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  • in reply to: Why Urbanism Is Considered to be ‘Liberal’ #1102890

    Matt Boyd
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    [quote=1102880]

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Matt Boyd wrote:</div>
    It’s not like wage stagnation suddenly went away.

    Locally, it has:

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/columbus-ranks-1-in-wage-growth-in-the-us

    Awesome for Columbus that it’s year-over-year average hour wage has increased more than in other parts of the country, but that does not balance out 40 years of wage stagnation. The only reason that 6.2% wage growth does anything meaningful for anyone is because the Fed is artificially holding down inflation.

    in reply to: Why Urbanism Is Considered to be ‘Liberal’ #1102876

    Matt Boyd
    Participant

    [quote=1102599]

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Matt Boyd wrote:</div>
    The fact of the matter is that we still have a national economy almost entirely based on construction and credit markets…

    That may not entirely be true…

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/whats-different-about-the-latest-housing-boom

    [/quote]

    I think it is “not as precarious” (as stated in the article) because sketchy loans are not being made to lower-to-middle income people. The people buying into these new developments have a more firm financial foundation. They don’t not need as much credit assistance to make the purchase, true. However, I think much of the US economy is still founded on the construction of new dwellings, purchasing items for those new dwellings (refrigerators, Home Depot stuff, and decorating), and a general consumer confidence resulting from a returned sense that their home values will continue to rise thus the willingness to return to spending and increasing their general level of carried credit. It’s not like wage stagnation suddenly went away. The economy is steadily “growing” and the only way for that to happen is through increased carried credit and people spending the cash they have been saving for the past 7-8 years.

    So what do you need to get this financial mechanism back into action? A new sales pitch to a new demographic of buyers.

    in reply to: Why Urbanism Is Considered to be ‘Liberal’ #1102571

    Matt Boyd
    Participant

    Urbanism and Liberalism…. Anybody who does scientific studies and statistical analysis will tell you to be very careful. Just because there is correlation in the relationship does not necessarily mean there is any kind of causation in the relationship. Be careful not to draw conclusions that really aren’t there even if density is a great predictor liberalism, there may not be causation (in either direction).

    Also, as with most CU posts, the conversation has gotten a little helter skelter, but I would also like to add the opinion that the reason why only high dollar developments are being constructed (both urban and suburban) is because the credit markets have completely dried up for lower, lower-middle, and even middle class people. Only those who are very financially well established can get credit to make purchases such as new homes / condos. The developers know this, so that is who they are targeting. The sales pitch that has proven to resonate to both the young professional with no children and the downsizing empty-nester is the “Shangrilah of the new urban living environment”. The fact of the matter is that we still have a national economy almost entirely based on construction and credit markets and they needed to come up with a new sales pitch to re-energize the construction industry following the lower-to-middle income focused housing bubble collapse.

    in reply to: Who is "Legalize Ohio 2016?" #1100484

    Matt Boyd
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    It seems to me that Ohio should start with just medical. There is much broader support for that. After a couple years, there will probably be a few more (more progressive) states that have done full legalization and the federal government may also lighten up a bit after another four years. Then I think Ohio voters could be ready for full legalization.

    I think Issue 3 went for too much too quickly. This is still the conservative Midwest and they need to take things one step at a time.

    in reply to: Crosswoods Redevelopment Concepts #1085066

    Matt Boyd
    Participant

    I downloaded the full PDF presentation you linked in the Riverside thread. First off….what a presentation! Cool thing to look through…a lot of great work.

    They used outdated satellite imagery for the Crossroads area. Immediately east of the movie theater they show an open parking lot. This is now a multi-hundred unit apartment complex that was just completed last year. Also, where they are showing what was an abandoned restaurant and parking lot…it is currently under construction for even more suburban style apartment buildings. Both of these complexes make the grid street patterns impossible unless you demo the brand new construction projects.

    What they propose looks very nice.

    in reply to: Crosswoods Redevelopment Concepts #1085023

    Matt Boyd
    Participant

    However, the new access road over 270 would be awesome. That would make it extremely easy for me to bike to work.

    in reply to: Crosswoods Redevelopment Concepts #1085022

    Matt Boyd
    Participant

    There is active apartment building construction going on right now on a portion of this development concept plus a massive apartment building development that just completed last year. It would be impossible to do most of this proposed construction in light of what is actively going into this site.

    Not trying to be a Debbie Downer, but you would think they would be aware of what is actively being built on the site?

    in reply to: Ill Mannered Brewing Co in Powell #1084639

    Matt Boyd
    Participant

    I’ve been following them on Facebook and looking forward to the upcoming opening. It’s hardly more than 8 minutes from my house. Looking forward to making some autumn time beer & taco runs.

    in reply to: What's Your Favorite Beer? #1080462

    Matt Boyd
    Participant

    I was thinking this thread would rise to the top with Alpine coming to town. Anybody had any of their beers?

    Personally, I’m looking forward to trying my latest APA home brew that should be done carbonating in about 1 week.

    Malt: 2-row, Melanoidin Malt, Victory Malt, 20L Crystal, 40L Crystal, Cara-Pils
    Hops: Millennium (bittering), Centennial, Cascade, and Citra (late boil and dry hops)
    Yeast: WLP002
    4.75% ABV

    Should be a good one for hot summer days.

    in reply to: Jeni's recall #1080435

    Matt Boyd
    Participant

    Listen all y’all this is sabotage!!!!!!!

    in reply to: Crystal Pepsi #1080374

    Matt Boyd
    Participant

    Remember SNL’s Crystal Gravy spoof from that era? Good stuff.

    in reply to: BrewDog US Expansion #1080365

    Matt Boyd
    Participant

    I picked up a 22 oz. of Punk IPA at the Powell, OH Giant Eagle last night and thought it was really nice. I think it walks the line between what you might think of as a highly hopped American IPA and the British IPA style. Definitely hoppy, but without drowning out the malt flavors. I thought it was really well done.

    I’m looking forward to trying that Hardcore DIPA and see how far they went with the bitterness.

    What I’m really looking forward to is hopefully getting to try their modern versions of classic British style beers like brown ale, porter, ESB, and English mild.

    Would it have been great if they put the brewery inside I-270? Of course. It is still awesome that they are coming and it definitely raises the Columbus and Ohio reputation in the craft beer scene. I’m sure they will host one helluva opening day party as well as some nice Craft Beer Week events. Should be fun having them around.

    I’m hoping they host some homebrew competitions where winners get their beer on tap at the BrewDog pub for a month or something along those lines.

    in reply to: BrewDog US Expansion #1080090

    Matt Boyd
    Participant

    Obviously the needs of the brewery drove the decision on the location. The restaurant is a bit of an add-on after thought. I will probably only go out there when I have friends and family in town who want to go check it out. However, I am super excited to see a hugely expanded selection of their beers available in my local shops that should presumably be very fresh beer.

    in reply to: BrewDog US Expansion #1079990

    Matt Boyd
    Participant

    [quote=1079983]Does a 42 acre site preclude anything from the Downtown or Franklinton area? [/quote]

    i might be remembering it incorrectly, but didn’t it say 42 hectares?

    42 hectares is approximately 0.16 square miles which is just under 1/2 mile by 1/2 mile.

    Did I do all that right?

    in reply to: BrewDog US Expansion #1078349

    Matt Boyd
    Participant

    Pretty much the same City of Columbus team that was handling the Stone project is handling this one. On the distribution side, it seems like Columbus would be a no-brainer. It’s located within an 8 hour drive of many more urban areas than is Charleston, most notably Chicago. Plus, it is a little bit closer to the DC – Philadelphia – NYC – Boston corridor.

    However, if the City of Charleston or even the State of SC is willing to throw a bunch cash their way…you would think that would tip the scale.

    If it happens, awesome. If not…live & learn….make sure you get the next one.

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