It's all about the the scale, dammit. A Chicago-style apartment building? At least a dozen teensy units (at maybe $1500 a month each) units per floor? No BFD...but why should the greedheads stop at a mere eleven stories and 163 units? Why not 22 stories and 326 units? Or 44 stories and 652 units? Or 88 stories and 1304 units?
Who cares about the parking for such a monstrosity? Millennials don't want to drive or own cars anymore. doncha know. They're doing it in Brooklyn (erecting massive1,000-unit towers), and all the slick magazines say Cleveland is the next Brooklyn, so why the hell not?
On a (rare) clear day, they could see forever...or at least to Sandusky.
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The need for a more progressive drug law strategy has never been more apparent
This is a good illustration of the argument I have heard in favor of at-large reps, in those cities which have them.
i.e., at least some of council is then independent from "we'll hold your ward services hostage" threats.
Let's be completely honest: it's a re-election year for Cummins. His terrible (and mathematically bogus) explanations for joining forces with the other 11 ring hollow. He needs campaign contributions and he doesn't need a vindictive backlash by making political enemies. He sold out. Again. Just like he sold out when he voted last year to increase the cap for campaign contributions to council members. Only three council members voted against it. Cummins wasn't one of those three. The same shady game he's been operating for the last several years. What happened to this guy?
"Abomination" doesn't begin to describe that pile of human refuse...
Another of many sad and pathetic days in Cleveland. This arrangement was not developed in public. The so called sunshine was done in the dark, which means there is a stench in the deal. Shame on all the silent sitting council reps. By the way, does T. Pruitt have a voice or is he truly a mute or puppet for Kelly and Frank. Yo Pruitt, grow a set and start performing like a real man.
The run rate and return on investment truly benefits Gilbert.
Thanks again mush mouth Frank. You screwed us again.
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Cummins has solidified his "new" membership in the Democratic Party......and the council president will make sure that he has the financial resources necessary to overwhelm the trio of quality opponents. It is now up to ward voters to send this bum packing.
Followup: I guess the target audience is 5 y.o. and under, and as I'm looking at public square out my office window right now I can firmly say: direct hit. It's packed down there, and more are walking that way.
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.
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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?
April 26- 2, 2017
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