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  1. 10 points
    I'm a black man. I've been profiled. My brother has been profiled. My father has been profiled. My 84 year old father-in-law is terrified of cops because he got his head beat in by cops as a young man growing up in Alabama. This is and has been the reality for African-African men in this country for decades. I haven't been manipulated by the media. I've experienced it. I'm not saying cops are bad. I respect what they do. I'm saying African-American men don't get the benefit of the doubt. Think carefully how you respond to this. Until you walk a mile in someone else's shoes it's hard to understand their experiences. I thought showing the similarities between the Covington boys and young minorities would help explain what minorities have been complaining about for years. However, you clearly missed the point. You aren't here to discuss race. You are here to spit out talking points.
  2. 10 points
    Was able to get my hands on a 1940 college football program of Western Reserve Red Cats vs Miami (of Ohio) Redskins. There are several future NFL players in these college ranks, including Bill Belichick's father Steve. In fact, the present day Case Western Reserve football team uses the Steve Belichick Varsity Weight Room. Also worth noting, Bill Belichick was named after his godfather, and Western Reserve college football hall of fame coach from this era, Bill Edwards. This was when college football was big in Cleveland -- the Big Four Conference was Case Tech, Western Reserve, Baldwin-Wallace, and John Carroll. Western Reserve would later defeat Arizona State in a New Year's Day bowl game to end the season: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1941_Sun_Bowl Date: Oct 26, 1940 Location: League Park, Cleveland, OH Score: Western Reserve wins 47-6 Here are a few pages:
  3. 9 points
    Harbor Bay went before the planning commission today for a zoning map amendments for change of use, height and area districts. There was a lot of positive feedback, but slight concern about parking since there's less than a 1-to-1 park proposal for apartments. However, McCormack and Whalen were able to speak to the benefits of TOD and the multimodal connectivity at this location. There seems to be a lot of support from this project from the city, neighborhood groups, west side mark tenants, and Ohio City Inc. Even the neighboring business owner spoke on Harbor Bay's behalf. Can't wait for this project to really get off the ground.
  4. 8 points
    Sorry about the screenshot, but looks like the beacon is open for leasing
  5. 8 points
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019 Downtown-lakefront land bridge has momentum, funding If the city has its way, a $65 million land bridge linking Downtown Cleveland's malls to the lakefront could soon be the centerpiece of a multi-faceted plan to enhance the area around North Coast Harbor. Developments surrounding the proposed land bridge include expansion of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center, Cumberland Real Estate Development's next phases as well as a multi-modal transportation center. MORE" https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2019/02/downtown-lakefront-land-bridge-has.html
  6. 8 points
    RIP to every drunk girl that takes a picture under their sign
  7. 7 points
    This just sounds like more "damned kids" nonsense that has literally been said about every single younger generation for... ever. Is there any actual evidence that Y is inherently any different than past generations in terms of motivation? Because what I see is a Boomer-built economy that craps all over them every single day. Where school is out of reach due to cost. Where raising a family needs 2 or more jobs for every adult. Where reliable, long-lasting careers are scarce at best. Where they have seen the housing market wiped out. Where the retirement age steadily moves further away. Where Social Security won't be waiting for them. Where income hasn't kept up with inflation. Where even service jobs are under threat by automation. Where nothing is certain economically or socially. And then waking up every day and having to hear how lazy and entitled you are. Bernie isn't going to fix any of that. He had his 15 minutes and I hope he quickly falls out during the campaign.
  8. 7 points
    Not sure if anyone has ever posted about this, but the Missouri Census Data Center has a fun tool where it tells you the population of any given radius based on 2016 5-Year Estimates. Since we often debate which of the 3 C's has the larger downtown population I decided to use the tool to calculate the population within 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 30 miles for each of the 3 C's. I used Public Square, the Ohio Statehouse, and Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center as the middle point (those are the defaults when you type in the name of each of the cities). Here are the results: Cincinnati 1-mile: 16,367 2-mile: 68,944 5-mile: 300,309 10-mile: 788,668 20-mile: 1,549,027 30-mile: 1,964,486 Columbus 1-mile: 9,533 2-mile: 54,350 5-mile: 319,144 10-mile: 941,430 20-mile: 1,507,420 30-mile: 1,795,130 Cleveland 1-mile: 12,695 2-mile: 36,406 5-mile: 248,278 10-mile: 817,570 20-mile: 1,565,665 30-mile: 2,275,353 An obvious caveat here is that if you draw a circle around Downtown CLE then part of that circle will be in Lake Erie. This didn't really come into play for the 1-mile radius but definitely had an effect on the larger ones. But based on this, Cincy has the largest "downtown" population, defined as 1-mile or 2-miles from the center of downtown. Once you start moving away from downtown, Columbus takes over--with the highest number of people within 5-miles of the center of downtown. At the 20-mile marker Cleveland overcomes the lake effect and at 30 miles it takes in a good chunk of Akron. I think the most interesting thing about these numbers are how close they are to each other. It's very interesting that we have three cities that are basically the same size and have similar population distributions at these radii.
  9. 7 points
    I'm honestly happy with this. Mid-size buildings still make downtown feel so much bigger. This is going to fill in a huge gap.
  10. 6 points
    I hadn't seen this anywhere, but there is an ongoing push to add a Platform (aka Paddle) Tennis facility on Cleveland Rowing Foundation property in the Flats near Merwin's Wharf. Would be a really cool addition to a growing Recreation hub in that area. Details: https://www.cleptf.org/
  11. 6 points
    It really would be great if the land bridge design from the 30's was truly incorporated, statues and all, with a modern-flair. I like the idea of an Art-Deco revival in modern architecture, and this could be a great opportunity to dream about what that might look like.
  12. 6 points
    I love seeing everyone flock into downtown again! The next few years are going to be fun. I'm also getting an apartment (hopefully at the Beacon) after I graduate from CSU in May.
  13. 6 points
    Lawd, you better preach... Hell, I got "profiled" on MLK Jr. Day, the day before Obama's inauguration after doing an "I Have A Dream" speech montage for CNN with another UrbanOhioan. At least the NYPD sent me (and hundreds of other black males) a check! I always say to folks who truly don't understand the idea of being profiled for simply doing menial things in life...Imagine, that person in a Walmart aisle, or selling cigarettes, or leaving the club, or sleeping in a car, or walking with a hoodie, or driving from a BP gas station on Boston Road in the Bronx...as your mother, father, sibling, or grandparent...and something "happens." How would YOU feel about the situation? Give them the benefit of the doubt? Or quick to judge? The Covington boys story is a ten-second blip in Black America. When you deal with comments like "race-outrage" story or right-leaning folks bringing up Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and Maxine Waters, the conversation tends to go nowhere as the underlining issue isn't addressed: Empathy.
  14. 6 points
    IF they were well-built, substantial and to scale, I think we could all find them homey -- despite Superior's breadth. I'm not holding my breath.
  15. 6 points
    The tapered corners look much better IMO. The original design would look dated now.
  16. 6 points
    we are actually doing it on our own. it isn't required by any of the financing. that said, our lender is investing o-zone dollars at a reduced rate, which frees up the cash flow enough to lower the rents some on a good chunk of these units. typical financing would not allow us to do this, especially with ground up construction. hopefully more people can utilize ozone equity this way and thank you. I appreciate it. this financing has allowed us to be more creative then I think traditional lending would have allowed and I am excited to see how it turns out
  17. 6 points
    Correct. And they will continue to be only bars and restaurants. As more people locate to this neighborhood and those adjacent, you should see a tenant mix, similar to what you see in most strip centers/neighborhood retail centers throughout the area/country. Those with a pet store, barbershop, apparel retailer, drug store, hardware store, tailor, etc. Businesses that will thrive off that captive population's needs. Remember when the CVS on Euclid and 9th used to close at like 6 and was not open at all on the weekends? Now it stays open until 10pm and is open weekends, all because of the increased population up and down Euclid.
  18. 6 points
    I’ve got a decent view of the crane from my new office, I’ll try to post one of these weekly. Hopefully it will start to peak through this Spring!
  19. 6 points
    That article assumes a lot, including the premise that anyone with empathy for Palestinians is anti-semitic. But that is not uncommon in American media and politics. If you define anti-semite as someone who is hostile or prejudiced against people for being Jewish, then no, I don't believe that either of them are anti-semites because they both are protesting the actions of the Israeli government that contravene basic principles of freedom that most Americans would agree with. Rep. Omar tweeted an opinion that some of Israel's actions in Gaza were evil. The cited article interprets that tweet as anti-semitic, but seems hyperbolic: Where does that come from -- are they referring to a different tweet? The article quotes her explanation for the tweet, again being critical of Israel's military action in Gaza. So she's saying that she's critical of Israel's military actions in Gaza, not Israel because it is Jewish. Twitter limits the ability to express complex thoughts, but the Tweet does include hashtags specific to Gaza, and does not call all Jews evil, but refers to "evil doings." Mai Lai was evil. Arguably Nagasaki was evil, firebombing Tokyo and Dresden, torturing detainees, separating immigrants fleeing persecution from their children, knowingly giving smallpox-infested blankets to a Native Americans known to be susceptible to the disease, slavery -- Americans throughout history have committed evil, but not all Americans are evil. I don't know that there is any way to be critical of Israel's military without being branded an anti-semite by some Americans. Rep. Tlaib argued against the law prohibiting the BDS movement in the U.S. on the grounds that it was anti- free speech. The link leads to an interview transcript where she talks more about BDS. MH is the interviewer. So of course it is not surprising that as a Palestinian-American from Detroit, with family in Palestine, she is not happy about the way the Israeli government treats Palestinians. But she frames the BDS movement as a free speech issue. We should all support your right to urge others to boycott (name your cause), whether we agree with your position or not. That's why we have Unite the White rallies in the US. The BDS movement is not anti-Jewishness, it is anti-Israeli-treatment-of-Palestinians. https://bdsmovement.net/what-is-bds It can be an interesting exercise to revisit the Declaration of Independence, and how many of our ancestors' complaints about the government of King George match Palestinians' complaints about Israel's government. Israel controls Gaza, but does not have the consent of Gazans to do so. (Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank do not get to vote for representatives in Israel's government) Israel's military occupies Palestinian territory. Israel controls the borders of Palestinian territory. Etc. https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript Yes, many people in the US would say that criticism of Israel's actions is anti-semitic, but I do not.
  20. 6 points
    Can we leave this alone? Not to be That Guy (again)... but there's a couple of things going on here that can't be ignored, as population growth follows job growth: 1) Cleveland's regional population has been stagnate, at best, for going on 50 years. Time stands still for no one, not even Cleveland. Columbus and Cincinnati haven't had the same constraints economically as Cleveland and continued their growth trajectory. Cleveland did not. 2) Cleveland's economy for generations was centered on manufacturing, which began declining locally during the 60s. 3) Cleveland is JUST NOW beginning to see the fruits of transitioning away from manufacturing and into an Eds and Meds centered economy. Though manufacturing will always be a cornerstone of Cleveland's economy, the region is not as dependent on it, which is a good thing. Manufacturing is much more prone to contraction when the national and world economy contracts. 4) Statistics point to the region growing economically and finally getting to the point were we could (if the next recession doesn't wipe away everything... and it won't since the region's restructured economy isn't based primarily on manufacturing) pass our 2002 employment numbers within the next year or so. That's close to 20 years of trying to play catch-up while other regions haven't had the same issues. 5) Other regions do not have the same history as Cleveland's. That will never change. Cleveland's history is diverse, rich, and colorful and is something we can all be proud of REGARDLESS of which region is now the largest in the state. Again, we've had to play catch-up due to how the region's economy was structured. Cleveland is better positioned now more than at any time within a generation for growth now and in the future. Maybe Cleveland will see some growth both in the city and the region as a whole during the next census, though that growth will be minimal due to just replacing the population that left. Just traveling around town one can see the decline the region has faced. We have a long way to go, but we'll get there.
  21. 6 points
    I'd come upon some photos of old Cleveland neighborhood movie theaters and thought I would re-imagine them somewhat in their current surroundings. The Abby Theater was in Collinwood and The Norwood was on St. Clair near E. 65th St.
  22. 6 points
    @X Let's finish the Masonic Memorial Tower!
  23. 6 points
  24. 6 points
    Because of the boomers and Gen X, millennials and Gen Z are now: - saddled with college debt well into their 30s - unable to purchase homes (see above) - have lower net worths than previous generations - less likely to out earn their parents - spend more on childcare - wealth inequality is growing All while millennials are, contrary to the popular narrative, harder working than boomers and Gen X by the data. So I wouldn’t say we’re “entitled” but we do think our parents have F’ed up the way things work yeah.
  25. 6 points
    I'm probably in the minority here, but I'd rather infill the downtown parking craters with midrise buildings and get more life in the neighborhood first, and then build another big tower in 20 years. (It will probably be 20 years before Jacobs decides to do anything with that lot anyway.)
  26. 6 points
    CLE needs a west side extension of its existing light-rail along Detroit Avenue.
  27. 6 points
    The car-dependency of this region isn't going to change because I developer wants it to. It's going to change when the voters and elected officials of this region start providing significant dollars for transportation infrastructure and services other than those for cars. A developer simply will not win financing for his projects in a city like Cleveland unless it meets the investor's minimum threshold for parking spaces. There's a reason why we have so many buildings have succumbed to surface parking lots and garages downtown -- because we've neglected all the other transportation alternatives to driving. Give people a more attractive way to get downtown from where they live and the land uses downtown will start to change. We should probably discuss this further in another thread. This is probably a good one....
  28. 5 points
    I think many of you will be pleased with the recommended developer (a local company) and especially the architect (a global firm). While I don't know what their plans are, I would be very surprised (and disappointed) that this would be just a row of pricey townhouses, given the team involved. And you may find just as interesting who one of the rejected applicants was. If you want to learn more or share your opinions on whether this site should be developed, I encourage you to go to the Duck Island Block Club meeting on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Forest City Brewery.
  29. 5 points
  30. 5 points
    Same, I just moved into Halle last week....walking down Euclid ave right now its fun to imagine what its going to look like from Lumen to Playhouse Square! Good bye plastic bags in windows!!
  31. 5 points
    Is there some sort of rule that ALL American politicians have to be pro-Israel? Are there not also Palestinian Americans and Muslim Americans who should also have their views represented in Congress? Why is a Muslim congresswoman from a city with a large Muslim population expected to be 100% behind Israel and their lobbying group? Certain factions of the Jewish population, and those on the Right who wish to exploit them to serve their own needs, are quick to label any criticism of Israel as antisemetic, and it's *******. You can criticize Israel and their human rights violations without being anti-semetic. It's also completely laughable to see the resident trolls conservatives here saying that Democrats have become the party of antisemitism when POTUS called actual Nazis who chanted "Jews will not replace us" very fine people. A Trump supporter shot up a synagogue in Pittsburgh because he was outraged by the congregation's support for immigrants. You literally cannot be more anti-semetic than massacring Jews in a temple. Sorry, but a critique of AIPAC's influence on American politics doesn't even compare to the blatant racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and yes, antisemitism espoused by the right almost daily. The majority of Jews in this country vote Democratic, and it's really not even that close. Why would they vote for an antisemetic party? This whole situation with the representative from MN has been blown out of proportion by the Right, who constantly seizes on any slip up (real or perceived) of the left to deflect from the disaster their party has become. The party who elected, enabled, and stands by Donald F**king Trump has NO room to cast aspersions at the other side for being insensitive or offensive. Period.
  32. 5 points
    Going for the Kowloon look I guess.
  33. 5 points
    Statues are public art pieces that are meant to honor important people in society. Obviously no one is infallible (many presidents owned slaves themselves, FDR locked up thousands of Japanese-Americans in concentration camps, etc), but honoring confederate generals who fought to continue owning other human beings as slaves does not seem like the appropriate thing to do. These are public spaces that are meant to show our virtues and honor those who made improvements to our culture and society. Also, these statues were created after the Civil War as a way to intimidate black people and let them know that they still aren't equal. No one is suggesting these statues shouldn't be able to exist in museums or private spaces, but they shouldn't be prominently placed in public parks and buildings to honor people who committed treason - killing their own countrymen - to own slaves.
  34. 5 points
    You said return on investment. Our public sectors don't get paid back financially for what they do nor should they. We do so for the benefit of humanity. We can measure that without monetizing it. Read the Osborne report of 2014 on the condition of the Justice Center five years ago. In particular, they note the existing center will require $179 million over 10 years in repairs just to survive to its 50th birthday when the complex will need to be completely rebuilt/replaced. So we just p'ssed away $179 million and will have to spend more money for reconstruction/replacement because things only get more expensive the longer we delay acting. No one said demolishing the existing justice center. You assumed it. An example of government project that was under budget and saved taxpayers money? How about two, both by our very own county.... The county's convention center hotel was way under budget, pays its way, and produces economic benefits to the county. The other? The county administration building. It was built by a private developer for less cost than originally budgeted, the county is paying less in lease fees than it was in maintaining/renting its many scattered offices around downtown, and the county gets to buy it at the end of its lease for $1. The latter is probably the model the county will use in building the new justice center. So you wanted one example. I gave you two. Both are by the same county you decry as being unable to achieve it. You might have to move to find whatever makes you happy, although I doubt moving will help you find it. Everything has a price. I prefer a higher quality of life which costs money, often paid in taxes. I prefer one court building, not seven. I prefer one jail, not a handful. We are one urbanized county. Let's not continue as 58 chaotic, powerless, uncoordinated fiefdoms. I don't want to keep playing us-and-them games common to balkanized, stagnant metro areas.
  35. 5 points
  36. 5 points
    Trump is racist. Full stop. Anyone who excuses it or looks the other way, like yourself, is at least supporting racism. Full stop. Some Democrats and liberals did something racist. Full stop. No one has ever said that no liberal or Democrat has ever done anything racist. Full stop. You can both be critical of Republican racism without endorsing it from Democrats. Full stop. Condemning racism no matter the source should require no whataboutism, no hypocrisy, no excuses. If you truly cared about racism, you would never do anything but condemn it. Why can't you do that, Don? I condemn it with every liberal, Democrat, Republican, conservative and Independent. I don't owe racists a damned thing. Why do you, Don?
  37. 5 points
    Update on Mayfield Lofts/Station and La Collina apartments.... La Collina Mayfield Station/Lofts
  38. 5 points
    Got word today that an AT&T store is going in at the corner of East 9th in Euclid at the Schofield. The location was formerly the Holiday pop up bar and former Nike Pop Up store.
  39. 5 points
    I'm amazed how this section of Hubbard Park Place manages to convincingly look like an old warehouse building. We need five of these on the surface lots around 4th & Spring downtown. Ground floor expansion of the graduate hotel project is fully underway. Soulless Vancouver should be fully complete on the exterior soon. They're moving very quickly. Another one that seemingly went up overnight. The residential portion behind it is at foundation level right now. Been waiting months for the Brunner Building to finish the stonework sections separating the first two floors from the residential portion. Surprised the final color for that windowless portion of the wall is going to be that bright white. The closer this project gets to completion the less I like it. Something about the design is a little bit off. The glass is too reflective and the weird roof deck covered patio messes with the proportions. Oh well.
  40. 5 points
    ?? Fox is far more factually biased than any other news station on television. Studies have basically confirmed this. There is literally no reason to watch Fox News if you want factual information, especially if you're boycotting MSNBC for being too biased.
  41. 5 points
    I recently read somewhere that cities that havent gone the annex route i.e. Cleveland, might be better off in the long run. The center city wont be on the hook to deal with these low desity overbuilt infrastructure places when they start failing and become financially insolvent, which they most likely will due to the very nature they were built. Sure you can try to retro fit them but that seems like an uphill battle. I hadent thought about it that way but its an interesting take and I could see it possibly playing out that way.
  42. 5 points
  43. 5 points
    Socialism has saved the US economy time and time again, every time capitalism falls apart. It floors me there are people who still treat it as a bad word, who still believe capitalism can exist without it.
  44. 5 points
    I was at the broker event 2 weeks ago for Market Square when Harbor Bay gave a detailed presentation on the project. They are pushing to go as high as possible with the mass-timber framing but it's a very new concept and local building departments need education on how to evaluate it's structural calcs. Regardless, I think it's the most exciting project I've seen in the city for sometime, probably since the Snavely development at the Quarter. Ironically Dan Whalen of Harbor Bay used to work for Snavely...
  45. 5 points
    Just to be clear, there are no parking minimums downtown. The requirements posted earlier were for outside the CBD. Stark could build this without a single parking space if it made sense to. To the point about encouraging development on surface lots -- you don't devalue parking by adding more parking. That's not how it works. If anything it'll put downward pressure on prices which would just encourage more people to drive downtown. You encourage development on surface parking by either increasing taxes on undeveloped land (a land value tax) and/or improving transit so it's reasonable alternative to driving.
  46. 5 points
    You know what would have been a brilliant move? Getting funding for the wall when his party controlled the government for the last 23 months. The mental gymnastics you Trump supporters use to make him look competent. It's hilarious.
  47. 5 points
    No, I agree. One of the successes of Pittsburgh - and granted they have geographic limitations that promote density - is that they have dozens of buildings in the 10-20 story range. For some reason, I feel like we as Clevelanders would rather 1 80 story tower get built instead of 4 20 story buildings.
  48. 5 points
    So I got curious where the Ohio downtowns rank among the country's largest cities. I compared the top 35 most populous cities (as defined by metro area pop) and looked at both 1 mile and 2 mile radii. Here is the result for 1-mile: And here is the result for 2 miles: So room for improvement for all three of Ohio's big cities. If we want our big cities to be walkable, vibrant, and transit-friendly we should be focusing on moving up these lists.
  49. 5 points
    *Clinks on Thread* *Swiftly exits thread forever*
  50. 5 points
    This raises an interesting proposition, @KJP, and one I think worth addressing. I read Yuval Noah Harari's new book "21 Lessons for the 21st Century" recently, and he raises some good points... First, as automation begins to replace laborers, new careers will actually emerge from that. One example he offered is unmanned aircraft. Where in the past, you could use a pilot to fly over combat areas to take photos and video, then use a team of about 12-15 to dissect the pictures - now we have unmanned aircraft that require teams of 15-20 to fly, and an additional 30-40 personnel to capture and analyze the photos. However, these residual jobs are usually reserved for people who are already highly trained. So, we get confronted with the fact that unskilled workers may be replaced by new technology every 5-15 years, which would require several career changes and, to be frank, probably a feeling of exasperation from these laborers. I see areas in energy efficiency and coding as a new major sector of "blue collar" workers - neither should require a college degree and both will be evolving fields for at least the next 30-40 years. Beyond that, 78% of Cleveland's minority children are born to single parents - this is likely a vicious cycle caused by the lack of economic and educational opportunities and will only continue to worsen until we pay attention to our poorest neighborhoods in a way that isn't a band-aid. That means local government incentivizing private investments in these neighborhoods. Unfortunately, that will always lead to displacement in some instances - but I believe it's an ends justify the means situation. Moreover, we need to demand that our local companies hire locally - even if that just means kids from Case, JCU, BWU, Hiram, Oberlin, Cleveland State, and Tri-C or even certain career centers, keeping students in Cleveland as professionals is critical.
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