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Feagler & Friends

Are We Shrinking Too Much?

Posted Friday, July 13, 2012

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Newsmaker: Tom Bier, PhD, Senior Fellow, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Bier’s new research shows accelerating movement away from Cuyahoga County to neighboring counties of northeast Ohio. There, people are finding new homes, less congestion and lower taxes, even if their commute to the city is longer. But that’s going to mean more abandoned houses and less money to provide services for Cleveland and other Cuyahoga communities unless they can find a way to reverse the flow.

Roundtable: Jay Miller, reporter, Crain’s Cleveland Business; Ed Esposito, News Director, WAKR,; Christopher Evans, editorial writer, The Plain Dealer.

Philanthropist Weighs In
Peter B. Lewis, billionaire owner of Progressive Insurance, gave a $5 million donation to the Cleveland Institute of Art. The money provides a big boost for C.I.A., which is expanding. The donation is also significant because it’s the largest Lewis grant in the last ten years. He told the Plain Dealer it’s an indication he’s satisfied with the course of progress in the University Circle area.

Taxing Times for Rock Hot Spots
Cleveland rock and roll venues will have to collect an admission tax from patrons. The tax will vary according to a club’s capacity. City Council approved a compromise yesterday that set the rate and lowered the top end from 8% to 4%. Left unanswered is how and whether to collect back taxes left unpaid for years. Clubs objected to the tax as a burden for themselves and their customers.

Easier Check
A chore most motorists detest is getting a little easier. The Environmental Protection Agency has opened 53 new E-Check locations in the seven-county northeast Ohio region. These have been added to the 23 stations already in existence. Most of the new locations have been folded into the local LubeStop chain. Some existing locations will have a self-serve function, allowing motorists to perform their own checks at any time of day.

An Unhappy All-Star
When the American League all-star team lost to the National League this week, Indians closer Chris Perez did not get into the game. But Perez has been the center of attention anyway. Twice recently he’s blasted local fans for being less than adoring supporters. The numbers back him. Cleveland’s attendance is dead last in the major leagues meaning, on average, the team plays before far bigger crowds on the road.


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