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  1. The reason for the Target fascination is because downtown residents have opted for a walkable lifestyle. While going to Target is easy if you live outside of downtown and have a driveway, the process is restrictive if you live downtown. For downtowners, here is what the process looks like: walking to the garage where your car is located, driving 10 min to Steelyard, loading up the car, driving 10 min back, somehow find a place to idle the car, unload the car, schlepp everything up to your apartment, go back to the car, move it back to the garage, walk back to your apartment and go upstairs. When I was living at the Schofield, even if I wanted to drive to Target (or any other store, Costco, Aldi, etc.), I couldn't because there was no loading zone for residents. Compare this with walking 5 min, grabbing a couple things, and walking 5 min back. The reason for the fascination about Target, in particular, is that you can get almost anything there, including items that people don't usually buy online (e.g. food, clothing, shoes, shampoo, cosmetics, etc.).
  2. I was looking at Centric, but it was hard to pull the trigger when one-bedrooms start at $1430/mo. Instead, my fiance' and I are moving into a two-bedroom at The Standard for the same price. Because of it's proximity to Case, I would imagine the leasing comes in waves, with most people starting in the summer.
  3. Until all of the parking lots downtown, the flats, the north coast harbor area, the Superior Arts District, and Asiantown are all filled in, I can't believe that repurposing Burke is a good idea. I think public greenspace is fantastic, but a park would not have the same economic impact as the airport. According to the Ohio DOT, Burke had an economic impact of $106.9MM and supported 953 full-time jobs. I just don't think a park would produce the same benefits. Eventually, sure. But, just not yet. I guess I can't post external links on here yet, but just search "economic impact of Burke Lakefront airport" and it's the first link to come up.
  4. I think the biggest issue is how this project is framed. The city pushes this as an opportunity for the forgotten triangle area, while everyone really knows the funding for this comes from reducing commute time to University Circle. I really think this project does both. Just look at the innovation square project linked above. This will allow for continued expansion from UC, and help breathe some life in this area. The fact that E79th street has two RTA stations and there's not that much there is amazing. Chester is great for getting to downtown from UC. But getting to the outer eastern suburbs from University Circle is terrible. If I drive out to Solon, I have to snake through the side streets of Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, then Beachwood before I can finally pick up the freeway. The opportunity corridor, while still an interesting route, would cut down that time down probably by 10 minutes, and relieve congestion driving through the inner suburbs. Then you could even connect the corridor with Shaker Boulevard, where Shaker just kind of ends at Buckeye Rd. Long time lurker, but that's my 2 cents.
  5. I am a student at the law school now and did my undergrad at Ohio State. Very rarely have I ever been excited that OSU is in second place.
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