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  1. Both http://www.midtowncleveland.org/area-map-directions.aspx and http://www.healthtechcorridor.com/about-htc/great-neighborhoods/ define the eastern border of Midtown as E. 79th. But it would make sense to extend it to 105th to have a contiguous Downtown-Midtown-Uptown delineation, or at least 86th and throw the Clinic in there as a chunk of it's own.
  2. The added barriers that I noticed are all along Superior - the argument for them is that pedestrians would cross willy-nilly and get hit by buses. Either someone forgot to design crosswalks and signals in the two places where the promenade crosses, or they WERE designed, but not installed because someone thought they could open the square with no buses and was hoping they'd never have to actually allow the buses in.
  3. The plans include an enclosed walkway that would presumably be more climate controlled.
  4. Green Ribbon Coalition touts "land bridge" for downtown lakefront instead of Rosales design CLEVELAND, Ohio - The city and Cuyahoga County have been mostly mum for two years on whether the iconic pedestrian bridge designed by Boston architect Miguel Rosales for the downtown lakefront will get built. But that's not stopping the Green Ribbon Coalition, a nonprofit group that advocates for better connections and development along Lake Erie, from striding into the silence with a proposal of its own. The group has been circulating a rough conceptual plan for a lakefront "land bridge" that would extend diagonally northeast from the north end of the downtown Mall to North Coast Harbor, traversing railroad tracks and parking lots that now separate the business district from the waterfront. http://www.cleveland.com/architecture/index.ssf/2017/09/green_ribbon_coalition_touts_l.html This is a meritorious idea that would cost roughly 3 times as much as the proposed Rosales bridge.
  5. The barriers contravene the entire design of the Square's promenade, which was the unifying factor of the design. Whether they're ugly as the concrete K-rails currently in place or something less visually offensive, the design has been compromised and we've now got 2 separate halves of a once unified square.
  6. In terms of sheer (MSA) population, Cleveland is already punching above it's weight when it comes to the number of major league teams it has. We are the smallest MSA (2.1 million) with 3 major professional sports teams. There are many markets which are larger that have only 1 major team; in terms of the Cavs we are lucky that most of those markets (Orlando, Portland, Sacramento) already of NBA teams. The others are San Diego which I don't see as an NBA city and Las Vegas which is definitely looming as a potential market. There are plenty of 2-team cities which are larger as well, most notably Seattle. It is absolutely not ludicrous to think the Cavs could move, and it is actually borderline ludicrous to think a 4th team (NHL) would come here, as much as I love hockey and would like to see it. There are only a couple of markets who have a smaller Population-to-Team ratio than Cleveland: New Orleans (1.2M supporting 2 teams), Buffalo (1.1M supporting 2 teams) and Green Bay (300k supporting the Packers). Each of those have circumstances whereby you can expand the de-facto market size for those teams, (all of Louisiana for New Orleans, Upstate New York for Buffalo, and all of Wisconsin for Green Bay). You could try to play those games with Cleveland's market but in both baseball and football we split the remainder of the state with Cincinnati and in hockey, as mentioned above, we are not going to siphon fans from any other areas because we are surrounded by NHL cities already. The only chance we have is if Columbus totally flopped and even then they'd move to at least 3-4 other markets (Quebec, Hamilton, Portland, maybe even Hartford) before Cleveland. To keep it on topic - I'm glad this deal got done because we could easily become a 2-team city. The towns with the lowest population-to-team ratio are all midwest rust-belty places (Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo) and there's no question that we could potentially be strained to support the 3 teams we have. A long stretch of poor performance combined with a cash-strapped (or otherwise greedy) owner could end up costing this city the Indians or the Cavs. I don't want that to happen.
  7. Yes the Green Line had a shortened schedule starting within the last year. If anything I would have thought that extended WFL service (at least on the weekends) would be the first "permanent" restoration. I half expected RTA to return the Green Line to its old hours just for the baseball playoffs but this seems like it's semi-permanent.
  8. Technically the Greenway crosses 105th, which means you've walked to Hough. You can go back home and tell your friends you walked to Hough all the time. Street cred.
  9. They also gave us credit for 2.2 million inhabitants. :-)
  10. Crains article on Residence Inn linked above is not correct. Here is the link: http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170820/NEWS/170829996/-38-million-residence-inn-is-planned-for-university-circle That article contains some interesting tidbits - I did not know that "Upper Chester" extends all the way north to Hough Avenue. And, buried at the bottom, we get this: After that, Finch believes he'll get another development opportunity with the Nord Family Greenway, a $21 million, under-construction narrow park that runs east from the north end of Upper Chester at East 101st, crosses in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art before ending on the CWRU campus at the Tinkham Veale University Center. "When the Greenway gets completed, we'll figure something out," he said. "Picture an eight- or nine-story building. You'll be looking straight down the Greenway." Haven't heard this before. It would hopefully help this development leak into neighborhood a bit more.
  11. Medical Mutual's deal to buy downtown Cleveland headquarters building is moving forward CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Medical Mutual of Ohio got the green light this week to buy its longtime headquarters building, in a $37.9 million transaction that will keep a major employer in downtown Cleveland and avert a foreclosure. http://realestate.cleveland.com/realestate-news/2017/08/medical_mutuals_deal_to_buy_it.html
  12. Agree, KJP. The schools have also stood to gain additional property taxes on this lot, the Jacobs Public Square lot, the Warehouse District lots and how many other lots throughout the city for how many decades?
  13. The third option essentially requires one of the other two. Politics is politics but for him to go to people and claim this is a diversion of $121 million in tax dollars from the school to the developer requires him to basically say "Stark is lying, he doesn't need this TIF." The third option is actually that he believes it will partially be developed and is fine with whatever net taxes that adds. Which is pretty silly considering cle[/member] 's comment above about the time value of money, etc. Also I'm not sure if that $121M considers inflation. They calculated that the schools would get $121M over 30 years if the thing was built with no TIF. Factoring in inflation it may only actually be something like $85M over the 30 years in today's dollars.
  14. Does anyone know where he got this $100M figure from? This is the $121M figure that is being quoted in the presentation, representing the amount of property tax the schools would collect over 30 years if the development goes up without the TIF. This is approximately $4M per year for 30 years. Jeff Johnson is playing an obfuscation game with these numbers, playing "$121M for the schools" vs the $18M being offered. He doesn't understand (or doesn't believe) that if he gets his way, the project will be dead without the TIF, resulting in a net gain of $0M for the schools. He's either stupid, or calling Stark a liar.
  15. There are Uber-like apps for boats cropping up in places. Opportunity knocks.
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