Sorry, but her "training" methods sound pretty terrible to me. Take a terrified dog from an abusive, neglectful situation and expose it repeatedly to what terrifies it? First of all, that's just cruel and second, the point of training is to build trust with the animal so that it understands the behavior you want and trusts you that you're making the right decisions for it. I'm not a trainer (neither, apparently, is Marie-Josee Gatian) but I rehabilitated a dog from a fighting situation and he was terrified of many things: groups of people, being handled below the neck, cars, loud noises, towels, the vet or anything resembling medical treatment... We got him through all of that not by forcing him to face his fears, but by teaching him to trust me and to know that I wouldn't do anything to hurt or scare him. One by one, his "fears" disappeared, until he was a happy dog who enjoyed life and who trusted me.
Does anyone ride the Waterfront line? I drive past it every day and when there is a train, I usually only see a driver and maybe a passenger or two and that's at peak "rush hour" times... I know RTA spent a boatload of money to purchase the land for it and build it, but it's been a bust since the beginning.
I'm sure that Frank Jackson's hands are all over the action of the city's law department. It's no coincidence that the attorney who was the law director for the previous administration claims things started to change 10 years ago...right around when Jackson took office.
I live a block and a half from this project. Very few of my neighbors are comparing it to Moda or La Copa.
We're worried about actual issues, not manufactured ones. We're worried about an occupancy of 800 people and a liquor license that will allow them, by state statute, to serve like it's a nightclub. This building sits about 12 feet from a home and a residential district. This article makes it seem as if it's going to be used for business meetings and weddings and parties. The owner already has stated that he plans to hold "events" there as well and he will be able to serve until 2:30 am if he chooses to amend his liquor license. Events at his other location, which is on Brookpark Road and has a large parking lot to accommodate his guests, have included concerts and wrestling matches. It's not difficult to imagine that if this location does not succeed as a party center, that it would be easy to turn it into a very large bar.
Residents also are concerned about where, exactly, 800 people are going to park. It's a one-mile round trip to and from the parking lot proposed for the valet cars. Does anyone honestly think that patrons who are waiting to get into a concert or party are going to wait in a line of 100-300 cars to drop off or pick up their cars? And what about the valets, dashing across W. 25th on foot to get the cars or return from dropping off the cars? The city's streets department - as of the last community meeting - had not been notified about the valet zone or about valets running across the street 2-3 blocks from the closest traffic signals.
And the Lincoln West parking lot, which has been offered as a poor solution to the parking issue, won't be available once construction starts on the school in the next two years. Where do all of those cars go then? No one - the councilman, the owner, the community development corporation - will answer that question BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER. There is no other place in the neighborhood to park that many cars.
And what about their garbage? A banquet hall that can hold 800 guests generates A LOT of garbage. There is no place for them to put dumpsters. The building takes up the entire property. There is a 12-foot-wide alley behind it to provide access for emergency vehicles. Where will the dumpsters go? My guess is that like the rest of this project, no one thought this through...
What about smokers? Thirty years ago, when the Aragon was open, you could smoke inside. Are there going to be 50-100 talking, shouting, laughing people hanging out on W. 25th Street or worse, the alley behind the building right next to a home, smoking at any given hour of the night?
And what about fire codes? There's one exit on the narrow alley, a single door on the side and doors in the front of the building. I can't imagine that those exits come CLOSE to meeting modern fire codes. Has anyone asked the Cleveland Fire Department about that?
I love Adam Stalder's response, that people who support the project don't show up to public meetings. Since when? Maybe there was no support at the public meetings because the people who will have to live with this project don't support it as proposed.
Let's see... Which downtown street isn't closed for construction? I pick that one and I'm certain the mayor will too!
How can you mention Harvey Pekar without mentioning Gary Dumm?
$25 million in improvements and furnishings for a NEW building? Is Ed taking his office furniture with him?
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