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.
I believe that education needs to continue on this subject. Most Ohioans view it as a negative thing when in reality it is no different than someone drinking. Look at the tax money that can be collected by the state. Colorado in 2016 collected $150.00 million, why are we so close minded in Ohio?
I do not smoke pot nor will I when it is legal but I do see the advantages to it. You have people suffering and using drugs that will harm them or even kill them. Let them smoke pot without being punished for it. Look at the opioid epidemic currently happening in every state right now. We are trying to come up with something to help them, why not let them smoke weed?
As a business person I can see great potential here. I personally would love to open a shop with a variety of different flavors for people to purchase legally. I think that offering candies, oils, wax, and marijuana would be very profitable. People are going to do it no matter what why not make a profit off of it.
I have worked in the medical field for 30 years and I am very surprised more physicians are not on board with this. We feed the pharmaceutical companies every day with income over drugs that potentially cause more harm than good over time. So why not get on board with something more natural?
In your article you state that there are only going to be 24 licenses distributed throughout Ohio, I honestly hope this gets distributed to rural communities as well. It is hard for people to travel an hour plus to a larger city to see providers and get prescriptions they cannot get at home.
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!
Is this Gary Coiro the same man now married to Tracey Tiernan?!
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
WCPN's Weekly Regional News Round Up host Rick Jackson briefly mentioned recent crime near the campus area as a possible reason for the alert notification concern from students and their family members.
* big knowing sigh....
I'd say, several hundred brave people made this all possible over 20-30 years perseverance. Amazing.
Now the cash is pouring in.
Smart people are now looking East.
And so the saga continues, and the Brooklynization of the Near West Side marches on like an army of steamrollers. Ohio City today, Gordon Square tomorrow...and who knows what else...and where else...in a month or a year.
Hingetown, we hardly knew ye. Stupid name anyway, Still Ohio City to most folks.
Make way for the rowdy late-night drinkers, and the hordes of well-heeled Millennial yupsters who will visit, and the young high-rolers who will reside there, stacked up on top of each other like cans of beans in a grocery display. Good-bye to the older, long-time has-beans.
If the affluent and beer-fueled corner of 29th and Detroit MUST have a label...I humbly suggest...Bingetown.
Chuckles the Clown
Can't help but notice that the two people who don't live here and aren't part of the longtime near west side community are also unwilling to post under their own names while disparaging the neighbhorhood. Brave stuff right there.
April 19-25, 2017
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