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  1. Downtown CLE currently doesn't compete for very large conventions because the facilities to house such conventions don't exist downtown. Convention fees and hotel taxes make these types of facilities viable in places like Indy. An expanded convention center, funded by out-of-town conventioneers, that doubles as a land bridge to connect the lakefront to downtown seems like a Win-Win-Win.
  2. 1.Relief airports from CLE include CAK <50 miles, and DTW, CMH and Pit <125 miles. 2. There is no economic advantage. 3. Yes, I do mean 'restoring the Municipal Dump' for better use. Perhaps you're aware that landfills are becoming some of largest and most popular parks in cities around the world, a trend in the US dating back to the late 1800s when Grant, Lincoln and Burnham Parks in Chicago were all created. If BKL soil tests unsafe then perhasp an airport is the best use, but rhetorical health concerns won't fly much longer.
  3. Lets stop kidding ourselves that Hopkins needs relief. CLE isn't LAX, SFO, ORD, ATL, MIA. I agree it's nice to have, but it's NOT NEEDED. If BKL was shut down tomorrow the Cleveland Clinic would quickly redirect its flights to Hopkins or Richmond Heights (helicopter transfers for urgent cases), flights schools could be easily relocated, and private users would quickly adjust. And a bona fide financial argument for keeping BKL doesn't exist. So we can make hypothetical arguments to support the FAA, the city, the county and all of the other BKL defenders, but Cleveland's lakefront is being held captive by a shrinking minority and, from what I can tell, a growing majority would like to take it back.
  4. Lake Erie is by far Cleveland's most underutilized asset and KJP's posting poses some interesting ways to improve access to the lake. However, the fact remains that the Lakefront isn't well developed presently and further developments remain really limited because there just isn't much lakefront space. I strongly support extending the Convention Center northward over the RR Tracks, but beyond that Cleveland should spend its time and resources on other more useful project. However, I will completely take back these remarks if the city every decides to seriously pursue the 450 acres of unused lakefront real estate immediately east of North Coast Harbor. https://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/lies-damn-lies-and-the-450-acres-of-prime-lakefront-real-estate-that-is-burke-lakefront-airport/Content?oid=16931820
  5. I was visiting CLE this weekend and had the chance to ride the Towpath trail from Hopples to Rockside Rd and back (so cool to see that perspective of Cleveland!). On the way back we took a few minutes to study the skyline from Tremont. Although I was expecting The Beacon to have a bigger presence in the skyline I still think it makes an important contribution. I really liked the panels. They're unique and the add color and a sense of upward motion that I wasn't expecting (can anyone explain the motion I perceived?). I hope Beacon and all of the residential construction quickly absorb residents when they open. From Public Square to CSU Euclid Ave, there's going to be a lively residential district and I'm looking forward to coming back to see it.
  6. There's a small-format Target in Evanston, IL that I regularly visit. It's 27,400 Sq Ft.: "At 27,400 square feet, “this is an ‘extra-large’ small-format store,” according to Krysanna Bowery, store team leader, "with a smaller assortment of the same types of items available in the larger Target stores . Target has a total of 62 small-format stores across the country, Bowery adds, with a goal of 130 by the end of 2019."
  7. Anybody have updated street-level pics of the project? Last pics show 5 completed floors. Still tracking at about 1 floor every two weeks?
  8. "Distance from Convention Center"??? I totally disagree. By expanding the HCC over the tracks/freeway toward the Science Center and RRHF the stadium would be within a few hundred feet of FES. I fully enclosed FES then become usable beyond 15 events a year. Many of the other convention centers in the US have similar size which is why they're able to attract the bigger conventions. And most of the bigger conventions book their annual conventions for multiple years at a time, thus ensuring ongoing revenue to the facility and host city.
  9. Great to see the continued upward trend in CLE visitors. I'm really intrigued by the dual purpose land bridge/convention center expansion concept for connecting the lakefront while simultaneously opening CLE to larger conventions. The investments seem to have paid off with the Huntington Conv. Center and Hilton. Would love to see the city double-down on that investment. https://www.crainscleveland.com/nonprofits/convention-and-visitors-bureau-sets-new-goal
  10. https://www.cleveland.com/business/2019/02/no-longer-overlooked-clevelands-huntington-convention-center-sees-continued-growth.html Interesting article about Cleveland's growing Convention business. Apparently people are recognizing that conventions are good economic drivers for Cleveland. I wasn't aware, however, of just how limited Cleveland 's conventions business is due to the Huntington's size. It made me wonder if a significantly larger Convention Center could be self-funded. Could expanding the convention center northward over the railway and Shore would enable Cleveland to compete from much larger, more profitable conventions in the future? And could that expansion be constructed in such a way that it simultaneously serve as the bridge that provides year-round, public access the the lakefront, Rock Hall, GLSS, Stadium, etc.
  11. What is the white building is in the foreground of the Key tower?
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