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  • in reply to: Cleveland's beautiful, modern apartment proposal for downtown #1126288

    cbustransit
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    Yes, the projects downtown are using public funding. In the exact same way that developers in Columbus are using public funding.

    The atlas building: 6.4 million in historic preservation funds from ohio and the feds. plus a 10 year tax abatement: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2013/09/29/an-old-time-charm.html

    The Columbus Commons apartments: a 4.5 million dollar TIF for infrastructure plus parking from Capital South.

    The 250 High building: Changed the tax abatement laws to allow a 15 year, 100% tax abatement plus parking from Capital South. http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2013/11/18/city-hopes-to-encourage-downtown.html

    The downtown Hilton: Publicly financed.

    Nationwide Arena: Bought with public financing.

    The potential move to Columbus of the Cleveland Browns training camp: Requesting millions in direct capital funds (request later withdrawn because it was over the top) to move.

    All of the development at Ohio State: Funded by the state. That is something that does not occur in Cleveland. Cleveland State gets next to nothing compared to OSU

    All of this is just to say, developments across the state use public funding.

    in reply to: Cleveland's beautiful, modern apartment proposal for downtown #1126181

    cbustransit
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    I don’t know what you mean about ‘not go anywhere.’ Cleveland has tons of massive finished and underway projects that blow some of Columbus’ downtown out of the water. The 9, the Downtown Heinens, the Leader Building, the Standard Building, the Halle Building, the Flats East Bank. These are massive and underway or completed projects. These don’t even mention proposed projects.

    http://www.downtowncleveland.com/media/265561/q12016_spreadscompressed.pdf

    in reply to: Why hasn\'t Clinton Twp been Annexed by nearby cities? #1116386

    cbustransit
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    I do not believe a City can forcibly annex property that is not owned by the City. The majority of annexations are initiated by property owners seeking to gain access to utilities (Which a city can deny if the property owner does not annex into the City–this is why columbus keeps growing while other communities do not)

    Grandview Heights and UA could not annex Clinton West because they are not contiguous with Clinton West. A City must be connected to a parcel to annex it.

    in reply to: Why hasn\'t Clinton Twp been Annexed by nearby cities? #1115671

    cbustransit
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    The City doesn’t forcibly annex places. The property owner must request an annexation. In these areas, homeowners already have access to water and sewer. Some don’t pay income tax. Why annex into a larger City for worse services and higher taxes? Granted, I think they should, but from a residents’ perspective it doesn’t make much sense.

    You can get more info from the Clinton-Mifflin Neighborhood Plan and the Clinton West Neighborhood Plan from Franklin County.

    in reply to: Cleveland Development – News & Updates #1114496

    cbustransit
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    Incentives are just what cities have to do to attract development these days. To say cleveland isn’t improving because large buildings require public subsidies misses the point. Every large development requires them.
    https://columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=69814

    Cleveland is brighter, livelier, and more vibrant than it has been in decades. There is real movement in the City. Population is up downtown. Rents are up. Retail is up. It is unquestionable the positive movement happening in Cleveland–especially downtown.

    http://www.downtowncleveland.com/media/259202/q4_final_spreads.pdf

    in reply to: Port Columbus (CMH) Airport News & Updates #1107326

    cbustransit
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    ‘Columbus’ wouldn’t be the one to pay for, construct, or operate a rail line. While it might take the vision and support of the Columbus mayor, typically COTA would be charged with this undertaking and they draw their funding from the County as a whole. I fail to see why Columbus would stand in the way of connecting to suburban communities, especially if those suburbs are part of a Countywide tax to pay for it.

    Now there are communities outside the county that would not pay such a tax because they are not part of COTA’s system. I could see why there would be resistance to extending a rail line beyond the County’s borders. But within the County I’m not following.

    in reply to: Thoughts on Rebuilding Rust Belt Cities #1054693

    cbustransit
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>cbustransit wrote:</div>
    You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. As to basic facts, the train system does go to Ohio City as well as other ‘in’ neighborhoods like downtown, University Circle, and Shaker Square. And developers are responding to the desire to live by transit by building new Transit-Oriented Development like the TOD at Van Aken–where 1950s strip plazas are turning into dense urban apartment and retail towers.

    As to ‘young people moving there’, check out this FACT: “The number of college-educated 25-to34-year-olds in Greater Cleveland increased by 23% from 2006 to 2012, with an 11% increase occurring from 2011 to 2012.” That is despite the population staying stable overall. Source: http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2166&context=urban_facpub

    And while I’ll grant you that the economy up north hasn’t been strong, Cleveland has come back from the recession adding jobs. Which is an accomplishment given it hadn’t been adding jobs before the recession. So yes, the tide is turning up north.

    And yes, there are neglected neighborhoods…just like there are in Columbus. But there are also awesome neighborhoods like Tremont, Ohio City, Gordon Square, and Kamms Corners. Columbus is awesome…I love it. But we still have Linden and the West Side. So get off your high horse if you think there aren’t problems in Cbus. And sorry, but Columbus’ downtown will not match Cleveland’s in size or impressive buildings any time soon. The Short North is awesome, but downtown is still fairly dead.

    Where the train stops in Ohio City is in the middle of the hood, not the revitalized area. Yes, it does go to Shaker & UH but does it extend out to Lakewood? NO! It touches Kamms Corners just barely and actually I have had several friends who were mugged on the Westside RTA in the past 2-3 years. And by the way Shaker and University Heights are suburbs which further proves my point that most people there still don’t live in the city itself. People in that demographic that you listed in your response(which btw I fall into).

    Never once did I say anything about Cleveland lacking an impressive downtown/architecture or vibrant neighborhoods. I honestly was focusing more on the leadership of the city proper. The MSA is adding jobs, not the actual city itself. I never once said anything about crime which if you looked at the statistics there, Tremont and Ohio City still are not “safe” per say compared to German Village, Short North, etc.

    Columbus does have its problems but at least we have strong leadership at the top; I will be curious to see if that continues when Mayor Coleman leaves office. I will thank you though for providing another side to this argument but you have to agree that Cleveland itself has a long, LONG way to go to be back. Priority #1 needs to be voting Frank Jackson out of office and cleaning house in general. Priority #2 is getting the residents of Cleveland proper to actually care about their city. IMO the people that do care still live in the suburbs and only work and/or play downtown.

    The train stops across the street from the West Side Market in Ohio City…in the heart of the revitalized area. And I said University CIRCLE and Shaker SQUARE, both of which are located within the City of Cleveland.

    According to a very quick read of the census, between 2009 and 2011, Cleveland (city) gained approximately 30,000 jobs. (http://onthemap.ces.census.gov/)

    And while I agree with you about needing Frank Jackson’s administration needing some cleaning up AND that there is a good long amount of work to shore up neighborhoods in Cleveland, getting residents of Cleveland proper to actually care about their city? Are you kidding me? It is not easy to live in a City that people are still clinging to 1970s views of and that is still dealing with a restructuring of the local economy. So when you live there anyways…you have to care harder. I’m proud of Clevelanders…it is way easier to chill out in the short north sipping a mimosa and saying how much people up north need to try harder.

    in reply to: Thoughts on Rebuilding Rust Belt Cities #1054677

    cbustransit
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    Can I say one thing about “Rust Belt” cities particularly the one to our northeast on Lake Erie. Cleveland is not coming back and never will. The city as a whole is slowly dying and the downtown influx is just following a national trend. They however were not able(nor did they try) to attract Eaton to downtown, who instead settled for a sprawling suburban campus in Beachwood/Orange. The suburbs are for the most part all struggling financially and the only young people that are coming back/moving there are natives.

    Do they have better museums and theatres than Columbus? Yes. But to get to those places you have to go through neighborhoods that have been neglected for decades. Be jealous of their rail system but it really does not solve many problems. For example it doesn’t go to Lakewood or Ohio City; really any of the “in” neighborhoods and never will. Wanted to say do not be jealous of Cleveland because all they are doing is polishing a turd. Rant over, thank you. :)

    You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. As to basic facts, the train system does go to Ohio City as well as other ‘in’ neighborhoods like downtown, University Circle, and Shaker Square. And developers are responding to the desire to live by transit by building new Transit-Oriented Development like the TOD at Van Aken–where 1950s strip plazas are turning into dense urban apartment and retail towers.

    As to ‘young people moving there’, check out this FACT: “The number of college-educated 25-to34-year-olds in Greater Cleveland increased by 23% from 2006 to 2012, with an 11% increase occurring from 2011 to 2012.” That is despite the population staying stable overall. Source: http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2166&context=urban_facpub

    And while I’ll grant you that the economy up north hasn’t been strong, Cleveland has come back from the recession adding jobs. Which is an accomplishment given it hadn’t been adding jobs before the recession. So yes, the tide is turning up north.

    And yes, there are neglected neighborhoods…just like there are in Columbus. But there are also awesome neighborhoods like Tremont, Ohio City, Gordon Square, and Kamms Corners. Columbus is awesome…I love it. But we still have Linden and the West Side. So get off your high horse if you think there aren’t problems in Cbus. And sorry, but Columbus’ downtown will not match Cleveland’s in size or impressive buildings any time soon. The Short North is awesome, but downtown is still fairly dead.

    in reply to: Arena District – News & Updates #487484

    cbustransit
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    @RedStorm, you are completely right. It is hideous on Neil Avenue. Something like eight or nine lanes wide with sidewalks directly next to this ‘highway’ of a road. It is completely unwalkable. It is terrifying. The SW corner of Neil and Vine just turns to dirt—I walked there with my parents who thought I was insane. This is an immediate connection between our most walkable areas (short north/vic vill and the arena district) and we’ve made it into a highway zone.

    in reply to: West Side Development News & Discussion #368575

    cbustransit
    Participant

    diverging diamond=something that will never be pedestrian friendly

    in reply to: Pittsburgh weekend suggestions? #493619

    cbustransit
    Participant

    if you’re staying near the convention center, you can take the subway to the north shore (probably north side station) for free. The closest stations to you would be steel plaza station or wood street station. Like I said its free, and it runs every ten minutes on the weekends (probably have to walk/cab back if its going to be a late show tho)

    For restaurants, there are a bunch of chains on the Northshore (where the stadiums are). If you are looking for good food, head downtown and walk up and down Penn Avenue. You’ll find good ones like meat & potatoes (get a reservation), sonoma grill, august henrys, and Nicky’s Thai. Pretty much any restaurant on Penn between 6th and 10th will be good and it will be right by your hotel. Have fun!

    in reply to: Cincinnati Streetcar News #193935

    cbustransit
    Participant

    Settle down people–the streetcar is far from off track. These things happen–they’ll send it back out to bid and see what they get.

    To move the utilities could cost up to 17 million

    in reply to: Cleveland Light Rail – News & Updates #528965

    cbustransit
    Participant

    TomOver said:
    What motivates your writing on your blog ? Is there a broader principle of which C-bus transit is a part ? Thx man.

    just was trying to do something good for the city by encouraging transit–stopped writing when i decided there were other ways of doing it better.

    in reply to: COTA – Updates in 2013 #527492

    cbustransit
    Participant

    thats because Pittsburgh has a much better bus system. and light rail. and dedicated busways.

    in reply to: Cleveland Light Rail – News & Updates #528962

    cbustransit
    Participant

    technically…it’s heavy rail. but whatevs. :P

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