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  1. Interesting that the pilot area includes the swathe of Detroit with the notorious Burger King, Happy's Pizza, Gas Station and accompanying parking lots. Can the code be used to impact existing properties?
  2. My feeling on any "bridge" to the lakefront is that we have to go "All-In" with an ambitious plan for it to have a real impact. Otherwise it will likely be a boondoggle.
  3. There is a lot of revenue sharing in the NFL, so the primary levers teams can use to grow their business are Premium (Suite + Club-level) Sales, Parking, and Sponsorship. The gravy is when a stadium can be leveraged into a bigger real estate play with surrounding land. In the current situation, the Browns lose out on Parking revenue because they don't own the big lots. They also feel that Premium Sales are limited because the C-Suite doesn't like the parking setup and traffic difficulties on gameday. Finally, stadium sponsorship deals are always worth less $ for older buildings, especially those that don't "debut" with a sponsor name. I think a best case scenario is that the Browns exercise some of their leverage to drive political will for reshaping the lakefront to be more accessible. In turn I'd expect that to open up opportunities for them to position a renovated (or new) stadium alongside a larger real estate development and better parking access for the Premium folks. However that's obviously a big undertaking, and I'm sure there are people at the Browns who recognize that a much easier path would be to start "fresh" in one of the many suburbs that would happily throw money and land at them. (Hello, Bedford Hts Browns?)
  4. I have no info specifically about Aer Lingus, but it was indicated that there was not an incentive package available at the level that would be required to get a flight into Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt, etc, on the big legacy carriers.
  5. From what I've heard from airport people, it doesn't sound like any significant subsidy/incentive package for a transatlantic flight has been organized by the regional interests that would need to be involved. So I wouldn't expect any EU mainline carrier to add CLE in the foreseeable future unless that changes. There is some hope for Aer Lingus though, and I think their visit earlier this year is a promising sign. Fingers crossed
  6. That would be great. I also wonder if the St. Augustine property next door could make any adjustments to interact with the street a bit better. Combine this with the proposed Lake Ave streetscape overhaul, and I'd say things are starting to move in the West 80s.
  7. Wow, always thought Great Lakes would be the one to get swallowed up by AB. I hope they allow the Platform owners some autonomy to continue doing their thing. Quite an impressive rise for Platform in only a few years...
  8. Dublin seems like the most realistic fit for Cleveland, without having to put together a big incentive package for a legacy carrier to test a route. Dublin would be a good mix of leisure and business travelers, especially with the city positioned to grab a lot of EU business from London post-Brexit. You can connect to basically anywhere in Europe through Dublin, and the flight is about as short as possible for trans-Atlantic.
  9. I agree with @Boomerang_Brian on this one. Downtown rents have increased a lot in the last 5+ years, and many people are faced with the decision: live downtown with roommates, or get your own apartment in Lakewood or another suburb. Having a modestly priced option for individuals downtown would certainly be a welcome option IMO.
  10. Lol the basic coffee is certainly not great, but the red-eye is pretty good IMO. I also love the bagels and recently discovered the Club Sandwich is excellent. I also appreciate that it's one of the longer-tenured businesses in the neighborhood, and one of the few that caters to the full cross-section of the neighborhood. That said, I think the BP Pub space could work well for coffee/breakfast because of that great patio...
  11. Ohio City has Phoenix, Rising Star, Koffee, and Duck Rabbit, plus you could count stands at the WSM, Townhall and Cleveland Bagel. Love Gypsy Beans, but if the area could support it, it would be nice to have a coffee place closer than a 10+ minute walk.
  12. Wonder if the immediate neighborhood would ever be dense enough to support a coffee shop / cafe there instead of cycling through bars.
  13. If the Metroparks were able to add a nice trail/corridor alongside Burke from E 9th to the E55th Marina, it would really add value to this area, which already appears to be picking up from a development perspective. Add that to a completed first leg of the midway a little south of here, and I think it can help revive the whole area east of downtown. In a meeting I recently attended, a Metroparks rep said they "have a plan in place" for such a trail north of the shoreway, though they indicated that there didn't appear to be enough political will from city hall to push it forward at the moment.
  14. There is $150K for initial improvements, mostly surrounding the decrepit rail bridge (though not directly on the bridge, since that is privately owned by N/S). Zone said Lake Ave is slated to be re-paved in 2021 for the section between Detroit and Clifton, but that didn't seem to include any of the elements seen in the presentation. Once they finalize this plan, it will be submitted for approval and then they'll work to secure funding. So it's probably more of a 3-5 year horizon, while fully restoring the bridge will likely take longer.
  15. The meeting was almost exclusively related to re-configuring the street to make it more pedestrian/bike friendly, as well as beginning work to rehab the area around the dilapidated Norfolk Southern rail bridge. The current plan adds green-painted bike lanes (plus a small buffer) on both sides of the street + crosswalks at 78th and 85th. They are taking public feedback at this link: http://cleveland.mindmixer.com/ PDF of Current Proposal here: http://content.mindmixer.com/Live/Projects/cleveland/files/228425/2019-05-29 Lake Ave Public Mtg 2_FINAL-sm.pdf?636947533608830000
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