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  1. Hotel Seagate project has new developer JON CHAVEZ, Blade Business Writer, jchavez@theblade.com DEC 6, 2018, 6:45 AM A year into the redevelopment of the downtown Hotel Seagate, the county is switching dance partners. Key Hotel & Property Management LLC, which Lucas County chose in November 2017 to develop the 19-story hotel at 127 N. Summit St., withdrew from the $30 million project six weeks ago. Meanwhile, First Hospitality Group, Inc., which redeveloped the downtown Renaissance Hotel on Summit Street and owns 45 hotels in 10 states, has asked to take over the project. https://www.toledoblade.com/business/real-estate/2018/12/06/downtown-toledo-hotel-seagate-project-new-developer/stories/20181205129
  2. westerninterloper

    2018 Gubernatorial Election

    I've heard that with polling switching to cell phones and online surveys, they now underestimate Baby Boomer voters as opposed to older methods that missed young people. So, DeWine's support was underestimated. This also impacted polling leading up to the 2016 election.
  3. westerninterloper

    US Economy: News & Discussion

    I like how New York City is casually comparable to Columbus. Heck, why wouldn't they move to Findlay? We've got an Applebee's too.
  4. This NW Ohioan agrees...this region is all over, just like other parts of Ohio. I'd wager the difference is cosmopolitan versus isolated. Even in rural NW Ohio, there are plenty of cosmopolitan, rural Democrats, and isolated, urban Republicans. Kasich did win big in NW Ohio in the 2016 presidential primaries - but then so did Trump later that year. The western edge of the region is very conservative, a mix of quite traditional Catholics for the social angle, and strong mid-sized businesses for the economic. NW Ohio has the lowest unemployment in the state, and fewer social ills than other regions. Conservatism in this region is about keeping things the same, not turning back the clock, because the clock has yet to be turned forward here. I would guess that NW Ohio has weathered the last 50 years of economic change better than just about any rural region of the Midwest.
  5. westerninterloper

    Toledo: Restaurant News & Info

    FOOD Fast-casual brunch eatery City Egg opens downtown By JON CHAVEZ/THE BLADEPublished on Oct. 24, 2018 | Updated 6:50 p. m. Around 2014 or so, Shain Buerk began to wonder what the future held for his Toledo-based Scramblers breakfast and lunch chain. Scramblers, which began its existence 26 years ago as Cafe Marie then later Scrambler Marie before settling on Scramblers a few years ago, was doing just fine as a full-service restaurant chain — 25 locations in three states. But there were markets, like Chicago and Louisville, where prime locations did not offer enough space, or what was available was too expensive per square foot for a restaurant to make the numbers work. https://www.toledoblade.com/a-e/food/2018/10/24/city-egg-opens-in-downtown-toledo/stories/20181024162
  6. 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
  7. westerninterloper

    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
  8. westerninterloper

    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
  9. westerninterloper

    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
  10. westerninterloper

    Is rural Ohio 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.
  11. westerninterloper

    Is rural Ohio 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.
  12. westerninterloper

    Is rural Ohio 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.
  13. westerninterloper

    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.
  14. westerninterloper

    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...
  15. 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.