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  1. The most obvious and cool and instantly iconic thing would be a convincing old-school style "neon" roof sign on the Breen center (facing the west side). Could be the SW logo with simple animation showing the red paint coming out of the can onto the globe. After like 10 years people would stop remembering it was new and it would be like our own Citigo sign.
  2. ^It is a RR track, but it's just a little short line. @KJP would know best, but how much longer is that line going to last? If and when that ROW is converted to a trail, that garage is going to be pretty bad.
  3. ^Only if it increases what office tenants are willing to commit to paying. Unfortunately (for Stark and us new construction fans), the Cleveland office market is way too weak for developers to demand much of a premium over the region's exceptionally low office rents.
  4. ^I have no complaints about the pace of construction, but this complex has most definitely not been vacant and open to the elements for the past 40 years. It had occupied retail until 2007 or so and I think was still a tenanted office building (tho probably with high vacancy) in the 2000s too. It didn't acquire its bombed out appearance until 2008 or so when the owners were investigating facade restoration and the historic tax credits.
  5. Slightly better, but still terrible. Just the wrong developer for a such a cool site.
  6. Can't wait to hear which thoroughly mediocre national chain will moving in after the garage rehab.
  7. ^That substation is so maddening. Between that, the WO Walker Center and that lame surface parking lot that appears to be sticking around, it's a little dispiriting how bad this streetscape may still be even after an infusion of high density housing.
  8. I think it's fine that the building wanted a drop off lane, but it should have come at the expense of the left turn lane instead of the sidewalk. Let the car people fight among themselves.
  9. ^It was the direct cause of a substantial and structurally sound historic building, as well as a second, even more historic building in very lousy condition. It gave us one, and now maybe a second hideous sky bridge. However you fee about the casino, it certainly required some pretty icky compromises.
  10. ^I'm very familiar with the legal mechanisms NYC and other jurisdictions use to require affordability, but without city financing or an inclusionary zoning ordinance, I'm not sure how Cleveland thinks it can impose this (if that's really the case). It's possible there was a quiet change to the 15 year tax abatement program, I suppose, but I think we would have heard about that. EDIT: If a developer is proposing to develop city-owned land, the city could ask for anything it wants as a condition to the sale, so maybe that's what's going on here. I asked the developer of the Tappan in Tremont earlier this year about the affordability his project will provide and he made clear that his group was doing on their own, not because of any requirement.
  11. ^Is there any documentation of this policy re. Opportunity Zones? I'm not sure I understand the legal mechanism the city could use to require affordability for these projects. "Opportunity Zone funding" is just private equity investment being given preferential treatment by the IRS; I'm not sure the city would even know which projects are getting it or not.
  12. How was the developer promising that all of the office jobs would be "new to the region" if they hadn't identified all the tenants?
  13. It seems pretty implausible to me that they would move the entire HQ/research team. Can anyone think of a straight relocation anywhere close to that sort of headcount? Boeing, for example, moved its HQ from Seattle to Chicago almost 20 years ago, but that moved less than 1000 people and left tens of thousands of employees back in Seattle. GE only moved a few hundred people when it relocated from CT to Boston.
  14. ^And those two groupings of department stores lasted well into the 50s and 60s. They were a big part of the behind the scenes lobbying for and against the downtown subway in the 1950s. Higbees and May Co were very much against it, while the PHS stores lobbied hard for it.
  15. This was my first thought too. The design makes walking routes longer and requires trusting drivers to yield without a red light, which is a mixed bag in a place so completely auto dominated like CLE. And I bet most of the people saying how great this design is mean only that they enjoy not having to stop while driving their car. But in fairness, I couldn’t find much in the research lit suggesting round abouts are actually more dangerous for peds and bikes than signalized intersections. And if it’s only one lane feeding in from every street and in the circle, it’s much less chaotic than some other circles out there. Its pretty clear, tho, this is a change designed for cars and has nothing to do with restoring the original circle, as I had mistakenly thought at one pint.
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