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A unified regional strategy could happen in NE Ohio, but it would likely take leadership from Cleveland that could win buy-in from the major economic centers throughout the region (e.g. Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Lorain-Elyria, etc.), something that Cleveland has an acute lack of these days. It's certainly not going to come from Mayor Frank Jackson, who is about as anti-regional and as a Cleveland mayor has been during the post-WWII era.

 

NE Ohio needs someone far more visionary, charismatic, and probably younger in their perspective, someone a bit more focused out like Pittsburgh's mayor Bill Peduto or Columbus's former mayor Mike Coleman.

 

In the absence of that, Akron likely will continue to pursue its own agenda and eke out its own niche in the grand scheme of things, in spite of Cleveland's gravitational pull.

 

Personally, to this end, I'd love to see Akron look south and build stronger ties with Canton. Working together, the two cities could pool their assets and form a substantially stronger alternative pole to Cleveland in NE Ohio.

First of all, Frank Jackson’s primary job is to do what’s best for Cleveland, not Akron. Second of all, suggesting that Mayor Peduto or former Mayor Coleman would be better on a regional basis is ridiculous because neither Pittsburgh nor Columbus have a city like Akron in their backyard, 30 miles away in an adjacent county.

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I agree, one of the best analysis of what we have in N.E. Ohio that I have heard thus far. This being said I hope the best for Cleveland and its downtown, and Akron and its downtown and let N.E Ohio benefit from both regions. Somehow in a way this area reminds me of the S.F Bay area, with San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and many other smaller surrounding cities, albeit on a smaller scale, a little bit of everything minus mass transit that you find in the Bay area.. 

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Akron Children's Hospital invites community to see $84 million Considine Professional Building expansion

Updated Oct 16, 5:08 PM; Posted Oct 16, 5:08 PM

 

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

jconn@cleveland.com

 

AKRON, Ohio - Akron Children's Hospital has completed the $84 million expansion of the Considine Professional Building in downtown Akron. The project nearly doubled the size of the building to 480,000 square feet, bringing most of the hospital's outpatient clinics together in one location.

 

Children's is inviting the public to see the expanded seven-story building during a ribbon cutting scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 215 W. Bowery St.

https://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2018/10/akron_childrens_hospital_invit.html

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October 30, 2018 08:24 AM UPDATED An hour ago

Akron Children's newly expanded Considine Professional Building provides much-needed space

Lydia Coutré

 

Akron Children's Hospital's newly expanded Considine Professional Building gives the hospital some much-needed additional space and combines most of its outpatient clinics into one location.

Since 2006, the hospital's outpatient volume had grown by 18.4%, said Lisa Aurilio, chief operating officer for Akron Children's.

 

https://www.crainscleveland.com/health-care/akron-childrens-newly-expanded-considine-professional-building-provides-much-needed

 

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Akron’s Bowery project gets groundbreaking date

By Jim Mackinnon
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

Posted Nov 7, 2018 at 5:25 PM Updated Nov 7, 2018 at 5:37 PM

 

The $40 million Bowery redevelopment project in downtown Akron will break ground this month, according to invitations that have gone out.

The invitation from the city and developers says the groundbreaking for the oft-delayed project, considered vital to revitalizing downtown, will be the morning of Nov. 16. The ceremony will take place inside the old Akron Savings & Loan building off South Main Street.

 

https://www.ohio.com/news/20181107/akrons-bowery-project-gets-groundbreaking-date

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Akron's CitiCenter Building slated for redevelopment by Weston of Cleveland

Updated 4:43 AM; Posted 4:42 AM

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

jconn@cleveland.com

 

AKRON, Ohio - The city of Akron has sold the CitiCenter Building on High and Bowery streets to Weston Inc. of Cleveland to redevelop the historic building into a mixed-use residential complex.

The 11-story building at 146 South High St. is the former YWCA and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1982. It was built in 1930 and served as a residence for single young women in Akron for decades. After it was bought by a private developer in 1985, the CitiCenter Athletic Club became a popular place for Akronites to work out while the CitiCenter Restaurant offered fine dining.

 

https://www.cleveland.com/akron/2018/11/akrons_citicenter_building_sla.html

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