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  1. Flew into town because my father had surgery last week and took these while I was there. These where taken at Metrohealth on W. 25. The Beacon is in front of Erieview Tower in the pics.
  2. Flew into town because my father had surgery last week and took these while I was there. These where taken at Metrohealth on W. 25. Lumen is on the right side of the skyline.
  3. A Gucci store closing on Fifth Ave doesn't prove nor should it suggest that they left said market. Again, Gucci or any other high end retailer isn't going to leave a market that has proven profitable. The city of Cleveland itself is the only justification a retailer needs to determine if it can support stores. Cleveland has continued this downward trend in population going on 70 years. This isn't rocket science. The only population that really seems to have increased is in downtown. Cleveland should have a large digital sales point margin in comparison to some other markets who actually have luxury retail store fronts within driving distance. That isn't unreasonable to comprehend why the numbers would be reflective (to your point, it wasn't consistent). I actually can't think of one luxury store front in Cleveland (hopefully I'm incorrect). The only locations I can think of is in Beachwood (which by your comparison to Houston's Galleria is closer to a flee market LOL) which have counter space in Nordstrom or Saks. I've already mentioned that Tower City helped the demise of store fronts on Euclid. Tower City decreased downtown's walkability to some degree. The difference between a Cleveland storefront and other viable locations is that once a store closes, that property can remain vacant for years. Retailers pay attention to these trends. My comparison wasn't just for my locale (that was used as a point of reference). The comparison to Cleveland is that retailers no longer are willing to jump into a market where they can't guarantee success. When I mentioned people standing in lines outside of these luxury retailers, it was to prove a point (I've seen it at several locales). People are willing to go to these retailers and do more than window shop. The last thing a retailer would want to see is sales dropping consistently after opening into a new market. I view my perspective from a global standpoint. Luxury retailers certainly do the same. So know that they could care less the justification as to why it didn't work in Cleveland. Please understand, it's a lot deeper than rebranding and consolidations. If the market proves to be viable, they will force themselves onto that market. All it takes is for ONE luxury retailer to open and be extremely successful in Cleveland (others will follow). You seem to be fully invested into this conversation. I prefer to not continue because we are completely off topic. If it's that big of an issue for you, you can send me a private message.
  4. Not completely. You've help make some of my points. Yes, todays market is more sustainable for upscale retailers. In 1990, the downtown housing market wasn't strong. Once Tower City opened, you began to see a downturn in storefronts along Euclid Ave. This factor happened in a lot of markets that had a small downtown population. The focus was to bring people within city cores for shopping. The problem came in when people found other options. Small market downtown malls usually suffered because of the lack of a sustained population. It is a KNOWN fact that closed in malls are becoming extinct. Think about it, the Cleveland area alone has lost almost all it's malls (Tower City, Galleria, Euclid Square, Shaker, Randall Park, etc.). Most people either buy online or prefer to go to open air shopping centers today. Banana Republic, Structure and the Gap had sustainability IMO over the years. Gucci, Versace and Fendi was a hard sell for the Cleveland market during that timeframe. Even the Disney store moved out rather quickly. This is one of the main points why the downtown population has to reach 20,000+. Cleveland is a hard sell for most high end retailers. I can only imagine the frustration some of the local developers have during their pitches to some of these businesses. As an example, I currently live about an hour away from Frankfurt Germany. None of these retailers have an issue with traffic flow in and out of their establishments. None have sales issues either. Tesla even has a location in downtown Frankfurt. Gucci isn't leaving the New York, Chicago or LA markets no matter how many stores they close (I know Cleveland doesn't compare to them, but...). When I go to some cities you will see that they will only allow a certain amount of customers into the establishment at a time. People literally stand in line waiting to get in (like it's a club, lol). The one thing they ALL have in common, they are in an open air shopping center or have a storefront. Bottom line, no retailer will leave a market that has proven to be financially beneficial to them. Cleveland's slowly getting there and I can't wait.
  5. Yeah, you missed how extravagant the opening was, lol. Unfortunately, Cleveland's market wasn't conducive to some of the store's that lined it's floors at that time IMO. When you add in cultural changes, closed in malls aren't what most American's focus on today.
  6. KJP always has the inside track on developments, lol.
  7. That's interesting. If this is true, I wonder how many startup companies spawn from this type of model. This could potentially create another pocket of tourism via conferences and international business.
  8. https://www.cleveland.com/business/2019/03/university-hospitals-planning-200-million-expansion-of-ahuja-medical-center.html University Hospital plans to expand the Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood.
  9. Per Cleveland.com: "One advantage of the land bridge plan is an enclosed walkway atop the park, which would lead from the Huntington Convention Center to a building proposed between the Great Lakes Science Center and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to be built by Cumberland Development." Does anyone have any insight on what the proposed building may be used for? From the design, it looks like it could be an additional entrance to either the Rock Hall or the Science Center.
  10. I'm happy that you can easily find garages to park in. I actually don't like or hate the parking garage design (because it's not important enough for me to care about it). As I mentioned before, the attention that it's getting on this forum is exhausting. It's just one of the many non issues that people on this forum find to complain about IMO. We can respectfully agree to disagree.
  11. Here's the article from Cleveland.com (don't know if it's been added previously): https://expo.cleveland.com/life-and-culture/g66l-2019/03/1afde53bdb8111/city-planning-commission-approves-10story-metrohealth-tower-scheduled-for-2022-completion.html
  12. To my point, the focus is on the aesthetics of a garage. I don't like surface lots within a major cities hub, so seeing a garage IS more appealing. Focusing on how it looks isn't that important IMO (not to say that it isn't but c'mon). It's like going to a restaurant and they add garnish to the side of my dish. I personally could care less about it (because it's not what I came for). If this projects parking garage was designed similarly to the one located at the Beacon, people on this forum would still find reason to complain. What's important to me is that the land owner is removing blight in an important part of the city and replacing it with a fantastic vision moving forward. I've watched as people complained about the original version of Nucleus, to now being pleased, to next complaining about the attached parking garage design. I've personally seen some terrible looking parking garages around the world in cities people rave about. Not once have I heard how disappointed someone was of those cities because of a parking garage. If I'm coming from out of town, I want to visually notice that this location has a parking garage. Sometimes signs aren't enough of an effect. As an example, consider how different it is driving downtown on Euclid. You have to be aware of Public Squares closure to traffic, bus lanes, cameras, and pedestrian crossings all while looking for parking (people from out of town aren't familiar with the city like you are). At some point most of the surface parking is going to disappear downtown. If I can visually spot a parking garage a block away, I feel blessed. I hate looking for a sign on a sidewalk identifying parking.
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