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  1. Workers have put down insulation and attached the roof of a 7,000-square foot building in Bowling Green that will be classrooms and a lab for Penta Career Center. The $1.3 million project, on a 2-acre parcel in the Bellard Business Center near Newton and Brim roads on the northern edge of Bowling Green, will house high school intervention and adult education programs. The Delventhal Co. of Millbury is overseeing construction that began in July. It is to be finished by December so Penta can hold classes in January. Penta spent $52,000 on the land and budgeted $950,000 for design, construction, and equipment. But price hikes for steel because of tariffs and codes that require part of the building to be tornado-proof added $300,000 to the cost. TRANSITION ■ Cameo Pizza will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday at 145 N. Main St., Bowling Green. https://www.toledoblade.com/business/real-estate/2018/10/21/business-notebook-northwest-ohio-under-construction/stories/20181021161
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    Toledo: Random Development and News

    Upper River Bridge slated for demolition ByDavid Patch | BLADE STAFF WRITER Published on Oct. 12, 2018 | Updated Oct. 14, 2018 2:03 a. m. The main span of the Upper River Bridge was designed to pivot to allow tall-masted ships to pass, but it is not believed to have ever opened for that purpose after its construction in 1902. Bridges rarely come up for sale, but this one the Wood County Port Authority couldn’t even give away. Instead, the former Upper River Bridge that carried the Toledo Terminal Railroad over the Maumee River between Perrysburg Township and South Toledo is slated for demolition starting Monday, with just a few key components to be saved to preserve its history. “Not even a nibble,” Rex Huffman, the port authority’s legal counsel, said Friday. “I have not been made aware of any offers for that bridge.” https://www.toledoblade.com/local/transportation/2018/10/12/upper-river-bridge-maumee-wood-county-south-toledo/stories/20181012139
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    Toledo: Random Development and News

    ToleGO: Bike-sharing debuts in downtown Toledo ByJay Skebba | BLADE STAFF WRITER Published on Oct. 16, 2018 | Updated 5:44 p. m. Ready, set, ToleGO. The long-awaited bike-share program in Toledo made its downtown debut Tuesday, where dozens of cyclists went for a spin around Middlegrounds Metropark. Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, members of City Council, and other officials and business leaders participated in the ceremony. https://www.toledoblade.com/local/transportation/2018/10/16/toledo-bike-share-program-tolego-debuts-downtown-middlegrounds-metropark/stories/20181016137
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    Toledo: Random Development and News

    Apartments, commercial space proposed at Wabash Street warehouse By Sarah Elms | BLADE STAFF WRITER Published on Oct. 18, 2018 | Updated 7:50 p. m. "Ms. Albright has a proven record of success in the Warehouse District. She moved her home and longtime business, Swan Creek Candle Co., there about 10 years ago and has since renovated several industrial sites into residential spaces near the Toledo Farmers’ Market and Libbey Glass Outlet. "Her latest goal is to turn the warehouse at 125 and 132 Wabash Street into three apartments with room for a commercial office. She couldn’t be reached on Thursday to talk about the project, but she spoke briefly before Toledo City Council at a committee meeting Wednesday." https://www.toledoblade.com/business/real-estate/2018/10/18/toledo-local-business-owner-warehouse-downtown-apartments-sje/stories/20181018125
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    Rural Ohio is dying

    To survive in those small towns and cities, you need to have a professional degree and/or certification, so that you can work as a doctor, nurse, lawyer, teacher, cosmetologist, plumber, electrician, etc. With training and without too much specialization, I think those small cities can be attractive places to live. One problem is that people often have to leave for their postsecondary education, and many won't return when they get a taste of life outside home. Many do, though. The challenge with any of these small towns is bringing in new people - most mid-sized Ohio cities have had relatively stable populations since the 1960s, after a rapid rise from the baby boom. They aren't dying, but they aren't growing and attracting new people either. A lot of towns in Ohio are stable, and appear prosperous, even though their economies have changed substantially in the last 50 years. The question is whether new people will be attracted to these places over time, or will the cities have to rely on their own tiny hinterlands - people in Mercer county moving to Celina, for example. The places that really suffer are the microtowns, the little dots on the map that have lost schools, churches or any municipal offices. Those places are drying up fast.
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    Rural Ohio is dying

    Cities like Findlay are interesting. I suppose having two Fortune 500 companies helps. College towns do quite well because there is so much money coming into those communities in the form of student tuition, housing and state support; good salaries for faculty, and lower demand for jobs in relation to the population. But it's really hard to find small cities without large colleges or far from bigger cities that are thriving. It seems that the ones that can grow already have a strong corporate presence (Midwest), or close access to beautiful natural areas (Mountain West). Similar phenomena are happening all over Asia too; rural areas in Japan and China too are seeing considerable population decline as birthrates drop and people congregate in cities.
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    Rural Ohio is dying

    Small towns are dying all over the world as the global economy shifts from being resource- to knowledge-based. Jobs are less dependent on natural resources and transportation, and more on brains. Smaller "lifestyle' cities with natural features can still attract residents, but those small cities, like many on Ohio, will suffer unless Igor can bring them more brains, which means making these small cities attractive places to live.
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    The Trump Presidency

    I never thought middle America would vote for a Russian-financed NYC-based developer either. Trump has been a cultural icon for about 35 years, of his own making. I have a developing thought that has given me some small measure of comfort about Trump's election; Republicans seem to elect communicators and 'populist' presidents whose leadership style is less interventionist in relation to the bureaucracy; I don't think any of the Republican presidents since Hoover - save Nixon and Bush I - would be described as policy wonks or over-educated; Eisenhower was famously detached and at times a figurehead; Reagan, Bush II and Trump similarly could communicate a conservative message well, but weren't always interested in the minutae of policy. Nixon and Bush I were different, and I think it's interesting they are the only two Republican presidents since Hoover - so far, to not serve two full terms. That makes liberal me worry about 2020 and Trump...pattern suggests he could be reelected. Democrats, OTOH, have tended to elect overeducated policy wonks: Kennedy came from a long line of politicians; Johnson was very skilled at getting legislation through Congress; Carter for his faults was a nuclear engineer; Clinton a Rhodes Scholar, Obama top of Harvard Law and UChicago Law Professor. No real slackers there. I think part of it comes down to an appetite for change - Democrats and their policy-wonky presidents tend to push though more structural change in government and policy, and when that change begins to press on ingrained interests, Republicans tend to elect presidents who pull back those changes...teeter-tooter policy.
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    The Trump Presidency

    Sorry, it's just as absurd for a mega-banker to suggest that he "earned" his money. I mean, yeah, he might have received in exchange for his work, but how can anyone really "earn" $29.5 million in a single year? I have zero desire to see another rich New Yorker running for president - Trump, Clinton, this dude, Bloomburg...
  10. The campus master plan initiated about a decade ago is mostly complete. The Maurer Business School renovation of and addition to Hanna Hall is the last major construction project on campus. Harshman is demolished and now a green grassy lot, and the Rec Center is getting a new roof. Most student affairs offices have been relocated to the Union, most classrooms and residences halls updated, and there's been significant infrastructure investment. The education building has also been redecorated, so it's unlikely that it will be demolished as had been considered earlier. The Business Administration Building will become a general classroom building like Olscamp. President Rogers came to our opening faculty meeting last week and said there has been $400 million invested in the campus in the past 8(?) years or so. Other projects from likely to questionable include: Demolition of the Administration Building in 2021; Reuse of the Golf Course, which closed this year; Possible construction of a hotel attached to the Union. For now, it's time to keep the customer satisfied and start paying for all the updates.
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    Rust Belt Revival Ideas, Predictions & Articles

    Another city with a similar experience is Yubari, Hokkaido, a coal mining town that had 100K+ in the 1960s, and 10K today; there's been some writing about Yubari in relation to shrinking cities. Today it's famous for melons, which can fetch tens of thousands of yen for a single piece.
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    Another dumb-a$$ list / Ranking of cities

    Half of those places are the most expensive housing markets in the country; the opposite of livable for most folks.
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    The Trump Presidency

    - Laura Ingraham https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/09/politics/viktor-amalija-knavs-us-citizens/index.html Well, this is awkward. Not really. Laura Ingraham wasn't talking about Europeans, just everyone else. Press Laura about what she means by "The America we know and love..." she mixed her tenses.
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    Gay Rights

    You tell me! I'm actually so surprised to hear this question from the left that I'm practically wondering if you meant it. I'd be OK with a brighter-line rule that any treatment for gender dysphoria (well, at least hormonal or surgical treatment) should wait until age 18 or even 21. I wouldn't expect that of the left. I thought you'd be completely in favor of surgical-transition-on-demand. Those treatments are already rare under age 18, and minors already face extra scrutiny and parental consent for it. But that’s different than what’s being discussed. This is more like a "no promo homo" law, banning discussion of LGBT issues in school. Popular in the Old Confederacy. There's a loooong history of this, so it's not a surprise to see it again under the guise of parental rights and medicine; it's censorship and heavy-handed intrusion into school curricula. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_promo_homo_laws
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    The Trump Presidency

    Does every person who didn't serve after 9/11 deserve ridicule? Or just the ones who dodged serving during the draft era? You don't technically "serve" during a draft; it's compulsory. So avoiding something compulsory is different than in wars since then, a military composed of volunteers. Trump had an obligation as a male citizen during Vietnam to make himself available, which he dutifully avoided. There was no legal obligation in the Middle East wars since then.
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