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Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Returns 26 Scene Boxes to the Streets After Confiscating Them Under Very Questionable Circumstances

Wow...guess you guys struck a nerve! Keep up the good reporting!

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 02/15/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Cleveland Hotel Occupancy Falls in 2016 Due to Massive Building Boom

Let's just talk about room nights for a second: did they go up in 2016? I have to think they must have. If you dump a ton of rooms into the market, your occupancy RATE is of course going to drop. While it's right to be concerned about the occupancy rate, it's really important to consider whether total room-nights are increasing year over year. It's also important to consider whether events like the World Series and the NBA Finals filled the hotels in spite of extra capacity and whether rates appreciated at those times. The most important thing going forward is whether the hotels downtown will remain profitable at these occupancy rates...and I have yet to see you so any solid reporting on this. It's easy to say they may have overbuilt, but what occupancy rate is profitable in Cleveland??? Anyone opening or renovating a hotel has to have dug into this and come up with their own projections.

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 01/24/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Neighborhood Butcher Shops Are Back in a Big Way, Like Recently Opened Ohio City Provisions

Great news, awesome business model! Food from Ohio always tastes best!

Posted by Lee Hawkins on 01/22/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “If Cleveland Had a Bigger, Better Metro Railway, This is What it Might Look Like

Chuckles, I'm aware that happened, but it's worth noting that Chicago and New York may have suffered less in their cores because of the public transportation connectivity. I'm sure Cleveland would still have hollowed, but perhaps nowhere near as much. And when the economy bounced back in the 80s, 90s, development Downtown and along transit lines likely would have been much stronger as well, especially as urban living gained the popularity it has now.

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 01/20/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “If Cleveland Had a Bigger, Better Metro Railway, This is What it Might Look Like

If the subway planned and started back in the 1920-30s had been built, we'd already have a subway and el system that would have taken the Red Line from the Airport to East Cleveland via Downtown, except right over or under Detroit and Euclid, as well as another line extending over Pearl and connecting to the Red Line at W 25th & Detroit. This would be on top of the Blue & Green lines we have today. It's likely the line down Pearl would extend at least to Parma Heights if not Strongsville by now, and the one to the Airport into Berea. Another line was supposed to be added later down Superior. There would be little need for the Downtown Loop buses,since the subway would have been a loop. The Healthline and the Cleveland State BRT lines would also never have been needed because a subway would have been there instead. The Red Line would have stations in totally convenient locations instead of being in the middle of an industrial wasteland, far from any homes or storefronts. And Downtown and Ohio City would have had several stations rather than just one each, making it really convenient to take the subway to work and not walk but a block or two from the stop.

As it was, only the segment between W 25th & Detroit and W 9th & Superior was ever built, as it was part of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. This only ran for a brief period of time until it was closed because none of the rest of the system was ever built. Had it been built, perhaps department stores would still exist on Euclid Avenue and Downtown would never have hollowed out like it did. This was all brought to us by a Cuyahoga County Engineer who was bought and paid for by automotive interests who wanted to sell cars. This engineer reigned for decades and torpedoed any progress on the subway through the 1950s. The only thing Cleveland got was the Red Line, which followed abandoned freight tracks that hardly came close to where people really needed to go. It's a lesson that politicians will talk the people into bringing their own demise as long as the corporate money is there for their campaigns.

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 01/18/2017 at 6:04 PM

Re: “The Fight Over How Cuyahoga County's Arts Funding is Given to Artists

Brilliant artists and their projects don't necessarily do anything but create stuff that evokes an emotional response. Not every emotional response is a transformation. What if it we considered cat pictures too wasteful a use of bandwidth on the Internet and prohibited sharing them? So what if they don't serve a useful purpose, people like them! That's art! Some people like stuff an artist makes, others don't. Some art changes lives and thinking, others are just weird or entertaining. Furthermore, many artists are NOT good at public relations. We never expected Albert Belle to be a happy-go-lucky community changer, we just wanted him to hit home runs and make the Indians win. It's great to make sure we get funding to a wider diversity of artists, but it's silly to expect everyone to be a Bob Ross or Bono. Not every artist likes the limelight, and not every artist is about changing the world. Some are happy just making people smile, or maybe just tilt their head. Art doesn't have to always have a social message or impact to be useful to the communitysometimes it just looks more interesting than a plain wall or a plain patch of grassand isn't that enough sometimes?

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 01/11/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Video: Steve Kerr Made a Joke About "The Diff" at Quicken Loans Arena

Yeah, Steve Kerr is the coolest when he's thinking of how the Cavaliers beat him four times in a row when he hasn't played them for over two weeks!

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 01/10/2017 at 7:25 PM

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