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by David Miller
While waiting for a teller at my bank on Saturday I overheard this conversation: “I don’t know how we are going to get across the bridge at five o’clock.”
If you were not in Loveland last Tuesday you missed colossal gridlock with tempers flaring, lost appointments, canceled dinner reservations, and lost sales. Local business owners expressed that Loveland might not be an ideal location because they are seeing profits dwindle. Their customers cannot get to them, and are going elsewhere. Much discussion centers on even more congestion if Loveland Station is completed.
I grinned while hearing the conversation at the bank, because I have been vetting an idea on how to make it somewhat easier.
The idea has been percolating since I had a casual conversation with a downtown businesswoman several months ago about the red light at West Loveland Avenue and Karl Brown Way. We both prefer to turn left at that light to quickly get to the parking spots we like to use. Problem is, that if you want to turn left, and there is on-coming traffic, you hold up anyone behind you, sometimes for the entire red light cycle. We wait to make a decision to turn, hoping for the on-coming traffic will clear. If it does we quickly put on the turn signal and sneak in the turn. Rarely is there a break in the west bound traffic, so guilt sets in each time if we create a mini traffic jam by waiting for the light to turn yellow... sneaking in the turn. The alternative is to just go straight, and make your left hand turn at Railroad Avenue near the bike trail, making left hand turns around the entire block, when the parking space you actually wanted was but a mere few feet away at the Karl Brown Way intersection. And, you know you might also create mini havoc at the bike trail intersection with your needed left-hand turn there as well..
The solution came by just loitering at the Karl Brown intersection watching cars and the traffic pattern. What I discovered was that since only one of the East bound lanes of West Loveland Avenue is needed as you go onto the bridge, a queue lane for cars wanting to make the turn would eliminate the traffic jams.
Simply repaint the roadway and hang a new sign overhead.
This will make it easier to get to all the parking near the Eagles, the parking on the way to Nisbet Park, and to the municipal lot at City Hall. It is also an easy way to get to the local businesses and nearby restaurants. It also, and this is not insignificant, greatly reduces the congestion at the Bike Trail intersection. However most inportant is that traffic keeps flowing into the downtown.
After discussing the plan with residents of the downtown Historic District as well as many business owners, making a map, and then discussing it with them again, it appears the idea to re-configure the intersection with this modest and inexpensive change, seems to be not only workable, but extremely popular. So much so, that amost all suggested the re-configuration go one step further by changing the signaling. Adding a left-turn signal that would allow several vehicles through the intersection from the queue lane. I have opted to keep the proposal simple and inexpensive for now. The change only requires repainting the roadway and the installation of an overhead sign. I am certain however the change will prove to be popular and beneficial enough, that in the near future the cost of re-signaling the intersection will seem a very reasonable expense.
The intersection of West Loveland Avenue and Karl Brown Way as you cross the bridge over the Little Miami entering Historic Downtown Loveland.
A suggested 2nd Change
Others suggested the second change; eliminating left-hand turns from West Loveland onto Karl Brown as you are heading West. The same reasoning prevailed… one person wanting to make this turn can hold up all of the traffic behind them. They pointed out that this can often mean that throughout a traffic cycle, only one vehicle makes any progress, the one making the-left hand turn. This proposal only requires adding a sign.
Changes are needed. Ideling cars get zero miles to the gallon, create unnecessary air pollution and cause lost productivity.
Both changes could be made before the start of the school year.
Jeff Schamel From my experience there is usually only 1 car trying to turn L onto KBW that backs up all the traffic - maybe two. Unless we make them go up to RR ave and turn left, this seems like an adequate solution. I've never been stuck behind someone trying to turn L onto KBW from WB Loveland ave, so I dont think that restriction will hurt anyone - I like it. Now, the bigger issue - where will everyone PARK now?
Sharon Horn That is the bigger question Jeff! Our Fraternal Order already has parking issues with people using our lot that are not members, it's only going to get worse.
Jeff Schamel When restricted by rivers/hills and other geographic issues, even though ugly, it almost seems necessary to add a multi-level garage somehow. Just not sure where it would go or how to pay for it. perhaps where the old B&B that burned down was? When I was a kid we'd go to Richmond IN and never worried about finding a spot because of the parking garage.
Amy Sherman Truesdell Are there that many people that need to turn left going eastbound? Seems like a waste of space.
Sharon Horn We have over 700 members that belong to the Loveland Eagles that turn left, so yes there are.
Loveland Magazine There ARE a great many people that make this turn, or would like to if they didn't hold up the traffic behind them. The Eagles for instance turn there all the time as their building is only about 300' away and there is a parking lot only about 150' away. And people who want to get to the park, etc., would turn there instead of going to the bike trail intersection to turn. There are only two ways to get back there to the restaurants and the bike trail parking. The lane that would be used for the queue lane for cars wanting to make the turn is a wasted lane of traffic for those heading OUT of the Historic District until you get to the other end of the bridge at the Riverside Drive intersection. Keep in mind that West Loveland through the Historic District is, and will remain ONE lane and it does not need to immediately go into TWO lanes. Does this make sense?
Loveland Magazine Do you "LIKE" this idea?
Loveland Magazine Please read the whole editorial at http://www.lovelandmagazine.com/ to see if this makes sense to you. If it doesn't please add your suggestions. Thank you, David
Christine Staggs This is not a bad idea, but I think what backs up the traffic the most is the bike trail especially on nice days during peak traffic times. The sign reads "stop for pedestrians IN walkway" however, almost every car that goes through there lets a person go through. I think what would be best is if there was some sort of walk light on the trail. Maybe when the light is green on Karl Brown Way there is a red no walk sign to stop pedestrians from crossing and vice versa. Maybe this would help with the traffic flow through town.
Monica Mahon I agree with proposal no. 2. With regard to No. 1, I have never seen anyone trying to turn left from the East bound West Loveland onto Karl Brown Way. I travel this intersection at least ten times a day. Maybe it's because they turn left up by the restaurants--I don't know, but I don't think eliminating one of the lanes heading West on West Loveland is a good idea--even if it is for only a little way. The drive in the morning to the high school from Karl Brown Way would definitely be slowed down. It is already backed up to Loveland Hardware for those wanting to turn left onto West Loveland. I don't like the idea of providing a queue lane for vehicles wanting to turn left from East bound West Loveland Avenue.
Amy Sherman Truesdell I agree, Jeff. Parking downtown is a pain.
Sharon Horn Yes to the idea of a turn lane, if you prohibit the turn there it will just back up at RR plus cause more traffic across the bike path and the parking lots. The Fraternal order Of Eagles, never shown on these maps, would not appreciate our property being even more difficult for our members and guests to get to.
We spend a lot of time debating what to post on Facebook. We type out a message, then we rewrite it. Sometimes we erase it all together.
But the code that powers Facebook has been recording everything we type on screen, even if we don't hit publish — and it wants to know why we aren't sharing.
Turns out, Facebook has been monitoring, tracking and interpreting our unposted notes, comments and statuses this entire time, using even what we don't say as metadata to pass on to spy agencies like the NSA or advertisers from Groupon to Mastercard.
This is a scene from the Loveland, Ohio Memorial Day Parade sponsored by the City of Loveland.
By DAVID W. BLIGHT (First published May 29, 2011)
MOST Americans know that Memorial Day is about honoring the nation’s war dead. It is also a holiday devoted to department store sales, half-marathons, picnics, baseball and auto racing. But where did it begin, who created it, and why?
For the earliest and most remarkable Memorial Day, we must return to where the war began. By the spring of 1865, after a long siege and prolonged bombardment, the beautiful port city of Charleston, S.C., lay in ruin and occupied by Union troops. Among the first soldiers to enter and march up Meeting Street singing liberation songs was the 21st United States Colored Infantry; their commander accepted the city’s official surrender.
Whites had largely abandoned the city, but thousands of blacks, mostly former slaves, had remained, and they conducted a series of commemorations to declare their sense of the meaning of the war...
David W. Blight, a professor of history and the director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale, is the author of the forthcoming “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era.”
Willie Lutz on the left and Loveland Magazine Sports Director, Ricky Mulvey are indeed in, and ready for the Granny’s Garden Amaryllis challenge.
Much like the wizard world felt toward Voldemort, or he-who-must-not-be-named, The Loveland Herald is scared to mention Loveland Magazine. Except in this case Loveland Magazine are the good freedom fighters, and The Loveland Herald is Voldemort.
Mulvey to Loveland Herald: Say my name
by Ricky Mulvey
In an already heated Granny’s Garden Amaryllis Race, The Loveland Herald attempted to remove Loveland Magazine from the Local Media competition by omitting Loveland Magazine’s competitors in their mention of the Media Race in their article. They said WLWT meteorologist Randi Rico and their own reporter Marika Lee were contestants, however tried to erase the Loveland Magazine team with a delete and paste.
Sources at the Loveland Herald claimed the mistake was a case of copy and paste gone awry.
In response to the "mistake", Loveland Magazine issued a press release that stated, “We are relatively certain we did not just fall of the turnip truck. In fact, we maintain we have never fallen out of any kind of truck, and while Sports Reporter Willie Lutz owns a truck, he assured us that it has never been filled with turnips.” Lutz said, "We're harvesting amaryllises here not turnips!"
When questioned why Loveland Magazine was omitted in the article, another unnamed source associated with the Herald said “Because Loveland Magazine is stupid and I hate them and I want them to go away, and they’re stupid idiots okay?”
The Loveland Herald will ice skate on the pond at Symmes Park on March 20th.
The source also added that on March 20th at Symmes Park, the Loveland Herald will host an Amaryllis Race Party. “The party is going to be so much fun, and everyone is invited. We are going to have ice skating on the pond and cake and ice cream, and everyone is invited to be there except anyone involved in that stupid Loveland Magazine, because they are stupid and we hate them.”
Critics are also speculating that The Herald’s tactic may have been out of revenge as well. In recent months, The Loveland Herald, unable to find any news or reporters of their own, attempted to swipe new Loveland Magazine sports reporter, Willie Lutz.
“You’re dang right we wanted to steal that Lutz boy,” the unnamed source said. “And we were going to get away with it too if it weren’t for that Mulvey wiseacre."
“It’s no wonder the Herald acting irrational in this race,” said Loveland Magazine publisher David Miller. “They have been out to get us for years now, and now they are upset that they could not take Willie. Those folks must be drunk on revenge. ”
When the contestants from Loveland Magazine (myself, Willie Lutz, and Helen Davidson) discovered that the Loveland Herald had omitted our names we all gathered to each take down a pint of ice cream. The air was also really dusty at the ice cream shop too, so our eyes may have watered up a bit, but that was solely because of our allergies. In no way were we crying and eating away our feelings.
After the ice cream, we gathered at the Loveland Magazine studio, and Lutz shared an alternate theory on the Loveland Herald’s tactics.
“I think I know why The Loveland Herald did not mention us,” Willie said. “It’s because they are afraid of us. They are afraid of the competition. They are so afraid that we will win that they refuse to say our names.”
So my challenge to The Loveland Herald is quite simple. Stop being craven.
On December 14, 2012, twenty elementary school children and six teachers and staff were murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut by a mentally ill young man.
A commentary in itself, the resources below are still listed prominently on the front page of the Newtown Public School District web site.
I have published them here for you as not a reminder of the tragedy, but as resources you may need as the anniversary approaches.
I said at the time, "We all live in Newtown." It is still true. We will all grieve again along with the parents, sisters, brothers, grandparents, uncles, aunts, classmates, and next door neighbors of the lost children.
I hope at least one of these resources prove valuable for you as you deal with your own grief, the questions and feeling of your children and students - as we together, get through these next several weeks.
If you have suggestions for local resources that we all might find valuable, please use the comment section below to share them with our community of parents and teachers.
“I’ve got to tell you that this I believe is probably one of the best infill development sites available in Greater Cincinnati today.” - Jim Cohen
It was not an unexpected response when hearing this quote that Loveland taxpayers are responding, “Then why are we giving it away?" Blue Ash developer Jim Cohen wants to build apartments and rent commercial space in Historic Downtown Loveland. (Exclusive report on downtown development)
Are we actually paying Cohen to take it off our hands?
Not unexpected either was, “This is being rushed to have it tied up before election day.” City council allowed a self imposed deadline of October 24 to set the deal in stone; 13 days before a different majority may be elected. They and Cohen know they currently have the four votes needed to pull it off tonight. Politicians are already using the dirt moving in Historic Downtown as proof of their prowess in economic development and financial wizardness. However almost all the wizardness has been behind closed doors and council is sworn to secrecy, forbidden to publicly discuss what they hear in executive season.
Loveland’s city manager Thomas Carroll is continually looking for a new job. Is he padding his resume? Prospective employers will be told it took a stroke of his genius to build a $10 million development for Loveland, but they will never look at the details. Loveland taxpayers should. The undercurrent of the upcoming election is that Carroll will be fired if the current council majority is replaced, but those quietly running on this platform will not say it publicly, nor will they demand that financial discussions of the Cohen deal be discussed at the council table where they belong.
Cohen will acquire the Loveland Station property in Historic Downtown that Loveland taxpayers have poured $3 million into, for a maximum of $290,000. If Cohen chooses to not take the gift of the parking lot, he will only pay $180,000.
What else do tax payers get if the development agreement up for vote during tonight's late night city council meeting at 9 PM passes?
1. Tax payers get to spend a minimum of $50,000 to repair and replace electric supply lines, any of the brick sidewalks, or existing streetscape improvements that are torn up or moved during construction, and share the cost of the next $100,000 if the repairs cost more. (Cohen pays anything over $150,000). There is no actual cost estimate.
2. Taxpayers get to spend $300,000 creating a railroad quiet zone. (Cohen pays the next $200,000) and if the cost rises above half a million, taxpayers will split whatever that might be. There is no cost estimate for what the total price of a restful sleep for affluent empty nesters and young professionals might ultimately be. Cohen is planing on building luxury apartments with balconies right at the edge of a busy rail line.
3. Taxpayers get to pay an un-estimated cost to bury any existing overhead utility lines that Cohen doesn’t think his tenants should have to look at from their upstairs windows and balconies. Cohen does not share in this cost.
4. Taxpayers get to forgo all the recreation impact fees for Cohen and his tenants; water tap fees, road impact fees, building and other permit fees.
5. Taxpayers have already begun paying to have dirt moved to the site to bring Cohen’s apartment buildings above the flood plain, and more fill dirt is promised. Council this month authorized up to $88,000 for fill dirt.
6. Taxpayers bought the McCoy property for future re-development, demolished the historic structure, but Cohen is promised nothing can ever be built there that could obstruct his tenant’s views of the river.
7. When he was poor mouthing revenues last year urging voters to increase the income tax, Carroll said that when Loveland Station is built it would only generate $25,000 in income tax revenue. His estimates are now suddenly much higher, $140,000, as he tries to sell another idea. Not knowing which figure is actuality, it will still take three decades or more to pay off the debt of the project. Future property tax revenues on the site, will not benefit the entire community, but solely used to pay the debt on Cohen’s project.
8. Taxpayers get to buy more property for Cohen, the 0.48 acre CSX railroad property at the perimeter of the site. They are already paying more than $17,000 for environmental assessments and the property will cost $60,000.
9. Estimated new, additional legal fees, are $50,000.
Taxpayers have never been privy to the financial discussions of the Cohen deal. They have only been discussed behind the closed doors of council executive sessions. They were not discussed at last week’s meeting of the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) when Loveland Magazine’s TV camera was recording, and when details started to emerge, President, Brenton Zuch and Mayor Weisgerber decided that even the CIC could not hear the details.
It took a threat of legal action by Loveland Magazine before the proposed development agreement was finally released to the public this week.
Are taxpayers buying an election victory for encumbers? Come hell or high water, there was going to be brown dirt, dump trucks, and yellow, diesel dirt movers seen in downtown Loveland before November 5.
Have an election first
The continued employment of Carroll will be decided on election night. Likewise, the Cohen deal should be negotiated by whomever is elected on November 5th, not at a late night meeting at City Hall tonight.
Cohen said during the CIC meeting:
I will till you very candidly this type of project takes an enormous commitment from both public and private resources and I don’t want to spend two years of my life and millions of dollars to play politics and to be completely honest with you that is what scares me most about this project.
Perhaps councilwoman, Paulette Leeper, Carroll's constant cheerleader, and a member of the ruling majority, summed it all up when she replied to Cohen:
Good golly, it’s October of municipal elections, so I appreciate your candor.
I just want to pledge to you, I’m not up for re-election. I have no political agenda. And, I give you my full support.
Loveland football is in a great place right now. They are ranked fifth in the state (out of all high school football teams), and they just continued their undefeated streak after defeating their toughest opponent to date.
Unfortunately the story after the Winton Woods game was not just the tale of two teams that gave it their all on the field.
In my opinion, Winton Woods quarterback Shemar Hooks may have been played while he showed the symptoms of a concussion. He appeared to stumbled off the field and around the sideline following a huge hit to the head by a Loveland defensive end Jake Junod. I don’t believe he had any business going back in the game. I witnessed the play from the press box and watched the replay of it several times as well.
I hope this video starts a discussion, especially by those who were at the game. I encourage you to comment with your opinion on the board below the video.