I liked the first paragraph, especially the "skill negating gadgetry" but later in paragraph four I had to read about MSFF clearing out Beaver Lake to make it easier for fly fishing. Someone has cleared out all the cover on all the lakes. I'm an avid fly fisherman and have fished most of the lakes in the area. Brush and other forms of cover along the shores have been an important part of my success and I love the added challenge. Most fly fishers claim to be naturalist and the removal of the cover is anything but... Fly fishers are still notorious for "insular society of obsessives turning down their noses at any other form of fishing" - Also, much like the guys in the big flashy boats, fly fishers have there own need to be flashy and not afraid to flaunt it.
Fly fishing has always been an affordable sport. Most fly-fishermen get caught up in the hype and spend way to much on gear. Fifteen years ago, I was spending more on good spinning tackle and equipment. The same is true today.
I would love to discuss my ideas on how MSFF can become better informed about all types of angling. I feel it is necessary to understand how fisheries are actually managed for all types of anglers and there should be equal respect for each. This is something that will be extremely difficult for most fly fishers to accept and understand.
Demolition worth considering? Sure, I would love to see another auto parts store on Cleveland. I think were up to four now. Maybe another strip mall with a check cashing place. Tear it down and put up a state of the art modern office complex with shopping centers... you don't see enough of those do you? There are miles of them in every city. Who is John Branston???
I love this building. I live about 200 yards from the entrance. I do believe that most people see the building's potential. Those who see the potential can see pass the broken windows. We see the structure refurbished. I also enjoy it the way it is. We see a beautiful structure and understand it's allure. The crosstown location is prime for the always developing downtown area with the biomedical community, attractions and growing residential areas of young professionals. Also, midtown has remained strong through tough economic times. We now have a Greenline and bike lanes. The greenline starts at Sears Tower and can be continued further towards downtown.
Restore it and see what happens. If they do, I actually have a few concerns with traffic in our neighborhood. This is something that can be resolved and saving this building is priceless.
By the way, the outlet store was open for business in the early nineties.
By Louis Goggans
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