Table games will continue to set the Horseshoe apart from other local competition, so I expect them to play that up and improve amenities for table gamers. Slot players may prefer the Rockcino which looks very spacious in pics vs the tight quarters downtown. Hopefully the Horseshoe folks figure out the situation with the poker room so they can host a WSOP event here. We've now been shafted 2 years in a row.
A summary of the bloody past few days in Cleveland. 4 of the 5 are officially on the west side (the new east side). Another 30 year old was shot to death on W 90th street last night. One thing I hadn't realized was the beating death of the woman by the old Deaconess Hospital was also transgendered.
Separately, there was an armed robbery at a bar on the west side.
Just read on the Ohio City crime watch page that it took 2 hours for the police to show up after a resident called about a home break in. Another commenter shared a similar situation which took 4 hours. I don't see how East Cleveland would benefit from Cleveland's services. I also do see how Cleveland would benefit by taking on another troubled area when they cant even get police to their current residents.
Yeah this is how I feel about it as well. I would have thought it would have been a good idea long ago, but a lot has changed, and Cleveland does seem to have a hard time of taking care of things within its own limits (which has seen the crime and dangers spread significantly the past few years). I cant imagine Cleveland being bogged down b a city that is in even worse shape. Will likely result in being number one on several lists that it doesn't want to be on.
That's a good point about the marketability. But cold-weather soccer still doesn't seem very sustainable in the US/Canada.
Nah, its more the issue with marketability right now. If the league as a whole were more popular then you could likely move to a Fall-Spring Schedule. But they are not there yet, for every Seattle which can bring in 40K easily there is a Chivas USA who doesn't even average 10K fans. I think a time will come when there is a greater push to move to the international schedule, but not for another 10 years.
Also, I was in San Antonio the night of the MLS cup and it was near freezing there. Can only imagine how cold it was in KC.
I lived in Denver for six years and have had to travel there for work for the past 10+ years. It can get snow as early as September and as late as April (heaviest snow month is March), regularly. It can also get bitterly cold, talking close to -20, it was -14 just one week ago. It got so cold once that it cracked our windshield from one side to the other when we turned our defrost on, freakish.
True that it is an arid, dry climate, extremely dry in the Winter. True that has a good amount of Sun days. But it also has some chaotic weather, 2-3 feet of snow in one storm not uncommon, hellacious hail/wind storms. The snow combined with sun during the day leads to icy roads due to very cold nights (no cloud cover holding in the heat), and very poor maintenance by road crews.
i may have misrepresented my position when speaking about contextual quality. when it comes to the siting of the building i'm not normally too concerned with the directly adjacent buildings, but more how its particular siting merits architectural response A) built context in this sense (disregarding for the moment solar and other site issues) is just the collective result of decisions made by other architects in the past, under normal conditions i wouldn't show them any extraordinary amount of respect.. B)i dont consider contextual appropriateness stylistic mimicry, rhythmic mimicry or anything of the sort, unless it fits into the concept for a particular project. i more think of context in terms of a buildings position in time relative to available technological, methodological capacities as well as construction trends and abilities of a local environment. context for me is working within the time the project is made, a reflection of the collective "zeitgeist" in which case this project may be contextually appropriate.
relative to how this building responds to its adjacent built environment though. i hardly see a convincing argument to be made for a response to any of it, superficially, sure it might work as an argument. but its a relatively chunky, squatty building perched atop a chunk-ier parking garage... the original proposal might not have been so bad, were it to have been incorporated as planned. but the addition of more levels of parking, i think merit a total rethinking of the project conceptually. the perceived vertical emphasis, again is just too chunky for me, too much a result of simply cladding a floorplan. for the buildings length to its height, especially if it is largely disregarding its parking base, you'd expect greater and more pronounced emphasis on something... the vertical or (and especially) if you are trying to separate yourself from the garage, a total distancing from the design and instead maybe emphasizing the horizontal, i dont know.
yay for more units downtown, but i disagree totally with the apparent desire to partially intergrate this new building with its base. i would have hoped the move would be to even more profoundly disregard the base it and instead create an intervention that responds like you would hope a new structure being added to an old one would. in that, even though the project appears to attempt to distance itself from its its existing lower levels somewhat, the project as a whole becomes to regular - too kinda-sorta of the old one, and not enough of a statement on its own. it appears to lack a stance.
So all $95~ million in federal funds will be robbed from this project by the corrupt activities of appointed or elected bodies. Here is what the disappearance of $50 million looked like in 2011:
*Notice that 2 of 9 TRAC members DIDN'T EVEN SHOW UP for THE MOST IMPORTANT MEETING OF THE YEAR. But wait, there's more: Eugene Marchbanks, the black fellow to the right of Jerry Wray, joined TRAC THAT WEEK. Nobody other than Wray even knew who he was! It was his first meeting, but he showed up with PROPS, specifically, a stack of reports and papers from a Columbus light rail study, and he smugly declared that Cincinnati's streetcar project would end up as a similar stack of forgotten reports.
Add to that the $400 million sent back in connection with the 3C passenger rail project we end up with a total of $495 million. Public transportation has a 5:1 economic activity/cost ratio, making that about $2.5 billion in economic activity lost statewide. Each billion adds about 20,000 jobs, so we have also lost about 50,000 jobs. If these numbers sound inflated, keep in mind that Forest City Enterprises was set to spend $180 million in tiny Riverside (Air Force Museum) and create 6,000 jobs in just this one project. As if Ohio can afford to throw that away. There are some real dimbulb officials out there.
A the state level they are not dimbulbs, they are corrupt with power. The TRAC grant reversal was corrupt men flowing money where they wanted it to go to serve themselves. The Streetcar pause is more dimbulb. That is truly the result of people who will not benefit from cancelling it, they are just filled with fear and anger over it.
The end result is the same: A state and city stuck and unable or not willing to do anything which would make a difference.