Episode #13: 2012 in Review

On the thirteenth episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, the UrbanCincy team discusses Cincinnati’s major accomplishments in 2012 and looks forward to what’s coming in 2013.

Travis Estell, Randy Simes, Jake Mecklenborg, and John Yung are joined by Chris Cousins of UrbanOhio to talk about a number of downtown developments, including the Smale Riverfront Park, Washington Park, new businesses at The Banks and in Over-the-Rhine, the Fort Washington Way caps, and the Brent Spence Bridge. We also discuss USquare in Clifton Heights, Short Vine in Corryville, and developments in Walnut Hills. We discuss why projects like Oakley Station and Rookwood Exchange are missed opportunities.

Finally, we reflect on how UrbanCincy has changed in 2012, with new events like URBANexchange, and look back on our first year of The UrbanCincy Podcast.

Smale Riverfront Park photo by Thadd Fiala.

  • Minh

    Jimmy Johns is opening a location at The Banks which will contribute to the more diverse and affordable food offerings there.

    I enjoyed this podcast, Its great to look back at all the progress Cincinnati has made just this year. The point of the Lager House feeling as its been there for a while but only just opened this year is so true.

    • I’m actually pleased with the announcement that a Jimmy John’s will be opening at The Banks, but I am still a bit disappointed that almost everything there is food/drink related.

    • Jimmy Johns will finally give an average downtown worker a reason to walk two block south across a highway for lunch for something other than a high-priced client lunch/dinner; plus add a lot for residents.

  • Mark Christol

    A few thoughts on a long show

    Population shifts – a lot of boomers are going to die in the next 10-20 years at an ever increasing rate. I am guessing a majority of these people are in the non core neighborhoods now. This will change the demographic distribution of the city a lot and accelerate the overall population decline.

    Anyone want to predict when/what the first demolition on The Banks will be?

    A monorail across the river is the way to connect TB with NOTL.
    Or a clear pneumatic underwater tunnel that shoots people back & forth in cylinders with windows. Totally freak out the carp.

    People WILL go to the casino, park & leave. It’s the same with the sports events, concerts & festivals. How many of these people want to live in the area around the event sites in the downtown area? A lot of these people want & currently live in free standing homes with lawns. This is why it’s important for the neighborhoods like Northside, Walnut Hills & others to host their own events to show off their communities. The city should support this but they won’t.

    • I will say that the first building demolition at The Banks will take place in 2058, with an outside chance of something sooner for one of those smaller buildings (i.e. Ruth’s Chris, Yard House, yet to be built townhomes).

    • We won’t have to guess when the first demolitions in Mason will be. The styrofoam McMansions will fall down of their own accord before anyone gets around to knocking them down. When people die, others buy their houses. Cincinnati has had more housing permits and existing home sales than any local govn’t are in this region. The average age of Cincinnatians is less than that of many suburban locations.

    • zschmiez

      Are you kidding me? This is the same town thats renovating 150 yr old single family houses just blocks away. Heck, on Main there are still 150 yr old office building across the street from the newest high rise.

      Nothing will get demo’d. Unless we suffer uber-catastrophic flood along the river.

    • A lot of these 150 year old buildings are worth saving and renovating. Only time will tell, but in the year 2160, will there be any desire to save The Banks Phase 1 (if those buildings are still around)?

  • Glad that you mentioned Bunbury and the Uberdrome (both were fantastic additions to some already great events downtown) I think you’re right that once Smale RFP is fully complete Oktoberfest and Taste will move down to the river (a Party in the Park copycat already tried this year at the Banks called Live at Five). Given the success of the Uberdrome this year, I would love to see P&G sponsor a couple tents on their two green lawns in similar fashion (run by their German counterparts and have one exclusively for staffers/clients).

    The fourth street class B & C office spaces have some of the best potential for residential conversions in downtown but I don’t think you’ll see it really take hold until the 2nd Banks phase is complete(the Reserve is ahead of the trend and opened this year).

    I hope Tower Place surprises me with success, but I’m not holding my breathe.

    I thought the streetcar would take shape faster than this and the schedule keeps getting moved back. The longer it takes I could see costs rising as well. Politically the advocates will still be there to see it to fruition, but I’m worried how it might impact future public transportation if it ends up late and over budget . On the positive side, it looks like there will be even more surrounding it worth going to than when it was planned. I’d hesitate to say that it has caused the development (3CDC is the much bigger catalyst), but it’s looking like we’ll be adding more fuel to the urban fire at the right time.

    PG would be a good fit as a Hamilton County Commissioner IMHO. One of the best council members today by my judgment.

    • Even though i know you are describing Cincinnati, its hard to believe your can see it this way. How can two people see the same place so differently?