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« Reply #70 on: April 20, 2005, 04:53:48 PM »
How about that "unequalled spirit of cooperation and public progress"?  where have those days gone???

As for the feeling at CSU on the subject of the Convention Center, the big conversation in a classroom setting seemed to be about 80% for renovating the old site (including the professor) and 20% for the Tower City site.  Other than that, the discussion I mentioned focused on possibilities for adaptive reuse of the old hall and ways to incorporate wider public services and amenities in a newly remodeled hall that could be of use to everyday Clevelanders.

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« Reply #71 on: May 04, 2005, 07:13:16 PM »
My biggest concern with the Convention Center is that it, along with the casinos, are going to take up all the oxygen while more important things like the Lakefront, Innerbelt reconstruction, ECP, and the Schools Building Project go unattended.  I think those other things would have far more major impacts on both the face of our city in the eyes of outsiders and on the quality of life for residents.

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« Reply #72 on: May 06, 2005, 12:16:45 AM »
I agree with your concern, X.  The convention center debate has been going on for nearly a decade now (as far as I know) and nothing has happened.  The most recent years have proven how volatile this debate is and how apparently undecided our region is on this being a priority for public funds.  I'm not concerned about the inner-belt or Euclid Corridor losing attention, since they are both already receiving hefty state and federal funding and will go forward either way.  Where I see us suffering is in initiatives and "framework" plans like the lakefront plan and all of our neighborhood development plans that will be pushed to the back burner.  These, too, seem like the real quality of life projects that will make our city more livable in the long run.  They could also see much more substantial gains from much smaller monetary allocations.  We're not going to increase the everyday Clevelander's quality of life by building a money-sapping convention center or realigning of a tiny stretch of Downtown interstate.  Don't get me wrong...I want these things to happen...I just think our priorities are a little off.

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« Reply #73 on: May 17, 2005, 09:25:46 PM »
^oh i hope that gets built instead, itd be nice if the convention center was near those museums and on plus its still on the WL line.  people would ride the Red Line AND the WL which could help both sections of the system. 

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« Reply #74 on: May 17, 2005, 10:00:15 PM »
I was at the presentation today, and I must say that I think that the plans for the current site blow away the Riverview site completely.  Its a better location for a convention center, as it is closer to parking and hotels.  It makes more sense from a facilities standpoint, because it will have direct truck access from the Shoreway, will have a better configuration of space, and it includes what to do with the Public Auditorium, Cuyahoga County offices site, and of course the current convention site.  Also, the idea they have of making it a suspension bridge like structure will allow for a beautiful and unique space with views out over the lake.  I actually want them to build a convention center now.  Or at least at that spot if they do.

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« Reply #75 on: May 17, 2005, 10:56:29 PM »
And from what I've seen of the Forest City proposal...there just isn't much to see.  It just looked like they were trying to cram something unattractive and impractical into a spot that really can't handle what they're asking of it.

If we've got to do this (which we all know I'm not really into), I'm 100% behind the current site, with expansion to the Cuyahoga County offices site in the near future, when the move to the Ameritrust site!

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« Reply #76 on: May 17, 2005, 11:47:26 PM »
Are there any renderings of what the rebuilt convention center would look like?

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« Reply #77 on: May 18, 2005, 12:35:01 AM »
I don't know that these are current, but they're worth a look.  They're from LMN's website.

 

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« Reply #78 on: May 18, 2005, 04:13:41 AM »
I definitely think, from a sales point to the community, "fixing up" the old center is easier to swallow than building a new one. 
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« Reply #79 on: May 18, 2005, 01:22:17 PM »
I "expect" to hear expansion/new build plans by hotels.  Marriott already announced an upgrade its Key Center Property.  It's directly accross the street and i "hope" they will build ontop (if i remember correctly it was built with a blank floor atop for expansion purposes) and turn this into a "marquis" property.

The Conv. Authority needs to develop a PR/Marketing strategy and start the booking/scheduling of LARGE SCALE conventions that didn't want to go to the IX center or conventions/exhibits that skipped Cleveland because they felt they couldn't make a profit in Greater Cleveland, because the IX Center wasn't in a centralized location with nearby amenities.  In addition the new facility should be able to keep conventions/exhibits in the city long being in the heart of downtown.

In additon the city can now work with hotel chains to encourage the marketing and upgrading of current propeties new building of properties that Cleveland doesn't have, such as a Sheraton, Westin, W Hotel; Courtyard; Hilton; Le Meredian (although they are merging with Starwood which owns the Sheraton, Westin, W brands); Pennisula; House of Blues (loews); Penisula  and actually get some cool boutique propeties like the Klimpton Group hotels. 

A beautiful Highrise property on Public Square would do wonders for that quadrant.  Or a combo highrise hotel/condo would be fabulous.  If marketed properly i think anyone would love to have an address that says "1 Public Square". 

There is so much potential.

In addition the airport can now start work on its continued improvement/master plan
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« Reply #80 on: May 18, 2005, 07:14:12 PM »
Wed. May 18 Plain Dealer has a huge article with small diagrams regarding this. Not sure if it builds/borrows from the Crane's article, but it is very similar. Additionally, today's PD also discusses Steelyard Commons back in effect with Wal-Mart and also has an article regarding the AT Tower site being chosen. Lots of stuff to read and save in today's edition for sure! Metro section also discusses support for the new Wolstein project in the flats. This is crazy - a lot of shit is being announced/planned in Cleveland all at once (I haven't seen this in how long???)
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« Reply #81 on: May 19, 2005, 09:55:00 AM »
^I probably haven't heard this since the seventies-early 80's.  (Justice Center, Sohio, One Cleveland, and several other buildings along E 9th and 12th).  It seems like about every 15 years, a building boom hits Cleveland.  That's the way they describe it on the news. 

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« Reply #82 on: May 19, 2005, 11:20:13 AM »
^I probably haven't heard this since the seventies-early 80's. (Justice Center, Sohio, One Cleveland, and several other buildings along E 9th and 12th). It seems like about every 15 years, a building boom hits Cleveland. That's the way they describe it on the news.

Now if the city, county, business leaders are serious about attracting NEW residents, businesses and visitors its time to shake things up at the "growth" association and the Convention/Tourism Bur.  as we need a PR strategy to seperate us from the rest of the tier-two cities and put us in DIRECT competition to tier one locales.

Advertising & Marketing to African American's, Latino's, Asian and Gay/Lesbians and Women's groups should be on the top of the list.  In addition we should be working with embassy's to set up shop (especially eastern european and s. american) and turning this city into an international point of entry.
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« Reply #83 on: May 19, 2005, 01:50:54 PM »
Wasn't there some talk a while back that some of the E 12th street action would include residential specifically catering to gays?  Not sure exactly what that involves, but apparently it's an untapped market in Cleveland.

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« Reply #84 on: May 19, 2005, 02:14:08 PM »
That was a group called A Place for Us, which is a company that develops retirement residences for the LGBT community. It's a relatively untapped market nationwide as the community has somewhat different dynamics and needs as they get older. I believe the proposal fell through or simply wasn't acted upon.

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« Reply #85 on: May 19, 2005, 02:14:54 PM »
Wasn't there some talk a while back that some of the E 12th street action would include residential specifically catering to gays? Not sure exactly what that involves, but apparently it's an untapped market in Cleveland.

untapped ... and unseen as it's one of the largest gay populations in the country

Cleveland misses the ball by not courting gay conventions, gay prides or marketing or developing its "gay-borhood".

Its pretty well know that lakewood and Edgewater is where lots of gay men live and there are pockets in places like shaker sq., coventry & lower hough.  while cleveland hts. has a huge lesbian population

I remember when there were numerous gay bars in the warehouse district in the mid 70s and 80s.  I would think there are lots that live downtown especially swanky warehouse district condos/loft.

But until we see demographic information on our CVB website, I doubt people will feel Cleveland is "gay friendly"
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« Reply #86 on: May 19, 2005, 04:07:32 PM »
Another view of the forest city proposal?


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« Reply #87 on: May 19, 2005, 06:43:07 PM »
anyone going to post the images from the 5/18 PD for us out-of-towners???

by the way, I think the promotion of Cleveland to different, under-represented groups (esp. G/L/B/T population) is worth another thread, don't you?  who's gonna start it?

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« Reply #88 on: May 20, 2005, 09:11:04 AM »
^Yes and no - the problem with promoting to target groups is that so (soooo) often, the efforts come off as contrived. You're also trying to reach a demographic that is as fickle as the day is long, and is usually a little too worldly to be persuaded by the usual CVB marketing efforts. For example, a travel brochure with a rainbow flag and a smiling gay couple with the Cleveland skyline in the distance would read as ultra-cheesey.  You also run the risk of promoting Cleveland to be something it isn't - sure, the nightlife is decent and yes, the community is pretty sizable but don't try to convince the average 'mo that Edgewater/Clifton is the next WeHo, Chelsea or Castro. 
 

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« Reply #89 on: May 20, 2005, 09:50:35 AM »
i dont think its that easy to target any group, i know personally for me i could give two craps if a place is gay friendly or not

now if its teeming with culture and things to do outside of the usual clubs and bars, well then, im suddenly interested

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« Reply #90 on: May 20, 2005, 10:16:28 AM »
I do not understand that Forest City proposal.  What streets are those? 

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« Reply #91 on: May 20, 2005, 10:17:43 AM »
Oh, now I see it.  Ontario and Huron.  The existing parking garage gave it away.

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« Reply #92 on: May 20, 2005, 10:20:54 AM »
I like the Niketown in that picture.  That would be cool.

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« Reply #93 on: May 20, 2005, 10:31:13 AM »
Hey MayDay, correct if I'm wrong, but does that Forest City Picture show the NikeTown sitting over the unfinished portion of the Landmark Office Tower (left unfinished since the depression?) 

I hate to say it, 'cause i'm no fan of Forest City, but I'm starting to warm to the idea of a convention center there.  If the mall becomes abandoned...the redevelopment opportunitites around it could be awesome (imagine a cool neighborhood of Park Avenue type buildings overlooking Malls A and B rising where the current County Office Bldg. and 113 St. Clair sit today...) 

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« Reply #94 on: May 20, 2005, 10:46:47 AM »
^Yes and no - the problem with promoting to target groups is that so (soooo) often, the efforts come off as contrived. You're also trying to reach a demographic that is as fickle as the day is long, and is usually a little too worldly to be persuaded by the usual CVB marketing efforts. For example, a travel brochure with a rainbow flag and a smiling gay couple with the Cleveland skyline in the distance would read as ultra-cheesey.  You also run the risk of promoting Cleveland to be something it isn't - sure, the nightlife is decent and yes, the community is pretty sizable but don't try to convince the average 'mo that Edgewater/Clifton is the next WeHo, Chelsea or Castro. 

The point is we're not doing ANYTHING!  :cry:  We should be have the best gay community in Ohio & america's NORTH COAST drawing gays people from all over.  I wouldn't want to compared to WeHo (personally, it's not all the cute); chelsea is a beast of it's own!

We don't have a promotable gay hood that potential visitors from another city would know about except by "word of mouth".  Philly recent "came out of the closet", so to speak, and is actively promoting the gay neighborhood in center city.  what are we doing??

the CVB should be working WITH the gay community to come up with "discovery seeker" ideas not try to market them since the CVB is run by old, white, conservatives.  Cleveland has two gay pride celebrations [(www.clevelandpride.org (june 18) & black unity pride (august 5-8)] coming up.  How much does anyone on this board no about them?  Probably nothing.  local residents probably don't know or wont know in advance.

how many asian, latin or ethnic play, performances, concerts, etc..  has playhouse square, Gund arena or CSU convocationi center brought to cleveland?  This is an area that the city and its venues should be marketing to as Asian Village establishs itself.  We have a sizable latin community that would embrace more than just baseball. 

This is a way to raise or international presence and bring events & productions that appeal to an underserved segment of the population.  Playhouse square (or one of the above mentioned venues) wins by bring a whole new segment of the population downtown, to playhouse square that might possibly buy tickets to our more popular series.  It is the perfect starting point for anyone (visiting or living) in Cleveland. If the events are worthwhile and enjoyable people will come back.  And by being a city with various ethnic residents, something small like this could be a reason to move to our city.

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« Reply #95 on: May 20, 2005, 11:25:40 AM »
"Cleveland has two gay pride celebrations [(www.clevelandpride.org (june 18) & black unity pride (august 5-8)] coming up.  How much does anyone on this board no about them?  Probably nothing.  local residents probably don't know or wont know in advance."

Oh, believe me - I know all about them  :wink:

"the CVB should be working WITH the gay community to come up with "discovery seeker" ideas not try to market them since the CVB is run by old, white, conservatives."

But *who* should represent the community? The activists? The club owners? Heck, the community has plenty of old, white ... well maybe not conservatives but you get the idea. 

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« Reply #96 on: May 20, 2005, 11:40:46 AM »
Oh, believe me - I know all about them :wink:

I'm not one to gossip...so you didn't hear this from me..... BUT, rumor has it you're the grand marshall!  lol   :-D :-D

"the CVB should be working WITH the gay community to come up with "discovery seeker" ideas not try to market them since the CVB is run by old, white, conservatives."

But *who* should represent the community? The activists? The club owners? Heck, the community has plenty of old, white ... well maybe not conservatives but you get the idea.

I think there should a combination of all the above.  We need a Gay pride week, etc.

...... but this is morphing into another forum "topic"  lol   :wink:
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« Reply #97 on: May 20, 2005, 02:18:58 PM »
MTS, you captured my response better than I could have written it...so I'll hold further comment on that.  (What happened to the new thread?)

On the subject of the CONVENTION CENTER ( :-P) and StrangeBrew's comment, if there's such great development potential on the site, then why not build on it either way?  FC has been sitting on that site for decades and could take advantage of many of the things that they're using to lure the Convention Center committee (the river, the shopping, the transit, Gateway, etc) to build something that would actually fit and make sense there!  And yes, StrangeBrew, you could have your precious Nike Town...but who shops there anyways???

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« Reply #98 on: May 20, 2005, 03:19:20 PM »
Hey MayDay, correct if I'm wrong, but does that Forest City Picture show the NikeTown sitting over the unfinished portion of the Landmark Office Tower (left unfinished since the depression?)

I hate to say it, 'cause i'm no fan of Forest City, but I'm starting to warm to the idea of a convention center there. If the mall becomes abandoned...the redevelopment opportunitites around it could be awesome (imagine a cool neighborhood of Park Avenue type buildings overlooking Malls A and B rising where the current County Office Bldg. and 113 St. Clair sit today...)

Why can't FC or another developer build "Park Avenue" or "lakeshore drive" type of apartment buildings around the current towercity location?    :?   They claim (and apparently so have shoppers that won't go there) that the mall doesn’t have "upscale" stores.  If they built one or two grand towers over the current parking facility, they could "bridge" E. 4 gateway and the WHD and create that "ubber-luxury" neighborhood that TC was originally planned to be.  Add a swanky hotel and renovate the renaisance and bingo!  We have a winner!!  :wink:


FC should partner with - or sell the mall - to a mall manager like simon malls who has a proven track record of developing great malls (Houston’s galleria, Atlanta’s lenox mall, dc's pentagon city to name a few)  or Premier Marketplaces (which manages the fashion show in Vegas, or watertower place in Chicago).  A mall strategic planner/developer/marketer could bring back stores that were there when the mall initially opened.  The added housing, would give the mall built in shoppers, and people who live there would have the expectation that the mall should be “respected” and the “hangout/unsafe” factor would be eliminated.  With expensive housing attached, there is noway that anyone would allow kids (of any color or homeless people) to just "hangout" at towercity.  No housing in downtown was part of the problem with TC originally.  Whdn the mall originaly opened, during the day and on weekends that mall was packed and tour buses were rolling in.  In addition, they maybe able to locate a tenant for the higbee building.   Today its just an “average” mall that you can find anywhere.  Not even the gay boys are shopping in TC!  TC is not a “fab” mall that you can find anything in!

FC has the potential to build ANYTHING and how I perceive this is they "do not" believe in Cleveland so they wont invest unless we play by there “substandard” rule and give us stores that are just “ok” not full fledged “flagship” stores!

Why did they need the convention center as a "carrot" in front of Cleveland to "upgrade" the mall?  Housing downtown is booming, sans District Park.  This is FCs opportunity to make lemonade from lemons.  They have the power to enhance the southern portion of TC......but will they????   :?  :?  :?

With all the planned new housing,  current housing in a 25 block radius of downtown and the FUTURE housing that should be finished in the next few years, why shouldn’t our young hip and cool residents have a fabulous mall with adjacent street level retail have a place to shop and rave about?  Beachwood, Crooker Park and Legacy village aren’t as “fabulous” as any of the malls I’ve mentioned above, FC has the opportunity to drastically upgrade shopping in this town and make TowerCity the “it” mall in Ohio!

This city has much potential to reclaim its seat as one of America’s favorite cities....  Can we do it is the question!
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« Reply #99 on: May 20, 2005, 05:12:25 PM »
^ Great point! Consider the small parcel of "land" at the corner of Huron and Ontario, where the brick face of the Guildhall Building looks out over Ontario. When the Terminal Group was built, that was supposed to be another office building. In the late 1980s, another office building was proposed to be built there (see below). Why can't this be market-rate housing instead? There's parking below, and enclosed walkways to Gateway, Tower City, Rapid transit etc etc. Add to this the school that CWRU proposes for the Higbee building. Of all the mixed uses that Tower City has, one thing it lacks is housing. What a great site for housing!



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« Reply #100 on: May 20, 2005, 05:37:14 PM »
Correct me if I am wrong, but....I think the problem with the Hotel on that specific location was some sort of legal issue with Gateway's baseball stadium.  I think they gateway feared potential fans would book rooms and watch the games from their rooms and not come to gateway and the “then” developing area.  In addition, the hotel tower (30 stories??) would have "free advertising" of its brand since the 43k plus fans at the stadium would constantly see it and any TV broadcast would show it.

this is why I think Housing would work on that sight instead.

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« Reply #101 on: May 20, 2005, 05:44:18 PM »
Those are added reasons why a 30-story apartment or condo tower would be the "highest and best use" of that site. Imagine that tower picture I posted not as offices or a hotel, but market-rate residential.

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« Reply #102 on: May 20, 2005, 06:13:50 PM »
Those are added reasons why a 30-story apartment or condo tower would be the "highest and best use" of that site. Imagine that tower picture I posted not as offices or a hotel, but market-rate residential.

Turn that thumbs down to thumbs up...we're in agreement here!

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I wouldn't mind a hotel/market rate residential building. That seems to be very successful in other cities and here in Cleveland we need to think about those types of Mix use developments as Reserve square is the only property in Cleveland I can think of that is "hotel/residential"

so does anyone know why this was never built?
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« Reply #103 on: May 20, 2005, 09:38:36 PM »
i dont like that niketown proposal AT ALL!!  if anyone has ever seen the wall right there its this ugly red/brown, it needs a tower right there.  something 15+ OVEr a niketown.  why dont they do this?!  the mall and everything around there isnt in the highest potential use because no one LIVES there.   the convention center aint gonna fix it either.  although i think they would have to reroute the roads if they built a tower in that shape, it juts out rather far...

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« Reply #104 on: May 20, 2005, 10:32:06 PM »
the mall and everything around there isnt in the highest potential use because no one LIVES there. the convention center aint gonna fix it either. although i think they would have to reroute the roads if they built a tower in that shape, it juts out rather far...

Not necessarily. Check out this low-res satellite view of the site from Google....



I believe there is a turning lane from Ontario south to Huron west that shortcuts the hard right turn, but would that be terribly missed? There are so many options with that site, and housing would probably be the best use for it.

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