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Godzilla
Once upon a time monsters roamed OTR
Not figurative monsters
That would be lame
I'm talking fire breathing Tokyo eating monsters
Until the heroes came
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The universe hates a vacuum, add heroes and you get anti-heroes
And no good story works without tension
Some could define a hero as a hopeless romantic, they almost have to be don't they?
And if you have romantics there will be attraction
Love doesn't care about loyalties or the shifting sands of right and wrong
And sometimes it come to blows
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Ken wanted to be Thor
Everyone tried to tell him he would never pull it off
Ken's too tall they announced
His muscles are too big they claimed
some said, he's way too good looking
They said he'd never look cool carrying around a 130lb hammer
BAMM! look at him go
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And everyone lived happy ever after. Or at least until Sunday morning, even heroes suffer hangovers
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cycle paths vs psycho-paths

Bike Lane Art
I've been wrestling with why bike paths, hell riding bikes, are so controversial. On the face of it bike riding would seem to be the most harmless activity in the world. Fresh air, exercise, sunshine! What's to hate.
But for some reason commuting by bike draws more angst than anything else in the city after the streetcar.
It got me to thinking about society and laws. Because what else binds society together besides rules, spoken and unspoken? And the unspoken rule is apparently that contributing members of society have to own and drive a car. I don't make up the rules but too many people have told me that my friends and I need to grow up and buy a one.
Could it be as simple as the entire issue is sour grapes over cyclists getting out of the car payment and road rage game?
Bike Lane Art
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could a cycle path work on Elm St?

At the end of 2013 Urbancincy proposed a cycle path on Elm St. "Elm Street... has some of the least congestion of any north/south street in the Central Business District..."

I thought of this when the city closed two lanes of traffic for All Star fest at the convention center. When I saw the barricades the first thing I thought was wow, if we wanted 5' for a bike lane people would be screaming. But during the 5 busiest days of traffic that downtown has seen in years, if ever, the intersection of 5th and Elm never got too congested. Now that it has unintentionally been proven that Elm St can survive losing two lanes all we have to do is wait until our current mayor is gone then we can go about making Urbancincy's vision a reality.
These picture were taken about 5:30 pm on a weekday before the All Star craziness began. As you can see on an average day there isn't much happening on Elm during rush hour.

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Elm Street
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Parklets on Pleasant

Do you know about Pleasant St? Pleasant St is a direct link between Washington Park and Findlay Market. You can literally see one of them from the other over the 5 blocks it spans. We use it all the time and its a relaxing stress free bike ride between the two places. Not that you have to ride a bike, Pleasant is a one lane narrow street and the cars that do use it are traveling at very low speeds. I have been hearing scuttlebutt since the beginning of summer about somehow making this link more official, or trying to highlight it somehow. Well it turns out that somehow is UC's Metrolab. If you remember last year UC Metrolab created some amazing placemaking structures for Walnut Hill's Five Alley Popup and now they've turned that attention to the community to Pleasant St. The students who make up UC Metrolab have created a series of Parklets and while Pleasant St was closed to traffic a couple weekends ago, debuted them to the neighborhood.

What is a parklet? A parklet is designed to provide a public place for passersby to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the city around them, in places where the existing sidewalk width is not large enough to accommodate vibrant street life activities.

Judging by the people crowding around each one I'd say they were successful. But knowing how UC's Metrolab operates this won't be the end of the process, they'll fine tune the designs over the course of the summer before they have a finished product. The end game of this is to combine all these units into one big super parklet. Once the permits from the city are approved this will happen, hopefully before the end of the summer. I talked with Michael Zaretsky, the professor/activist heading up the Metrolab, about some of the challenges, one of the biggest I feel is pedestrians vs. Liberty. A person needs to traverse seven lanes of traffic to get from one side to the other. Seven lanes is a huge psychological barrier that needs to be crossed. Mr Zaretsky assured me the traffic department was aware of the issue and was working on solutions. But he said, it probably won't happen soon.
Anther cool tie in to making Pleasant more, ah pleasant is The Field of Greens, a wiffle ball field sponsored by People’s Liberty. Every time I've gone past there have been neighborhood kids in there having a blast.
The flashy new bars and restaurants are cool, sure. But it is these placemaking and community building that make a neighborhood.

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Parklets on Pleasant
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All Star Bright Ride

A couple times a year Margy and Mel organize a big group ride. An excuse for everyone to get together and decorate their bikes and themselves. This ride had over 120 bike riders meandering around downtown and OTR. Even though downtown was slammed with All Star people all we saw the whole time were smiles. People in cars laughing waving honking and people on the sidewalks stopping and shooting pictures and videos. These things are so much fun.
The highlight for me was a well dressed couple on Red Bikes that fell in with us asking a million questions. They were from Mt Lookout and had no idea and thought the group ride was amazing. As we rolled into Washington Park someone mentioned that's where the ride ended. The woman hearing cried nooooooooooooo I don't want it to end, I don't want it to ever end.
Well put and my thoughts exactly.
The All Star BRIGHT Ride!
I get questions about what kind of bike and equipment is needed for riding in the city. I keep telling people you don't need a special bike, special clothes or special equipment. Just get on the bike you have and ride. You'll figure out what you need. I've been adding one of two specialty things every year to make my life easier, but there is no reason to do it all at once.
The All Star BRIGHT Ride!
The All Star BRIGHT Ride!
The All Star BRIGHT Ride!
The All Star BRIGHT Ride!
The All Star BRIGHT Ride!
The All Star BRIGHT Ride!
The All Star BRIGHT Ride!
The All Star BRIGHT Ride!
The All Star BRIGHT Ride!
The All Star BRIGHT Ride!
The All Star BRIGHT Ride!
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Second Sunday on Main

July's Second Sunday on Main, held on a day when there were many competing events downtown was slammed, I couldn't get over the solid expanse of people from 12th to Liberty on Main St. It was crazy. It had to be their biggest event yet although I haven't heard any estimates.

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Second Sunday on Main
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Second Sunday on Main
Megan repp'n Life of Riley foods, check them out at Park+Vine.
Second Sunday on Main
Here is a tip for you if you didn't make it to SSOM. Next Saturday, July 18th is The City Flea, it starts at 10am. If I was you I would be there at 10am looking for Brown Bear Bakery and when I found her I'd buy one of everything she has. The salted caramel brownie is pure crack BTW.
You're welcome.
Second Sunday on Main
Every has its own theme and flavor. July's theme was Pride and to celebrate they hosted drag races. Now in and of its self I could care less about them. But to tempt all the ambivalent people like me to watch they sell water balloons to raise money for charity. Sure throwing them is fun, but even better is watching the young kids throw the balloons! Ms. 5chw4r7z and I were debating which would make you a worse parent, taking a kid to a drag race or encouraging them to throw water balloons at strangers? LOL, JK
Second Sunday on Main
Second Sunday on Main
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