north more often than I use the CBUS. A COTA bus usually shows up sooner than a CBUS. I’m not sure how sharing Front St. with the CBUS is going to improve CBUS’ speed.

    No reason why the existing CBUS and/or Express stops on Front couldn’t be used, no impact on parking as Front already has restrictions during rush hour, similar to High.

    The CBUS runs on set intervals that reset on the northbound leg at Front & Sycamore so they’re about as prompt as possible on Front St, really no impact to the CBUS.

    Local lines added to Front would no longer have to compete with the High St. queue, speeding those up while doing the same for the lines that stay on High because of the decrease.

    in reply to: COTA Transit System Redesign – News & Discussion #1101915
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Quite a bit of info on an earlier thread, http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/cota-updates-in-2014. COTA has been seeking public input for a while now on the redesign. You may want to re-read some of the details as to what routes are moving where and with what frequency, eliminating route redundancy doesn’t mean a decrease in service. The High St. corridor actually improves.

    As an avid rider, and at times an even harsher critic, I have to throw COTA a bone with the redesign. There’s a good chance you could out-walk any bus on High St. during rush hour because they get so jammed up by one another in the the bus lanes; spreading that out means faster overall service and personally I’d rather catch a bus on 3rd or Front if it meant less time sitting on one that hasn’t moved more than a block in 15 minutes on High St.

    In many spots if you wanted to transfer to a line on the other side of High it’s equidistant to Front St but if it is a little longer of a walk it might make a dent in our nth fattest city in America title. Better use of the north and south terminals for transfer points seems like another huge perk – you would only have to walk 10 ft from one bus to another and not even have concern about the other stops downtown.

    IMO you’re jumping to more than a few hugely false assumptions re bus stops, safety, distances, Front. St., downtown living, etc. The rowdiest line (CBUS on a weekend) already stops every couple blocks on Front without issue and besides that I don’t know who would’ve ever moved to The Annex under the guise that it was a quiet residential area, typically its the opposite, people moved there to be closer to activity and vibrancy.

    in reply to: Columbus Apartment Rental Market Getting More Expensive #1101890
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    ^Good points Walker… Those made the headlines though because they were seen as so unique, having more mass-produced 3k/month rentals still struck me as a bigger fete for the city’s evolution. And more importantly I hope the suburban masses and/or critics take note that there is 100% absorption downtown at higher price points.

    in reply to: Columbus Apartment Rental Market Getting More Expensive #1101878
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Wow, we’ve crossed the $3k/month threshold for rent thanks to The Julian, 250 High, and The Fireproof. A testament to the demand, each of those units has been leased.

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/home_and_garden/2015/11/15/high-end-indeed.html

    in reply to: Columbus PD blames pedestrians for getting hit by cars #1101385
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    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.

    I wish the CPD had that mentality with the red light cameras… It would’ve saved me from a $95 rolling-right-on-red ticket at Main & 4th a few years ago.

    in reply to: Bike Lanes on Summit and Fourth #1101349
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    The first .gov result on the page brought me there, not too mention any of the 4 links ahead of it. I took the few extra seconds to actually click on each instead of relying on the text preview for my answers too. Serious big boy communication skills at work, or interweb detective work, either way it wasn’t difficult info to find.

    in reply to: Bike Lanes on Summit and Fourth #1101336
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    seriously, the point is communication…those stakes pounded into the ground 2 weeks ago were gone 1-2 days later, there have been no mailings, no communication, SOP for the City Department of Transportation. If you want your project to succeed, why not encourage communication with the neighbors and let us know some simple shit, like timelines, scope of work and rules of the road. If you wanna be a big boy city you gotta use your big boy communication skills…

    That’s a two way street, lol…
    Couldn’t help myself http://bfy.tw/2j9z

    in reply to: Bike Lanes on Summit and Fourth #1101323
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Nancy H wrote:</div>
    Only place that seems to have good info and regular updates is at pavingtheway.org.

    Paving the Way is a partnership of the City of Columbus, ODOT, MORPC and the Federal Highway Administration. But they keep it well hidden on its own website. The City’s website should have links to it from lots of areas, but they don’t.

    yeah things are starting to get ridiculous, traffic cones still up, in most cases blocking bike lane access to the intersections, about 1/2 of bikes not in the new lanes, bus stopping makes the road 1 lane, really wish the City and Traffic and Engineering did a better job communicating with impacted residents. Tomorrow the east parking lane of Summit will be closed for some purpose (more painting of pavement?) and there will be no parking either side of Summit, should be a profitable day at the impound lot.

    Those parking alert stakes with the details pounded into the ground every twenty feet along the curb a week or two ahead of the planned closure should make the situation pretty obvious. Beyond that, I’d imagine the City did reach out to property owners however I wonder how much of that info is passed on to tenants if it’s a rental. Maybe they also mailed flyers to each residence too.

    in reply to: The Scioto Greenways Riverfront Redevelopment #1101280
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    Besides the deer scattered about, this is the only announcement I’ve heard to-date:

    Pretty slick new visual element for the riverfront, not too impressed with the big ‘Merica example they highlight in the article but another example gives does better job showing the effect.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2015/03/26/first-look-led-light-display-coming-to-scioto.html?ana=twt

    The lights can be programmed to display different colors, designs and even animations that could be part of the many events held along the riverfront such as Red White & Boom, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Director Alan McKnight told commission members.

    genoa park riverfront

    in reply to: The Scioto Greenways Riverfront Redevelopment #1101247
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    I haven’t updated the album in a couple years but was taking progress shots in the early days of the project – http://s31.photobucket.com/user/jpunkster/library/River%20progress – if anyone wants a quick point of reference.
    What an incredible difference!

    in reply to: Bike Lanes on Summit and Fourth #1100960
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    I am not at all aware of the plans on the Summit/3rd overpass to Downtown… When I first moved to Columbus I had a horrifying experience on the overpass with the merges and exits.

    Whats the plan? Are bikes directed back onto High or over to Cleveland Ave.?

    From another thread – http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/where-would-you-put-12-miles-of-bike-lanes-downtown/page/18

    From the University Area Commission’s meeting (thanks @heresthecasey for the link) – a mega PDF containing the bike lane scheme from Hudson all the way through downtown. Not sure what some of the symbols and icons represent at a few spots but will do some googling.

    http://universityarea.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Summit-3rdSt-4thSt_Repaving-MapsCompiled.pdf

    Hudson & Summit/4th<br>

    5th & Summit/4th<br>

    670 & Summit(3rd)/4th<br>

    Spring & 3rd/4th<br>

    in reply to: Redevelopment of Barrett School Building in Merion Village #1100760
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    Great update on Barrett, including pricing. Delivery for apartments set for next summer followed by homes in 2017.

    The transformation of the 1896 school, 345 E. Deshler Ave., will be accompanied by the construction of another 52 one- and two-bedroom apartments on the school’s former playground area. The $17 million undertaking is expected to be finished next summer. Apartment prices in the school and the new-builds start at $899 for one bedroom and $1,299 for two bedrooms.

    That first phase will be followed by the construction of 22 single-family homes on the former ballfields just to the east of the school, which will range from 1,700 to 2,000 square feet with two-car garages. Prices will be in the $350,000 range and the homes are expected to be ready by summer 2017.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2015/11/historic-columbus-school-becoming-luxury.html

    in reply to: LC Matan Apartment Project #1100752
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    I just wonder why it would be marked ‘future development’ if they did not already know that is was going to be developed. Otherwise why mark it as such? It could just be left as is as a parking lot…unless they know otherwise? Maybe I am reading too much into it. But I certainly do hope it is developed as the blank wall will not be the most attractive thing in the world, you know?

    The same entity that owns the existing building owns the parking lot… It would be a prime foot print and location to throw in a mid-to-highrise tower!

    in reply to: LC Matan Apartment Project #1100742
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    I think the blank wall has something to do with building code – because there could be future development on the parking lot/adjoining parcel that would abut the LC project, regardless of who that developer may be. This goes back to the reason why the 106 Lofts building wasn’t allowed to punch out windows on the south side wall of that building, it would impede upon future tall development.
    matan

    Revised aerial :)
    riversouth matan lc

    in reply to: LC Matan Apartment Project #1100723
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    Thanks Eridony, you’re right… I checked the auditor’s site and the building and newer parking lot from the pic are not included in the 261 S Front parcel block.

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