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Old 01-27-2013, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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I would make a call if a neighbor put up a fence without a permit.
Oh no, don't do that.

On the other hand there are two inspectors that patrol CUF. The routinely ding landlords who haven't pulled permits. As I understand it, the inspectors are in a position to justify their job's existence, therefore they are quite zealous. Neither of them have reputations of being hard to work with though. They will get you pointed in the right direction and tell you exactly where to go and who to talk to to get the proper permit. Oh, and they aren't supposed to enter your property to check for violations. They need to see obvious signs from the outside. Realistically, they are at a loss when it comes to enforcement.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I don't think there is a Home Depot in the city limits.
Does that prevent city residents from shopping there?
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati(Silverton)
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^ No but they are only a tiny fraction of who do shop there.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Does that prevent city residents from shopping there?
Mostly. I usually goto Beck Hardware in Walnut Hills or Ace Hardware out on Ludlow. And there is a great big razor wire fence surrounding Home Depot that keeps us city residents at bay.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:06 AM
 
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^ No but they are only a tiny fraction of who do shop there.
The Columbia Township Home Depot and Lowe's are basically surrounded by Cincinnati! Why would city residents be only a fraction of the people who shop there... They are the closest big box home improvement stores to Hyde Park, Oakley, and Pleasant Ridge.

I think some people just make stuff up on this forum without ever being near these places.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati(Silverton)
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^Hmm after the 15 or so Home depots in the metro area. None are in the city limits of Cincinnati. Very much most of their sales are to the suburbs not the city of Cincinnati.

What exactly am i making up compared of what you presented?
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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What does it even matter where the damn hardware stores are? For crying out loud ...

I always shopped at Bailey's in Madison Place.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati(Silverton)
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^ Well since you butt in. My response was to this quote about the city of Cincinnati laws. "Retaining walls (You know the kind you buy in pieces at the local home improvement store? You need a permit and it can quickly run into thousands. The average homeowner who goes to home depot every weekend violates the law constantly without knowing it."
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis and Cincinnati
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Maybe its because my neighborhood is going through major restoration , but I see a lot of pickup trucks and the kind rental trucks the Depot by Westwood has in my neighborhood. Most of the people I work with shop there because they have the inventory.

Cincinnati Inspection is a "Call in" based system. Anyone can complain and the city sends out an inspector. The problem with that is a lot gets missed.

Code based enforcement makes sense. I want to be sure my neighbor isnt doing electrical wiring when his house is 5 feet away. Can they put in a ceiling fan? Probably. The big problem are slumlords patching stuff together. Many cities have focused directed enforcement. People contact their local neighborhood group, They turn it in. it also stops 'neighbor wars" where people who are angry, waste code enforcements time .

In many cities you can perform your own electrical with a permit but FIRST you must take a test, same with plumbing. In Cincinnati they are more worried about colllecting a fee. If you are an owner occupant and willing to sign an affadavit you be amazed what the city will let you do, no test at all.

We need to revamp our system and we need to have input from residents, homeowners, developers, etc.

We have ton of historic assets and those assets can be developed (improving our property tax base), Given the size and scope of the task I'd like to see the council enact a Restore our City Incentive program that would do the following if you take on a house with city orders against it or buy an empty foreclosed property:

1: No fee or greatly reduced fees on Permits.
2: Offer a free dumpster for initial cleanout.
3: Eliminate the VBML ordinance
4: Raise the tax abatement from its current 275K to 500K, to encourage restoration of larger , expensive homes , like you find in Avondale, Westwood and Walnut Hills

Couple that with an agressive marketing campaign to promote this city's architecture and urban neighborhoods and you would be amazed how many people we could attract from out of state to come in and restore this city..
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:54 PM
 
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While this question may be directed towards any medium sized city in the United States as this country attempts to pull itself out from under this recession of five years, it is important to realize that the answer is so relative that any objectivity is impossible. However, it is easy to see that gentrification in OTR is real and ongoing. The downtown is hopping on the week-end and young professionals are spending money. 21 C, the new downtown hotel on Walnut is as hip as any hotel in the country. Cincinnati's restaurants can arguably rival any city outside of NYC, Chicago, LA, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Recovery for cities that have a historical dependence on heavy industry is going to be slow going for a while. Yet, I do believe the shackles of a Germanic conservative heritage were shed a couple of decades ago and Cincinnati has an urban authenticity that Columbus or Indianapolis could never achieve. The "turn around" is more of a "round about." Give it some time.
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