Lee Hawkins 
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Re: “No One Seems to Know Who's Responsible for Fixing the Lights on the Guardians of Traffic Statues

While they're re-lighting the Guardians, can we PLEASE get the rest of the bridges re-lit like they were in 1996?!? The bridges were so cool until about 10 years ago when they really started going completely out. I really don't understand why the coolest simplest things in this town aren't seen as a point of pride, but just a line item in a budget. This should have been done last year for RNC!

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 06/17/2017 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Decoding the Cleveland Prestige Machine

Much of the country thinks of the Midwestern states, except for maybe Chicago, as just "flyover country". I've found lots to like in several of those states, and I firmly believe that Ohio has one of the strongest offerings among them as far as tourism. But without strong promotion, then it's going to be tough to get the word spread. You need people to say good things about you, because it is absolutely true that there's always plenty wrong with any area. And Cleveland and even just Ohio in general have taken a lot of blows to the face over the last 50 years.

Which is why it is such a joke to divert dollars away from tourism promotion to refurbish an arena. We know the Cavs will eventually suck again, but all of our restaurants and breweries and hotels will still be here...and the money and goodwill they generate stays local much more than a winning sports franchise.

It never ceases to amaze me how short-sighted and small-thinking civic leaders are here. That $44 million could help to attract some serious revenue to the city over the years. But instead of investing in marketing the region, they're squandering it on a glass cathedral because the church promised to fund their political career.

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 05/21/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Decoding the Cleveland Prestige Machine

Much of the country thinks of the Midwestern states, except for maybe Chicago, as just "flyover country". I've found lots to like in several of those states, and I firmly believe that Ohio has one of the strongest offerings among them as far as tourism. But without strong promotion, then it's going to be tough to get the word spread. You need people to say good things about you, because it is absolutely true that there's always plenty wrong with any area. And Cleveland and even just Ohio in general have taken a lot of blows to the face over the last 50 years.

Which is why it is such a joke to divert dollars away from tourism promotion to refurbish an arena. We know the Cavs will eventually suck again, but all of our restaurants and breweries and hotels will still be here...and the money and goodwill they generate stays local much more than a winning sports franchise.

It never ceases to amaze me how short-sighted and small-think civic leaders are here. That $44 million could help to attract some serious revenue to the city over the years. But instead of investing in marketing the region, they're squandering it on a glass cathedral because the church promised to fund their political career.

Posted by Lee Hawkins on 05/21/2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Update: Swensons is Officially Expanding to University Heights, Could Open This Year

YES! These guys are my favorite part of going to Akron. I would LOVE to see one of these pop up in North Olmsted or Berea or anywhere near me YUM!

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 04/06/2017 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Q Deal Negotiators Are Fudging Numbers — Again — And This Time it's Serious

"This deal is getting worse all the time..."

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 04/06/2017 at 3:47 AM

Re: “That "Tiny House Experiment" in Detroit Shoreway Pretty Much Failed

I think that this project failed because it was TOO innovative...if they hadn't overthought it, they'd have recognized that the houses were going to be way too expensive, especially in a city that is absolutely loaded with cheap housing stock. A tiny house works for people because it is cheap, costing at most what a rental would cost. This house is too big, and too expensive. My 3-bedroom 1200 sq ft condo in North Olmsted cost me little more than half of what these are selling for. It's not rocket science...build them cheap in a safe enough neighborhood and they will be much more likely to sell. Most urban tiny house communities are for economic and yet dignified housing for the homeless, those trying to get back on their feet (like veterans), and people who just want to minimize their cost of living. That would be incredibly useful in a city like Cleveland, but you can't have the starting price be a $1,000/month house payment! Make it somewhere closer to $500 or $600 and put it in a nice enough neighborhood, and then you've got something. That's not innovative, it's just not overthinking and overdoing it!

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 03/19/2017 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Cavs Book Final Guest, Andrew Bogut, Checking How Mainsail Sets

So happy to see some analysis from Cheis again! GO C A V S ! ! !

Posted by Lee Hawkins on 03/06/2017 at 10:55 AM

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