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  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. ^ 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).
  6. From the PD today, its only 20 positions being eliminated in Cleveland
  7. 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.
  8. Those are both good news. I was really bummed when I first heard that building was going to be demoed. Really happy someone has some in to rehab it instead. Apartments over retail? And best of luck for them getting that license pulled. That place has been a mess every time I've been over there.
  9. PoshSteve

    Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

    Took the new-ish Frontier direct to San Antonio on Monday and back on Friday (also taking the Rapid to/from Shaker). Pleasantly surprised that both flights were completely full. Also, I'd say the San Antonio airport is pretty close to being a twin of CLE. Both form and function felt very much the same, though it took much longer going through their TSA, and they of course don't have a convenient train line.
  10. Do they have a offices there? Or are you thinking of Key? The only PNC offices I know of outside of downtown are at West 150th, but that's in the City of Cleveland. They currently have a big office on Green Rd in Highland Hills. I imagine the vast majority of those 500 will be moving from there.
  11. Please pardon the reflections, but here are a couple of pics I took from the Hilton yesterday:
  12. PoshSteve

    Cleveland sidewalks

    Personally I think it should be a city's responsibility to maintain all of the sidewalks. Not only is the current way of putting it on the property owner bad for older pedestrians, it can be bad for older homeowners who often don't have extra funds to make repairs. That though would require higher taxes (particularly in smaller cities and suburbs), and that would likely be more unpopular with residents than the status quo of having to fix it themselves. For what we have now, stepped up code enforcement can go a long way to remedying the situation. From the previous page, Lakewood seems to have a good idea at it. To bring it back to the original post, there should be no excuse when that property owner is the City of Cleveland itself, or the land bank. I will say too, I lived in Cleveland up until this spring, and honestly had no terrible issues with the sidewalks with all the walking I did around OC and Downtown. The only memorable trouble spot was the north side of Superior Ave, between W3 and W6, with the foot wide cracks between each block.
  13. PoshSteve

    Cleveland sidewalks

    However the city typically initiates sidewalk improvements and then bills the property owner. Its my understanding that the city doing sidewalk work themselves (and billing or not billing the owner) is pretty atypical. In South Euclid the city doesn't replace sidewalk blocks, its all up to the homeowner. We will issue a citation for code violations if its seen to be cracked of unlevel, at which point the property owner is responsible for repairing it. For senior and low income owners though, grants are available for any code violation repairs, including sidewalks. Shaker Hts is pretty much exactly the same, only with the option of hiring a contractor through the city, where the city will bill you instead.
  14. I attended the annual NOACA conference today. While the main topic of discussion was Hyperloop (including a pretty cool VR demonstration), the general importance of public transit was continually discussed by all speakers. Armond Budish devoted the entirety of his time speaking about RTA - particularly the ridiculously low funding from the state compared to other states, and the necessity of connecting workers to outlying job hubs. Grace Gallucci focused on the importance of transit in attracting and retaining millennials to the region, and NOACA even has a rail expansion plan, the map of which was probably the most beautiful slide of the day. This compares to almost no mention of highways, and not a single word about the Opportunity Corridor. There seems to be alot of hope riding on a new governor and changed up legislature come November to be the answer to the problems though. They are certainly talking about it.
  15. PoshSteve

    Cleveland sidewalks

    For whatever reason I thought the city was the responsible party for repairing sidewalks in Cleveland. Did some light digging and it's actually the property owner who is responsible for any repairs. This makes more sense to me, as that is the case in most cities it seems. So this may be the root cause of why so many are in such disrepair (and why the better neighborhoods seem to have better sidewalks). Homeowners just don't have the money or the care to repair damaged blocks. The city does apparently have a 50/50 program to help low income residents with repairs, though funds are limited each year. Certainly the city could do a much better job with code enforcement in all areas, and particularly sidewalks. Here is the city's sidewalk fact sheet: http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/sites/default/files/forms_publications/SidewalkFactSheet.pdf