Why is GCP hooked on gambling?

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Sat, 06/03/2006 - 11:50.

At a time when our business leaders in Cleveland are pursuing gambling, business leaders in Milwaukee, St. Louis and Indianapolis have their priorities straight: They are focused on innovation.

Read more about Milwaukee here and here.

Read more about St. Louis here.

Read more about Indianapolis here and here.

(Next week, Leadership Indiana, an initiative that I guide, will be holding its statewide summit on The Urgency of Innovation. Jack Ricchiuto and June Holley will be conducting workshops on how open networks accelerate innovation. Cummins' CEO Tim Solso will share the impressive story about how his company is adjusting to the pressures of globalization. We will also have workshops that explore innovation in health care, finance, and K-12 education.)

To understand more about why innovation matters, visit this web site.

Urban casinos are not the answer to the challenges we face with globalization. Within a five years or so, the Chinese will be exporting high quality, low cost cars to the U.S. in volume. Read more.

This trend places Lordstown in the cross-hairs and raises some powerful new challenges to Ford's Ohio facilities. Read more.

At the same time, new opportunities are starting to slip by...We are slow to move on alternative fuels. See, for example, the new clean energy cluster that formed last week in Northern Colorado. Read more.

In Michigan, the state recently landed two prize $15 million grants to experiment with workforce innovation and regional economic development. (Pennsylvania got one, and so did Indiana, but Ohio did not.) These grants are closely tied to the importance of accelerating innovation. Read more.

Or, consider the fact that over a year ago Pennsylvania landed Europe's largest wind turbine producer. Read more.

Or, that by the end of this year, Indiana will have constructed close to fifteen biofuels plants in two years. Learn more about their innovative BioTown initiative. Read more.

As I look over our landscape of opportunities in Northeast Ohio, it's sad to see that gambling -- a twenty year old economic development strategy that doesn't work very well and carries serious social costs -- has made it to the top of the GCP agenda. But that’s what happens when real estate interests dominate a chamber of commerce. Thinking becomes deal driven, short term, and focused on “build it and they will come" projects, like casinos and convention centers.

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when real estate interests dominate a chamber of commerce

You are right as usual. We've had such a loss of large businesses and powerful leaders in NEO that a few suburban real estate developers have become the richest and most powerful folk around, and they have taken over many powerul positions and organizations, like the Port Authority and GCP. So they come up with lame economic development strategies lke casinos and WalMarts, with law class architecture like Wolstein and Stark use... which is better than the demolished Coast Guard Station, sprawling Flats parking lots and Gambling tent we have to thank next generation of Jacobs.

What's "law class architecture"?

Norm, fill me in on "law class"...

 Casinos in downtown Cleveland (and in other Ohio cities) will help accelerate total civic collapse - let's get it over with!  

That's "LOW CLASS", and "It's a Crock(er)

Cheap brick facades and plastic trim - like a cheap American car - that's the best we have to hope for from cheap American strip mall developers - worse, your community becomes the disgrace of right thinking intellectuals around the world, like here at Land+Living:

It's a Crock(er)
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Posted by: on 12/20/2004 4:25:00 PM
Crocker Park, another faux town is born outside of Cleveland, Ohio
It's a mall. Another mall. It isn't even an old town center that has been revitalized and has mall-like characteristics. It's another mall themed as a town. And yes... it's another post about lifestyle centers. Sheesh, why don't we give it a rest already?!

Because the "lifestyle center" continues to spawn and spread across the country... and the more that open, the more alarmed the we are by the trend. The Plain Dealer features a critical look at the good and the bad of Crocker Park in the Cleveland suburb of Westlake. The article touches on many of the same issues that we have been stewing over in recent commentary posts.

Article: The Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com - Westlake's new center, half-done, feels hollow
Link: Crocker Park
Firm: Bialosky + Partners Architects
Via: Archinect
Reference: Reality bites (Land+Living)
Reference: Downtown Mauled - Part I (Land+Living)
Reference: Downtown Mauled - Part I (Land+Living)

Crocker Park does embrace New Urbansim a bit more than some of the other projects we have looked at like Victoria Gardens, and much more than the Grove, with the placement of office and residential units in the upper two storys of the buildings. In this respect, Crocker Grove would appear to us to be a more successful model.


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Posted by some guy on 1/4/2005 9:39:00 PM
the enormous "Streets of Southpoint" Mall is another great example of this awful idea - no place to live, but fake cobblestone "streets" to walk down as you spend all your money. to add insult to injury, the "architects" decided that they would make a half-assed attempt to make a section of the superstructure look like an old tobacco factory/warehouse, right down to the faux murals on the walls, carefully painted to look aged. i could hardly believe my NC-native friend when she said the whole place was a pine forest five years ago. it's brought to us by the same people who made the godawful "Providence Place" monstrosity in Providence, RI.