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  1. 6 points
    Some new progress pics from this morning ....
  2. 5 points
    I disagree. I think the window to new construction is just starting to open. The CBD's residential population is still very small in relation to the metro area population. It's not yet even 1 percent, although it probably will be by 2020. Most healthy metros have 2 percent or more in the CBD. The recent market analysis by Urban Partners says there's a market for 6,800 more homes downtown. That's another 20 Lumen-sized buildings. With Opportunity Zone financing and hopefully Transformational Tax Credit financing, there are more financial tools to make these developments happen.
  3. 5 points
    The base lesson should be that giving tons of money and tax cuts to corporations doesn’t translate to more jobs or higher pay. It translates to stock buybacks and investor returns. Which is exactly what many on the left have been saying all along.
  4. 5 points
    I’ve seen the same story posted across multiple platforms all roughly at the same time by conservatives. It’s almost as if you all get your media in the same places. Obama was criticized at length for his immigration policies, particularly during his first term. Even then, he didn’t campaign by maligning migrants as terrorists or send the military for political stunts. He didn’t hold endless rallies embracing extreme nationalism. He didn’t attack Dreamers or want to end birthright. He did not make it policy to separate children from family or focus on non-criminal undocumented. In no way are the two administrations honestly comparable, so you guys should really save your talking points for people who have no idea what’s going on- Trump supporters.
  5. 5 points
    What a dumpster fire. None of this would happen if we had a coherent, functioning immigration system. Jesus. Let the asylum seekers properly apply and let them in the country until they get a hearing. This is all so stupid and unnecessary. The vast majority of illegal immigrants enter on a visitor visa and simply overstay. Everything happening at the border is political theater and it's frustrating to watch.
  6. 5 points
    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2018 Another big investment coming to Lakewood Over the past 30 years, Lakewood has lost more than 1,700 housing units, with only Cleveland, East Cleveland and Euclid losing more. The average age of its housing stock is the second-oldest in the county. At the same time, growing interest in traditional, walkable communities has made Lakewood a hot real estate commodity. It's why Lakewood had the highest property value rate of increase, 22.5 percent, among all Cuyahoga County communities in 2018. So, to say that real estate investors are interested in Lakewood is an understatement. That includes everyone from real estate corporations to mom-and-pop renovation companies converting duplexes into luxury single-family houses to people simply trying to outbid each other for their next home. Furthermore, the biggest, most underutilized properties are highly sought after. Those that often fall into that category are former car dealerships whose automotive operations have left for outer-suburban highway interchanges. The next one is about to fall. MORE: https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2018/11/another-big-investment-coming-to.html
  7. 5 points
    I'll go on record and say this... AOC has a fundamental misunderstanding of our economic system as a whole, and has a simplified plan for a wildly complex problem. I think her policy position, as espoused thus far, are unworkable and more of a vote grab than a serious answer. I think she loves to espouse the ideals of equality while also enjoying the perks of capitalism a bit too much. (Which is normally fine with me unless you find capitalism to be an "evil") Having said that, she is NOT a buffoon. She won a Congressional election by going door to door asking for support against a fixture in the Democratic party. That's why I love America. None of us sitting on this board behind our keyboards have accomplished such a feat, especially at such a young age. That's to be admired. The fact that I think she will have an underwhelming congressional career shouldn't be an indictment on her intellect, or her as a person.
  8. 5 points
    I know I say this a lot, but it's great to see the continued conversion of old office buildings into other uses like residential and hotel. Not only are these buildings better suited for those types of uses, but it also keeps pushing down the vacancy rates for downtown office space. (What was the old BOE building considered, Class B? Class C?) Eventually this will help make the case for the construction of new office buildings in the core, replacing parking lots and other vacant/underutilized areas.
  9. 5 points
    That certainly may be one reason why the Public Square lot isn't listed. But there appears to be another reason. And it's the reason many of us have hoped for. I just found out from a very good source that it's the site SHW prefers. But I don't know if it's a done deal.
  10. 5 points
    The reason for the Target fascination is because downtown residents have opted for a walkable lifestyle. While going to Target is easy if you live outside of downtown and have a driveway, the process is restrictive if you live downtown. For downtowners, here is what the process looks like: walking to the garage where your car is located, driving 10 min to Steelyard, loading up the car, driving 10 min back, somehow find a place to idle the car, unload the car, schlepp everything up to your apartment, go back to the car, move it back to the garage, walk back to your apartment and go upstairs. When I was living at the Schofield, even if I wanted to drive to Target (or any other store, Costco, Aldi, etc.), I couldn't because there was no loading zone for residents. Compare this with walking 5 min, grabbing a couple things, and walking 5 min back. The reason for the fascination about Target, in particular, is that you can get almost anything there, including items that people don't usually buy online (e.g. food, clothing, shoes, shampoo, cosmetics, etc.).
  11. 4 points
    When growing up my parents used to take me to city council meetings. I used to think that people couldn't get more uncivil than what I saw these functions...then along came social media!
  12. 4 points
    Based on my ear to the ground gathering... people in city government have already seen the renderings - and I've heard it will be an unusual building for Downtown simply by the fact that it will include balconies.
  13. 4 points
    "all out assault"= A few migrants with rocks against the US military. Know your audience, Ram. This ignorant crap doesn't play well here. Try Stormfront. Or Trump's twitter feed.
  14. 4 points
    Just a note that Steve King is not out of Congress. He was re-elected with 50.3% of the vote in the general election and 74.7% of the vote in the GOP primary. The problem with your analogy is that it is comparing two different things. Most Dems lean left, some more than others. The fact that AOC is farther left than Tim Kaine is not surprising and it would be pretty silly for Tim Kaine to denounce her for her views. There's nothing abhorrent about them and she is representing her constituents. On the other hand, Steve King is abhorrent and every GOP official who doesn't denounce him and his ideology is implicitly guilty of helping to perpetuate his white supremacist agenda. So again it comes down to: Extremists on the left want everyone to be educated and healthy. Extremists on the right want an ethno-nationalist state and to "secure the existence of our people and a future for white children" by any means necessary.
  15. 4 points
    The GOP doesn't really represent an ideology or a set of policies anymore. It's a white male identity politics party. Why would we be surprised that it's incoming class of Representatives is 90% white male?
  16. 4 points
    Please clarify your stance on higher education degrees. I thought you said that higher education degrees don't necessarily equate to how smart a person is. Now you're saying dumb people can't possibly earn an advanced degree from Carnegie Mellon.
  17. 4 points
    I stated this before but it was on the day when everything got deleted. Also extremely encouraging in the albeit preliminary report is that employment is up 19k YOY and the labor force is up 17k. If these numbers hold over several months and do not get revised, I believe they are signs of population growth.
  18. 4 points
    "I sure hope my supporters don't start engaging in political violence in the streets, wink wink. Because if they did they would be very successful at it, wink wink."
  19. 4 points
    The new lighting on the Statler Arms, I believe they will eventually add some to the upper white part of the building as well.
  20. 4 points
    Trump hasn't tweeted about the caravan since the election, but is still forcing 5,600 troops to spend Veterans Day and Thanksgiving away from their families, sitting around with nothing to do but eat MREs and pass out from heat exhaustion waiting to take on a caravan of unarmed migrants wanting to legally claim asylum. A caravan so large...it wouldn't even double the number of daily claims CBP processes if they were to all be processed in a single day. He bailed on honoring veterans in France because he didn't want to get in a motorcade to go 55 miles. He bailed on Veterans Day services in Arlington while French officials toughed out...some rain drops...to be there. On top of that, Trump has called for election officials to stop counting ballots - "MUST GO WITH ELECTION NIGHT" - this includes thousands of active duty military members who mailed in ballots from overseas and have not yet been counted. But Obama saluted once with a cup in his hand, so both sides.
  21. 4 points
    This is what I was thinking. He has delivered on apartments, a restaurant and is about to redevelop an abandoned warehouse that no one else was going to touch for more housing. I know this sounds like "take what you can get" but it really is "appreciate what this man is/has done that no other developer has ever done for our lakefront." He even revitalized the long underperforming "colonial" arcades and filled them up, he is working his magic in areas that other people couldn't or wouldn't. Even though it isn't what some may want (some people seem to want a pipe dream of a lakefront on here) it is definitely quality what we are getting albeit a smaller scale.
  22. 3 points
  23. 3 points
    The new crosswalks were painted today, meaning that the Main Street complete street project is done! Onward to Liberty Street!
  24. 3 points
    If this growth is sustained, we'll definitely be looking at population growth. Also, IF this growth is sustainable (hopefully it is), Cleveland's regional employment numbers will surpass their peak within the past 30 years by 2020 or 2021. Here's why that's important: Cleveland has yet to recover from the 2002 recession (post NAFTA). Cleveland's numbers don't point to NAFTA being a positive for the region. That isn't being political, it's just what the numbers show. The Great Recession pushed the region even further back, to employment levels below where the region was in 1992. That's what this region has had to overcome. Maybe it's just me- but when I go to a city that I know is growing and has positive momentum, it just feels different than here. That's not putting Cleveland down at all- it's just what I'm used to seeing here regarding sprawl without growth along with the abandonment of inner-city and now inner-ring neighborhoods and communities. Every city will have their areas where disinvestment occurs- it's just that I've seen disinvestment only grow worse here locally during my entire adult life (I'm 35) and would love for things to change. A big part of that change is directly tied to jobs being created in and returning to the region., A future recession WILL come, but who knows when. My hope is that the region is now (finally) diversified enough to take a hit during a recession and bounce back much sooner than it has been able to in the past.
  25. 3 points
    Across from Wagner Awnings- nice looking new construction!
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