He took the idea of an entrepreneurial spirit to the extreme.
Looks like a high-end housing project.
That Sandra Williams - the State Senator from First Energy - signed on is no surprise. One thing we should carefully watch is how much does it cost to buy organizations and politicians in Cleveland. We know you can buy the NAACP for $25k. A hint on how much it costs to buy a councilman like Brian is that according to one of my sources, $75k to fix up some parks in his ward, suddenly materialized out of thin air. Maybe our council reps should be tatooed with bar codes on their foreheads. Meanwhile, Dan Gilbert is going into surgery next week for a carpal tunnel operation. Too much signing of checks.
What a deal. Dan will give the city a pittance for millions. Wow! The silly council members and the mush mouth mayor accepted it hook line and sinker. By the way, S. Williams and Fudges claim this to be a community asset. Really. Lets take a deeper dive within their respective districts. Fudge has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state and the country. She has one of the highest homicide rates in the country. The schools within her district inclusive of Warrensville Hts, CMSD, East Cleveland, Euclid, etc are all at the bottom of the performance list with a grade of D or F.
Ms. Williams aka Ms. Invisible shifting addresses, has contributed nothing while seated in Ohio Senate. Take a look at the areas she represents. Its a known fact that when you call her office the only response that you receive is a big empty nothing.
Everyone supporting this corporate rip off touts jobs. The construction jobs within this effort are temporary. The jobs within the Q are part-time often paying an average of $10/per hour. Here's the catch, no one supporting the funding and shouting from the Q roof top ever presents the factual data.
The bait and switch or better yet the shell game presented by Dan is sad. We will do the floors in all the city rec centers. We will assure that the revenue from ticket sales never dips below a certain level and if it does we will pay the difference. Did Dan a gang ensure that they will no increase ticket prices to protect their backsides? Nope. Did Dan a gang state that we will be replacing the floors and provide maintenance? Nope.
For those concerned citizens that are keeping a score card, we have just been ripped off and sold down the river by a collection of elected fools.
This is the most horrific story I've ever read. They ought to just lock him up and throw away the key. He should never see the light of day again.
A complete disgrace by a city council and mayor who represent, not the citizens of Cleveland, but the few most wealthy corporate owners. Brian Cummins disgraced himself by changing his vote.
But the real dishonor and shame is shared by all the Cleveland and County Council members who voted for this civic theft, and that includes County Executive Armond Budish and Mayor Frank Jackson.
Do you think the voters who helped pass the latest (20-year) extension of the sin tax ($260 million) are happy that not a penny of it will be spent for this latest money grab. Those who represent the public have opened a new source of revenue to the sports owners. They won't touch yet the millions of dollars being taken for the sin tax.
Finally, this arena deal is being sold as an improvement project. It is not an improvement project. It is an expansion, property tax free, that competes with other downtown businesses, some which actually do pay taxes.
This a pure welfare to one of our welfare kings - Dan Gilbert, a mortgage loan billionaire.
I was hoping the announcement was going to be that Gilbert was going take his pathological lying 3-feet-tall frame and scurry like a Napoleonic carpetbagging rodent out of Cleveland forever.
Gotta love the smoke and mirrors. Dan could have unveiled a plan to refurbish city rec basketball floors a number of years ago and the watch parties admission donation is nothing new. And if a check has to be cut to the city in the admissions tax proposal......the staff that books non-Cavs events should pick up the tab -- since it would be inexcusable; an epic failure spurred by utter incompetence and bizarre laziness (which Dan would never allow).
The sweeteners are amusing. A plan to refurbish basketball floors in city rec centers should have been unveiled years ago. Donating admissions from The Q playoff watch parties to a charity is nothing new. Pledging that the portion of admission tax that's earmarked for the city's general fund will never fall below the portion directed toward debt service on the upgrades - the team will cover the difference, if necessary - sounds absolutely spiffy......but is a moot point, unless The Q cannot schedule events outside the Cavs. If that happens, the building has suddenly become a massive failure of historical proportions.
I thought this was absolutely positively the best deal possible.
If it wasn't, why did these people insist for so long on ramrodding it through without delay?
Isnt it a little late in the game to announce a change? Seems to me they need to scrap the deal and propose new legislation. But who knows.
The show continues to be pop culture gold.
You guys are so right. I mean, I can't believe a location has become desirable and someone wants to invest money in it to develop what's currently a vacant piece of land with abandoned buildings on it. What a heartless jerk that developer is. Doesn't he know that two or three streets away there are some houses? Doesn't he know that once you build something and create a "neighborhood", it should never change? I don't care if they were built 100+ years ago or not. Or if there is literally a 6 lane freeway right across the street. If dude isn't building 1200SF single family homes, GTFO! And while we're on the topic, someone find those Irish immigrant bastards who moved out after the depression. I don't remember saying they could leave and let the gentrified steel workers move in.
Seriously now, where can we develop if not here? Apparently close-downtown communities are off limits because now we're gentrifying them. But isn't pushing folks to the suburbs supposedly bad as well? Urban sprawl AMIRITE!? So I guess downtown it is....but don't tear down any old buildings, even if they're about to fall down on their own (Stanley Block Building). It's not like this proposal is to bulldoze a residential block and put in a sewage treatment plant. It's a residential building with some commercial on a busy main thoroughfare to the west side. It pretty much aligns with what I see along Detroit right now, except it's going to be new instead of old.
All that being said, in the spirit of unity I think we can agree on at least one thing: "Hingetown" is a stupid name and should never be repeated.
Simon should be put before a judge, fined several 100 thousand dollars, have his restaurants closed and be barred by the judge from discussing anything about his case! (In the same manner that our government treated the couple who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple!). Put that on your grill and smoke it!
A former fan of Michael Simon
I guess we need to shut everything down and move back into tepees, caves and tents.
Look what inner city youth had done to Cleveland and Chicago and Detroit. Let's clean up that mess first.
So the Rover pipeline caused a mess? Sounds a lot like that other Rover, the mess on morning drive-time radio. He pollutes the airwaves every weekday. And what the hell is drilling fluid, anyway? Two million gallons? The mind boggles.
Who is bentonite named for? Thomas Hart Benton? Barbi Benton? Inquiring minds wanna know!
Sounds like business as usual in North Missitucky...another day, another dollar.
Chuckles the Clown
Socialism for the filthy rich is the American Way!
Yeah. to East Cleveland., as University Circle's gentrification wave will break in that direction, and the smart money will get on their smartphones and pick up a whole block for a song. Smart!
Hell, maybe they'll only need to hum a few bars.
The artsy-fartsy crowd got pushed out of Tremont. Then Ohio City. And finally Gordon Square.
Next stop...North Collinwood? That will go the way of the other places, too. They all do.
It's the way of the world. Happens everywhere.
Chuckles the Clown
if it's not broke, why fix it ? You had a hell of a run Norm-Thank you
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April 19-25, 2017
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