Please see http://www.realneo.us
While there are good people at CDCs - the structure of Council and fiefdoms created by distribution of CDBG funds and so many "opportunities" created for insider real estate deals and long range profiteering like the "Opportunity Corridor" - is killing us. We would be better served by council structure of cities like Cincinnati and Columbus - so that so much federal money did not end up in the hands of the MOB. Lily Miller has done extensive research on tax lien sales set up BEFORE subprime mortgage schemes - the two con artists behind the set up of the tax lien sale racket now run the county "Land Bank." It's killing us. See Washington Post story Left with Nothing.
"State-of-the-art" ? What does that mean ? It means someone makes money on this pushing this construction contract. Taxpayers and residents lose heritage and a building that is ART. I am so tired of public monies squandered on these so-called imperatives. Just as CMSD Bond Issue meant to provide warm, safe, dry schools was squandered on unprecedented contract steering spree. Sad. So sad.
Definitely some omissions, Johnny's on Fulton and more comprehensive understanding of very real music and nightlife in "forgotten" parts of east side--NEO cemeteries and waterways buried in tunnels but known to teenagers throughout the region. The book gives me hope because younger Clevelanders are not giving up on the region and selling out as old, useless carpetbagger generation--see Land Bank-- would have them follow suit. BUILD a pedestrian-bike bridge at Clark-Pershing and watch younger CLE take down the criminals.
The book is a must have for every CLE visitor and resident--book is available at Visible Voice. Pay particular notice to Justin Glanville's well-written and researched text--and his comments especially pertaining to race politics and demolitions.
Thank you for this article--since Plain Dealer won't touch it. Just the tip of the iceberg. Sadly, no where does Mike Polensek make an appearance. The "leadership" in this town is pathetic. They know deals have been made for countless folks under our previous treasurer Jim Rokakis and they don't want anyone to turn the flash light on them.
Or how about revisiting Frank Giglio's case--
Filed in federal court on 12/9/10, case number 2010cv02798, Frank Giglio vs Joe Cimperman, civil rights violation.
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