Some photos from around Downtown Portland taken between September 24th and 27th.
I grabbed a few shots in Portland’s Lloyd District, including a few of the under-construction Hassalo on Eighth development.
In the third quarter of 2014, streetcar construction entered Cincinnati’s Central Business District (CBD). Crews also finished the major streetcar intersection (“Washington Park Junction”) at 12th and Race, finished rebuilding Elm Street with the original granite pavers, and finished building several of the streetcar stops in Over-the-Rhine.
Let the awesome letters-to-the-editor keep coming. This one is from Paul Haffner, a Mariemont resident and opponent of the Eastern Corridor highway expansion proposal. He has a very simple piece of advice for Clermont County residents who complain about their commute into Cincinnati: move closer, or stop complaining.
I need someone to now please enlighten me on what gives you the right to pave over my limited green space so you can have an easier commute for yourself or your goods to the urban core from which you have chosen to distance yourself? [...]
I personally think the absolute worst thing we can do as a region is encourage more people to live/work 20-plus miles outside the city. We need to continue to pursue policies that bring people into the urban core which I will loosely define as Hamilton County and Northern Kentucky. Population density is a good thing, and public transportation even better.
We all make choices in life and have to deal with the consequences. If you choose to live 45 minutes away from the city where you work so that you can pay lower taxes, have a bigger yard, or for some other reason that you see as advantageous, you also have to deal with the downsides that come along with that decision.
In what may be the best letter-to-the-editor that the Enquirer publishes all year, former judge Mark Painter rips apart the Hamilton County commissioners for not even letting us vote on a plan to preserve two our our region’s most iconic buildings, Music Hall and Union Terminal:
The people of Hamilton County want to restore Music Hall and Union Terminal. But our good intentions have been frustrated. [...]
But our commissioners won’t even let us vote on it. [...]
Instead, in a breathtaking display of chutzpah compounded by ignorance, two Commissioners, Chris Monzel and Greg Hartmann, at the last minute concocted a back-of-napkin alternate scheme that even they can’t explain. And Monzel is not even sure he will vote for his own plan!