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  1. Having the CVRR travel from downtown Cleveland to its southern terminus is such an obvious idea and its frustrating that the region hasn't been able to pull it off. Coincidentally we took some visitors from Texas on the train yesterday. I hadn't read KJP's post about the possibility of extending the line to Cleveland yet. Just for the hell of it I asked the conductor in our train why it wasn't possible to have a Cleveland stop knowing its been a problem from day one. He said it wasn't that it wasn't wanted, the problem was that, according to him, each city north of Rockside Rd. was responsible for track maintenance and there was no funding available. He said the CVRR owns the trains but not the tracks so that was the hold-up. He also said the reason the railroad stopped going to Canton was because the tracks were in disrepair, plus the terminal was in too bad of an area and the railroad was afraid there might be problems. He said it was so bad there was vandalism while the train was actually stoping there let alone what happened when the place was empty. Anyway those of us who are fans of all things train can only hope KJP is on to something with this possible great news. I live in the old "Pink Hotel" on the Rocky River. Just outside my front door is an old railroad terminal that the city uses for storage. I would love for that to be a RTA stop traveling from Lorain to Cleveland. Alas, the NIMBY's are not in favor of it. Even the people in my building that I've talked to about it don't want it. Sheeesh.
  2. I respectfully disagree Superior on what a parking garage should look like. If YOU want to be able to identify a garage a block away then you must love the garage on the nuCLEus site. I travel all the time and I've never had trouble locating a parking garage even when its architecture blends in rather than stands out. You CAN have an attractive facade and still be able to identify that its a parking garage. You don't have to settle for an eyesore.
  3. Are the 3 lift bridges in good working order? In the past I've driven through the area and at times one or more of the bridges were closed. Of course there is access from the neck of the peninsula but having all 3 bridges available would seem pretty important to any developer looking to build.
  4. Does anyone have the ability to insert the new nuCLEus renderings into that photo? I would love to see what its going to look like from that angle.
  5. I've long been a proponent of merging all the cities of our county into one govt. Other cities in the US that have completed a merger have shown its effectiveness and fiscal efficiencies. Unfortunately I doubt a merger is likely for our county. That would require progressive thought and its simply not possible. Sure, we do have many progressive thinkers here but they are in the distinct minority. Cuyahoga County is comprised of people more interested in hanging on to their turf than doing something that would benefit the greater good. You could show them data that would indicate the advantages of county govt. You could show them data that would indicate the gross inefficiencies in our existing system and they wouldn't budge. They simply don't care. They're ostriches with their heads in the sand. They own their little piece of the pie and screw the rest. Why some regions thrive while others stagnate are myriad but surely myopic thinking is one example as to why we continue to struggle. And that's not changing anytime soon. How many of us on these forums know people who left because of our backward thinking? There's a reason some regions continue to struggle - progressive thinkers leave for more fertile grounds leaving the backward thinkers in the majority. And they will decide policy.
  6. I didn't waste my time commenting. I'm retired now. Looks like you wasted your time though. Chill out man. We're not saving the world here. just having our little say.
  7. Too dense......in a city. Brilliant comment. Wish I would have thought of it.
  8. Anecdotal story on Cleveland population: I have a friend who is one of those highly educated but insular Bostonians. While he is far more accomplished than me I'm way more traveled than him. "Why should I leave New England? It has everything I need." Anyway, he did manage to visit me awhile back and we hit all the usual CLE sites. I'll sum up his impression in two sentences. "Cleveland is different, more interesting than I expected." and "Where's all the people." Yeah, I think he nailed it.
  9. You have more connections than I do KJP. If you're curious tap those connections and see if you can get an answer. As you know to be successful in the business world an idea often needs a champion. On these forums you are our champion for TOD. You are one of the leaders for density (believe me, I'm in complete agreement) but in this town I feel like we are too often swimming upstream. That being said, there has been real progress especially when you consider how steep our fall. Its just that when we compare our progress with other regions that are really growing we realize our progress pales in comparison. Still, we're here and doing our best to encourage ANY positive steps.
  10. Stap you are right! Conversely $70 -$100 a month to park would be considered a great deal in a large market. Our complaints are really more of an indication of our small city thinking. Many in CLE don't know what real traffic is, what the real cost of housing is in a large city etc. In many ways we just don't get it. We compare our costs locally as in the difference between urban and suburban not between Cleveland and Boston, Chicago etc.
  11. KJP, to answer your question there are at least three huge parking structures with possibly more planned as the Clinic is not finished fleshing out the campus. More to come. You ask some interesting questions about whether or not the existing garages can handle additional housing built on top. A better question might be "IF the garages could handle it would the Clinic be interested?" Under Cosgrove the Clinic was focused on delivering the best medical care in the most efficient manner. It wasn't focused on the neighborhood and it certainly wan't focused on housing built on garages. And that thought is reflected in Clinic architecture which many on these forums have complained about. Unlike Mayo the Clinic is not integrated into its neighborhood. Its design seems to turn its back on the community. Now that there is a new CEO that may change. I don't know because I retired so I no longer have any insight on a directional change - if any.
  12. Stap...I'm not saying Clinic employees knowing anything about what it costs to build the parking structures because they don't. I am simply saying most think that whatever the cost there is no way the Clinic is losing money i.e. subsidizing employee parking such that employees are not paying the real cost of parking and the Clinic is losing money on the garages. Now that prevailing opinion may be wrong but I will say that as an employee we were never told that the Clinic was taking a financial hit in order to help with the cost to employees. We simply had a monthly debit for parking taken out of our paychecks. When management is silent on an issue employees will come to their own conclusion - right or wrong. And of course I know that its not just Clinic employees who pay for parking but also downtown workers in any large city. I thought that was assumed.
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