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  1. I was annoyingly presumptuous for assuming the city didn't rezone this land (thank you @3231 and @Mendo for setting me straight), but as far as I can tell, the rezoning didn't really add anything special relating to the greenway. Just put the site in a multifamily use district. No form-based overlays or special off-street parking restrictions to prevent the rear of the site from being nothing but garages, driveway, and fences. Here's another document showing the map changes: http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/zoning/2018/Map2586.pdf Anyway, this site won't make or break the greenway, so I won't get too hung up on it, but wish I had more confidence we'd see something especially well designed. Question for @X , is the on-street parking on this part of Columbus fairly well used? Or do you think it could handle more cars without disrupting too many existing residents?
  2. ^^I should have been more specific: the high line planning effort culminated in a major rezoning that ensured some basic building form characteristics for the expected rush of development. Were there any public policy changes that resulted from the Market District TOD and Duck Island planning efforts, or were they primarily community visioning exercises? It's possible the flaky discretionary gauntlet of design review, spot zoning, and variances can get us to the same place, but it would be swell if the city could sometimes get out ahead of these things with ex ante rezonings to cut to the chase. Maybe they have in this case and I'm wasting keystrokes.
  3. Same state government that turned away federal funds to pay the entire capital cost for a three-C train service. I'll never really get over the juxtaposition of that decision with this insane highway project.
  4. Ugh, exactly as feared. Given the grade change, it's hard to imagine a developer proposing anything other than parking down there, unless their arm is twisted. In a normal city, when a public amenity like this is being planned, there would be accompanying changes to land use regs that would make clear the types of development the city will permit or wants to see alongside it. It's increasingly frustrating seeing proactive planning either totally ignored by the city or outsourced to expensive outside consultants. Every booster bro loves comparing projects like this to the high line (which is dumb to begin with), but no one pays attention to the intense public planning effort that went into the land use regulations surrounding the high line.
  5. Even as someone who can imagine real benefits from a design refresh of the public areas, it's really hard to disagree with the notion that the big money is better spent subsidizing new development and rehab in the surrounding blocks .Wouldn't preclude some modest and vanilla streetscape improvements, which could probably help. Like, if they want to change up the traffic pattern, maybe experiment by adding speed bumps and pull-in parking to the segments of Shaker Blvd that transverse the square. The cost could be tiny.
  6. Going back a page, that proposed CIM facility is still heinous. They should be embarrassed presenting such dreck. Such a bummer what parking needs can do to design quality.
  7. ^There's still a lot of money kicking around these circles. This is pretty cool news. A refreshing change from the relentless drift further east of so many other institutions.
  8. ^In this case you are 100% right. All in all, those design review comments make me pretty sympathetic to the idea that we should just disband design review.
  9. On this question, I wonder what the effect would be if we just closed the eastbound offramps from the Shoreway to 9th Street. I mean, I know people would freak out, but after things settled down and traffic adjusted by exiting onto Lakeside or swinging all the way around onto the innerbelt, how much worse would traffic be?
  10. I wouldn't put much stock in these numbers for Ohio City, Tremont or Detroit Shoreway, given the number of new construction unit sales and the qualification in intro to that Cleveland.com post: In some cases, new homes sold on newly created parcels are not included because they are not flagged as single-family homes in county transfer data. EDIT: out of curiosity, I looked in Zillow to identify sales of sf houses/townhouses within the past 12 months in core Tremont (north of 490, east of 90), and it was $260K. But even here, there were some major data integrity issues, with Zillow reporting some clearly bogus sale price numbers (maybe related party or partial interest transfers) and including a few misclassified property types (like a boarded up storefront or even vacant land).
  11. ^Here's a little bit of info: https://case.edu/ech/articles/s/stillman-theater. Looks like the theater shut down in 1963.
  12. Great shots! I love how the rear still reflects the original early modern facade, not the second facade that's being restored now. Note, those architectural details in the last shot were actually built for a theater lobby (iirc). It wasn't turned into a garage entrance till later.
  13. Isn't the bike midway coming through in the not-too-distant future?
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