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  1. "I'm curious as to everyone's opinion of the streetlights.




    They would not have been my first choice, but there has been a model behind CPP's offices for over a year now.  I didn't like them then and I don't like them anymore know.  Perhaps they will blend in better when the rest of the infrastructure is in place.  Does anyone recall if the pedestrian scale streetlights will be of a smaller version of the same design?



  2. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2005/07/boosting_biomas.html#comments


    Boosting Biomass-to...Butanol?

    July 20, 2005


    From Ohio to California and back on butanol.


    An Ohio inventor has taken to the road to promote butanol as an alternative fuel to ethanol as well as his process for producing it from the anaerobic fermentation of biomass waste. The two-stage, dual-path process, which relies on two different Clostridia strains (earlier post), also yields hydrogen as a product.


    According to the inventor, David Ramey, his butanol process delivers about 42% more energy than ethanol for a given amount of feedstock, based on the higher energy content of butanol (some 25% greater than ethanol), plus the hydrogen.


  3. I wonder if this is the origin of Stark's idea to extend the warehouse district's street grid to the lake


    "Designer Scott Richardson and Cleveland Institute of Art professor Daniel Cuffaro, whose idea also placed in the top five, want to create a huge land bridge over the railroad tracks from West Third Street to East 12th Street and to extend the grid of downtown streets all the way to the shoreline north of the football stadium."


    This quote references the design competition that was held as part of the lakefront plan





  4. " I've heard that the new Mayfield/120 station very well could be a green building."


    RTA apparently learned a lot about reducing contruction and maintenance costs when they built the EcoVillage station.  Hence, elements of green building will be present in all future station projects whether they mention it or not.  This approach is comparable to Cleveland State's as all new construction there will be high performance/green because CSU saves $$ on both construction and maintenance/upkeep/energy over the lifecycle of the building

  5. The design looks good, but does anyone know about any progress for TOD  at the E. 55th station?  It seems it could be a real catalyst for the neighborhood.


    I recall the Hyacinth Lofts project being mentioned in regards to TOD in this area.  I've attached a picture so you can see the proximity of Hyacinth to the station.  In addition to the NY times article, REALNEO published an interesting read with great pics including some of the planned additions to Hyacinth.


    E.55 red & Hyacinth Lofts.jpg




  6. I am not sure how effective those snow mobile vacuums really are.  I watched one pick up broken auto glass in a parking lot and it scattered it as much as it sucked it up while taking at least ten passes to get the job done.  It would seem that a worker with a broom and dustpan could get the job done more effectively and likely at a lower cost.


    good to hear about the greening efforts.  it is sorely needed at the western entrance to downtown along superior avenue. 

  7. I had visited the ohio city cafe and grill on w.28 or w. 29 near detroit last week.


    I had a cup of coffee and since they didn't have any pastries or muffins, I had oatmeal.

    Certainly nothing to write home about and the coffee was terrible.  It seems like many new businesses in ohio city are content to enter the market with low expectations for their customers.  A fine example is the new Nick's on Lorain just west of Randall.  I received a flyer on my car trumping great coffee and a $1.99 breakfast with 3 eggs, 3 sausage, toast, hashbrowns, etc.

    I'm not sure I want to know where those eggs come from. 


    Nick's may very well improve as the new owner is the son of the building owner, and original owner of Nick's.  Currently, however it is mired in mediocrity. 


    I just want a decent cup of coffee for cryin' out loud!  Outside of oui oui and their sporadic hours and city roast, no one in the OC is serving great coffee.  frustrating.

  8. Not sure if anyone has read this recent article on airport chief, Ricky Smith.  If you are interested, I believe you can get Inside-Business delivered to your home for free, via an application on their website.



    Issue Date: November 2006 Issue, Posted On: 10/30/2006


    Preparing for Takeoff

    Cleveland Director of Port Control Ricky D. Smith is ready to make is mark on Hopkins and Burke by boosting revenue and travel at the city's two airports.

    Morgan Lewis, Jr.



    Even before he took the job at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Ricky D. Smith knew how important Continental Airlines is to Northeast Ohio.


    Continental is the only major carrier to have a hub at Hopkins. The airline is responsible for 252 flights to as many as 71 destinations daily and has invested more than $150 million in new facilities.


    But more than that, Smith, who up until April was second-in-command for the Maryland Aviation Administration, which controls the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Martin State Airport, witnessed what happened in his native city in 2001 when the financially struggling US Airways removed its hub from BWI.


    “The region went into a panic,” Smith says. “But what that really presented to us was an opportunity to refocus our airport.”


    Thanks to the popularity of discount carrier Southwest Airlines, a major influx of traffic to BWI followed. The panic subsided and a $1.8 billion building renovation followed, which included the addition of terminal, retail and parking facilities.


    Not that Smith expects the same thing to happen here, but keeping Continental as a hub carrier at Hopkins is just the beginning of his tasks. Smith, who took over Hopkins and Burke Lakefront Airport from the effective, but ironfisted leadership of previous director John Mok in June, must maintain and improve some of the oldest airport structures in the country, organize a mishmash of retail offerings and fend off competition from an increasingly aggressive Akron-Canton Regional Airport, not to mention cities like Pittsburgh and Detroit, who are targeting Northeast Ohio for passengers like never before thanks to the Internet.


    But the 44-year-old Smith isn’t dismayed by those obstacles, or that he’s coming from a 20 million-passenger-a-year and growing airport to Cleveland that has maintained 10.5 million to 13 million passengers a year for the last 10 years.


    Smith doesn’t scare easily.


    “If you look at my professional history you’ll find I would never run away from challenges,” Smith says. “I see the ability to take this airport to the next level and make an impact on Cleveland and the region that will outlive myself, the mayor, any of us.”


    When he was only 12 years old, Smith could almost name every black business owner on Black Enterprise magazine’s “Top 100” list it published every year.


    “One day, I thought, I was going to be one of them,” Smith says. “There was always a desire and interest on my part to be an entrepreneur.”

    After completing a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Howard University in Washington, D.C., Smith completed his MBA from Loyola College in Maryland’s Executive Masters program.


    “As I got older and spent more time with a number of politicians I began to fall in love with public service,” Smith says. “Airports allow you to be an entrepreneur and public servant at the same time. That’s what keeps me here is my business ability and my ability to negotiate. At the end of the day, we have to focus on the bottom line.”




  9. speaking of cab co's and recent difficulty in procurring a cab in ohio city on a friday nite!  what do you believe is the best way to consistently get cabs for short runs (in and around downtown entertainment hubs)? should one get to know a particular cabby and promise him/her nice tips for short runs OR are some companies generally more willing to make shorter runs?

  10. I attended Detroit Shoreway's Annual Benefit this past Friday. It was held at Saigon Plaza, the beautifully renovated space on Detroit @ W. 53rd.  The owner of Saigon Plaza has big ideas for that area of Detroit and had displayed architectural renderings of two new buildings. 

    The first, a five story condo building, was to be built directly west of Saigon Plaza on what is now a parking lot.

    The second, a series of townhomes, was to built about two blocks north of Saigon Plaza.

    Both renderings featured a very minimalistic "asian" inspired design.

  11. I attended this past Saturday's home opener for the CSU Vikings men's basketball team.


    They played George Mason University, a small school from a small conference, that has been very competitive of late in the NCAA tourney.  With a bit more experience, CSU likely could have won their home opener, but alas, they lost.


    However, the fun of going to games seems to be back as they have a new announcer, and perhaps most significantly, they have halved the size of the arena with a curtain in the middle, that makes it feel much cozier.  I'd estimate there were about 2,000 folks at the opener and it felt about half full.  I think the crowd was mainly parents, relatives, alumni, but few students, meaning it wasn't a very loud crowd.


    In short, I would highly recommend going to a game.  The team looks to be very athletic and new head coach Gary Waters is doing a lot to raise the bar of the program by scheduling more high caliber teams (george mason and OSU this year) and recruiting more local talent.  If you are a current CSU student, you should definitely plan on attending a game - this could be the breakout year for the program - who knows?  I was bit a wee lad the last time the Vikings had a George Mason caliber team, so this is exciting stuff indeed!

  12. i thought columbus had  installed rather funky bike racks along high street in clintonville as part of a streetscape project?  i remember the racks being of the 'hitching post' variety. 

    http://bikeparking.com/bikebollards/index.html  <<< bottom of the page

    my favorite bike racks/bike parking was in seattle where they had what looked like a railing running parallel to the street btwn street and sidewalk.  it was a great piece of street furniture enabling simple to figure out bike lock-up as well as a great leaning spot while waiting for the bus!


    i remember columbus being an easier city to ride bicycles in b/c the streets are smoother, the landscape even flatter, a definitive grid makes navigation easier, and the larger population of students = more cyclists.  though in the last two years, i feel there has a been a massive increase in cleveland cyclists, esp.  on the near west side.


    i wonder why cleveland or columbus for that matter, doesn't have a policy mandating bike racks for all new construction and renovation projects?  it would be wonderful if ohio's metro areas were progressive enough to draft legislation that enabled bike parking to offset parking requirments for retail businesses.



    A means of selling the new cleveland to the 11M+ people that pass through ever year and also providing a sustainable means of funding for the airport's future.  quite fascinating.  would be great if someone from UO  could get in on the ground floor of this idea.  meeting details follow.


    promo video > http://www.iq-digital.com/airport/

    website > http://digitalairport.pbwiki.com/

    meeting > via I-Open

    For 11.3+ million air-travelers passing through Hopkins annually and millions of residents who connect with them, the Cleveland Airport presents an opportunity to showcase cutting-edge technology and present the best of what is current in Northeast Ohio.


    Join us next week to learn about The Digital Airport Initiative, a Public/Private collaboration working to transform the Cleveland Hopkins Airport into an ultra-high tech communication venue for everything Northeast Ohio. Check out the video here.


    The Digital Airport Initiative demonstrates how regional economic development should now be done: through collaboration and "strategic doing": Set a clear vision with understandable metrics ("Where are we going?"), connect interests ("Who's on the bus?"), align resources ("Who can contribute what?"), focus on practical next steps ("What's next?").


    Learn from this exciting model of "strategic doing" and strengthen your work!


    Forum Leader: Barbara Siss Oney

    Date: Tuesday, October 3

    Time: 4:30 P.M. - 6:15 P.M.

    Place: FUTURE: Center for Design and Technology Transfer @ The Cleveland Institute of Art

    11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

  14. a means of increasing transit ridership.....

    the pictures on the www or worth the visit!  http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/stories/2006/09/17/0918marta.html


    Via HotLanta....



    If MARTA looked like this, would you ride it?

    Adman pitches a whole new MARTA 'concept'



    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Published on: 09/18/06


    How's this for a smarter MARTA?


    Leather couches in a furniture-store sponsored train car. Free rides on MLK Jr. Day — "Free at last," get it? Bicycle carts delivering "traffic jam" and toast to drivers stuck in gridlock, courtesy of MARTA. Pictures of reindeer plastered on trains during the Christmas season.


    BrightHouse suggests that MARTA provide an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work and build their businesses.



  15. Not sure if anyone else has posted/seen this tidbit from Fairmount Properties in regards to the development of Flats EastBank.  On their site, they mention a total build out of over 1000 units.  Perhaps they meant to say over 1000 residents?




    Fairmount Properties was the primary developer of First and Main in Hudson which was recently reviewed by Cooltown Studios


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