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

You folks need to make a careful inspection of the returned boxes.

If, as the DCA claims, all 26 boxes "had been knocked over by wind or by sidewalk plows", then each and every box would be damaged as a result. Each box would would show signs of recent scrapes, dents, scratches, broken widow panes and paint damage (particularly the boxes that had been hit by the sidewalk plows).

If the boxes are returned to you in pristine condition, lacking any recent damage, I'd say that's prima facie evidence that the DCA is certainly lying about why they grabbed these boxes.

This might be evidence that would interest a prosecutor, no ? It's not like they can just return the boxes, and all is forgiven with the law. I doubt seriously a bank robber would get off scott free with the prosecutor if he simply agreed to return the money. How is this situation any different ?

Keep fighting the fight.

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Posted by My Two Scents on 02/15/2017 at 12:55 PM

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

Heather Holmes could be lying her way into a cushy PR job inside the mayor's office.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 02/15/2017 at 10:16 AM

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

A scene playing itself out in cities across the country.....so-called community improvement organizations (read: gentrification catalysts) wanting everything to be shiny and harmonious so that the city can live up to their marketing pitches. Remove whatever's in the way (newspaper boxes, dissent, anything that isn't a cute coffee shop or new eatery, etc etc etc).

Yup.

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Posted by Dorothy Fuldheim's Merkin on 02/15/2017 at 9:55 AM

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
Posted by sjosephs on 02/10/2017 at 9:52 PM

Re: “78-Year-Old Dan Ott Has Stolen More Than 1,000 Cars in His Life. And Left Plenty of Damage Along the Way

That guy needs both his hands broken so badly that they wont bend after they finally heal.

Posted by Bub on 02/10/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “The Grappler

And since his 2013 release he lives in Columbus, OHIO victimizing women in other ways. Covert Malignant Narcissist 100%.

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Posted by Anonymous on 02/09/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “East Cleveland Residents Have Complained About the Health Hazards of the Noble Road Dump For Years. Is Anyone Listening?

Editors:
Michael E. George is an attorney at the law firm Stark & Knoll LPA out of Akron. A simple google search would have revealed this to the author if he was interested in checking his "multiple sources."

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Posted by Kasper123 on 02/08/2017 at 9:41 PM

Re: “East Cleveland Residents Have Complained About the Health Hazards of the Noble Road Dump For Years. Is Anyone Listening?

One could easily surmise that envelopes stuffed with cash turned the property into trash.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 02/08/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “While The EPA Slept

My dad worked at Carlisle for 32 years and was covered in black dust all the time. Would shower at the plant and still have it on him. He had a stroke in 2002 and has had circulatory issues and heart issues. I wonder if its connected?

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Posted by Thomas VanKirk on 02/06/2017 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Excitement Over Cleveland's Brewery Explosion Has Given Way to Questions of a Brewery Bubble

I'm a bar manager at a Cleveland spot that has over 20 taps of craft beer. We were buying Platform from the beginning and now have all but stopped. The amount of shitty kegs weve gotten was over the top. IPA shouldnt taste like vegetables and have floaty clumps in it. The owners are assholes and have burned bridges all across the industry. One of them was in my bar and acted like the king of clevelands beer. Wouldnt stop shit talking every other brewery. Its prety bad when all your peers are interviewed and no one has a nice thing to say about you.

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Posted by notoriouspour on 02/03/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Excitement Over Cleveland's Brewery Explosion Has Given Way to Questions of a Brewery Bubble

The consistency issue with Platform Brewery is that they throw out all these one-offs. That contributes to why their beers can be so hit or miss. You simply don't have the time to refine a recipe. I like trying new things but I like to also have some confidence that it'll be good.

They have definitely had some ridiculous quality issues since their first brewer left. There was a batch of cans that had mold floating in the beer and I've heard from multiple people that they've found bees/flies in the cans. That simply disgusting.

When your main objective is to expand like crazy, quality always takes a back seat.

Speed Merchant used to be a great beer but it's often just terrible. Like undrinkable. I hope they turn it around because slick marketing will only last for so long.

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Posted by HomebrewLaRue on 02/03/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Stripped Off

Wow crazy! I knew that man and he scammed me out of like 700-750 when I was younger and dumb. I hope they eventually charge him somehow, how horrible

Posted by Chrissy on 02/03/2017 at 3:15 AM

Re: “Excitement Over Cleveland's Brewery Explosion Has Given Way to Questions of a Brewery Bubble

I work in a area bottle shop and I can tell you from experience that Platform cans leak on the shelves, plain and simple (not all of them, usually one or two a case - makes for quite the mess when you warm store Lawlessness on wooden shelves)..maybe get that issue sorted out before expanding down I-71 and trying to take over the CLE beer scene?

also jesus christ, in the end its all just beer, get over yourselves Beer Snobs. GLBC is what it is, MG is what it is, and Platform is over-hyped crap

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Posted by BeerSchlepper216 on 02/02/2017 at 3:39 PM

Re: “The U.S. Wants to Send Humans to Mars by the 2030s. Here in Cleveland, NASA Engineers are Figuring Out How to Get There

We've known how for decades. What NASA is figuring out, is how to coordinate it with their constituents. While they're doing that, indie companies will do programs that focus on going directly to Mars, and may get there before them.

-Julie

Posted by Julie Bee on 02/02/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Excitement Over Cleveland's Brewery Explosion Has Given Way to Questions of a Brewery Bubble

I think the article makes perfect sense. How can you have a quality product without testing when you are creating 20 new beers each cycle? Also, who says, "We are training our customers". I would argue this is a pretty misplaced statement.

Would I invest in Platform? No, variety is great, but it only takes one bad customer experience and they are gone for good. A friend left a Platform beer in my fridge and I tried it. It tasted rotten. I just figured the beer was not for me. But now reading about the lack of quality testing it makes sense.

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Posted by SeanM on 02/02/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Excitement Over Cleveland's Brewery Explosion Has Given Way to Questions of a Brewery Bubble

Very well researched and written. I'm all for the growth of this aspect of the industry.

But we need to address the insane unfairness too. Did you know that if you own a bar,you cannot get a brewery license unless every location you own does the same?

We at the anc/xyz/ontario group were forbidden to create a brewery in Collinwood because of this. If sure appreciate those in the brewery business to help rid the state of this ludicrous problem.

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Posted by aglazen on 02/02/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Excitement Over Cleveland's Brewery Explosion Has Given Way to Questions of a Brewery Bubble

Great article, thanks for the detailed information! Comparing Ohio (7th largest state) to Vermont (49th) is ludicrous though.

Platform may have it's issues but I never walk into the beer store and think to myself "I wonder what Great Lakes has out now? Or Fatheads, etc...". The big guys all make quality beer but its always the same old stuff. Platform's kettle sour series has been one excellent beer after another. The selections on tap at the taproom are always interesting and usually quite good. I simply cant get the variety of styles in any other local brewery.

Before Platform existed I would have to buy beer from around the country to get anything even slightly interesting. I understand consumers want the same thing over and over, but I sure don't. Fatheads, GLBC, Market Garden, et al have their place but I rarely bring any home.

I was afraid that Shaun's departure meant the end of good beer at Platform but they still manage to put out excellent offerings. I'm very excited to try Shaun's new place.

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Posted by OldTimerSam on 02/02/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Excitement Over Cleveland's Brewery Explosion Has Given Way to Questions of a Brewery Bubble

I agree with Beer Novice above. The middle paragraphs of the article seem to be a hit piece against Platform. Why? Let them develop their own business model and various experimental brews. I love GLBC brews, their consistency, bar atmosphere, etc., but that doesn't mean that I can't or shouldn't love the product and bar atmosphere at Platform. Let the market dictate whether Platform is a huge success or not. I think Platform hosts fun events and creates a lot of different brews that I like to drink and try-out on a regular basis. Wasn't that part of the point of the whole microbrewing revolution in the first place--having quality, more local beer that wasn't mass-produced swill? More power to Platform and ALL the local brewers, I say.

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Posted by Dave on 02/02/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Excitement Over Cleveland's Brewery Explosion Has Given Way to Questions of a Brewery Bubble

Daniel, I agree with you as a resident of Brecksville, and have discussed this many times. However, I feel this area's proximity to downtown via I-77 is both a blessing and a curse. If we can get downtown wth ease in 10-15 minutes, there's little demand for a brewpub here sadly.

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Posted by rolub on 02/01/2017 at 11:28 PM

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