Alot of cities lost their trolleys and inter-urbans to buses, but many cities have already, or are planning to bring them back - even if just one downtown line. Aside from cosmetics, they have to keep this underground, or subway, area in sound shape because it is part of the bridge structure. Money aside, it would be pretty cool to have a small trolley line linking Downtown to Ohio City again via this bridge, with frequent back and forth operation. The red line stops in Ohio City but is not as direct, does not run as frequently, and may not be as easy to figure out for someone who is a new visitor to the area.
I can think of several wing restaurants that aren't chains also located outside of Cleveland and headquartered outside of the Cleveland area that could have been mentioned over Quaker Steak. To say 5 challenges in Cleveland and have a chain restaurant just sorta bums me out... even though technically, there are Quaker Steaks in Cleveland. But why not give props to the local places though? Congrats on the other mentions.
If we want this city to grow, we can't afford to live in the past when the past isn't working for us now. When we can still remember (or be reminded of) how and why this building was built and the circumstances involved, those pieces of the city's history will certainly remain important and of interest, but the emphasis is 'history'. I love this building, and hope that it's integrity can be preserved if sold. Personally, I always appreciate when old, historic buildings can be revitalized instead of bulldozed into parking lots. Certainly, another hotel downtown might allow for another option for visitors who wish to stay overnight, or for more events to be held in the city that requires more hotel rooms, etc., meaning one ingredient in growth opportunity and appeal. And if selling this building actually allows for that money to be spent in better ways to educate our children, then we would not be betraying our city's future.
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