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  1. Not sure how literally to take those master plan massings, but I like them a million times more than the ones shown last May with the Library Lofts design. I hope it reflects the developers' current thinking.
  2. ^For sure. I'm not arguing doom and gloom here. The growing residential population and more creative marketing has done good things for this neighborhood. I'm just agreeing that the capacity of the sports visitors to support business is finite, so we shouldn't be so eager to cannibalize the existing successes.
  3. Regrettable but understandable that nearly all the single family mansions on Euclid were lost over the decades, but it's an equally huge bummer we lost so many grand apartment buildings on Euclid. There used to be several. This is one of only a handful left.
  4. ^Similarly, I don't want to see the tower demolished for purely aesthetic reasons, but if there's a viable project that calls for its demo and replacement with mid-rise construction built out to the street, I'll happily push the plunger myself. Architectural style aside, the Justice Center is bad urbanism in Cleveland's context.
  5. To underscore this, when Gateway first opened 26 years ago, there was all kinds of optimism about what it would do for lower Prospect, the arcades, Huron Ave, etc. A bunch of restaurants extended their hours and here was a boom in sports bars. A lot of it ended up being unsustainable.
  6. Is there a reason paint R&D is more threatened by proximate pedestrians than biomedical? Here's a streetview of a block in Cambridge, MA that has a large Novartis campus across the street from a very recently developed massive Pfizer campus. Both have ground floor retail. https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3611464,-71.0965316,3a,75y,301.08h,89.09t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sabXc7cpnKgog26zOi8LQSg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192 This "R&D needs to be on a remote campus because of espionage" idea seems completely ridiculous to me. Or, at the very least, is much less significant a concern than talent attraction and employee quality of life.
  7. ^I think his calculation is that he can rattle his litigation saber enough about the valuation step to get the county to settle at a higher price than he paid. He could also argue (reasonably) that the lot is worth quite a bit more now given the development interest in Ohio City and the further advancement of the park plans. The guy is clearly an awful person to engage in such a naked shakedown and to lie with such a straight face. I can't imagine being so greedy to confuse legality with ethics.
  8. Excited, but also nervous to see how how so much parking is integrated into the design...
  9. ^Through running would make it easier to improve service to the west. One of the main benefits would be allowing capital dollars to be redeployed from station expansion to new tunnels.
  10. The folks I follow seem to think through-running trains would eliminate the need for new tracks and platforms. But changing operations and making separate bureaucracies work together is much harder than spending money.
  11. ^^I noticed that banner in Streetview- it's been there for a few years now: https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4828233,-81.6978263,3a,75y,263.22h,82.48t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sAv9W3qwTL6dJRsGs-pp4NA!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo1.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DAv9W3qwTL6dJRsGs-pp4NA%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D7.19655%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656
  12. ^Shaker Square is in Cleveland, not Shaker Heights. I think that's what MTS is getting at. Shaker's building inspectors have no role to play outside their city's borders.
  13. ^^So we have the sugar high of "sending a message" vs. basing policy on likely results. Tough choice.
  14. ^Definitely better than I thought, and certainly way better than large cars/light trucks with conventional engines. But in Cleveland, plug ins are only incrementally better than hybrids, according to the UCS calculator you linked to. And still far, far worse than taking transit or walking/biking. That's where the big gains come from.
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