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  1. “Other changes from the original proposal include increased setbacks and sidewalk sizes, as well as the addition of innovative landscaping.” Are we talking increased setbacks for wider sidewalks () or are we talking about increase setbacks for wider sidewalks and landscaping () ?
  2. Downtown is adding population because it had none to begin with. The near west was replacing population, oftentimes with smaller household sizes, which resulted in a decrease in population. With new construction happening that may be changing. Overall these areas represent a very small portion of the city. Most of the east side continues to lose population. Also not talked about too often but the west side is also losing population in the less desirable neighborhoods. Unfortunately we will probably see decline pick up in several of these neighborhoods as the population continues to age, houses sit vacant, decay, attract crime, etc.
  3. Yeah it really comes down to personal preferences and what people value the most, and how highly they value that. I work downtown and location was definitely a big factor in my selection, as it would be for most people on this site. Unfortunately a lot of people view working downtown negatively due to the commute, traffic, and paying for parking. I will say the comments and fear of crime downtown have kind of disappeared from those discussions in the last several years, at least from what I have heard/read.
  4. I’m curious if there is any measurable difference between downtown and suburban companies though, or if it’s just a regional attraction issue. I would guess that unfortunately this talent would chose suburban offices in coastal cities over downtown offices in Midwest cities like Cleveland the majority of the time.
  5. Serious question, is there actually any legitimacy to Eaton and American Greetings struggling to attract talent? I feel like this idea has grown from “they probably will” to “they are” to “they regret moving” without any actual facts. Like a bad game of telephone. As for Progressive the downtown outpost is tiny strategy team of 40 people and has nothing to do with them struggling to attract talent. In fact Progressive has been expanding their presence in the suburbs with purchases of buildings, new construction, and thousands of new jobs. That being said I would love to have these companies downtown.
  6. While I agree it will help, the bigger issues in my opinion are that the warehouse district buildings have zero interaction with the streets leading down to the flats. On top of that the warehouse district feels isolated from the rest of downtown due to the large parking lots. The flats are essentially isolated from a neighborhood that itself is isolated from the rest of downtown.
  7. ^ exactly these won’t be cheap even if they are small. They are still new construction and require new construction prices. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive parts of a unit to build. Micro units tend to have a higher price per square foot because of this. Will these do well here? I’m not sure. The neighborhood can feel isolated and there are a lot of better deals to be had elsewhere. It will help bring slightly more affordable units to the neighborhood for those who want to live there. We’ll see how many people that really is that value the neighborhood over cheaper rent elsewhere downtown and surroundings.
  8. I apologize if these have already been posted. The Detroit and Parkwood development.
  9. A big hurdle is how disconnected Ohio City, Tremont, and downtown are from each other. They are all sort of their own little island and for the most part require a set of wheels to travel between. Downtown would be a natural retail center if these neighborhoods bled directly into downtown, but there are some major barriers that prevent this from ever happening. It’s a big retail hurdle to overcome, especially in a downtown that has very little retail to begin with.
  10. On Euclid it’s an additional 1800ft beyond the bridge to developable land. I think that may be just as big of an issue.
  11. Not to get too far off topic and I know East Cleveland is a disaster, but Cleveland itself isn’t necessarily a symbol of “competent, trustworthy leadership”!
  12. I hear you but that’s a good way to guarantee nothing ever gets built. As for retail, it’s hard enough filling new retail spaces in developments in active areas. It would be d@mn near impossible here.
  13. I don’t think we need any more underused green space added to the group plan. And yes, downtown’s grid and traffic patterns are a complete mess. Causes a lot of unnecessary congestion and carbon emissions. It seems like it’s just pieced together with no real thought to the entire downtown road network.
  14. I think this is testing the market so I don’t blame them for trying to keep costs down through material choice. If these do well and the area continues to build up I could see future projects incorporating brick and other higher cost materials.
  15. Imagine walking on the north side of Detroit through this intersection/circle. I can see how it's an improvement for drivers, but as a pedestrian it's a nightmare.
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