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  1. BG officials have been in touch with folks in Oxford, but yeah, BG has a long way to go reconstructing the Wooster St corridor. The roundabouts are finished now, and a new five-story hotel is under construction on East Wooster where the Victory Inn used to be; Panera is also open on E Wooster -- a new building where the Big Boy used to be, a new lighted BGSU sign is up at Wooster and Mercer, where Harshman used to be, and a few other houses across from the University are coming down. On campus, the new Business building/Hayes Hall is the major construction project, and downtown, reconstruction of Main Street seems to be taking forever, but is almost complete. Last bit: a medical marijuana dispensary is also open in BG, on North Main in the old Glass City Federal Credit Union building.
  2. But unlike White Kitty, Trump would never eat a salad.
  3. I called the number to report misinformative and xenophobic flyers in my mailbox.
  4. Main Street after Plastic Surgery - it's all T @ A, glutes and pecs. Kardashian...Everything is exaggerated, don't you think? The buildings seem anthropomorphic - like the windows would light up into eyes, the awnings bat as eyelashes, and then they start singing.
  5. of course, this is too simple a designation, because there are overlapping and complementary geographic identities. I believe that the Midwest starts around Huron, then due south toward Crestline, Granville, Lancaster. Cleveland is not Midwestern, it's a Great Lakes City that borders the Midwest and Appalachia. Cleveland is too hilly and forested to be Midwestern - the Midwest is enormous farms and grids. Columbus, Dayton and Toledo (also GL) are Ohio's Midwestern cities; Cleveland is Great Lakes City; Cincinnati is an Appalachian city bordering the Plateau/Foothills/Upper South and the table-top Midwest. I don't get much of an East Coast vibe in CLE, (more in Buffalo); I think that's the Firelands inheritance in spatial planning and a desire to be associated with more worldly cities than those in Ohio.
  6. Maybe it's the striking contrast between so much "new" and so much "old". One building by itself wouldn't stand out so much, but having so much of one side of OTR so completely gentrified and the other not makes the southern section all the more jarring.
  7. I think it's more than signs, but I agree that the signs contribute to the chaotic order of those images. Some of the OTR buildings had very rich, complex colors because of the combination of time, pollution, and layering. I even appreciated some of the 'modern' renovations on the buildings - rather than stripping them down to something that would look more at home in a suburban lifestyle center. It's too sterile, too simple, for now at least. I'm really glad the buildings were saved and improved in many cases, but these gut rehabs erase the richness and complexity of the buildings and the urban space. .
  8. General comment - maybe others have mentioned this, but I'm ambivalent about the exterior changes to many of the buildings I'm seeing in the pictures here. one thing I loved about OTR was the many layers of history on the old buildings - the ghostly painted advertisements, the old signs, the layers of renovations, the sense of being lived in, loved, and lost. What I had hoped for was more organic changes and redevelopment to the neighborhood, something like the old but kept buildings in Queens, or Philadelphia. Instead it feels sterile, powerwashed, disinfected, gentrified for those Lincoln Park Trixies priced out of Chicago. Time will add some of those layers back, and perhaps peel away the monochromatics, but for now, I'm more attracted to OTR north of Liberty than south. This is an aesthetic preference; I don't live in Cincinnati.
  9. Buttegeig's candidacy won't go far once the primaries start...he has about 0% support among African-Americans, a core constituency. He may do well is some liberal states a Democrat would win anyway, but once the Southern primaries start, his campaign will fade quickly, I predict...
  10. And except for a few spots on Woodward near Jefferson, the Fox Theater, and Wayne State, isn't nearly all of that activity on Woodward of the last four or five years? I've been visiting Detroit regularly since 2007 (live in Toledo), and the change on that street is remarkable. The last few times I've visited, in the last year, I have noticed much more activity in the neighborhoods too, many fewer empty commercial spaces, but not yet a lot of residential rehabbing outside the hot areas.
  11. It didn't start with Obama...it goes back at least to Nixon's Southern Strategy. He knew and LBJ knew that LBJohnson's support for civil rights would doom the Democratic party in the south, as it has. Republicans long ago picked up that slack; they have been the white supremacy-apologist party for at least 50 years. Before that, remember too that during the Klan's resurgence in the North in the 1920s, Klan politicians ran almost exclusively as Republicans - not Democrats. Even by then, Democrats were the party in the North of immigrants and minorities.
  12. I was listening to a talk show last night about Trump's policies and rhetoric toward Latinos, and the point was made that Pete Wilson's anti-immigrant policies in Calif pushed that state from red to blue, and that Trump's policies may have a similar impact in red and purple states like TX, AZ and FL. Despite a lot of congruence between GOP positions and Latino voters, Trump may cause a generational shift toward the Dems.
  13. I'm not buying the comparisons between Assange and 'the press' either. What Wikileaks does is considerably different from journalists, who interpret and organize masses of primary source documents, and don't just dump them on the internet. Journalists rarely release all of their notes and sources in full.
  14. I lived in Columbus for one summer in the early 2000s, and the city has improved considerably since then. Not all of the infill can or even should be a star; building a quality, urban, walkable environment means some things are built quickly and cheaply. Columbus seems very far ahead of most other large Midwestern cities (ex Chicago) for the size of the urban/walkable/quality spaces.
  15. Redevelopment of SeaGate Convention Centre, former Hotel Seagate to begin this summer JON CHAVEZ The Blade APR 9, 2019 Lucas County commissioners on Tuesday announced details for their plans to redevelop the downtown SeaGate Convention Centre and adjacent former Hotel Seagate. Construction is expected to start this summer with the hotel completed by February of 2021 and the convention center shortly thereafter, the commissioners said during an afternoon news conference held inside the center. The $70 million project will have three aspects — a 200-room dual-branded Hyatt Hotel; a 1,000-seat ballroom where the entrance to an underground parking structure now exists; and a new exterior for the 32-year-old convention center.
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