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  • in reply to: How should I handle constant car break ins? #1100716
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    +1 Nancy!
    It only took one lesson of having a $600 window busted out in my old Rover to just start leaving the doors unlocked and not leaving anything of value inside. After one or two more rummages the perp gave up and never had a problem again. Oddly enough, the singular item that they never bothered to take was a Best of Simon & Garfunkel CD… if they would have only taken that and listened maybe they would’ve turned their backs on a life of crime, haha

    in reply to: More condos coming to the Arena District #1100715
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Maybe the parking garage will stretch the footprint but be built with infrastructure to add another tower at some point in the future?

    in reply to: More condos coming to the Arena District #1100597
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Plans finally announced! Let the height complaints begin, looks like we’re only getting 12 stories
    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2015/11/05/nationwide-realty-going-forward-with-34m-12-story.html

    in reply to: New 11-Story Office Building in The Short North #1100585
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    in reply to: The Brunner – 5-Story Mixed-Use Building Proposed in Short North #1100387
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    This passed muster, demo work to begin on 930 & 940 buildings in December
    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2015/11/03/developer-gets-ok-to-build-short-north-apartment.html

    in reply to: 2015 Election – Voter Turnout, Results & Discussion #1100235
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Schiller Park was moderately busy although didn’t have to wait more than a few minutes.

    in reply to: Columbus: Get ready for the Tall North #1100217
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>lazyfish wrote:</div>
    Views of Downtown…

    …There are parts of High St. now south of 4th? or 3rd that feel like being in a canyon, one must strain to find the sky. From 7-11 stories up, the character of the surrounding blocks is greatly impacted…

    So it sounds like you’re saying tall buildings are great when viewed from a distance, but not up close?

    Other than a couple of narrow alleyways, there’s nowhere Downtown where one must “strain to find the sky”.

    And even in the Short North, thanks to upper story setbacks and street trees, there isn’t a single place where I get that impression nor even notice towering buildings (the exception being Bollinger but that predates this discussion).

    in reply to: Columbus: Get ready for the Tall North #1100185
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>CB_downtowner wrote:</div>
    Ugh. So developers want to build tall and our commissioners are telling them to think lower? Ugh.

    This isn’t downtown, this is the Short North. This isn’t the place for Skyscrapers. It’s a historic neighborhood.

    At some point, and likely already for many outside of 270, a trip to “downtown” implies any of the urban neighborhoods. High St. has always been a commercial corridor, I don’t see the detriment of infill where a 4 or 5 story commercial building likely stood 100 years ago but was shortsightedly torn down in the 50’s or 60’s to make way for an auto repair shop… All that’s happening now is creative rebuilding imo.

    Alas, so much parking drama could have been avoided through bolder transit planning long ago.

    I have no problems with Developers thinking a bit taller than the historic structures that are there, but to do so in a way that is disruptive to the character of the neighborhood is bad. 11 story structures that run up against peoples backyards, and 3 story structures make no sense.

    Requiring developers to use landscaping and appealing 1st-3rd floor design approaches should make for much better views than an overgrown and unkept surface parking lot.

    in reply to: Brewery District 6 story self-storage #1100152
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Not extremely exciting, but always good to see another parking lot disappear in that area.

    I often wonder (every time I go to Kroger) when Grange will decide to develop their big 4 acre parking lot at the SW corner of Bank & Sycamore, in between Brewers Yard Apartments and Kroger. I believe they only use it for employee parking by day and public parking on nights and weekends, but it could absolutely be worth so much more if developed into a garage-office-commericial-residential building. Higher up floors would have great views looking north into Downtown and west toward the Audubon and river, while residents would highly value having the Brewer’s Yard Kroger a mere 30-second walk away.

    +1
    Throw in a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks to the Audubon too!

    in reply to: 12-story, 170-room Hilton Garden Inn Proposed Downtown #1098239
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>jdneer wrote:</div>
    I take it none of you live in this area… my condo is right behind this proposed 12 stories… my northerly view is officially gone when this built. Couldn’t have bought this a worse time. There goes my investment.

    This project has been discussed publicly since January:

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/renderings-unveiled-for-new-12-story-downtown-hotel

    While your view will certainly change, I’d hold off on assuming that the value of your condo will drop. Additional visitors at a hotel Downtown will bring more business, more development and more value. Which should be good for your investment.

    I don’t mean for this to sound unsympathetic but unless there are deed restrictions it seems presumptuous in any downtown to assume there will not be future development. That was the first question I asked the rep at The Julian development during the 2014 Urban Living Tour, with regard to the big parking lot across Front St. and the river views.

    in reply to: 640 W Nationwide Mixed Use Development #1098233
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    in reply to: 12-story, 170-room Hilton Garden Inn Proposed Downtown #1098230
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Plans, which include demo of the existing building, were approved – http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/10/20/Luxury-hotel-planned-for-Downtown.html

    in reply to: Sim Downtown Columbus #1097257
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    …1) Rebuilding the Holiday Inn bounded by Town and 4th. Entirely set back from the street, surrounded by surface parking and a fence, this hotel is just one block over from the thriving 16-bit block of 4th street, and the growing retail presence on Main Street. But this hotel has nominal interaction with the street, and contributes to a lull on 4th Street where there could be the opposite.

    I remember reading someplace in the past couple months that the original pre-recession plans approved for exterior improvements were finally moving forward soon. None really addressed the street presence but did add some vibrancy through more engaging signage on the bleak western wall.

    in reply to: The Madisons Building Downtown #1097232
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Phase 1 also includes the demo of the old Experience Columbus building at 90 N High to accommodate the shifted alley/walkway. Excellent foresight from the Dtown commission many years ago when they refused to let The Atrium project at 106 N High punch out windows on the south side of their building, we likely wouldn’t have a proposed 12 story project next door if the request had been approved.

    in reply to: COTA – Updates in 2014 #1097072
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    PBS Newshour ran an excellent piece tonight on Houston’s recent switch from a radial/spokes & hub system to a grid system, very similar to COTA’s concept. They interviewed a long time rider who was active in the planning and to that she said “if you’re not at the table then you’re going to be on the menu.” What a great inspiration!!

    Starts at 18:14 http://video.pbs.org/video/2365581196/

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