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Re: “The Worst of Cleveland: I-480

Sorry, but 480 isn't all that bad, especially compared to commuter hellholes in other cities. Honestly I'd say 90 is worse. I drive between 176 and 271 every day, over the bridge, and typically am doing 45-50 almost the entire way. Sometimes it backs up because of an accident, but that's any major artery in a city. Yeah, construction sucks, but it's doable. It takes me 20-25 minutes to commute from Parma to Beachwood and I know it could be a whole lot worse.

Posted by mojo4395 on 04/24/2019 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Worst of Cleveland: Talkative Concertgoers

All the people at big Cleveland concerts suck - they yell at you entitled if you even walk in front of them for a second - at least at those big money clubs - go to the Beachland where they respect music or the House of Swing - you are covering the wrong concerts

Posted by Bradley K Laidman on 04/24/2019 at 3:40 PM

Re: “The Worst of Cleveland: Armond Budish

And why hasnt this thief Budish been recalled from office and sent right to jail yet???

I guess its the same reason that Taxin Jackson is still in office after all these years and stealing as much money as he can from us taxpayers for every mismanaged project he can!!!

Until these like these two crooks are finally sent packing, nothing will likely ever change around here except more and more taxes to pay for their constant ineptness!!!

Posted by What a Dump! on 04/24/2019 at 3:37 PM

Re: “The Worst of Cleveland: I-480

1. You whine and complain about Cleveland needing a vision forward, and then you whine and complain when the heaviest traveled freeway is getting work done to expand capacity, which may help with this whole vision forward thing.
2. The signage is perfectly fine. The drivers suck. I drive as a service tech across several states. I navigate the streets of Nashville, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Chicago, etc. etc. and the one thing that sticks out about Cleveland is that the roads are actually designed and laid out pretty well... the drivers don't understand road signs and merging and rights of way. Show an average Cleveland freeway driver a standard road sign, and there's at least a 50% change that driver doesn't understand what it means. That's the issue here.
3. There's not a TON that can be done on 480 to alleviate congestion. There were proposed freeways taking off from the Broadway are (see: giant median) and through Shaker near where the Rapid runs (see: resident protests), but like many developed cities during the highway construction era, Cleveland had to build around structures and cities, instead of having the structures and cities grow up around the highway (see: Fairlawn).
4. I've had the privilege to stay overnight in many different metropolitan areas and there is nothing like the Emerald Necklace anywhere. The Metroparks system is a unique gem that only we have. Find another developed metro area where you can find such an experience.

Posted by The Brianimal on 04/24/2019 at 3:07 PM

Re: “The Worst of Cleveland: The Health Line

The honor system of proof-of-payment works fine all over the world. The fact that RTA can't make it work in Cleveland is just nuts. In fact, it should introduce the idea throughout the rapid transit lines.

Posted by David Kanzeg on 04/24/2019 at 3:06 PM

Re: “The Worst of Cleveland: The Health Line

Another absurd article. The idea that a publicly funded transit system should allow 14% of customers to ride for free to expedite efficiency is ridiculous. I also think I read a story that despite the number of people using RTA being down the revenue from fares is up....sounds like the enforcement is having the intended consequence, eliminating free loaders from the system.

And sorry takeitto89, having more efficient boarding wouldn't save the company enough money to offset a 14% loss in revenue

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Posted by karlmccarlson on 04/24/2019 at 2:22 PM

Re: “The Worst of Cleveland: The Health Line

Just shrug and eat the cost huh? Why don't you just use your BLACK CARD and pay RTA the cost their losing!

Posted by jhead3 on 04/24/2019 at 2:12 PM

Re: “The Worst of Cleveland: The Health Line

I ride the Healthline and Chris is correct...its SUCKS! As much as we pay for fare and bus passes...RTA can suck up a few loss unpaid fares. IJS

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Posted by Lynn 1 on 04/24/2019 at 11:11 AM

Re: “The Worst of Cleveland: The Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, nee Quicken Loans Arena

1. they criticize the lack of public input, the lack of clear connection between cost and benefit in a region with crushing inequality and segregation, the questioning of motives. none of this is opposed to shiny new thing. that is your projection that they 'hate everything'
2.if you think this is them crying about "feeding the little puppies in the suburbs" , you need to reassess the evidence that led you to that judgement. it's really really off the mark and fails to comprehend the moral standing they take.
3. they also have a Best of Cleveland which does the opposite of bashing the city. rebuilding a city that was ravaged by macroeconomic forces, poor leadership and racism means more than cheering blindly.

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Posted by clevelander on 04/24/2019 at 10:39 AM

Re: “The Worst of Cleveland: The Health Line

Perhaps, Chris, if the system was more efficient, the reduced expenses would outpace the revenue loss. But perhaps you're not one for nuance or critical thinking. Snark is just so seductively easy, I know.

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Posted by takeitto89 on 04/24/2019 at 10:06 AM

Re: “The Worst of Cleveland: The Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, nee Quicken Loans Arena

How is it that Cleveland Scene - a magazine in Cleveland - is ALWAYS BASHING the city? You would think there would be positive stories. But no, the fact that we renovated one of the oldest arena's in the NBA, with decent deal, no matter how you slice it, is a bad thing. OMG GLASS! OMG I HATE EVERYTHING NEW in Cleveland. Its crazy how people IN Cleveland don't like new things. The argument is always - well they could have spent the money somewhere else. Look - if Cleveland doesn't have an awesome Downtown area, where people want to live, work, hang out, and visit, then the surrounding areas to Downtown Cleveland are not going to get fed. You need to feed the beast first before you feed the little puppies in the suburbs. Once downtown Cleveland has a lot of people living there, and people are visiting, and people are working, THEN the other places and needs that you and other people like you cry about can start to get looked at. So yes its "just" a shiny building. But we need a lot of those types of things to get people to live, work, play, and visit downtown Cleveland.

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Posted by Lebron4ever on 04/24/2019 at 9:18 AM

Re: “The Worst of Cleveland: The Health Line

I wonder if scene magazine could just shrug and eat the cost of 1 out 7 of their advertisers not paying??

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Posted by Chris on 04/24/2019 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Cleveland Needs More Than Painted Bike Lanes to Create Safe Streets for Pedestrians and Cyclists

I used to ride my bike until it snowed. I would ride my bike three miles each way to the library, even when it was five above zero and the wind chill was far lower than that. I also used to be eleven. That is when I did that kind of thing. I have not been eleven for a long time, and I would sooner run naked through a blizzard than ride a bike in Cleveland in the wintertime. I am crazy, but I am not stupid.

It's no better in the other seasons, either...there are now too many assholes in too much of a hurry to save a few precious minutes on the way to their destinations, and too many clowns on phones who think everything is all about them and who don't care about anything else or anyone else.

And I see too many people riding on the roadways in the Metroparks for no other reason than because they can... when a trail is so much safer. They aren't training for an event or scared of hitting a kid or a dog on the trails...they just enjoy exercising their freedoms and their legal rights...and pissing motorists off.

Nope...I won't ride on the busiest city streets, no matter how many white lines and arrows there are. Too many jerks behind the wheel now, and too many bikers with too many agendas. It's trails or nothing, mainly because I want to stay alive and in one piece, rather than in many.

And to be honest, most of the streets I drive on have bike lanes that are heavily unused, all year long. I can go months and even years without ever seeing a biker in those designated bike lanes. The idea that Cleveland has a large biking community in non-hipster, non-gentrified neighborhoods is a hoax. I know what I don't see.

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Posted by Vaccinnated against white-line fever on 04/16/2019 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Cleveland Needs More Than Painted Bike Lanes to Create Safe Streets for Pedestrians and Cyclists

An article on behalf of the Matt Zone for Mayor committee - what a surprise.
Like Ashley Shaw, I was also hit on Lorain Ave while riding my bike to my job at the Cleveland Metroparks, where I worked in planning after getting a degree in landscape architecture. I could not walk for a week and I spent three years paying off the medical bills. When I could walk again - I got back on a bike and worked with Jim Sheehan at Wheels for Change, but gave up on that idea, too. Sheehan and other cyclists, like Jim Watson and Bill Traylor (?), were behind efforts to get state bike laws changed. Sheehan and his friends made some real progress, but since then, the bike community Forest City-backed Bike Cleveland -has been co-opted by community development corporations and Neighborhood Progress Inc to apply for federal and state transportation dollars to advance streetscape projects like the Lorain bike lanes, Midway and other asinine endeavors. I would NEVER ride my bike in the street on Lorain. Its just stupid. I paid the price in the nineties and I learned that trails, NOT bike lanes are Clevelands answer to a safe riding environment. Trails are safe for riders age 8 to 80-- bike lanes are not. Trails build a tourism economy and connect communities. We are fortunate that the Metroparks trail system is phenomenal and growing. Street design improvements should focus on public transportation and expanding that network for folks who CAN NOT ride bikes. If Matt Zone cared, he would focus on the real issue.

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Posted by lmcshane on 04/15/2019 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Cleveland Needs More Than Painted Bike Lanes to Create Safe Streets for Pedestrians and Cyclists

While I agree with some of the ideas presented in this article (e.g. lower speeds in residential areas) I am absolutely astounded that so many bike advocates pretend that "protected" bike lanes are absolutely necessary for safety, and that they obviously work wonders.

These facilities hide bicyclists out of sight of motorists until they reach intersections or driveways. Those spots are where the vast majority of crashes happen, but the lanes add surprises and complexity there, while abandoning all "protection." It's at those spots that the design puts straight-through bicyclists at the curb side of right turning motorists. Would you _ever_ accept such a configuration for motor vehicles? Of course not!

These advocates pretend their cattle-chute lanes are super safe. But Columbus put in a mile of such "protected" lanes on Summit St. a couple of years ago. It went from averaging 1.5 crashes per year to 13 car-bike crashes the year it was completed. And look at this article from Streetsblog; https://sf.streetsblog.org/2019/04/08/motorist-injures-cyclist-in-wiggle-mixing-zone/ It implies that "protected" bike lanes can't be safe without $100,000 "protected" intersections all along the "protected" lane. Has Cleveland budgeted for that?

There is a well-organized machine pushing for these facilities - bike manufacturers hoping that they will pump up bike sales; design firms and urban planning consultants hoping for contract work; construction companies itching to pour concrete. If these are done, bicyclists are going to be lured into surprising motorists in intersections, coming from directions motorists can't see and don't expect. There may be a few special locations where they may work well, but I very much doubt that these busy, multi-intersection streets qualify.

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Posted by Rob X on 04/11/2019 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Cleveland Needs More Than Painted Bike Lanes to Create Safe Streets for Pedestrians and Cyclists

Cleveland needs this and a 25 MPH speed limit, not bike lanes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligent_speed_adaptation

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Posted by Walker AND Biker on 04/11/2019 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Cleveland Needs More Than Painted Bike Lanes to Create Safe Streets for Pedestrians and Cyclists

The bike mafia is out to get hoopples, its been reported.
More people go to hoopples than ride bikes, Id guess.
Despite the loudness of a few activists, who really is asking to ride with a painted line protecting them? Lets see the actual numbers.

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Posted by Nazi bikers f off on 04/11/2019 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Cleveland Needs More Than Painted Bike Lanes to Create Safe Streets for Pedestrians and Cyclists

We are all humans regardless of the mode of transportation we may choose or have access to.

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Posted by alltogethernow on 04/11/2019 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Cleveland Needs More Than Painted Bike Lanes to Create Safe Streets for Pedestrians and Cyclists

I don't know why people even want to ride their bikes in the street. I certainly don't. It's better for my survival to stay off the road with these drivers. I just don't get why there is a push to ride bikes in the street. When I was a kid, I was taught never to ride in the street. Any one who does, is crazy and death seeking.

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Posted by Pootamus Maximus on 04/11/2019 at 6:40 AM

Re: “Cleveland Needs More Than Painted Bike Lanes to Create Safe Streets for Pedestrians and Cyclists

To say that the traffic calming proposal for Franklin Avenue received a lot of support on the Detroit Shoreway Community page and a few snippy comments is a gross misrepresentation of fact.

It generated an important conversation/controversy about neighborhood decision-making structures and engagement strategies. Most people didnt not support the initial traffic calming proposal and that claim is supported by a more ambitious survey that was conducted during and after the Facebook fun.

Im sorry that traffic-calming advocates didnt get the results they wanted, but at least they have delusional memories about the experience to take solace in lol.

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Posted by Lol@scene on 04/10/2019 at 8:52 PM

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