Cleveland Hts v. Solon: Comparing cost and understanding value

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Now that we’re safely past the election season, maybe we can have a reasonable discussion about taxes. If you say taxes are high in the Heights, heads nod. But what does “taxes are high” mean? To find out, let’s compare some real estate listings from Cleveland Heights, a “taxes are high” place and Solon, a […]

Presented by Ken Goldberg at Preservation-Related Panel Discussion 5/7/2014

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The following are opening remarks I made at a Preservation Month 2014 panel discussion held at the Heights Main Library 5/7/2014 – one year ago today.  I am President of the Cleveland Heights Historical Society and on the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, but obviously these opinions don’t necessarily reflect those of the members of these two bodies.  ….Ken Goldberg […]

Safety, security and the secrets of improv

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First, some housekeeping. Do we have a approved safety plan, a Memorandum of Understanding between the district and a law enforcement body right now? No, we do not. The district meets with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office and UH Police Chief Steven Hammett on October 21st. Given that the City Engineer and the Fire Chief […]

Cleveland Heights City Hall is now a bank.

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I was very pleased to hear that Milliken School was sold to Mosdos. But, I am confused as to why the sale is contingent on the city of Cleveland Heights financing the purchase. What is the justification for Cleveland Heights City Council offering to finance this sale? (I imagine that the school board members were very happy that Cleveland […]

A tragic wakeup call for taking control of our own story

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We’re going to be OK. The June 30 murder of Jim Brennan was wrenching in so many ways, but within a couple days I knew, as I watched the community circle around those closest to the tragedy, this is still the kind of place I want to live. The impromptu memorial that formed immediately outside […]

The world of Crowdfunding: Local Interests and Beyond

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Today we have a trend in accessing funds from friends and other interested parties via the internet in the concept of crowdfunding.  Crowdfunding is where your friends are the capital.  You state your project and ask for their financial help in achieving your project goals.  I recently ventured into the crowfunding world and found three […]

Map, chart and Meadowbrook-Lee

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Is the proposed Meadowbrook-Lee tax abated project a good fit for that part of town? To help you decide for yourself, I am attaching a map of the foreclosures and postal vacancies in the Cedar-Lee area. This map was created by April Hirsh, Research Assistant at Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Policy and […]

Meadowbrook-Lee: Get your checkbooks out!

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We could debate all day about whether or not developing Meadowbrook-Lee is a good idea. But that is really beside the point. Cleveland Heights City Council is asking for approval from the CH-UH Board of Education for an 11-year 80% tax abatement on the proposed project. Two troubling questions arise that will affect all of […]

Future Heights: Please hold a public forum about Meadowbrook-Lee project

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Do citizens have a say in what happens in their community? To their tax dollars? Cleveland Heights City Council has asked the Board of Education to approve an 11yr 80% tax abatement to a developer to build on Meadowbrook-Lee. Cleveland Heights City Council plans to further subsidize this plan by GIVING the developer the acre […]