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Straighten the Cuyahoga?

Unread postby Larvell Blanks » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:09 am

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/12/flats_oxbow_proposes_straighte.html

CLEVELAND -- The idea of straightening the Cuyahoga River to allow freighters to bypass Collision Bend has been discussed for more than 100 years, but a local community development group believes the age-old plan might give Dan Gilbert the extra room he wants to build his Cleveland casino.
Digging a new river channel across the neck of Collision Bend would create an island out of the jutting piece of land and allow large ships carrying iron ore and limestone to bypass the 16-acre site where Gilbert plans to build the Casino.


Is this a better idea than filling in 29 ft of the river bend? Who pays the bill?($37 mill)
Someone in the comments section proposed this...
1/2 hour saved each way means a lot of fuel saved and reduced carbon emmissions, Bigger ships could get in, while were at it lets do a little more tweeking further up the river (near drydock road) and move that port we want off the lakefront back to the industrial wasteland where the mills are, every hear of intermodal hubs? theres a ton of existing rail line down there, 490,77,71 all right there. Wow a port with easy access to 3 interstates, major rail, that doesn't sound very useful.....ahhhh this truly could be the kick off of a series of projects that turn this ship around (fitting) and get crooked cuyahoga back on track. 37 Million is not a lot, and that's a projection based on inflation and back in 1991 there were buildings that are since gone. I know where we have the cash sitting..for a worthless med mart that won't ever get built (but it may if we re develop the river and lake front). The Port Authority can afford to pay for this too, because the end result will benefit their coffers. Look at an aerial view of this site, its just plain logical, I have been preaching this for years


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Re: Straighten the Cuyahoga?

Unread postby jb » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:37 am

There should be enough R & R A $ out there unspent. That is exactly what that pot o pork was supposed to do in its best sense: create short term contruction jobs for longer term multiplier business development.

Cuyahoga County is a huge factor in 2012. Time to pony it up.

On topic, this is a brilliant idea and should have been done a century ago. Should have been as aggressive as Chicago about our interior river resource starting in 1850, but we're Cleveland. At least this is a minor step forward that cuts an hour of every ship bringing raw materials into the big plants down off Broadway.

I personally have doubts about the casino being all that nice and developing the area. I'm seeing more of granny on oxygen blowing her SSI from dead hubby like in WVA spedning $ 5.00 at the lunch buffet inside. Was more of a supporter to stop tax money flowing into PA & MI, but I'm all for trying.
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Re: Straighten the Cuyahoga?

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:46 pm

You should just throw your politicians in the river and save some time.
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Re: Straighten the Cuyahoga?

Unread postby motherscratcher » Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:25 pm

Cerebral_DownTime wrote:You should just throw your politicians in the river and save some time.


Christ ::doh::

We're just making progress cleaning the damn river up and you want to go and pollute it all over again.
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Re: Straighten the Cuyahoga?

Unread postby FUDU » Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:28 pm

Rack CDT and rack mom.

Do whatever they please with the damn river, just include plenty of fire extinguishers and emergency exits and everything should be fine.
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