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Current Events / Re: Income Inequality
« Last post by rockandroller on Today at 12:50:39 PM »
The Atlantic had a great article about this, the envisioning of how the new work world will work. More barter, less 40-hour (or more) work weeks. I don't believe there will ever be some money they give you just for existing and not working, but the ways you can offset or "pay" for things may change and become more fluid. If you know how to fix boilers and a painter hires you to fix his boiler and you need your garage painted, maybe it's a quid pro quo or you charge someone a lot less because of an in-kind service. More shared living spaces, like makerspaces and artist lofts, where people have less money they have to spend on having a big house, and can get by on whatever they can sell or make in odd jobs.
I'm starting to lament the proliferation of block-sized buildings that don't add much variation to our street life.

I think this sums up why we are seeing so much revitalization in OTR but not as much downtown. (And other cities are seeing a similar phenomena.) People enjoy being in OTR-like neighborhoods with human-scale development. The Central Business District concept where everything was demolished to make way for massive skyscrapers, stadiums, and convention centers does not result in a pleasant environment where as many people want to live. Sure, it appeals to some people, but not as many as OTR.
Current Events / Re: Income Inequality
« Last post by taestell on Today at 12:43:47 PM »
One scenario is that we could end up like ancient Hawaiians who enjoyed a very large amount of leisure time.

I think that would be an ideal scenario.

But the point I'm trying to make is that we need to change how we view unemployment. Right now, the commonly held view is that if you don't have a job, it's because you're lazy or lack the necessary skills. Welfare is viewed as a temporary patch while they go out and look for a job. And you can't really have a good quality of life living on welfare and food stamps. In the future, many people will be unemployed because there simply aren't as many jobs available. So do we change how we view welfare? Do we actually give people a decent middle class lifestyle (rather than the bare minimum) since it's not their fault they can't find a job? This is essentially the universal basic income idea that both conservatives and liberals are starting to get behind. Or do we reduce the work week from 40 to 30 hours so that more people are employed to do the same amount of work?
Mass Transit / Re: Cincinnati Streetcar News
« Last post by urbanpioneer on Today at 12:27:33 PM »
Oh jeez, I wish I wouldn't have clicked on your link Jake.  When I did, I also clicked on the link "how to advertise on the Cincinnati Bell Connector".  Not a pretty sight.
IKWYM chinkley.  One thing I love about photos of old downtown is seeing rows of narrower-scaled buildings lining the streets, each one different from the next.  That's one reason why historic preservation is so important, since it's close to a full century now since development of that sort occurred.   But preceding this new building, the block along Sycamore between Eighth and Seventh Streets was pretty dead as far as pedestrian traffic goes, and it was just two buildings -- the Red Cross (which didn't attract many visitors at all) next to an ugly old city parking garage.  The commercial space in the new building will probably/hopefully create a lot more vitality, at least in comparison.
Mass Transit / Re: Cincinnati Streetcar News
« Last post by jmecklenborg on Today at 12:17:17 PM »
Sports Talk / Re: Cleveland Browns Discussion
« Last post by Hts121 on Today at 12:07:07 PM »
And they also got great value for a punter, I don't care how good he is
Mass Transit / Re: Cincinnati Streetcar News
« Last post by JYP on Today at 12:05:32 PM »
Mass Transit / Re: Cincinnati Streetcar News
« Last post by ryanlammi on Today at 12:03:14 PM »
@JYP no. I can't deal with that.
Mass Transit / Re: Cincinnati Streetcar News
« Last post by jmecklenborg on Today at 11:59:07 AM »
Hopefully the ads have colors close to the Cincinnati Bell color scheme.

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