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  1. ^ Love the sentence about people relocating to Cleveland from the west coast.
  2. Thanks for finding that. At first glance that seems like an awful lot of down time (13.5%) of the year so far. Not sure how that compares to previous years or other rail systems though. I'm sure you would know better than I, but I'm under the impression most systems do maintenance at night when the trains normally don't run? I just recall the huge uproar when the DC Metro shut down for that one weekend for maintenance.
  3. Is there anything that keeps track of exactly how many days the Blue/Green lines were out of service? Many times I have planned to take the Blue Line downtown only to find out its down for the entire weekend. Seemed to coincide alot with events going on downtown which would normally boost the numbers. That could have something to do with the decrease. I always choose to drive when its down. Normally I take the train because it's much quicker than driving, but there's no way the replacement bus would be.
  4. I really like the large covered front porches. I think that's a nice aspect to tie the overall contemporary design in with the existing neighborhood homes.
  5. Unfortunately I'm sure one of the first aspects of the plan will be to tear out all of the beautiful mature trees and then plant saplings which will die. That seems to be the usual track we take with redoing any public space. I hope it can be different this time.
  6. Went down Detroit thru Quarter last night. It looks great and makes a wonderful impression on that area. This has to be the closest thing to perfect for a non-TOD development in the area - built to the street, high density of residential, good mix of street level retail, underground parking, affordable units in rehabbing existing buildings, and new build replacing a former blighted parking lot. The plaza on the corner with 25th has turned out nicely too. We need about 50 more of these projects in the city right now.
  7. Streamlining is definitely the answer. Collaboration with other cities in that streamlining process is an even better answer. South Euclid is weeks away from beginning our roll out of a streamlined and combined process through CitizenServe. Contractors will be able to register, pull permits, submit plans, schedule inspections (we can usually have someone out within 1-2 days, if not same day). Not only that but businesses will be able to apply for permits and licensing, property owners and managers can register their rentals, submit payments and schedule inspections. All code enforcement will also be available online, including photos along with citations for the owners, inspection reports can be pulled online for the sales process, and complaints submitted. The best part though is we are rolling this out along side Lakewood, Cleveland Hts, Parma, Shaker Hts, and University Hts, with other suburbs waiting to join. Contractors for example will be able to register and pull permits for multiple cities all at once, instead of having to spend valuable time and money between different city halls. We are working to bring permitting into line with each other so as to further simplify the process. There is nothing to be gained by making or keeping the process more difficult than it can be. Obviously the city should not work for and on behalf of developers, but it should be recognized that one can be good for one can also be good for the other. Based on the above post, its great to see Cleveland is starting to move in the same direction, but would be better if they were working with other municipalities too, instead of again going alone.
  8. Very interesting. Did the developer contract with them? Or is it the city?
  9. PoshSteve

    Cleveland: General Business & Economic News

    They haven't released the full list updated to show September (this is still based on the preliminary August numbers), but just to put into perspective: Out of large metros with over 500,000 employees, only 17 had a percentage increase as much or more than Cleveland. Lately we've been on par with Denver, Charlotte, and Portland. If this can be sustained - and the August numbers being revised up makes me hopefully - metro population growth is either happening already, or soon will be. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17rlF_mcsGCCVZoh-F6DSd4lwFM5nbCaudcozbMkGa9U/edit?usp=sharing (link is a copy of the BLS state/metro numbers with the large and faster growing regions highlighted)
  10. What is the geography being covered by these numbers? Are the Cleveland numbers only Cuyahoga County? Doesn't seem they would be including Akron or Canton (is Sandusky a part of our total?). Are the Columbus numbers for all of Central Ohio? One of my buddies dug into this, and that's exactly what it looks to be.
  11. I don't think tourism is overrated at all. I can't recall the exact term for it, but one of the cornerstones of a healthy and stable economy is the ability to bring in outside money. If your entire economy is based on the same group of people exchanging their money, it will never grow. Industries that bring in money from outside the region (especially from outside the country) are the keys to growing our region. Cleveland is already pretty good at this, even in areas which typically wouldn't be. Healthcare and education for example typically are industries which only move money around within a local economy. One of the reasons building a regions "new" economy on those alone can be dangerous. Cleveland though has places like the Clinic which is world known and brings in many patients from out of the state/country. Tourism is another piece to that which brings in outside sources of money. It should be better off being discussed in the "Rural Ohio is Dying" thread, but one of the reasons small Ohio towns and cities struggle now (outside of tourist and college towns) is because they now lack any sort of economy which brings in outside sources of money. They are slowly being bled dry by their own local spending trickling away. Cleveland needs to continue to strive to bring in even more tourists.
  12. PoshSteve

    Opportunity Zones

    I think many of ours in the Cleveland area are well placed for where it makes sense to see new development and redevelopment. While Cincinnati and Columbus include inner neighborhoods and brownfields, they also look to have huge swaths of exurbs and greenfields - not the case around Cleveland. The argument can certainly be made against Cleveland including the near west side and downtown, but I'd much rather see this money be invested in core neighborhoods than places like Oakwood or Grafton.
  13. ^ I live in one of those buildings in Shake on the Blue Line. My condo looks right out over the tracks, and I have never seen a ghost train. When I see them going by during rush hours, they look packed. Even on non-peak hours the trains have a good fill of people. I have also never been alone waiting and getting on/off at my stop, which isn't one of the "main" stops. The rapids are definitely a part of life in Shaker, even for people like me who could drive instead. Everyone around my age who I work with would love to be able to take transit to work - its just not feasible with the current system we have. Even if the people of the new TODs aren't taking the rail for every trip, the option to do so is liberating and certainly makes the location more attractive. I fully agree with adding feeders to the rail routes - be it streetcars, or BRTs (down Northfield from Van Aken Center would be a good start until the Blue Line is extended).
  14. From the PD today, its only 20 positions being eliminated in Cleveland
  15. I'm not really bothered by the "student housing" look. That seems to be the look that most new build non-premium rental is now days. But the garage is another story. Would it be much more difficult to position the garage inside the second building? Put it in the center with the apartments wrapped around it, instead of having a courtyard. The whole purpose of the courtyard is to give natural light to those units, and I would think being on the outside with a view would be a better option. They could probably get higher rents for exterior units too. I agree too that its strange it lacks any retail space. This, in addition to the first phase and directly adjacent townhouses should be enough to at least support a coffee shop.
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