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"Prudence tells you rather than force things onto the market, understand you've got to sit on things longer," he said. "Like the wave crashing over me, I'm not going to fight it, I'm going to relax and let the wave wash over me."
This Zen-like attitude is fostered by one fact that he strives to remind himself of: There aren't enough homes to meet the projected needs of a growing population. Equally important from the perspective of Wilson Meany is that demographic trends, environmental concerns and shifting tastes mean more and more of these people want to live in cities.
"It's the sense of touch....What?....In a real city you walk....you know....You brush past pople. People bump into you. In LA, nobody touches you....always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much that we crash into each other just so that we can feel something."
Be it resolved by the people of the City of Cincinnati that a new Article XVI of the Charter is hereby added as follows: The City, and its various Boards and Commissions, may not spend any monies for right-of-way acquisition or construction of improvements for passenger rail transportation (e.g., a trolley or streetcar) within the city limits without first submitting the question of approval of such expenditure to a vote of the electorate of the City and receiving a majority affirmative vote for the same.Why pick on passenger rail specifically? Why not a Charter Ammendment to stop road widening? Maybe the funding of SORTA should be subject to a popular vote?
...The economic revitalization of Newport has occurred through property value changes in HOPE VI and non-HOPE VI neighborhoods. The HOPE VI areas have experienced a higher appreciation in property value than those in non-historic and non-HOPE VI areas. Historic Preservation districts have had the largest increase in property values.
...Newport received a big assist from Cincinnati by reinvigorating downtown Cincinnati through the development of new museums and professional sports stadiums for the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals.
In this city the pedestrian comes first.Watch the video now while it is free, because the older episodes must be purchased.
...millions of avoided auto miles.
(the streetcar can be installed) a block a week...
We'll see many times that people will be taking the trolley, and they'll get off at this stop because they see my store.
We are a one car family with kids and we couldn't do that in most other cities.
I hear all the time that people are different in Portland. Look, the only thing different about Portland is that we've put enough of this stuff in place that people have a choice...
Queen City Bike Polar Bear Ride - January 3, 2009 @ 10:30 AM
One loop around the Winton Woods Bike Trail (approximately 2 miles) wearing the minimum amount of clothing that is legally allowed; shorts for guys, shorts and sports bra for gals. Gloves and booties will be permitted, and a helmet is required. Weather will NOT cancel this ride! Meet in the main parking lot by the Harbor...
Family Sunday, December 28, 1-4 pm
Winter Arts, Find Your Winter Self
The sights and sounds of winter inspire us to paint glittering landscapes of snow and ice castles, caroling and merrymaking under a warm fire's glow, dancing snow people with bright orange carrot-shaped noses and candy-cane fences around gingerbread houses.
Discover creative winter art activities when you spend Family Sunday exploring winter adventures with the arts.
Family Sunday is where CAC families use current and upcoming exhibitions to inspire learning and creativity through guided artmaking activities. This program is designed for children ages 5-105.
Members: Free. Nonmembers: CAC Admission
...the per-capita carbon dioxide emissions of American cities are almost twice as high as those of their European counterparts. ... European cities are denser and more compact, homes are smaller, and people rely to a far greater extent on mass transit.
...technologies have always had unintended consequences. Streetcars, for example, which replaced horse-drawn omnibuses and were not only faster but considerably cleaner, also encouraged suburban growth, enabled commercial strips to develop along rights of way, and created amusement parks (Coney Island in New York, Natatorium Park in Spokane, Wash.) as end-of-line destinations.
...Americans' rapid change in driving habits during the gas-price run-up of summer 2008 suggests that people can quickly alter the ways they behave: driving less, walking more, turning down the thermostat, turning off the lights. Yes, we should eventually change the way we build and plan cities, but it might be more effective in the short run to change the way we live in them...
By Witold Rybczynski
...The new law would change that, requiring just 5 feet of side setback and 18 inches of rear setback for coops and hives. But there are new constraints too: The law would limit the number of chickens to one per 800 square feet of property (that's six chickens for the average 4,800-square-foot lot) and one beehive per 2,400 square feet. Roosters would get the boot completely unless you've got a full acre. ("It's not gender discrimination," says Brown. "They tend to be noisier than their female colleagues.")
Perhaps the most contentious changes: licensing and building department requirements, lot diagramming and new fees to pay for the added oversight. Brown says, however, that if coops are kept smaller than 8 feet high and 30 feet square, building fees can be waived. But there still would be a permit fee of around $40.
The ...300-mile Milan-Rome route... in three hours and 30 minutes 18 times a day. (speeds up to 186 mph)
...one-way ticket can cost around euro67 ($90.52), while an airline trip is at least euro90 ($121.59) and driving can cost some euro85 ($114.84) in gas and toll charges.
Italian Railway ... aims to snag 60 percent of the 3.7 million passengers who fly the route every year.
...they won't really start taking a bite out of air travelers until the time gets under three hours. Attainment of that goal is expected at the end of 2010 when the track between Florence and Bologna is improved to shorten that leg to 30 minutes.
The Spanish railway's high-speed service from Madrid to Barcelona took off in February, going after a chunk of Europe's busiest air route, which registered 4.7 million passengers in 2006.
The 400-mile trip by rail takes two hours and 38 minutes — well under the three-hour benchmark for attracting frequent fliers...
There have been countless times when the corner (liquor) store has come to the rescue, like recently, when I got a call from a gorgeous girl I had been trying to kick it with. "Let's go to the movies," she said. As I was about to walk out the door, I glanced in the mirror. I had been wearing that same black hoodie, flipped back beanie, and old white T for way too long. I needed to step it up, and fast.
A quick walk around the corner elevated my clothing game to a new peak, with enough time to pick up my beautiful date, get my popcorn, and find a seat all the way in the back of the pitch-black theater.
“If I could plan Brasilia all over again,… there’d be extra apartment buildings and schools and shops. And I’d do without all the wide streets with all the cars. People would be able to walk everywhere.”- in Architectural Record
As unemployment heads toward double digits, we can use this found money to encourage people to create jobs (by lowering the FICA tax), or we can use it to encourage people to use more gasoline. It's a pretty easy choice, don't you think?
...As painful as the decline has been, history suggests home values still may have a long way to drop and may take decades to return to the heights of 2½ years ago.Read the whole article here.
... values nationally have tumbled an average of 19% from their peak. As bad as that is, prices would need to fall as least 17% more to reach their traditional relationship to household income...
...the typical existing home was worth roughly the same in 2000 as it was in 1950, after adjusting for inflation,...From 2002 to 2006, houses went from being a tortoise to a hare in the investment world...
...Home values floated at about three times average household income from 1950 to 2000. In 2006, the average household income was $66,500. Under the traditional model, home prices should have been about $200,000. Instead, the typical home sold for $301,000.
...a homeless advocate, runs a controversial program in Miami that helps families squat in homes vacated because of bank foreclosures. Using Internet listings and a team of volunteers, Rameau and his Take Back the Land foundation matches homeless families with empty homes.
...he doesn't choose homeless residents with severe problems. Families selected for squatting are required to pay to turn on the electricity and water, he says. The family lives in the house until they save enough to move into another home or until the owners show up with police and force them out — whichever comes first, he says.
Advocates in Cleveland are trying to use city money to buy abandoned homes and rent them to the homeless...
Members of the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus serenade shoppers for Caroling in the Quarter as they go from shop to shop, including Park + Vine, starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Shopping runs until 9 p.m. and then the fun continues into the night ... at Below Zero Lounge.
Contemporary Arts Center: Good Design. Unique Gifts. Fabulous Artists. Great Festivities.
Come and enjoy a festive shopping experience as well as a wine and cheese reception with music and first-hand insights from Good Design artisans who will be on site to talk about their work.
Christian Strike and Matt Distel of Iconoclast Editions will be on hand to discuss editions and new Iconoclast projects including the launch of the CAC's new Iconoclast Kiosk designed by Cincinnati artist Chris Vorhees. Shop limited edition art from local artisans Sandra Gross and Kelli Gleiner who will be available for an open dialogue as well as Maya Drozdz and Micheal Stout of VisualLingual.
Night Lights at the Cincinnati Observatory
December 14, from 6:30-9pm
Join us for the 33rd year of this Mount Lookout tradition. As the neighborhood lights up the streets, the Cincinnati Observatory will open its buildings and telescopes for the general public. Cruise from Mount Lookout Square to the Observatory for carolers, stargazing, a gift shop, and hot drinks.
Perfect for all ages.
No reservations required. For more information call 513-321-5186.
...the National Park Service estimates that two-thirds of Americans cannot see the Milky Way from their homes.
...The cause of this stellar pall? Carelessly designed streetlamp fixtures, signs, and office lighting controls that pointlessly illuminate the sky, blocking our view of the universe.
...It would be one thing if all this light contributed to public safety, that is, if the illumination actually reduced the chances of a nighttime collision or mugging. But many of our light fixtures cast light sideways and upwards, temporarily blinding us and creating dark spots that we could otherwise see into. ... our light fixtures tend to create “glare bombs” that obscure as much as they illuminate.
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"It's minivan and SUV central out here,"...she discussed school enrollment trends - a steady increase of 300 to 400 students each year until a drop-off this fall...Note the "drop-off this fall". Also note the almost complete stop in construction of new homes. Also note the falling value of those homes. None of this is mentioned, because that is new news, not old news, and apparently the Enquirer is only interested in reporting old news...
"The modern person who tattoos himself is either a criminal or a degenerate, ...people with tattoos not in prison are either latent criminals or degenerate aristocrats.
...lack of ornamentation is a sign of intellectual strength."
Sparking anger among architects, Andres Duany flew in from America and yesterday unveiled a 64-point litany of mistakes made by British architects and planners over the last 50 years.
"Only architecture, confusing itself with fashion as a platform for cultural expression, continues to be avant garde, heedless of its cost overruns, social and technical dysfunction and widespread lack of popularity."