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July 30, 2014 1:25 pm at 1:25 pm in reply to: New Crest Gastropub & Alchemy Juice Bar on Parsons Avenue #1032384
For what it is worth, NCH has announced plans for an office building on the SE corner of Parsons & Livingston. This would supposedly fill in the lot in front of the parking garage and somewhat mitigate the dead zone created by the garage.
And, with all the unused retail space along Parson, I’m not sure what creating more space would accomplish.
I don’t see where they’re getting the impression that a casual poll of the aging demographics of the Dispatch readership creates a definitive answer about anything on any topic.
This comment is disingenuous. CU ran a reader’s poll on the best of this and that in CMH in 2013, and presented the results as definitive. How is what the Big D is doing with their poll somehow different?
And, for all I know, some of the people staying in these places are more-or-less permanent (not transient) residents,…i.e., housing for the low-income. Is that what makes these hotels undesirable?
This place does seem to be a graveyard for bars and eateries. Softball season is far off and Westie’s is nearby.January 16, 2014 5:26 pm at 5:26 pm in reply to: Nationwide Children's Hospital – News & Discussion #458102
To the point in your last paragraph, about workers exiting the area post-shift, I think you are mostly correct. However, the placement of a gym near enough to the hospital to make a pre or post-shift workout feasible and convenient may be an inspired choice.
And in the spirit of full disclosure, I do work at NCH. Unfortunately, I repeatedly hear from staff, families and other folks there how ‘scary’ the neighborhood is around the hospital.January 16, 2014 4:41 pm at 4:41 pm in reply to: Nationwide Children's Hospital – News & Discussion #458097
So, what’s your verdict? What’s been removed and what’s been built ? Weigh the good/bad,..where does NCH come out?January 16, 2014 3:34 pm at 3:34 pm in reply to: New 3-Story Gym/Restaurant Building at Parsons & Livingston #553534
I do,…I like it even more when I don’t have to look across a parking lot to see it.January 16, 2014 3:33 pm at 3:33 pm in reply to: Nationwide Children's Hospital – News & Discussion #458095
Hospital’s rarely make the best of neighbors (see Jane Jacob’s discussion in her seminal work). NCH has a mixed record in the neighborhood. However, a complete discussion would include the effect of cutting I-70 through the area decades ago. NCH is not the only player in the part of town.January 8, 2014 3:26 pm at 3:26 pm in reply to: Cheap place for a haircut in the Short North or Grandview. #557573
If it’s a 1/2 guard short all over, buy a hand mirror and cut it yourself,….
I know Kemba has all that. Been happy with the service and convenience of banking there.October 25, 2013 5:27 pm at 5:27 pm in reply to: New 3-Story Gym/Restaurant Building at Parsons & Livingston #553520
As a neighborhood resident and a NCH employee, I think the P&L development is a mixed bag.
The vehicular traffic volume in the area is growing. A planned dedicated ramp off I-70 to the hospital will also change traffic patterns around there. I’m not sure adding several apartments would be welcome due to more traffic.
There seems to be an imbalance between pedestrian needs and automobile needs, with a tilt toward vehicles. An additional traffic signal is going in at Heyl & Livingston, to facilitate pedestrians passing between the parking garage and the main hospital. Slight advantage pedestrians.
My husband’s primary concern is safety. I.e. does it feel safe walking around in the day time? Coming in from your car at night? The address we’re looking at is 316 Sheldon, a decent few blocks from Parsons. We currently live in Schumacher, and we expect that any city location will come with some petty theft (garages, broken car windows if you leave valuables in there.)
Never any issues during the day, and not really at night either.
There are a noticeable number of what I’ll call ‘downwardly mobile’ individuals walking between HIgh and Parsons and trash picking in the alley in the day. And some folks who appear to have been drinking in the evening–but that mostly means some loud talk and laughter.
In 10 years, we’ve had one attempted garage break-in. More common issue seems to be illegal furniture/trash dumping in the alley and cars being abandoned on the streets.
Have lived on the north end of MVL for several years. As previous posters have noted, amenities are more scattered than along a strip in the area. Hal & Als, Explorer’s Club, the Thurman Avenue eateries, Dan’s Drive In, and , soon, The Red Brick Tap & Grill all good, but all over the place. Very walkable, reasonably friendly, affordable.
Sheldon Ave is probably low traffic because it doesn’t cut through to High Street.
You probably already know about it, but the Merion Village Festival is this Sunday in Moeller Park. Should be lots of neighborhood folks to chat up. If they’re offering tours of St. Leo’s, stroll through. The stain glass is gorgeous.
Teck’s Barbershop, 13th Ave, Campus—not a revival of the old school barbershop, the real deal, been in business since the 1930s—4 chairs, no appointments, collegiate haircuts
Barber House, Clintonville–one chair, appointment only, but Gerilyn does a great job and you have the place to yourself, if she’s accepting new clients
Old Familiar—been there 2x, good cuts, but did get the sense I was getting hustled out of the chair
I can’t speak to the specific establishments you mention, and I didn’t want to name names, because I was making a more general point.
The point being: as a patron I want to feel my business is appreciated and one of the ways I determine that is the service I receive. I know running a small business is challenging, but I would hope some thought and yes, money, goes into training staff and paying them fairly.
A ‘build it, and they will come’ attitude isn’t enough. BEing locally owned is an advantage in attracting my dollars, but I only have so many, and I take them where I think they are best spent.