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  1. I wrote about the replacement of lower-income families with a higher income professional or two this December article about the impact that the Fifth Migration is having on Cleveland.... https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2019/12/cleveland-got-lot-wealthier-in-just-3.html?m=0
  2. MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020 Plan to boost "Edgewater East" arrives in shipping containers Proximity to the Great Lakes has long been a real estate selling point. For much of Cleveland's history however, access to Lake Erie centered on industrial development. But in the post-industrial era, being close to the lake means attracting investment in recreational and residential uses. That's what the principals of WRJ Developers LLC are trying to do with their proposed development called ArkiTainer on 72nd. This would be the first apartment buildings in Cleveland built from recycled shipping containers. WRJ is the first initials of the firm's managing members -- Willie Levy, Richard Singleton and Jermaine Brooks. MORE: https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2020/05/plan-to-boost-edgewater-east-arrives-in.html
  3. Rejoin Connecticut. Doesn't involve Congress. Connecticut could do it by withdrawing their quit claim following the Quieting Act of 1800 and Connecticut's subsequent release of the Western Reserve to the U.S. government. It was perhaps the largest quit-claim deed in U.S. history and done so without regard to the voting rights of those in the Western Reserve, whether it was 1 person or 1,000. They never got a say in whether they should remain a part of the state of Connecticut or to lose statehood and become a U.S. territory. If a territory can become a state only with a vote of the people, it should thus not lose statehood without their vote either. Admission to the Union Clause also forbids the creation of new states from parts of existing states without the consent of both the affected states and Congress. The primary intent of this caveat was to give Eastern states that still had western land claims (including Connecticut) a veto over whether their western counties could become states.
  4. Seen on Facebook.... "This shutdown saga is exposing who's never been told 'no' in their life."
  5. According to Snopes, this was actually written by Laurie Gallagher Witt (not Ron Howard), but it's still a good read.... I'm a liberal, but that doesn't mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let's break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I'm getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines: 1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. PERIOD. 2. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Somehow that's interpreted as "I believe Obamacare is the end-all, be-all." This is not the case. I'm fully aware that the ACA has problems, that a national healthcare system would require everyone to chip in, and that it's impossible to create one that is devoid of flaws, but I have yet to hear an argument against it that makes "let people die because they can't afford healthcare" a better alternative. I believe healthcare should be far cheaper than it is, and that everyone should have access to it. And no, I'm not opposed to paying higher taxes in the name of making that happen. 3. I believe education should be affordable. It doesn't necessarily have to be free (though it works in other countries so I'm mystified as to why it can't work in the US), but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt. 4. I don't believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don't want to work. I have literally never encountered anyone who believes this. Ever. I just have a massive moral problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people literally starving to death, freezing to death, or dying because they can't afford to go to the doctor. Fair wages, lower housing costs, universal healthcare, affordable education, and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. Somehow believing that makes me a communist. 5. I don't throw around "I'm willing to pay higher taxes" lightly. If I'm suggesting something that involves paying more, well, it's because I'm fine with paying my share as long as it's actually going to something besides lining corporate pockets or bombing other countries while Americans die without healthcare. 6. I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as me wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes. What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water. Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multibillion-dollar companies should not have employees on food stamps, workers shouldn't have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live. 7. I am not anti-Christian. I have no desire to stop Christians from being Christians, to close churches, to ban the Bible, to forbid prayer in school, etc. (BTW, prayer in school is NOT illegal; *compulsory* prayer in school is - and should be - illegal). All I ask is that Christians recognize *my* right to live according to *my* beliefs. When I get pissed off that a politician is trying to legislate Scripture into law, I'm not "offended by Christianity" -- I'm offended that you're trying to force me to live by your religion's rules. You know how you get really upset at the thought of Muslims imposing Sharia law on you? That's how I feel about Christians trying to impose biblical law on me. Be a Christian. Do your thing. Just don't force it on me or mine. 8. I don't believe LGBT people should have more rights than you. I just believe they should have the *same* rights as you. 9. I don't believe illegal immigrants should come to America and have the world at their feet, especially since THIS ISN'T WHAT THEY DO (spoiler: undocumented immigrants are ineligible for all those programs they're supposed to be abusing, and if they're "stealing" your job it's because your employer is hiring illegally). I believe there are far more humane ways to handle undocumented immigration than our current practices (i.e., detaining children, splitting up families, ending DACA, etc). 10. I don't believe the government should regulate everything, but since greed is such a driving force in our country, we NEED regulations to prevent cut corners, environmental destruction, tainted food/water, unsafe materials in consumable goods or medical equipment, etc. It's not that I want the government's hands in everything -- I just don't trust people trying to make money to ensure that their products/practices/etc. are actually SAFE. Is the government devoid of shadiness? Of course not. But with those regulations in place, consumers have recourse if they're harmed and companies are liable for medical bills, environmental cleanup, etc. Just kind of seems like common sense when the alternative to government regulation is letting companies bring their bottom line into the equation. 11. I believe our current administration is fascist. Not because I dislike them or because I can’t get over an election, but because I've spent too many years reading and learning about the Third Reich to miss the similarities. Not because any administration I dislike must be Nazis, but because things are actually mirroring authoritarian and fascist regimes of the past. 12. I believe the systemic racism and misogyny in our society is much worse than many people think, and desperately needs to be addressed. Which means those with privilege -- white, straight, male, economic, etc. -- need to start listening, even if you don't like what you're hearing, so we can start dismantling everything that's causing people to be marginalized. 13. I am not interested in coming after your blessed guns, nor is anyone serving in government. What I am interested in is the enforcement of present laws and enacting new, common sense gun regulations. Got another opinion? Put it on your page, not mine. 14. I believe in so-called political correctness. I prefer to think it’s social politeness. If I call you Chuck and you say you prefer to be called Charles I’ll call you Charles. It’s the polite thing to do. Not because everyone is a delicate snowflake, but because as Maya Angelou put it, when we know better, we do better. When someone tells you that a term or phrase is more accurate/less hurtful than the one you're using, you now know better. So why not do better? How does it hurt you to NOT hurt another person? 15. I believe in funding sustainable energy, including offering education to people currently working in coal or oil so they can change jobs. There are too many sustainable options available for us to continue with coal and oil. Sorry, billionaires. Maybe try investing in something else. 16. I believe that women should not be treated as a separate class of human. They should be paid the same as men who do the same work, should have the same rights as men and should be free from abuse. Why on earth shouldn’t they be? I think that about covers it. Bottom line is that I'm a liberal because I think we should take care of each other. That doesn't mean you should work 80 hours a week so your lazy neighbor can get all your money. It just means I don't believe there is any scenario in which preventable suffering is an acceptable outcome as long as money is saved.
  6. Sure, all we need is an election to reunify the country....
  7. SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2020 New buyer(s) emerge for two Cleveland-area Ford plants After one failed bid to acquire Ford's Brook Park and Walton Hills plants, there is good news pointing to the eventual, productive re-use of both mammoth factories. Ford Motor Co. last week entered the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Voluntary Action Program (VAP) for its Brook Park Engine Plant No. 2 that closed nearly 20 years ago, according to a source who was not authorized to speak publicly about the development. MORE: https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2020/05/new-buyers-emerge-for-two-cleveland.html
  8. This bleach blonde apparently drank too much bleach, too
  9. First Methodist Church, southeast corner of Euclid and East 9th in 1904, shortly before it was demolished for the Cleveland Trust Bank rotunda, today's Heinen's grocery store.
  10. I.AM.NOT.SURPRISED/UNHAPPY Coronavirus is spiking disproportionately in counties that voted for Trump in 2016 https://www.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-spiking-disproportionately-counties-voted-144412480.html AND The Trump effect: New study connects white American intolerance and support for authoritarianism The research suggests that when intolerant white people fear democracy may benefit marginalized people, they abandon their commitment to democracy. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-effect-new-study-connects-white-american-intolerance-support-authoritarianism-ncna877886
  11. Caption on back: "West from E. 14th Street, 1900." View looking west along the intersection of Huron Road and Euclid Avenue, in the heart of Playhouse Square. The brick house in the center is the last dwelling house left standing on this part of Euclid. Gradually all the fine homes that had lined Euclid between here and Public Square had been torn down to make way for business blocks. This house for years housed one of the best dressmaking establishments in the city. At the extreme right is a view of the Union Club.
  12. Do you have a link to this Bill of Rights/self-governing piece?
  13. SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2020 Co-working biz expands to Cleveland with Hingetown launch In 2020, as the practice of social distancing has dominated, a relatively new business is taking the opposite approach. COhatch, founded in Columbus in 2016, is creating a community-centric approach to co-working where people not only work together, but socialize, exercise, host events and support new business ideas with the help of local investors in the same location. COhatch is designed to be a place to work, meet and live, and its vision is to replicate a "whole life" approach through aggressive expansion nationwide. The goal is to be in 500 locations in 50 communities in the U.S. by 2030. MORE https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2020/05/community-co-working-biz-expands-to.html
  14. My turn (the first of many articles coming on this long holiday weekend!)..... FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020 Warner & Swasey redevelopment is a Midtown catalyst When Pennrose LLC won a $1 million tax credit allocation this week from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency for the redevelopment of the Warner & Swasey factory, it not only boosted the project's development prospects, it also boosted Midtown's. Warner & Swasey's tool-making manufacturing plant and offices at 5701 Carnegie Ave. were active from 1800 to 1990. The property has sat vacant and rotting away for 30 years under the ownership of the city of Cleveland, which has been seeking a buyer and developer to make a go of the property. MORE: https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2020/05/warner-swasey-redevelopment-is.html
  15. This is very interesting and I'd love to discuss these real estate sales activities more. So I continued the conversation here:
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