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  1. 3 points
    RTA Redline Greenway development prompts clash of positive values: Steven Litt This should be a time for rejoicing among trail advocates in Northeast Ohio and particularly on Cleveland’s West Side. Instead, there’s an air of conflict over part of the $6 million, 2.3-mile Red Line Greenway, which Cleveland Metroparks plans to build starting this summer on land leased from the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority along the rapid transit Red Line. When finished in 2020, the greenway will run from West 65th Street at the Zone Recreation Center to Columbus Road at Franklin Avenue along the Cuyahoga River. People really don't want to see this Greenway, huh? I disregarded McNulty's op-ed as self motivated garbage [as a developer]. I'm very pro green space, especially since our "Forest City" really lacks green space in many areas of the urban core, but I think this outrage is misguided. This greenway is a great project, but TOD could be well integrated with the project. The 1.3 acre proposed site seems to really be a small part out of total the 2.3 mile greenway. Plus, the Irishtown Bend's 23 acre park is a stone throw away will provide ample green space.
  2. 3 points
    I'm having a really hard time following your arguments. You have said that you don't watch a lot of news, and you don't trust any media, but rather think critically for yourself -- then you say that media is "retaliating" against the president and the Democratic Party is adopting radical left policies. Those are right-wing and media talking points. Something doesn't add up. Are you aware of any capitalistic systems where the absence of government laws and regulations did not lead to wealth inequality and wage stagnation? As far as I know, historically capital has always beat labor until labor revolts. And then you say democratic controls over capitalism could be a good thing. And I'm really confused. I certainly agree that there should be a way to rewrite laws and regulations so that they are simpler and clearer, but I suspect that the Legislative and Executive branches sometimes do not want simplicity or clarity. Which also is telling. There is no substitute in democracy for an involved electorate paying attention to what their elected officials are doing, and protesting loudly when they do stupid shit. Finding a way to reduce the influence of money in politics is a noble goal. I have no idea what ACO proposal you're referring to, my google searches turn up Accountable Care Organizations, which do not seem to be socialist or a government proposal. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/patients/information/aco And the Green New Deal (assuming that is what you mean by GND) is just a bunch of goals to address climate change and carbon emissions. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/2/7/18211709/green-new-deal-resolution-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-markey The details will be worked out in committees and likely (hopefully) will be debated vigorously. Not every law or regulation of commerce is "socialist" -- whether it was to ban rock dust from being sold as flour, to banning arsenic from being added to drinking water, or the enactment of drunk driving laws as a prerequisite to highway funds, we are in general agreement that those regulations have been a good thing for the country, despite their "restrictions" on commerce.
  3. 3 points
    The "radical left" (why is it never the radical right?) is "literally socialist", claimed by someone who does not pay attention to news, agendas, or politics in general and "likes to think critically"....is a weird take.
  4. 3 points
    So, on a sheer economic principle - I think the Green New Deal is worthy of being put on a roll of Charmin Ultra and used accordingly. Nonetheless, in what way (and I honestly don't know) would it be an affront on civil liberties. When I think of an infringement on civil liberties, I think of a policy that infringes on the 1st, 4th, 5th, 13th, 14th, et al amendments that have been incorporated into the Due Process Clause - which the Pledge of Allegiance issue would be vis a vis the 1st Amendment. What aspects of the Green New Deal would do that?
  5. 3 points
    No, empty conduit was installed at the beginning of the project to carry the overhead wires. It's possible they still need to run the remaining overhead wiring through the empty conduit, or its possible new wiring has already been run and the existing just needs to be removed. The only digging up left will be removing the remaining old overhead utility poles and replacing the (temporary) concrete that was poured around them.
  6. 3 points
    To be fair, the radical left does not control the Democratic Party. And the movement to implement more social democratic controls on capitalism has a long history, predating the New Deal. Recent resurgence of extreme wealth inequality and stagnation of hourly-worker wages in the US demonstrates the need for more restrictions on capitalism. That is not the same as socialism, however, which is government control of industries (see China, Cuba). Social Democracy is working well in western and northern Europe, where standards of living and overall happiness is increasing faster than in the US. Despite official Republican dogma that We Are The Greatest, that is more and more often not true, unfortunately. Until we recognize these problems and come up with ways to address them, we will continue to fall behind the rest of the world.
  7. 2 points
    Looking at a few websites and it looks like Residences at the Halle only has one suite available, The Garfield is practically leased up with only two suites available (after floating at 80% for a long time), and The Standard now is 2/3 leased (it's slowly getting there). All good signs with the new inventory that's about to come to the market.
  8. 2 points
    that's a lot of words that sure do make sentences.
  9. 2 points
    crown heights is losing melanin faster that trump is losing pesos to pay for his wall. just look at that render foreground, becky is pointing out her new apt and deshawn is getting out of there as fast as he can.
  10. 2 points
    Columbus also has three malls or major shopping areas, Tuttle, Polaris and Easton. Westland and Eastland malls are dead malls. Cleveland has Crocker Park, Great Northern, South Park, Great Lakes Mall, Beachwood Mall, Legacy Village, Eton Collection and Pinecrest. Not to mention other large retail draws and Power Centers like Golden gate/Eastgate. There are too many retail centers for the current retail landscape. The eastern Cuyahoga County area has some of the best demographics at a national level. I've heard the Saks and Nordstrom there have above average sales per foot. That saidI think the oversaturation of retail centers and X's point about growth rates have something to do with it. Columbus is also a test market for a lot of brands, so there may be something to that as well.
  11. 2 points
    Large national chains are looking at growth rates as much as at population or income.
  12. 2 points
    only in the eyes of a partisan hack is a non existent thing worse than and an existing one.
  13. 2 points
    Sorry to say, you've fallen for the GOP propaganda. Al Gore was called a socialist in their 1996 VP debate. Barack Obama was a "secret socialist." The ACA - which was based on a healthcare model implemented by a Republican governor in Massachusetts and green-lighted by the conservative think-tank the Heritage foundation - was called socialist. The GOP has no other playbook than to call the candidates they don't like "socialists" and social safety net policies, which are ordinary in the rest of the developed world, as socialism.
  14. 2 points
    I didn't waste my time commenting. I'm retired now. Looks like you wasted your time though. Chill out man. We're not saving the world here. just having our little say.
  15. 2 points
    That Dental School is just an abysmal bunker. The renderings weren't very promising, but it looks even worse in reality.
  16. 1 point
    watch 16 y.o. alex chilton and the box tops mime their hit song for the zillionth time on the upbeat show in cleveland 1967. the results are pretty funny. you'll also see why children by million loved alex when he came around. anywaaaaay. bonus -- box tops and left banke band members post in the comment section.
  17. 1 point
    Ok, so these are all things you agree with? But you don't like government doing it because of this fear of "authoritarian" whatnot. So you just hope that private citizens will pick up the slack? Feels a bit iffy... Education will directly lead to our country's and even our species' advancement, it shouldn't be left to chance. Social Safety nets are there for multiple reasons, not the least of which is to ensure people don't revolt and takeaway all the rich people's assets. Having a smaller population of people in poverty can directly lead to more wealth being spread around the populace and more productivity/gdp for the country at large as people who have less spend everything they get, and people who have a lot tend to hoard it. So, if we agree these are all admirable goals and they should be done without leaving too much up to chance... shouldn't we come up with a fair way for the country as a whole to share the burden? Maybe the people with the most can pay a little more, and the people with the least can get a pass since they are the ones we're trying to help. Man, if only we had a way to do that... My point is, the systems basically works as is. We just need to tweak some things. Yes, corrupt government ruins everything and that's why it's astounding people thought Trump could help fix it. So to your point earlier, we just need to attack the corruption and the reason why the bad people want to get into politics. Once that happens, things would work much better.
  18. 1 point
    Capitalism and Darwinism are both pretty harsh, and as we have seen through Jesus to the New Deal we have collectively (not universally) agreed that we should collectively, via our government, take steps to minimize the harsher side-effects of capitalism. Whether you were born on top or bottom, the struggle to get to the top and stay there is much different. Trump did not become a millionaire debtor from the slums, and is only still (at least in theory) a millionaire thanks to government bankruptcy protection. Government works, even though it could be better. Continue the struggle to improve it! Our taxes are part of our collective agreement to pay for the government to protect the common good. There are people who agree with you, that we should not pay taxes until Washington Gets Cleaned Up, including those who think we shouldn't give the Pentagon another dime until they can account for the money that they have already been given. Neither side wants to continue to protect our air and water or provide for our military in the meantime, and so far neither side has won a majority. Yes, keep working to get money and corrupt politicians out of government, democracy requires eternal vigilance, right?
  19. 1 point
    Fair point, but that's why I used the Census document which standardizes downtowns by just using distance from City Hall. It's not perfect but it makes things pretty comparable. And great use of jawn!
  20. 1 point
    The Diary of a Cleveland, Ohio Industrial Building If buildings could have diaries, the complex of industrial structures along Ashland Road in Cleveland, Ohio would be overflowing with details on its long and illustrious history. Not much has been written about the complex, owing to a lack of information easily available, and misinterpretations based on various first-hand accounts and urban explorers. But what was uncovered was fascinating and complicated, more so than originally envisioned, and despite a wealth of materials uncovered, there are still gaps that have not yet been resolved. Founded in 1796 near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, Cleveland became a manufacturing hub due to its location along Lake Erie and along several canals and railroads that branched out like limbs on a tree. To connect its growing neighborhoods with its bustling downtown, streetcars powered by horses and mules were used, but there was a push to electrify these lines by 1890. In the spring of 1888, the East Cleveland Railroad Company, one of many streetcar companies, began constructing a power plant at Cedar Avenue and Ashland Road to operate their lines by electricity. Below is a postcard from the Walter C. Leedy Collection at the Michael Schwartz Library Special Collections, Cleveland State University. The new Cedar Avenue Power House was opened on December 18, 1888 and featured three high speed engines belted to two No. 16 Edison street railway bipolar generators, the largest of Edison's generators, which operated at 1,000 RPMs. Three horizontal tubular boilers, equipped with Murphy stokers, supplied steam to the engines. One Berryman heater, with two pumps, supplied the boilers, and a 175-foot smokestack was constructed. Also inside was a hand crane of eight-tons capacity built by Phoenix Iron Works of Cleveland. Upon the starting of the power plant, four electrical cars were in operation and the East Cleveland Street Railway extended its electric service to Public Square on its Euclid line in July 1889. Below are photographs taken in 2012 of the Cedar Avenue Power House. The original windows, with their arches, were modified, and the smokestacks long dismantled. The plant was expanded in late 1889 with three high speed Armington & Sims engines of 250 HP and 200 RPM each. The new engines were twice the capacity of the first three engines, and were belted to two No. 32 Edison generators, twice the size of the originals. Four additional boilers were added, as well as a 135-foot high smokestack. Below is a photograph of the new engine. From Woodward, H.W. "The Evolution of Electric Railway Power Plant Apparatus, as Illustrated by the Cedar Avenue Station of the Cleveland Electric Railway Co." The Engineer 39.7 (1 Apr. 1902). The boiler plant can be seen below. From Woodward, H.W. "The Evolution of Electric Railway Power Plant Apparatus, as Illustrated by the Cedar Avenue Station of the Cleveland Electric Railway Co." The Engineer 39.7 (1 Apr. 1902). The next year saw the addition with two Cooper Corliss engines belted to a large jack shaft and seven boilers. A third Corliss engine was installed two years later, and the three original engines were removed soon after - replaced with an Allis engine the same size as the Corliss, belted to two 150 KW Edison bipolar generators. Below are two photographs of the engines. From Woodward, H.W. "The Evolution of Electric Railway Power Plant Apparatus, as Illustrated by the Cedar Avenue Station of the Cleveland Electric Railway Co." The Engineer 39.7 (1 Apr. 1902). Yet another addition was finished in 1892 with four Cooper Corliss single cylinder engines rated at 750 HP and belted to a 500 KW General Electric four-pole generator, operating at 350 RPMs. Eventually, there were two batteries of seven and one battery of ten boilers, each being 18 feet by 72 inches and featuring 72 four-inch tubes rated at 130-horsepower. They were equipped with Murphy stokers and located adjacent to the C&P railroad tracks so that coal could be unloaded into the boiler room, directly in front of the furnace doors. In 1893, the East Cleveland Railway Company merged with Joseph Stanley's Broadway & Newburgh Street Railroad Company to form the Cleveland Electric Railway Company. It soon added Tom and Al Johnson's Brooklyn Street Railroad Company and the South Side Street Railroad Company. Soon after, the Cleveland Electric was better known as the Big Consolidated. A new boiler house was constructed in that year, consisting of ten 400 HP Babcock & Wilcox boilers. In 1897, foundations for a new power house was laid. An engineer for the company described the new plant, which would include compound engines that would supersede the single cylinder units, and multipolar direct connected generators to supplant the belted two- and four-pole machines. At its peak, the power house featured seventeen generators of 140 to 1,000 amperes capacity each. On January 1, 1899, a new 400-ton, 32-foot high General Electric generator - one of the largest in the world, was installed - measuring a whopping 4,363 amperes. It's size was second only to one ordered by the Metropolitan Electrical Company of New York and a duplicate of an order by the Louisville Street Railway Company. The fly wheel attached was 25 feet in diameter and weighed 160,000 pounds alone. Steam for the new engine was provided by a battery of ten steel boilers built by the Babcock & Wilson Company of New York, and were constructed to withstand a pressure of 200 pounds-per-square-inch. The Cedar Avenue facility was the largest non-condensing direct-current plant in the United States, and was operated non-condensing because the exhaust steam was sold to a salt company adjacent at a price that made it difficult for the central station companies in Cleveland to compete with the Cleveland Railway's power house on a per-kilowatt-hour output. Below is a photograph of the engine room of the Cedar Avenue Power House, now empty and stripped of value. An engineer with the Big Consolidated Street Railroad discussed about the power plant's future at that time, stating that electrical power distribution, similar to what was being instituted by the Metropolitan Company of New York, may be implemented for Cleveland. Land would be purchased at an area outside of the city, where land is cheap and water plentiful, and the current transmitted to substations within Cleveland where it would be distributed to various streetcar lines. The main wires would be laid in conduits and carry an alternating current of at least 6,000 volts. At the substations, the current would be passed through rotary convertors and transformed into a direct current of 500 volts. In mid-1901, Big Consolidated added a storage battery facility, which consisted of 216 cells with a normal rating of 4,000 ampere hours, weighing 2,500-pounds per cell. A differential booster, installed by the Bullock Electric Manufacturing Company of Cincinnati, was connected to the storage battery. Below is a 1913 Sanborn map showing the battery facility on the southwest corner of Cedar Avenue and Ashland Road. Below is a photograph from Woodward, H.W. "The Evolution of Electric Railway Power Plant Apparatus, as Illustrated by the Cedar Avenue Station of the Cleveland Electric Railway Co." The Engineer 39.7 (1 Apr. 1902). In 1902, a new coal handing apparatus was installed. An entire car of coal could be brought in on a transfer table and then lifted into an elevator. From there, the coal would follow an overhead track and dumped into an overhead coal storage bin. By this point, the power house was burning through 60,000 tons of coal a year, averaging 215-tons per day during the winter months. The plant also consumed 50,000 cubic feet of water per day. Below is a cross-section of this addition, from Woodward, H.W. "The Evolution of Electric Railway Power Plant Apparatus, as Illustrated by the Cedar Avenue Station of the Cleveland Electric Railway Co." The Engineer 39.7 (1 Apr. 1902). On November 15, 1912, the Cleveland Railway outsourced some power generation to the Illuminating Company to offset a power plant that was over capacity. In 1916, Cleveland Railway requested permission from city commissioners to rebuild and enlarge the power plant at a cost of $345,000, stating that the equipment was obsolete. The request was made initially in July 1915 but no action was taken. The company noted that $95,000 would be taken from the maintenance fund and $250,000 be classified as capital. Street Railway Commissioner Fielder Sanders investigated the need of the improvements, and whether it would be cheaper to outsource all power generation instead of improving the existing facilities. It was later decided that the cost to upgrade the Cedar Avenue power plant was prohibitively expensive. The production value at the Cedar Avenue facility was $1.2 million, and this, deducting the salvage of machinery and equipment estimated at $115,565, could be paid off at a rate of $20,000 per month. The cost of outsourcing electric production to the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company was less than 6 mills per kw. The cost of energy production in the Cedar Avenue plant was about 1 cent per kw. Below is a 1913 Sanborn Insurance map of the power plant. After the Cleveland Railway Company left the Cedar Avenue power house in 1917, three one- and two-story structures were used by the Cleveland Ice Machine Company. Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company post-1922 used the structure to manufacture and sell circuit breakers, elevator motors and controls, fans, fuses, insulating materials, lamps, lighting fixtures, motors, panelboards, ranges, safety switches, small turbines, solar glow heaters, stokers, switchboards, water heaters, watshour meters and welding equipment. A five-story addition on the southern end of the plant, 2203-2209 Ashland Road, was completed in 1922 of reinforced concrete with a brick exterior. It contained "Westinghouse Electric" over the primary entrance. On April 10, 1933, Westinghouse transferred its local sales and service offices to Edgewater Park, where an existing lighting products division was located. Three years later, on January 26, Thompson Products purchased several buildings from the Cleveland Railway Company. Containing 60,000 square feet os space, it housed the company's service division. Thompson Products originated in 1901 as the Cleveland Cap Screw Company, with their initial products being bolts with heads electrically welded to the shafts. They soon expanded to automobile engine valves and soon were the largest valve manufacturer in the United States. Some of their high-performance valves were later used in aircraft engines beginning with World War I. In 1926, the company was renamed Thompson Products after the general manager, Charles Thompson. On January 10, 1941, Tapco, or Thompson Aircraft Products Company, was founded as a subsidiary of Thompson Products, and called the Ashland Road facility its base. Production under Tapco soared due to the escalation of World War II, and made not only valves, but new products such as booster pumps and high-altitude fuel systems. Following victory over Japan and the conclusion of World War II, Thompson Products saw a rapid decline in defense production. During the month following V-J Day, or August 14, 1945, the company noted more than 3,000 cancelled contracts, or more than $50 million in total value. By the end of August, Tapco employed just 650, down from 12,000 at the peak of war. But by the spring of 1946, an estimated 3,600 would be hired back due to increasing demand for automotive values and parts. On September 20, Thompson Products announced an agreement to purchase land for a Tapco plant in Euclid, which would then serve as corporate headquarters and manufacturing hub. Five days later, Thompson announced a reorganization of its Cleveland-area operations into five divisions based on product lines. Four of the five units, Light Metals - its aluminum foundry operations, Piston Ring, Parts and Accessories and Valve and Jet Propulsion, were housed at Tapco, with only the Special Products Division - automotive replacement parts and other forged-metal products located at its main plant. Following World War II, Thompson began focusing heavily in aerospace and defense contracts, especially during the ramp up to the Vietnam War and Cold War. A 1951 Sanborn map noted that the Westinghouse Electric plant was home to Tapco, Pump Division: 2203-2209 Ashland Road was the six-story service building. 2176-2203 Ashland Road were manufacturing areas, one- to two-stories in height. 2151-2175 Ashland Road was a finished products warehouse, five-stories in height. 2225-2229 Ashland Road was a three-story machine shop. Other portions of the Thompson Products plant extended across the railroad tracks towards East 65th Street and north to Cedar Avenue. Below is a 1951 Sanborn Insurance map. Thompson Products merged with Ramo-Wooldridge in October 1958. An April 27, 1959 article listed the Ashland Road facilities as part of Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge's Light Metals division. On January 27, 1961, Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge announced plans to acquire a 55-acre tract in suburban Independence for a $3 million master warehouse and headquarters for its automotive replacement parts division, which would replace their Ashland Road and Cedar Avenue facilities. The new warehouse would be located on Pleasant Valley Road east of Ohio Route 21, and include 320,000 square-feet of warehouse space and 50,000 square-feet of office space on one level. On November 1, 1962, Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge, later known as TRW, sold their Ashland Road structures for approximately $500,000 to Albert A. Levin, a Cleveland attorney and realty investor. The continued to occupy the buildings now used by the Light Metals division under terms of a five-year lease. Buildings formerly housing Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge's replacement facilities in Independence were leased to other tenants. After Thompson vacated, the Ashland Road plant became home to the Virden Manufacturing Company. Originally named the Howler Manufacturing Company, the business was renamed after John C. Virden, the president. In October 1919, his factory relocated to a building along Longfellow Avenue near its intersection with Longfellow Avenue. Below is a 1913 Sanborn Insurance Map showing the Virden Manufacturing Company along Longfellow Road. In 1920, a two-story, 40-by-92-foot addition at Ashland Road and Longfellow Avenue, designed by E. McGeorge, was let to contract in May for $60,000. Five years later, a contract was awarded to the Griffin Construction Company of Cleveland for a one-story machine shop and storage building also designed by McGeorge, measuring 40-feet by 80-feet. Another expansion took place in mid-1936, when a contract was awarded to the Albert M. Higley Company, and again in mid-1940 when a new two-story 150-by-70-foot warehouse was built by the Higley Company. Over the ensuing years, the company expanded into the manufacture of fluorescent and incandescent lighting equipment, and then into commercial and residential lighting products. Below is a 1951 Sanborn Insurance Map showing the Virden Manufacturing Company along Longfellow Road with its assorted expansions. By 1963, portions of Virden had spilled over to the former TRW facilities along Ashland Road. By 1968, Virden was the third largest among the nation's 1,400 fixture manufacturers, with production tripling from eight years prior. The company sold more than 1,000 varieties from its biennial catalog, and produced 10,000 to 15,000 fixtures per day, consuming more than a million components per week. Virden constructed 600 to 800 units of one design per run, which were moved to distributors in lots of 10 to 2,000 per week, some designs totaling 150,000 units per year. Its designers sketched 2,500 fixtures per year, selecting 100 patterns to be prototyped. In 1946, Virden was elected a director of Eaton Manufacturing Company and became director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in January 1951 - later rising to chairman of the board. On September 28, 1958, Virden was named president of Eaton Manufacturing Company and diversified the company, believing in "divisional autonomy." He also announced his resignation as chairman of the board of the Virden Company. In 1965, the Virden Company was acquired by Scott & Fetzer Company of suburban Lakewood, with no changes taking place at its operations at Longfellow Avenue. The company became known as the Virden Lighting division. In 1970, Scott & Fetzer laid off several hundred from the Virden Lighting division due to a housing slump, and again in 1975. The company sold off its Virden Lighting and Rembrandt Lamp divisions in December 1977 to a newly formed company, Virden Corporation, which at the time of the sale had 360 employees. On August 6, 1979, Virden failed to make payment to 300 employees. According to the company, Virden had closed three days prior because of a parts shortage, but Robert M. Allen of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1554 stated that the company owned Cleveland Trust Company $5 million and Scott & Fetzer Company $2 million - and paid them first instead of its employees. Virden's president stated that he hoped Virden would be open by the end of the week, but employees were officially laid off in January 1980. On October 28-31, a complete auction was held at the Virden Lighting Company, including its metal working machinery, punch presses, lathes, machine shop, $700,000 in inventory, $1 million in parts, print shop and real estate. Prior to 1987, the property from Cedar Avenue to Thackeray Avenue along Ashland Road was transferred to Weiser Management Inc. A quit claim deed for $60,000 was filed on July 7, 2008 to Bleacher Beast Inc., who was foreclosed upon on February 28, 2012. On June 21, the parcels were transferred to Sandusky Solutions LLC. What is still unknown is when Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge officially vacated their Ashland Road facility and what time period the Cleveland Ice Company occupied the complex. Below are photographs taken in 2012 of the former power house. The structure has most recently been salvaged of any value, including portions of the structural trusses which are now held together with cables. The tour starts in the 1888 building. Note the cuts in the structural truss. An August 1980 calendar. Looking southward towards the 1922 Westinghouse addition. A view of the 1922 Westinghouse addition. The below photograph shows one of the later additions to the power house, exhibited by its wider wood-board roof and contemporary steel girders. A view of one of the older additions, with pin-connected trusses and narrow wood-board roof. For an industrial structure, pin-connected trusses are very rare; they were more often used in early-1900-era truss bridges.
  21. 1 point
    Editor: "Hey Steve, you haven't written anything in a long time. Could you please write something?" SL: "Like what?" Editor: "Anything. You know what we do here. Just give me 15 column inches between the ads."
  22. 1 point
    All the more reason why we need trade government meddling with government incentivizing. But since that's what those nasty socialists in Europe and Canada do, we don't.
  23. 1 point
    You sure? Let's see what the 2020 data shows. There are some leading indicators from 2017 and especially 2018 that suggest something rather important has happened here in the last year or two. I don't know if it's sustainable, but considering that significant job growth is occurring across 8 of 10 measured sectors, that the 9th ("Other") is flat and the 10th ("Info services") is the smallest sector locally, I would say it might just be sustainable depending on the national economy.
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    Don't really know for sure with the available information, but it's a fair observation. That would lead me to think it's just an ignorant teacher and that hardly requires a national article. The school didn't take the position that he had to recite the pledge, but they also couldn't excuse the alleged behavior from the kid once it was escalated to them. This really is just normal grade school drama that had the pledge as a catalyst and therefore could be a hot button issue if the headline was right... and they got the headline right. clickbait I view these articles the same way I do when I see one from a right wing source about college campuses no longer being a place that welcomes free speech based on an isolated incident. It's clickbait, and sometimes done with malicious intent to drive a narrative.
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    First off, the key shopping centers in the Cleveland market draw from the larger Cleveland/Akron/Canton area - which is 1+MM larger in population than annexed "Columbus"... Based on that population Cleveland is far worse off in upscale retail of the kind I think is being referred to here. With that said... This retail junkie thinks a few things are at play here.. Columbus is younger and growing - a plus to retailers. It may have several key shopping areas, but Easton is the main event... Easton (Steiner) had a blank slate of outer ring land to work with and essentially created the lifestyle (upscale, outdoor) center as the country now knows it - and they are relentless in trying to draw new retailers that normally would not think "Columbus"... boxing well above its (otherwise) retail weight. Easton is also a huge draw to the many convention visitors as well as those attending state events (something Columbus reaps the huge rewards app state capital) - while Polaris (the area) had another big tract of land to build the mall, IKEA (which would have been in CLE earlier/at all had the EPA not thwarted Brooklyn suburb plans), Top Golf and more - all 15 mins from Easton. Both areas serve different purposes but would say the areas directly compete for the same retailers... The complement or have additional outlets. "Cleveland" on the other hand, though a larger market and with the 3 major sports teams, etc... is an older market, not growing much. While much of the Cleveland eastern suburbs have the kind of demographics ($$$) that retailers love - Cleveland also has the peculiar position of having what has to be about the largest # of major lifestyle centers (4) of pretty much any city in the country (LA-aside, perhaps...) -Legacy Village, Eton, Pinecrest (all run by local developers who haven't hit the big time like Steiner did with Easton can = don't have the weight or will to convince retailers they have to be in their centers..) + Crocker Park (the most Easton like of the bunch, but the second choice for retailers seeking the east side demographics, 45 mins away). Add in Beachwood Place, still in holding as a new owner takes control of former GGP properties -and instead of the Columbus scenario of two major shopping areas - Easton and Polaris (and maybe Tuttle as a weak 3rd... - you have 5 in CLE (Eton, Pinecrest, Legacy, Crocker, Beachwood) + a major local mall in Strongsville's SouthPark + big local draws at Summit Mall in Akron and Belden Village in Canton. Long story short, if Cleveland had ONE major lifestyle center/mall like Easton - didn't have the east/west/Akron/Canton segementation that it has, and had decelopers who knew how to lease like Steiner - it would be a huge draw/powerhouse... But the available land and the retail market is too fragmented and too already-announced (With that said, retailers/restaurants like Shake Shack and LL Bean have in recent years opened their first Ohio stores in CLE - while Restoration Hardware Gallery, True Foods Kitchen and others (despite being in plans for Pinecrest and Beachwood Place in recent years) will open in Columbus first.) And so it goes... (Note: J. Crew IS exercising its right to relocate to Pinecrest after 22 years at Beachwood Place - as noted above and Eton IS planning to expand to the west.... past Trader Joe's...)
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    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-golfs-third-day-in-a-row-since-declaring-national-emergency-on-border "Emergency."
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    south street seaport doings downtown -- from yesterday morning one seaport residences 670' pier 17 -- this has the new espn broadcast station inside feb 16 pier 15 seaport r.i.p. 80 south street an apt tower here was supposed to be 1436', but the chinese investors tanked, so i think its a dead duck
  28. 1 point
    That's fair, however, the precedent of that was likely set in 2002 when we started kidnapping people and opening up black sites don't you think? It also wasn't an Obama only policy - it was something the entire government passed and had been doing anyway. Albeit I would hope there was a better way to go about it, my impression of this is that they were faced with a situation where they had no clean way to do something they felt was necessary and so they took this route while publicly saying they weren't glad to be doing it. That's not great, but I think it could be understandable as long as we work towards getting rid of it. Doesn't look like we have. Regardless, that one thing (the thing that's been going on for 20 years) is why you view Obama as one of the worst presidents for civil liberties? That doesn't make too much sense to me.
  29. 1 point
    I know it's a crazy idea but people do travel and political scientists and economists don't need to live somewhere to make comparisons among social and political systems. Also, you don't even need to go to northern Europe to prove the point. Just go to Massachusetts. They are one of the most liberal/progressive states in the union and have what are probably the most progressive policies in the country. They also just happen to have one of the highest standards of living, are among the highest in per capita income, one of the highest life expectancies of any state, the highest educational attainment, one of the lowest poverty rates among the states, and relatively low inequality. It's a lovely place that everyone should visit to see exactly the type of hell Dems want to turn this country into.
  30. 1 point
    Yes, it did take a few weeks on this latest floor. There were a few days lost to weather. Once the weather settles down and the garage portion is finished, young Lumen should have a growth spurt.
  31. 1 point
    I find it funny Litt thinks the design is too bulky and dense for the site. 275 apartments on 4 acres is too dense? The site plan is great, even if the design is somewhat bland.
  32. 1 point
    Even as someone who can imagine real benefits from a design refresh of the public areas, it's really hard to disagree with the notion that the big money is better spent subsidizing new development and rehab in the surrounding blocks .Wouldn't preclude some modest and vanilla streetscape improvements, which could probably help. Like, if they want to change up the traffic pattern, maybe experiment by adding speed bumps and pull-in parking to the segments of Shaker Blvd that transverse the square. The cost could be tiny.
  33. 1 point
    As someone who shops in Shaker Square frequently, I think the surrounding dilapidated buildings are the bigger issue. The empty plaza on Van Aken is uninviting. Also, the connections between the Square and the parking lots could use better lighting. Especially the one behind Fire. I just don't see the need for a dramatic change similar to public square. The quality of the tenants matters too. Cleveland Cinemas just seemed to give up on the movie theater. Hopefully, the new operator is better.
  34. 1 point
    Just a few blocks east is shaker lakes which is a nice peaceful wilderness area. I'm not sure why the need it on the Square. Buckeye is the weakest part of the neighborhood and all investment should be focused there.
  35. 1 point
    Exactly. Shaker Square is super nice, just the way it is, probably the best example of urban planning in Cleveland. I've never driven up the Blvd into the square and thought "this is so wrong." But that's what I think every time I'm on Buckeye. So why tear up Shaker Square first? It's like we're obligated to start another giant landscaping boondoggle as soon as we finish the last one. Fixing up storefronts instead would not turn us all into communists. It's a better idea than wasting another fortune on jackhammers, hog manure and dead little trees. Most of these forestry plans are just grass and concrete, as usual. No it will not feel like wilderness. Not even a little. So why does the plan focus on creating a sense of wilderness? We're talking about Shaker freaking Square! The city itself has gone off topic.
  36. 1 point
    Going back a page, that proposed CIM facility is still heinous. They should be embarrassed presenting such dreck. Such a bummer what parking needs can do to design quality.
  37. 1 point
    I would spend the money fixing Buckeye. Create an incentive program for businesses locating on Buckeye.
  38. 1 point
    The setback of the new medical school is so unnecessary and anti-pedestrian. I fear this whole area could be an example of how to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in the middle of an existing city in the most un-urban way possible. Hope I’m wrong.
  39. 1 point
    I would not like to see Euclid closed down to all traffic under any circumstances, however in a way it already has been, at least to car traffic since so many people avoid Euclid because of the inefficiencies of the traffic light timing, delivery trucks that have to stop in the car lane to make deliveries forcing other traffic into the bus only lane and other, non-BRT buses in the car lane and making stops further backing up traffic. I'd like to see RTA and CPD step up enforcement and the signal prioritization optimized, so we can see how this road should really function. I'm glad the Bus line is popular, but I wish that subway line under Euclid proposed decades ago would have been built instead of this.
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  41. 1 point
    I can give you just as many articles about lizard-people running the world. Trump's known financial interests suggest a Russia problem and he's keeping the rest secret. He couldn't look more guilty if he tried.
  42. 1 point
    Thanks for the answer and the pics. Seems like a bad design choice to me. Half of the corner units are going to have their view blocked in one direction. I don't see what it adds aesthetically.
  43. 1 point
    The health insurance market is not very free since health insurance plans became tied to employment post WW2. If health insurance were removed from employment benefits: Health insurance companies would have to compete in the market place, keeping premium prices under control Health insurance companies would be incentivized to negotiate better prices with providers, by needing to keep premiums to attract customers Healthy people would be incentivized to purchase insurance policies when they're healthy, since premiums would be less Gov't would be less inclined to meddle in the marketplace Why are health insurance plans the only plans that are provided tax free through employers? The idea of combining gov't with healthcare has only driving prices up. InB4 argument that healthcare has become more complex, hence rising costs. If that were true, wouldn't computers and other technological advancements be more expensive as well? Health care technology has increased, yet we are all paying more for worse quality care.
  44. 1 point
    Demolition of Lakewood Hospital has started.
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  46. 1 point
    Could be a good argument to cap I 90 through this section and rejoin the park. Plus, that stretch is always bad in the winter with the waves crashing over the highway. I've even seen fish laying along the side of the freeway!
  47. 1 point
    The tapered corners look much better IMO. The original design would look dated now.
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    Pizza and beer restaurant adding a third Central Ohio site Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill took its time to find its second Central Ohio site. Its third will arrive much faster. Lima-based Good Food Restaurants on Thursday announced it will open in late spring or early summer at in the Dublin Green shopping center in Jerome Township. It’ll be the eighth Beer Barrel overall and the third in the Columbus market. The company opened at 2500 Roberts Ct. in Hilliard in May 2016 and added a restaurant at 3993 Morse Crossing at Easton Market in December. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/01/10/pizza-and-beer-restaurant-adding-a-third-central.html
  50. 1 point
    To be clear: Oggo is only free during the "beta" period. They eventually intend to start charging for rides. You will pay in the app when you request the ride.
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