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  1. I love it, I've been in carpentry classes this week out in Richfield. Heading back north to Parma on 77, you get that view of downtown as soon as you get over the hill by Independence. But you've always been able to see the far eastern half of downtown way before the rest of downtown thanks to the angle of approach, and I actually mistook the Lumen for the Erie View plaza the other day. It has a very dramatic effect on the skyline, it's height and white lines help it stick out from a distance. My favorite part about it though, is that it elongates our skyline from the southern view. It reminds me of Philadelphia after they built the first Comcast Tower (although to a lesser extent) because it made Philadelphia's skyline look more imposing. That's what the Lumen does for ours, too.
  2. Call me crazy, but I feel like the Shoppes at Parma should have been redeveloped into an outlet mall with spin off retail. Between Lodi Station & Aurora Farms, they're both a pain to get to in my opinion. I really believe putting Outlets at the old Parma town site was a viable option at a time of need & would have kept that monstrous lakefront proposal from ever being devised in the first place.
  3. Looking at the building, it'd be cool if they could turn it into a townhouse type of deal. Separate it into individual 2 floor units, cut an entrance with stairs into each unit's exterior facade, and make it truly urban. As for me personally, call me crazy but the place looks haunted. lol
  4. I like it a lot, reminds me of something bigger cities would have. Buildings like this always stick with me after a trip to NYC or Chicago. I think it's refreshing, although it could use more consistency if you really wanna nitpick.
  5. That older building, upstairs tower room on the right: That's where my dad's family lived when they first came to America. Also went to the school when it was still St. Vitus. I hope it continues to expand, might be the key to saving that neighborhood until they do consider moving the highway for better lakefront access.
  6. The apprenticeship center for the carpenter's union has started doing some mass timber framing classes, or at least I know they're getting ready to organize them. Many of the instructors attended a conference in Las Vegas to prepare for it or something like that. The whole reason is this project. I know it's not really a legitimate update, but if the local unions are updating their curriculum to be better prepared for this thing, it must be a good sign. We need more projects like this, call me crazy but I think West 25 & Hingetown have a higher developmental ceiling in the long-term than North High Street in Columbus. That's exactly what Market Square reminds me of architecturally.
  7. As a Parma High graduate, I'm actually pretty furious about all of it. I've been a part of the Fernway Elementary School renovations in Shaker Heights recently, and I know that facility was built in the 20's. The idea that Parma Senior High is beyond repair having been built 30-40 something years later is incomprehensible to me. Having been a student as recently as 2012, I would say that beyond the HVAC not doing the best job, the building isn't falling apart by any means. Don't like the walls? Ok, build a new wall right in front of the old ones, cover them up like Fernway. 3-5/8"s track with a 5/8"s layer of drywall, or maybe as big as 1-1/2" hat channel shot to the wall where applicable & then the aforementioned layer of 5/8"s drywall over it. Do it on both sides, you've lost a grand total of 8-1/2" inches of hallway at the most, not too awful if you've been in there before. Need new HVAC? There's enough ceiling height in some of those rooms to install a suspended ceiling & cover up brand new HVAC & lights. I could go on, but I just feel like they didn't consider all their options here. Not at all surprising considering the gross financial ineptitude of the previous regime running the school system.
  8. So far as I could tell when I worked there, yes. I wasn't assigned to those floors, so I only got a good look at the area 2 or three times. However, I'm fairly certain the purpose of the atrium was to provide porch space to Interior units. At least that's what it looked like. You have units along the exterior of the building with views of the city, and it seemed some Interior units where the atrium is probably the main selling point. On the bottom floors, everything in the middle of the building is parking. But who knows, maybe those weren't rentable units. There were no finishes at the time, and I wasn't involved with the framing or backing. But that atrium roof cover did appear to be temporary.
  9. Meridian right now. I've been with a few places so far, still waiting to catch on with someone for more than 4 months.
  10. I'm only an apprentice with the Carpenters Union right now, but being around finish work (cabinets), I second that sentiment. Lots of "Amish built" cabinets with doors out of square or not level with eachother that had to be sent back. It's nice, rustic stuff for home, but doesn't really meet a truly professional standard it would seem.
  11. I'm not arguing with your stance, because to an extent, you're obviously right. But for every person who packs up and leaves to to newfound financial affluence, another is pushed out for a lack of it. And I was in New York City at the beginning of September. One of the things that prompted me to research NYC's Little Italy was the startling lack of Italians I saw there. It was a bit surprising. I would definitely say our Little Italy feels more relaxing, intimate, and more culturally genuine.
  12. I recently worked in the May Company building. Here's a veiw from the east side porches on the 4th floor. Also, the atrium was pretty impressive.
  13. Longtime Urban/Skyscraper enthusiast, longtime lurker, first time poster. I'm all for density & creating an NYC/Chicago vibe wherever it makes sense, as I believe those to be healthy urban environments we should attempt to emulate for our own sustainability. But that said, there are exceptions. This may not make me any friends, but I agree with Pigmeat. The people of Little Italy built that neighborhood over the course of decades & generations. Maybe it's the Italian in me, but I respect that. To some extent, their concerns have to be valid. Also, I'd like to leave this excerpt on New York City's Little Italy neighborhood for you guys to take in: "Prior to 2004, several upscale businesses entered the northern portion of the area between Houston and Kenmare Street. Tonelli said "Real-estate prices zoomed, making it even tougher for the old-timers—residents and businesspeople alike—to hang on."[4] After the September 11 attacks in 2001, areas below Houston Street were cut off for the rest of the fall of 2001. The San Gennaro feast, scheduled for September 13, was postponed. Business from the Financial District dropped severely, due to the closure of Park Row, which connected Chinatown and the Civic Center; as a result, residents in Little Italy and Chinatown suffered. Tonelli said the post-9/11 events "strangely enough, ended up motivating all these newfangled efforts to save what's left of the old neighborhood."[4] In 2004 Tonelli said "Today, Little Italy is a veneer—50 or so restaurants and cafés catering to tourists, covering a dense neighborhood of tenements shared by recent Chinese immigrants, young Americans who can't afford Soho, and a few remaining real live Italians."[4] This sentiment has also been echoed by Italian culture and heritage website ItalianAware. The site has called the dominance of Italians in the area, "relatively short lived." It attributes this to the quick financial prosperity many Italians achieved, which afforded them the opportunity to leave the cramped neighborhood for areas in Brooklyn and Queens. The site also goes on to state that the area is currently referred to as Little Italy more out of nostalgia than as a reflection of a true ethnic population.[8]" There are many areas of town that I'm heavily in favor of gentrifying, my native St. Clair/Superior among them. Little Italy is not one of those areas.
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