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LPA- School for Thought or Container Port that is the Question!

I admit it I am biased when it comes to the Lorain Port AuthorityI like the LPA!
Many years ago when I saw the big “Question Mark” sign go up on the weedy trash filled area that ran along the railway tracks and the Black River I was very curious what the answer would be.

It seems that we have enjoyed the answer to that “Question” for so many years now that maybe we have forgotten what it used to be like. So once again I will reprise part of an article written on the now non available WoM Blog back in 2005.
In fact I have written about the Port any number of times you can access Lorain Port Authority articles here
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/category/lorain-port-authority/
I would suggest a refresher course of the history of the LPA by visiting their website (history)
http://www.lorainportauthority.com/history.shtml

Photo Paula Tobias

The Lorain Port Authority is not just about shuttle boats and the Jet Express- positive as they are in drawing people to this community – take a look at the last twenty years on that page- I think you will be suprised – and check out the projects page
http://www.lorainportauthority.com/projects.shtml

It was due to the diligence of some of the LPA Board members that part of the land now open to so much debate was saved from being tied up in legal options by the Shawnee Tribe and the last administration and city council ( all but Anne Molnar)) supported that proposal which would have tied us up for years . Even the then incoming candidates got on the “Shawnee Bandwagon”
Candidates rush to fill Lorain seat

Snodgrass also said he supports the Eastern Shawnee Tribe’s proposed $100 million casino-resort on the former pellet terminal site and Black River Landing and said the city should help market the Lorain Assembly Plant site and focus on repairing the roads.

http://www.cityoflorain.org/pdf/LorainHarborResort.pdf

A picture is worth a thousand words!

Lorain Harbour 1894

Today
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BLACK RIVER LANDING- BEFORE

BLACK RIVER LANDING -AFTER

LAKESIDE LANDING -BEFORE

LAKESIDE LANDING -AFTER

RIVERSIDE MARINA- BEFORE

RIVERSIDE MARINA- AFTER

SPITZER MARINA -BEFORE

SPITZER MARINA -AFTER

and more to come …the jet express!!!!! Check out the link
http://www.lorainportauthority.com/projects.shtml
photos courtesy of the LPA

In this time of toing and froing and questions being asked answers should come from a position of foresight but also bearing in mind the “hindsight” and what is feasible not just “visions”. BUT what can be realistically accomplished, Visions are all very well if the smoke of polarization doesn’t blind us in the process to those that have brought into fruition many of the projects we so enjoy today .


Photo -Photo credit: Captain Albert E. Theberge, NOAA Corps (ret.)

Since containers are cheaper to fabricate new than to ship back for refilling, they are generally used once and discarded


I checked out the Houston Container Port when I was in Texas last year, security comes pretty expensive but you might also want to check out this article by Andrew Boyd.
http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2458.htm
However maybe we could go green and put the unused shipping containers ( and there will be some ) to better use
A CONTAINER SCHOOL MAYBE????

“Shipping containers have been used for housing in several European cities over the last several years and now Detroit-based architect Steven Flum has proposed using used shipping containers for a 17-unit, 4-container-high residential development near a local university. The project is expected to cost 25% less than an equivalent traditional development. Since containers are cheaper to fabricate new than to ship back for refilling, they are generally used once and discarded, which creates an environmental concern in hub cities around the world

. Image courtesy of “The Power of Green Housing “

Hey I am just thinking ahead 🙂

I would suggest we look at all sides of the “question” before coming up with the answers – we are going to have to “live” with those decisions , no matter whose vision gets the “site” for a long time. Those whom are elected to speak for us need to more than “surface dwellers” like the rest of us when it comes to making “our ” decisions.

Cra(p)s anyone???????? 😉

April 5, 2010 at 11:03 pm 7 comments


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