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Sam - don't delete my comments, too. http://realneo.us/content/city-club#commen… Thank you for this analysis. Please continue the investigation dropped by Cleveland. com into Gus Frangos of the quasi-governmental "Land Bank," and his relationship with his former boss, former Treasurer Jim Rokakis. Budish did shut down tax liens but won't go so far as to expose this criminal Greektown mafia.
This redesign throws off the sight lines that would have made the vista dramatic looking down Ontario to the lake and Courthouse as terminus. I want to be enthusiastic - maybe it will create a new axis East and West, but I can't see how the energy of this plaza will direct people.
Rokakis and Frangos created the crisis - and their friends continue to make out on demolition contracts and shady "Land Bank" deals. Sickening.
This is so broken - when does it end...even Obama admin realizes these quasi-governmental agencies are huge mob-money pits...
Obama wanted to cut community development block grants, or CDBGs, as other presidents have wanted to do. The grants are handed out based on formulas for poverty and population, and Cleveland awaits its annual award eagerly. Cities use the grants to improve their neighborhoods physically and aesthetically -- and for museums, recreation centers and gentrification projects that include privately owned coffee shops andmicro-breweries. Supporters say these businesses create jobs and improve cities, while Obama, like President George W. Bush before him, has said the block grants need to be better targeted.
No offense to Mr. Veysey - but if the powers that be want him as Ward 3 council - I advise him to run like hell.
Ward 3 includes downtown and funds several CDCs with federal CDBG funds and NDA Neighborhood Development Allocations. As cities are driven to be more transparent and open- residents will finally start to examine these CDC slush Other-Peoples-Money funds known as CDBG funds. Ohio City and Tremont CDCs will be made to merge. Cimperman will expect Veysey to do his bidding with respect to funding LANDstudio.
Been there - http://realneo.us/content/how-cdcs-work-or…
Jeff Ramsey is the ultimate power broker right now with the Mega CDC Detroit Shoreway - that has to balance their efforts on behalf of developers by installing low-income housing in their service area that also includes Stockyards, Clark-Fulton, and Brooklyn Centre (part of old Brooklyn township). This huge area of merged services allows the rich to have their playground along the lake, while Ramsey shoves low income housing in other parts of their CDBG service area. The NEOMG refuses to write about Ramsey's bullsh#t along West 25th Pearl. The YMCA is a super shady deal in the works - Sam Allard - please call me.
RTA board needs to address declining state funding of public transit. Funds are available to keep fares and service at the existing level for this fiscal year. The big push has to be changing the equation at state level. State funding for transit has declined over the years from a one-time high of 45 million to current 7 million and this pattern does not poise Cleveland and/or Ohio for attracting millennials who prefer NOT to drive and it doesn't bode well for OH's aging population who CAN'T drive.
Thank you Dana Norris - CLE is definitely a great place for writers and storytellers. I have lived in Boston area, Ann Arbor, Syracuse and, even, briefly in London. As much as I carp about CLE (corruption) - your experience in Chicago (more corrupt) has more than likely prepared you for the crap factor here. I love that CLE has water - we need more access. We have great light shows- great sky, great clouds, great nature - and cultural assets galore. There is a trend world-wide for a car-free lifestyle. CLE has advantage over so many other cities in that we have a fairly legible transit system and the ability to get almost anywhere without a car. Keep telling our story! And, THANK YOU for moving here!!
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