I live in Los Angeles now and see this "Opportunity Corridor" as something like the 105 Freeway, which goes from LAX to Norwalk--basically cutting through South LA and Watts, so the white folks dont ever need to see or smell poverty. These types of freeways dont bring opportunity, because not a one of those drivers will get off and spend their money on Buckeye or Woodland. They don't here in LA, it will be no different there. This freeway will actually make the blight worse, causing smog, dirt and noise, disrupting what precious little healthy neighborhoods still exist and generally making it even more unpleasant to live there. But who cares, these people have little voice in what goes on in government, right? We just want to make the wealthy west siders who want to work in University Circle happy.
BTW, I am a white social worker who works in South LA, so I know of what I speak.
The Browns are playing so bad, Lake Erie vomited up the Stadium to remind us that this was once a proud franchise.
And good riddance!
Come see Long Beach California to see what the Cleveland lakefront could be. Long Beach is part of the largest port in North America and big freight ships come in and out constantly. So it has that industrial purpose, just like Cleveland. The difference is, Long Beach planned a waterfront and built around it. Restaurants, the convention center, an aquarium, shopping, marinas and hotels, the Queen Mary--all combine to make a very nice visitor-friendly area. You can have drinks and dinner on the water at any number of places and then hang around for entertainment. Cleveland has never planned anything like that. There is nowhere to eat along the water (and the greasy spoon Captain Franks is no loss). The beaches are dirty and the airport takes up the rest of the space. C'mon, Cleveland, see how it is done in other cities!
Wishing him luck--God knows, anything different in the vast land of radio suckage would be welcome. He is right, nothing is local anymore and that alone should make people happy.
I grew up in a family that loves OSU (two of them even went there) but it never rubbed off on me. I went to Kent and bleed brown and orange. The 'rents moved to Columbus later on, so I have been to Columbus many times, and you know what? It is a boring town filled with boringness. Strip malls and Olive Gardens and Applebees and very little culture. Most of the restaurants are chains, unless they are in Short North, the only cool place in all of Columbus. It is White Bread Land. And all they have is Buckeye football. That, in a nutshell, is why Buckeye fans are so obnoxious. It is all about an inferiority complex. I live in Los Angeles now, and I can still say that Cleveland at least has some world class culture, with the Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square, excellent fine dining (does Columbus have a Michael Symon?) and three pro teams, even if they suck most of the time. Ever been to the Columbus Art Museum? It would fit in one wing of the Cleveland Museum of Art with room to spare. It irritates me to hear the OHIO chant or the stupid Sloopy song at Browns games. Keep your Buckeye crap in Columbus, this is Browns Town!
Take comfort, Cleveland. Even in the entertainment capital of the world (Los Angeles), radio sucks mightily. We have a bazillion salsa/ranchero stations, an old rock station (KLOS), a once-great-but-now-a-shadow-of-itself station like 'MMS (KROQ) and a boring moldy oldies station like WMJI (K-EARTH). And then Ryan Seacrest's station, KISS, which only 12 year olds listen to. And there is probably a slumber-inducing jazz station, too, but I don't know where it is and don't care. I count myself lucky to have experienced the glory days of Cleveland radio in the 70s and 80s. WMMS and M105 had the best jocks and the best music--we will never see that again on terrestrial radio. Thank God for the internet.
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