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  • in reply to: 3C Passenger Rail Project – News & Updates #347408

    Parker
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    Actually, the Chinese government IS all over rail building. A friend of mine living in Kunming, Yunnan Province, said they are going to be building rail to connect all the cities, many of them bullet trains. But, they are also planning a lot of highways too.

    I think the time and expense (ticket prices) are major concerns. The plan is to eventually ramp the rail system up to high speed rail, but why not do it now? As for the number of people without cars – look to Greyhound. They run a lot of business between Ohio cities, and it takes a lot more time for many of those runs.

    in reply to: Schottenstein Integrated Food and Energy Research Park #332022

    Parker
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    Sounds great to me!

    in reply to: Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board #299409

    Parker
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    This has been raised before, and I will raise it again: When has corporate agriculture EVER asked to be regulated? The answer is never. So why now?

    I am suspicious. Should any industry be given exemption from law and a constitutional provision to self-regulate? While rhetoric on both sides is often hyperbolic, much of the proponent rhetoric is very misleading. For example:

    Misleader #1: Most farmers benefiting from this issue are NOT growing local foods as the rest of us see it, they are misleading voters. Local foods are those grown and sold locally (within 100-150 miles) most often by small and medium farms, not one with 1.2 million chickens under 4 roofs.

    The reality is that corporate agriculture is moving into Ohio in large numbers, like they did Iowa in the 1990s with swine, and wants to continue their ability to operate with minimal regulation regardless of how their operations affect property values in the communities they move to and the quality of life of those rural residents (low pay work, flies, odor, water pollution etc). I’ve worked for the state in Ag and have been to many CAFOs. They are not pretty and pose serious environmental risks.

    Misleader #2: PETA and the Humane Society will ban farmers from raising meat, milk and eggs. The reality is that California voters decided that twelve chickens in a 2 feet square cage was inhumane, that an animal, even ones we eat, should have a minimal standard of care that allows them to move around and spread their wings if they have them. Nothing more. I still have plans to eat my turkey dinner on Thanksgiving and have a Christmas ham, all from a local farm near Columbus.

    There is a genuine fear in the agricultural community that some lefty boogie-man is going to outlaw animal agriculture in Ohio. Given how easy it is to create hysteria, this is understandable. We need to have affordable food; however a constitutional amendment is NOT the way to go forward. It’s a poor use of our legal system and will restrict future rights of Ohioans to govern themselves. That said, it will also offer NO guarantees that lefty boogie-men will not come and work towards restrictions on animal agriculture.

    As I read and think about the proposal, is it the right or reasonable approach? Is it going to accomplish the stated goals?

    in reply to: Next “up and coming area” in C-Bus #311460

    Parker
    Participant

    Snarf wrote >>
    “up and coming” has jumped the shark.

    Way to put it – very true. “Up an coming” has brought us to a Fonzerelli moment.

    in reply to: Next “up and coming area” in C-Bus #311437

    Parker
    Participant

    I think OTE has a lot of challenges as mentioned before. Mainly, the sheer size of many of its grandest houses makes is prohibitive for most to renovate. Those with that kind of cash tend to move to safer, more established areas. KLD has a lot of potential, but as Walker points out, it really should be talked about more in terms of enclaves or sub neighborhoods since there are some areas that are rising, and others not. It’s a block by block, street by street effort. In FTON west of the hospital, you see the new Home Again houses along with some long term residents improving their properties. Martin Ave. to the west of Mt. Carmel is like the ‘burbs compared to areas north of Broad. And that’s the key – north of Broad is a whole other world in FTON. I wouldn’t diss the government programs that have renovated these areas either. It takes time to make community and just as some areas have risen because of business investment, homeowners can do the same thing but often lack the organization to get momentum going, plus the resistance from the “old timers” to the newcomers is not as common for new business owners as for new home owners (one potentially offers jobs, shopping options while the latter may be held in suspicion because of real and perceived value differences).

    I’m not saying FTON is up and coming, yet. I think that’s a long way off. We’ve got too may absentee landlords and rundown multifamily housing. Too many years of redlining because of the flood plain, not to mention the way the highways carve it apart. I’m also not an advocate for single-family-only housing. One way for the well-heeled to learn about and understand the plight of the less well-heeled, and act on it, is to live in proximity to them and interact. People of less means can, and will take care of property.

    Good points on the Hilltop – it’s pretty far out from another community that is rising for it to move to fast either. Both FTON and HT have some problems in that respect. As far as East FTON, I wouldn’t hold your breath for a real residential revival – most of that area is abandoned brownfield that will take a good chunk of EPA funds and a lot of corporate cash to revitalize (and it will happen, I just can’t see a lot of residential there outside of condos). Or, it’s owned by big developers.

    None of these areas will be up and coming until you get a good batch of people with children there to make a real neighborhood where the amenities are family centered and not just fancy studios or ironic tee-shirt shops. Whether parents are opposite or same sex does not matter, but having children with a real investment in the community is important. The reality is that a city the size of C-bus only “needs” a few uber-trendy neighborhoods, the rest of us need nice places to just live and we can visit those others when we want. Until then, I think there will be little change in the quality of the schools, and by extension the quality of the neighborhood.

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