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Mark Kindt
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Re: My Challenge To Lakewood

Postby Mark Kindt » Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:29 am

Another Example: LEED Certification

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most.

Here's a link:

https://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what- ... ings/leed/


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Re: My Challenge To Lakewood

Postby Mark Kindt » Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:33 am

Question for the Planning Department:

Will One Lakewood Place be required to meet LEED Certification?


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Re: My Challenge To Lakewood

Postby cmager » Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:21 am

Mark Kindt wrote:Question for the Planning Department: Will One Lakewood Place be required to meet LEED Certification?

Excellent question! The well-worn City of Lakewood approach would be to provide $Ms of public and foundation monies to the developer to underwrite, subsidize, and achieve LEED Certification, and then issue a press release.


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Re: My Challenge To Lakewood

Postby Richard Baker » Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:21 am

[quote="Mark Kindt"]Mr. Baker, as you can see, my posts are directed to Democrats and Democratic Party office-holders in an attempt to spark an affirmative agenda for the future based on the Green New Deal.

For those Republican Party members or those who identify as Independent and oppose an affirmative agenda like I suggest, I encourage you to organize and run for local office.

"Oh, no, we could never do that...it might reveal that our true agenda is simply anti-government."[/quote]

Mr. Kindt,

You can be assured I'm not a member of the Republican party, I'm a conservative independent with a libertarian propensity. I don’t require a party membership to determine who to vote for nor do I need the government’s welfare, security, or parental controls and intrusions on my privacy and liberty. Your question reminds me that there is an expression, “I've been there and done that”. I also ran on an independent party ticket for two terms, and I can tell you stories that you could write a book with.

My criticism is directed to Democrats only because they have managed this city and school district for decades. They have increased taxes and cost of services, duplicating social services, creating an empire with abundant city employees, and duplicated social services. The results; mediocre service and an embarrassing academic scorecard, considering the cost to the taxpayer. If you don’t question your city’s motives and demand accountability, you may wind up without a hospital.

The City of Lakewood becoming totally “Green New Deal” will only dependent on energy produced in someone else’s backyard. I’m also convinced that Democrat managed states like NY and CA, who won’t allow fracking for “environmental purposes,” yet they depend on cheap natural gas, are hypocrites of the worse kind.

I stand by my suggestion of incentives for insulating the older homes in the City of Lakewood. Its practical, achievable, and the reduction of wasted energy would be significant. However, fracking has afforded us cheap natural gas; however, the return on investment will not be quick.

On a final note, I’m curious why a Lakewood resident would stop and wait at a Lakewood service station for his/her vehicle to recharge for over an hour when the people that can afford electric cars will have recharging hookup at home.


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Re: My Challenge To Lakewood

Postby ryan costa » Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:24 am

Mark Kindt wrote:Another Example: LEED Certification

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most.

Here's a link:

https://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what- ... ings/leed/


This city is already developed. Those LEED humans might have some good ideas about not turning the sticks into more california style sprawl. That is why you should send them to Columbus Ohio 30 years ago.


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Re: My Challenge To Lakewood

Postby Mark Kindt » Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:53 pm

ryan costa wrote:
Mark Kindt wrote:Another Example: LEED Certification

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most.

Here's a link:

https://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what- ... ings/leed/


This city is already developed. Those LEED humans might have some good ideas about not turning the sticks into more california style sprawl. That is why you should send them to Columbus Ohio 30 years ago.


My point is that we could chose to make new buildings sustainable and energy efficient. LEED is one way to achieve this. There are other similar standard-setting organizations for these kinds of goals.

Plenty of major new construction is coming to Lakewood right now. Much of it will be subsidized with taxpayer dollars. Why not establish some sustainability standards for Lakewood?


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Re: My Challenge To Lakewood

Postby Dan Alaimo » Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:07 pm

Maybe they did. Maybe they didn't. It takes a big time commitment to attend all the city meetings or even watch all the videos. We need a reporter who will do it, and get behind the scenes and tell us what it means. For a while Jim had Brad doing the job. But then Brad met the Mike Bloomberg campaign and that will consume his time for quite a while. We need another solution probably involving a team.

We need answers and we - the LO community - need someone assigned to ask for them.


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"In government it's all about what you do...
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Re: My Challenge To Lakewood

Postby Mark Kindt » Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:56 am

All that I am suggesting is that elected Democrats pursue their own platforms that relate to sustainability and the Green New Deal. There is very little that is new here. But we won't have another 30 years to wait.

More growth is probably not the answer as Lakewood enters its new "transformational" era with open doors for major redevelopment projects across the city.

Eventually, perhaps not in my lifetime, we will ultimately be forced to get to grips with environmental sustainability.

I would like to "nudge" younger elected officials in that direction.

While we subsidize growth with taxpayer/ratepayer funds -- at the expense of basic healthcare -- other more pressing issues are neglected for want of interest.

I am no longer going to write on the topic of affordability. Like hospital-based healthcare, that has already been lost for the rest of us.


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Re: My Challenge To Lakewood

Postby Nadhal Eadeh » Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:28 am

I think it’s hard to aspire to a Green New Deal for most of Lakewood’s elected officials. Much of our conundrum with the Lakewood Democratic Party comes down to social class. Many of the viewpoints on this council are rooted in neoliberalism: a failed economic policy that brought Ohio and the country NAFTA, the 1994 Crime Bill, the repeal of Glass-Steagall, the Affordable Care Act and the decline of labor unions. Further, tax cuts for the wealthy has led to a massive shift to the top 1% of income.

Present State: when Lakewood democrats run for office, they are receiving contributions from fewer and fewer donors. Now why didn’t any Lakewood democrat have the stones to ask for a third party investigation of the closure of Lakewood hospital? It’s the same reason that Congress fails to take on the pharmaceutical companies. It’s of course the corrosive influence of money. It’s no secret that our elected officials on this council approved a plan to subsidize upscale housing on the backs of Lakewood residents. Hmmm maybe we should take that money and invest in parks, fixing sidewalks and roads, reinvesting in schools, etc?

How shortsighted are Lakewood democrats? Cuyahoga County is losing residents every year and retail is dying. Developers know this so they ask for subsidies, i.e. socialism for the rich. So Lakewood lost 1,500 jobs in the hottest market in northeast Ohio (healthcare) and we expect the folks on this council to change? I’m pessimistic.


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Re: My Challenge To Lakewood

Postby Mark Kindt » Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:37 pm

Richard Baker wrote:
Mark Kindt wrote:Mr. Baker, as you can see, my posts are directed to Democrats and Democratic Party office-holders in an attempt to spark an affirmative agenda for the future based on the Green New Deal.

For those Republican Party members or those who identify as Independent and oppose an affirmative agenda like I suggest, I encourage you to organize and run for local office.

"Oh, no, we could never do that...it might reveal that our true agenda is simply anti-government."


Mr. Kindt,

You can be assured I'm not a member of the Republican party, I'm a conservative independent with a libertarian propensity. I don’t require a party membership to determine who to vote for nor do I need the government’s welfare, security, or parental controls and intrusions on my privacy and liberty. Your question reminds me that there is an expression, “I've been there and done that”. I also ran on an independent party ticket for two terms, and I can tell you stories that you could write a book with.

My criticism is directed to Democrats only because they have managed this city and school district for decades. They have increased taxes and cost of services, duplicating social services, creating an empire with abundant city employees, and duplicated social services. The results; mediocre service and an embarrassing academic scorecard, considering the cost to the taxpayer. If you don’t question your city’s motives and demand accountability, you may wind up without a hospital.

The City of Lakewood becoming totally “Green New Deal” will only dependent on energy produced in someone else’s backyard. I’m also convinced that Democrat managed states like NY and CA, who won’t allow fracking for “environmental purposes,” yet they depend on cheap natural gas, are hypocrites of the worse kind.

I stand by my suggestion of incentives for insulating the older homes in the City of Lakewood. Its practical, achievable, and the reduction of wasted energy would be significant. However, fracking has afforded us cheap natural gas; however, the return on investment will not be quick.

On a final note, I’m curious why a Lakewood resident would stop and wait at a Lakewood service station for his/her vehicle to recharge for over an hour when the people that can afford electric cars will have recharging hookup at home.


Mr. Baker,

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Incentives for insulating older homes in Lakewood is an obvious candidate for sustainability. --I'd call that low-hanging fruit. As you say, both practical and achievable.

I'm not here to draft a program, my goal is to remind our elected officials that none of this is new and that it will eventually require programmatic solutions. Choices made today will affect outcomes in the future. All we can do is act locally here.

The pro-development choices that have been made locally come at considerable taxpayer expense in terms of public subsidies; have weak or no economic justification, and only exacerbate lack of affordability upon a community that has just lost the value ($70M) in hospital-based charity care and 1,600 jobs.

Market-based solutions designed by economists in the early part of this century--"cap and trade" --were never implemented nationally in the US. At the state level, Ohio just killed its renewable energy program at the behest of a bankrupt energy company and coal interests.

I am trying to remind younger politicians or those young and interested in politics that the affects of environmental degradation are real and that planning and implementation need to commence now, not later.
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Re: My Challenge To Lakewood

Postby Mark Kindt » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:49 pm

Adding 1000 New Cars In Lakewood

Between the 900-car parking garage planned for One Lakewood Place and parking needs for the other new developments, we can begin to see that these new developments will bring well over a 1,000 cars to the streets of Lakewood.

--Mostly on Detroit.

That's density for you.

So where are tenants with e-vehicles going to charge them?

Or are we planning a structural bias for gasoline-powered vehicles with our public subsidies?


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Re: My Challenge To Lakewood

Postby Stan Austin » Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:58 pm

Here's an alternative: Have a creative legal eagle file a lawsuit claiming civic insanity to vacate any contracts with questionable developers. Bring back Metro with a proposal. Reestablish the Circulator. Lets' get back to sanity.


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Re: My Challenge To Lakewood

Postby Mark Kindt » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:59 am

For 2020, we now have a new city administration and a (mostly) new city council in large part because the last 5 years for Lakewood have been a complete and total train wreck.



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