Friday, July 18, 2014

Update on pothole repairs W14, approximately 50% of area completed & street resurfacing information

The following map reflects areas of road repair completed through approximately July 10th - (green), in-process (yellow) and uncompleted (red) for Ward 14.  Work is being reported in areas marked in red, but we are still awaiting additional information for estimated completion times.

The map above is in result of a meeting and on-going discussions with Director Michael Cox, Public Works and Rob Mavec, Commissioner of Streets.  The last full inventory conducted on Ward 14 Streets was completed back in late June and the following report was posted 6.27.2014 - UPDATE on pothole and street status, City of Cleveland, Ward 14.

In addition to road repairs, the following work is being done as part of the City's resurfacing program:

Resurfacing, curb to curb
  1. W. 17th Street from Brainard Ave to Valentine Ave
  2. Valentine Ave from SR 176/I-71 ramp to west of W. 18th St as well as some additional spot resurfacing areas to Scranton Rd.. Work also being coordinated with ODOT on freeway ramps from traffic circle at W. 14th St to Valentine Ave.  
  3. W. 39th St from Archwood to Mapledale Avenues
  4. W. 35th St from Mapledale to Riverside Avenues
  5. Skeel Court from W. 42nd St to end ($10k)
  6. W. 32nd & Woodbridge, intersection 4 ADA ramps being installed.
  7. W. 61st St from Denison to Barberton Ave
  8. W. 67th St from Denison to Barberton Ave
Resurfacing - spot resurfacing

  1. W. 33rd from Denison Archwood
  2. W. 46th from Bragdon Nissen
  3. W. 48th, 3256 address
  4. W. 65th from north side of intersection with Denison Avenue
  5. Carlos Ave from W. 47th to W. 49th
  6. Erin Ave from W. 25th to W. 32nd
  7. Mapledale Ave, Intersections  at W 32nd and W. 33rd, need 20' patches

Note, constituents are encouraged to report pothole and other related streets issues to our office as well as the Division of Streets and the Mayor's Action Line using the information below:
  • Brian Cummins, Ward 14,
  • Division of Streets, 216-664-2510
  • Mayor's Action Line, 216-664-2900

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Proposed Ord 880-14 RNC Convention Authorization

The following ordinance is being considered by Cleveland City Council for passage under an emergency ordinance.  The ordinance would provide authorization to the Mayor to enter into agreement with the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, Inc. to hold the 2016 RNC convention.  The ordinance includes a proposed $2.5 million contribution being requested to be paid by the City of Cleveland to the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, Inc. for economic development and promotion purposes. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Denison Avenue Reconstruction Project Update - Work to begin from Fulton to Pearl Road

On Monday, July 14, 2014, at 7:00 AM, weather permitting, the Maintenance of Traffic provisions for this project will be revised.  Denison Avenue will have the active construction area, from W65th to Fulton, extended to West 25th St on the north side of Denison Avenue.

The closure to eastbound traffic will be extended to West 25th street. 

Eastbound traffic will continue to be detoured at East 65th street and will re-access Denison via Clark or Lorain to West 25th to Denison. One lane of westbound traffic will be maintained along the south side of Denison during this phase of construction.

The W65th to Fulton section is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.The portion from Fulton to W25th is expected to re-open to two-way traffic in Early December, 2014.

The City has placed message boards announcing this change along Denison, between Fulton and W25th, stating that Denison is to be closed to eastbound traffic and to follow the signed detour.  In addition, the City Public Information office has sent out an official Public Notice of this traffic pattern change, and the contractor began notifying all the affected agencies earlier this week.

If there are any questions regarding this notice, please call 216-664-2256.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

RNC 2016 Cleveland Convention by the numbers - what can we expect

With the pending announcement of the 2016 Republican National Convention being held in Cleveland, here is a look at the reported economic impact that the RNC convention had on Tampa Bay from August 27-30, 2012.  In addition to the $404 million in total monetary impact there were over 10 billion worldwide media impressions of Tampa Bay in 2012 because of the Convention.

RNC 2016 Cleveland Convention by the numbers - what can we expect.
(Impact data from Tampa Bay 2012 RNC Convention)
  • $60 to 70 million reported commitment needed from Greater Cleveland Host Committee.[$55 million, 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee amount raised.  Note $10 million was donated as in-kind contributions.  See Donations to the Tampa Bay Host Committee
  • $404 million, total economic impact, with $214 million in direct expenditures made in Tampa Bay.
  • $363 million,  increase in taxable sales for month of August 2012, eight-county area.
  • 10 billion worldwide media impressions of Tampa Bay in 2012 because of the convention.
  • 50,000 convention visitors
  • 15,000 national and international media personnel
(click on images for for a lager view)


And, more numbers, a break down:
  • $291.5 million, infrastructure investments by AT&T, Sprint, TECO Energy & Verizon.
  • $50 million, Federal grant for security for the 2012 RNC convention.
  • $18 million, expenditures on hotels in Tampa Bay,
    •  representing 76,000 room nights @ $237/night
  • $1.9 million, increase in gross sales at Tampa International Airport
  • 4,567 volunteers filled 10,000 volunteer roles as the 
  • faces of Tampa Bay during the week.
  • 500 registered small businesses as part of The Small Business Network Directory, marketed to delegations, media and guests in the months leading up to the Convention in order to promote our local small business community
  • Outreach Initiatives in Tampa Bay Area in 2012
    • Military and Green initiatives, Coastal Cleanup Project at Bay Pines VA Hospital Campus in Pinellas County
    • Health and Wellness Water Station, Management, Miles for Moffitt in Tampa.
    • Children and Families, CASA Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter in St. Petersburg.
    • Literacy, Book collection in Tampa
    • School Readiness, School supply collection
    • Food Distribution, Canned food collection
    • School Readiness, Underwear and socks collection for Clothes to Kids
    • Military/Children and Families, Housing improvements, Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, renovated 35 homes making them safer, healthier and more energy efficient for residents.

Political Conventions and their economic benefits
- taken with a grain of salt

Rejecting “Conventional” Wisdom:
Estimating the Economic Impact of National Political Conventions

4-1-2008, by Robert A. Baade, Robert Baumann, and Victor A. Matheson,


"...Our examination of 18 national political conventions from 1972-2004 suggests that the promoters’ rosy economic projections are overstated, and these events have a negligible impact on local economies..."

"...convention promoters often suggest that prominent events such as the Republican and Democratic National Conventions give cities immeasurable benefits in terms of national and international exposure by being placed in an intense media spotlight. While this contention may be true, it must be realized that the attention a city receives may not portray the city in a positive light..."

     This paper provides an empirical examination of the economic impact of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions on local economies. Confirming the results of other expost analyses of mega-events, particularly sporting events, this paper finds no statistically significant evidence that these huge conventions contribute positively to a host city’s economy.
     Our analysis from 1970-2005 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country, including all cities that have hosted one of the national conventions during this time period, finds that neither the presence of the Republican nor the Democratic National Convention has a discernable impact on employment, personal income, or personal income per capita in the cities where the events were held.
     While the conventional wisdom regarding national conventions is that they bring fame and fortune to host cities, our results suggest that any economic benefits are quite elusive. People should view promises of economic windfalls from hosting national political conventions in the same way they should view the campaign promises of the candidates at these very conventions – with skepticism."

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