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Why some national retailers won't locate in urban areas

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/06/06 @ 11:26am

Rebuilding in city neighborhoods and first suburbs such as University Circle, Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights requires developers with knowledge of issues such as environmental remediation, building at higher densities, and, in the case of commercial retail, finding anchor tenants. Anchor tenants are large operations that attract lots of shoppers who also patronize smaller stores in the district. Developers looking for anchor tenants have increasingly turned to national chain...more

Making infill, mixed-use development a reality

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/03/06 @ 10:56am

FutureHeights is running an opinion poll on what to do with the recently vacated Medic building on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. Consensus seems to be building that the area would be best served by a specialty food retailer like Trader Joes or Constantino’s as an anchor in a mixed-use development.Mixed-use can include housing units above the retail, which helps...more

First suburbs in a policy blind spot

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/23/06 @ 2:26pm

A full 20 percent or 52 million Americans live in first-ring suburbs, which face flight, crumbling infrastructure, and a serious lack of government assistance, according to a report released this week by the Brookings Institution. "Scholars and astute politicians, including Senator Hillary Clinton of Chappaqua and Thomas Suozzi, the Nassau County executive, have recognized that their turf exists in a policy blind spot, between...more

Cleveland's digital divide is real

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/21/06 @ 5:02pm

A column in last week's Free Times about the realities of Cleveland's 'digital divide' made it to national planning web site Planetizen's syndicated news feed today.In it local blogger and Cleveland Digital Vision staffer Bill Callaghan deflats the myth that Cleveland is ultra tech savvy—a myth based on recent, national fanfare that Cleveland leads all U.S. cities in internet deployment (whatever that means). While 42...more

Lee Road mixed-use project scrubbed

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/03/06 @ 12:45pm

From FutureHeights: Lee Road project canceled.   Domain on Lee by The Coral Company, Cleveland Heights' first multi-use development slated to begin construction last year and plagued with delays, has canceled its development plans.  The City of Cleveland Heights intends to continue its development of a 400 space parking garage to serve that area.  Stay tuned for further info.What's the story...more

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