Ohio.com - New address for Howe House?

Ohio.com - New address for Howe House?

There are 25 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Oct 14, 2007, titled Ohio.com - New address for Howe House?. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

That historic blue darling at East Exchange and South High streets in downtown Akron is about to get its much-needed makeover.

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reaching out

Lorain, OH

#1 Oct 15, 2007
you have been talking about this for 10 years
Claire

Erie, PA

#2 Oct 15, 2007
I think they should leave it there and develop around or make it a cafe and coffee shop cornerstone of a new development. Maybe they can build condos next to the federal building since they can't put a parking lot there. Does anyone actually live in the new condos by Luigi's?
John C

Ravenna, OH

#3 Oct 15, 2007
Can't wait for the article titled "New address for the Mayflower."
kraus r m

United States

#4 Oct 15, 2007
To hell with history, nostalgia, monuments and all that kind of stuff. Tear the damned thing down, put up a couple of storerooms, which will likely remain empty. That's progress. That's Akron.
Old Man Grump

Canton, OH

#5 Oct 15, 2007
Why waste anymore taxpayer money? Tear it down and move on.
Ignorance Spotter

Columbus, OH

#6 Oct 15, 2007
The Howe House should be relocated adjacent to the canal and towpath where it would serve better as a visitor center.
Class of 68

United States

#7 Oct 15, 2007
Moving the Howe House makes sense. Adding a housing and retail development there does not.

The "upscale urban condo lifestyle" makes sense in big cities where the downtown commute takes a long time and traffic congestion in the central city is awful. That isn't Akron.
Ghost of Richard Howe

Richfield, OH

#8 Oct 15, 2007
Mayor Plusquellic. You need to move. Out of politics in Akron. ~
AKdave

Alto, NM

#9 Oct 15, 2007
I drove by there the other day and it really looks misplaced. Its definitely about time to have moved an old canal building away from part of the downtown core. There's plenty of space closer to the canal perhaps around Lock 3. Move it already.
Two words

Tulsa, OK

#10 Oct 15, 2007
Kevin Davis. (the mayor's old law partner an the individual who will reap millions from this)
Village Green

Mansfield, OH

#11 Oct 15, 2007
Notice how no plans for building in this city are addressing the need to make Akron a greener and healthier place to live. Downtown housing makes a lot of sense, as gas-burning vehicles driving lots of miles is not good for the planet or our lungs.

The mayor has proposed a "greenprint" for Akron, but none of the new housing is being made with sustainable, non-toxic materials. Energy efficiency is not being built into the designs. There are no plans for solar powered housing developments, no windmills or geothermal schemes. Who could best benefit from green and energy efficient housing? Our poorest citizens who currently live in asbestos and lead ridden housing stock and who have the most difficulty paying high heating costs.

The best responses to global warming are taking place city by city. Come on Akron -- get it together!

Since: Mar 07

Tulsa, OK

#12 Oct 15, 2007
John C wrote:
Can't wait for the article titled "New address for the Mayflower."
((chucklin')) My thoughts exactly, but more in the way as the new place to be an additional overflow for the denizens of the Mayflower, jes' like the new Lofts to the north will be.

Mebbe they can have an all meat/no veggie restaurant there to offset the vegan one to the north.
Well Preserved

Akron, OH

#15 Oct 15, 2007
Moving the house could make it ineligible for certain federal grants and tax credits for restoration. Leave it be!
bobbi

Richfield, OH

#16 Oct 15, 2007
plenty of spots for housing and retail already in the downtow. problem is, all businesses that move in move out.

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#17 Oct 15, 2007
HELP US RAISE AWARENESS
ABOUT THE INEQUALITIES THAT EXIST; WITH JUDGE LINDA TEODOSIO AND HER ADMINISTRATION AT THE SUMMIT COUNTY JUVENILE COURT!!!

Impeach Judge Linda Teodosio AND HER ADMINISTRATION

www.myspace.com/impeechjudgeteodosio

INEQUALITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

* Racial Discrimination and Intimidation
* Sexual Harassment and Intimidation
*Retaliation


Akron is dead

Canton, OH

#18 Oct 15, 2007
Ghost of Richard Howe wrote:
Mayor Plusquellic. You need to move. Out of politics in Akron.~
You are soo right!
Akron is dead

Canton, OH

#21 Oct 15, 2007
Village Green wrote:
Notice how no plans for building in this city are addressing the need to make Akron a greener and healthier place to live. Downtown housing makes a lot of sense, as gas-burning vehicles driving lots of miles is not good for the planet or our lungs.
The mayor has proposed a "green-print" for Akron, but none of the new housing is being made with sustainable, non-toxic materials. Energy efficiency is not being built into the designs. There are no plans for solar powered housing developments, no windmills or geothermal schemes. Who could best benefit from green and energy efficient housing? Our poorest citizens who currently live in asbestos and lead ridden housing stock and who have the most difficulty paying high heating costs.
The best responses to global warming are taking place city by city. Come on Akron -- get it together!
The mayors so called "green print" is going to work unless the "green" is money for his special interest friends. And the Green Print falls way short of the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement he signed anyway, but that's what he does. Signs legally binding contracts, then walks away from them as soon as the camera is turned off. That's why he hate the Fountain St. people and the Highland Square people. Because they call him on it.

Sorry, I'll get back on topic. The mayor is doing very little to green our city. Which is a shame because we have an opportunity to make a great impact on our green house emissions. Instead of tearing down all the old schools, we should be restoring them. Restoration saves natural resources, the unnecessary burning of fossil fuels, and demolition and construction waste from the land fills. Restoration last longer and provides more jobs, which means more money would be pumped back into the community. Why is the mayor so insistent on building parking decks and widening the streets instead of improving public transportation, and putting bike lanes in. It's healthier and allows more people with out cars equal access to services that they are not getting to now. I could go on about the environment, but I want to say something about our history. Moving buildings is wasteful and it distorts our connection to our past. The suggestion of restoring the Howe building as a coffee house is a great idea, so would a great lunch place, even a late night up scale diner for the Beacon employees.

What ever happens to the building and any other historic landmarks, the city should promote local, small businesses to operate out of the structures. With help like that, Akron could be the city it should be, not some over taxed Montrose wanna-be.
No Name

United States

#22 Oct 16, 2007
I'm all for development, but why can't you leave history alone!! Build around it.. they have in other states.
goober

United States

#23 Oct 16, 2007
sounds more like another money making scheme for the mayor and his buddies. when north-side lofts are sold out and people want more downtown housing i will believe it. oh wait, isn't our mayor tearing up the inner belt for housing??? opps, guess everyone forgot about that scheme.
Spirit of Reagan

Redwood City, CA

#25 Oct 16, 2007
This building looks like a dump. I'm not sure what historic value it has but if people want to save it they should step up to the plate and do something to save it.

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