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  1. It seems that modifying platforms could be an inconvenience that would be ultimately pointless if there are in fact rail cars that have retractable platform gap fillers. That type of rail car would seemingly be the best option as they could be used on all three lines and wouldn't require the modification of platforms and the coordination hurdles that that would entail when switching from our current rail stock to the new vehicles. Unless I'm missing something/there's a downside of going with a vehicle with the gap fillers.
  2. To add to W28th comment that caused some confusion, if you take a look at the developers's website, specifically their portfolio and "current projects" page and I think it is understandable as to why some people, myself included, are skeptical of the project being built as designed.
  3. Are these just for 2018? If so, I wouldn't get so doom and gloom without looking at historic data to determine whether or not this is a trend or just the result of some outliers (like a major investment in one year in one metro that isn't indicative of normal growth)
  4. @freethink - Wayfinding for The Flats has been spearheaded by Flats Forward, although I believe Metro Parks (and other community stakeholders) have been involved in the planning process. They hired Guide Studio (formerly Studio Graphique) for planning/design of the signage.
  5. Let me rephrase: I don't like the orientation of the green space and think that the amount of it in their master plan is excessive. And it seems that not all of the green space will be available to the general public, which is understandable for the wellness garden, I suppose, but what about the rest of the park space? @jbee1982 the "future" space in the diagram is for the relocated outpatient center (once the replacement for Prentiss is built on W. 25th & Sackett). And agreed on wanting a more cohesive building typology, thought Metro was trying to get away from its mix-matched look
  6. I don't think there is a real need for all of that green space, all though some of it would be a welcome addition to the area. I do like the long term plan to move the outpatient and senior living facilities though, but the overall design seems pretty bland, especially compared to the latest brick addition.
  7. @YO to the CLE in theory the majority of the lead issues in our housing stock could be affordably abated, but keep in mind that any lead abatement needs to be done by a contractor with the proper lead abatement license/certification, which limits the pool of who you can hire from and once you find a contractor they often charge more because of the nature of the work and it's difficult to get on their schedule. Additionally, many landlords are not held accountable and currently there isn't much being done to keep landlords accountable, unless a child is found to have a high lead level and the landlord is cited. But in that situation the cost to abate is then increased and the process is ridiculously difficult to get through due to the city's ineptitude; there is a lack of communication from city about the process and the steps that need to be taken, lack of information made available by the city, lack of communication between the Health Department and Community Development (who have shared responsibilities/programs for lead abatement/lead citations), general confusion as the case managers often provide conflicting information, and it is often difficult to get any follow up at any point of the process. I agree that we don't need to create any new lead abatement programs, but I do think that we need to reform what we have, restructure it, and streamline the process. I do think we do need to add registration/certification of properties as lead safe though, which could just be added to the rental registration process, and I believe that's what the group mentioned by KJP is advocating.
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    @YABO713 just want to make the distinction that UK government forecasts that the economy would shrink by 3.9% under Theresa May's Brexit deal, but under a no deal Brexit it would shrink by 9.3% [source]. And I think John Oliver's show does a nice overview (from 5:10 to about 9:55) of the issues any form of Brexit will create between Ireland and Northern Ireland (and a brief history). Either border outcome between Ireland and Northern Ireland would also have implications on trade between Ireland, the UK, and the EU.
  9. ^Agreed, didn't see much in there that was really new, although I found it hard to follow along as I think the document is not well put together and doesn't have a coherent structure. Come to think of it, I think they use the same template every year and just update the info.
  10. @MuRrAy HiLL The city city aggregates census tracts into their SPAs. And I looked at the tweet further and saw that he got his information from http://progressindexcle.org which is a data tool created by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University. Their website says that they use the city's SPAs and that "CDC service areas are defined by the City of Cleveland’s Department of Community Development. Yearly, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress facilitates any updates or modifications to the service area definitions." But I still don't understand why there are options for DCA, Gateway, and Flats Forward as the service areas for some of those overlap either with each other or with the city's SPAs. And their mapping tool seems to be inaccurate. Their CDC map shows the Hough Development Corp including parts of Downtown and then doesn't show a service area for Downtown Cleveland Alliance (try this link to see what I mean). Also, the mapping tool had the 2006-2011 and 2011-2016 data sets but the population tool had data for 2007-2011 and 2012-2016. And the website has options for neighborhood level data and CDC level data, which might not align with each other since some CDCs have service areas that don't align with neighborhood boundaries. As an example I'm going to look at Bellaire-Puritas: Neighborhood Level 2007-2011: 13,914 2012-2016: 14,569 Bellaire Puritas Community Dev. Corp. (service area is larger than the Bellaire-Puritas neighborhood boundaries) 2007-2011: 25,160 2012-2016: 24,341 Trivisonno Post: Same as the CDCs numbers, but he lists the dates as 2006-2011 and 2011-2016, maybe that's a typo?
  11. @PoshSteve I'm interested in the source of that data as well, and I'm pretty sure the service area of the CDCs changed in 2014 (and I think census tracts/block groups changed from 2000 to 2010), so comparing the numbers for these areas could be very misleading.
  12. Vox's podcast, The Impact, recently had an episode on Memphis and the challenges they faced due to the communities they annexed. The general takeaway was that the city ended up gaining some tax revenue but that was outweighed by the increase in expenses due to the high cost of providing services to the low density suburbs. They are currently in the process of de-annexing some suburbs. Not sure this applies to every city that went the annex route and not sure if Columbus has experienced similar issues, but I think it is something to consider. Perhaps it would be better for Cleveland and some of the inner-ring suburbs to merge with each other (and then some outer ring suburbs merging with each other). But I'm sure some services could be merged/shared across the entire county.
  13. ^Looks like our new governor is making a last ditch effort to dismiss the lawsuit, which is set to go to trial March 4th: Gov.-elect Mike DeWine files motion to dismiss Ohio gerrymandering lawsuit CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine, in his final days as the state attorney general, filed a motion this week in an attempt to toss out a gerrymandering lawsuit - a suit that aims to force the redrawing of Ohio’s 16 congressional districts in time for the 2020 election. In an unusual twist of circumstances, one of the defendants DeWine filed the motion on behalf of is Ohio Secretary of Jon Husted, DeWine’s running mate who will become lieutenant governor next week when DeWine becomes governor. Read More...
  14. I'm not sure where you heard that, but I assure you that is not the case. Edited to add: @KJP did forget about Tony George saying that, but Bobby George did come out and disagreed with his father. But I also meant to imply that there are other transactions the "tail-wagging" son is working on.
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