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Thanks for the photos. I recognize about half of them. It's interesting to note that there are houses in Cincinnati that only have access from such steps. BTW, Cincinnati, "the City of Seven Hills," is a copy of Rome, where there really are seven hills. But just for fun, I will list a few community names off the top of my head: The Mounts: Mount Auburn Mount Adams Mount Healthy Mount Lookout Mount Airy Mount Nebo Mount Washington The Hills: Price Hill Indian Hill College Hill North College Hill Crescent Hills Villa Hills Western Hills The Heights: Kennedy Heights Fairview Heights Monfort Heights Lincoln Heights And there are more but that's all I can think of for now.
Personally, if this is what it takes to keep middle and upper class residents in the city more power to them. Whether it's only perception or not, if this is what it takes to keep these residents in this neighborhood so be it.
The real concern apparently is that the guy at the top of the steps uses part of the right of way as his driveway, and he doesn't like people walking there.
Boy, where to begin. Yeah, let them leave, Cincy needs to be number one is something so how about number one in poverty. Let's chase these middle class folks away because they have zero tolerance for crime. Where could they go? I hear West Chester calling with open arms and hands in their wealthy wallets. Yeah, Cincy doesn't need anyone with money living in the City. What to do with these stately homes? I hear the Drop-In Center calling, I hear the Jesus freaks want to "save" people, where could they build yet another home base. What better than the city, where all the poor people already are? Let's turn all of Cincy into one Giant Social Service Agency. We can help so many people.Too each their own, but to expect people to just grin and bare it, is what's killing the city's neighborhoods.
"I have recently thought that the "flying pig" marathon people (or similar minded folks) would have a field day with an event featuring some of these." Serious runners normally don't do steps. You can't pass people easily, a normal running pace does not match the step spacing, etc. The steps are too narrow for any amount of people, and there's always a falling hazard. On the other hand, there used to be a Cincinnati hill climb series: Straight Street, Monastery, Grand, Colerain, etc: all steep uphill races.
East walnut hills are a bunch of rich snobs, all except riverviewer and a few others here..
Actually, the issue with the Collins steps isn't the residents of East Walnut Hills generally - it's the residents of Keys Crescent, which is among the most wealth-dense streets in the city...that and the complete pussification of council...I mean, I have yet to hear of a single actual crime committed on Keys Crescent with the aid of the steps, let alone one committed with the aid of the steps that couldn't be committed today with a "Steps Closed" sign hanging there...gah...
You'd think that people who, a few years back, wanted to instal "much-needed" automatic ticket giving cameras on the stoplights all over town would be willing to spring for a couple of motion activated cameras and streetlights. They are total wusses.