Please see http://www.realneo.us
Cummins has been a puppet since the first redistricting of his ward - he works for the CleCabal. All of the west side representatives - McCormack aka Joe Cimperman , Zone aka Lee Fisher, Kelley aka Martin Sweeney especially hold the keys to the Cleveland Leadership Fund created by Forest City under Mike White. Basically, it is a PAC that guarantees they can hold on to their seats. Tony Brancatelli aka Jim Rokakis is also supported by this PAC - as he is the president of the "Land Bank." The Land Bank takes properties and wites out outstanding tax liens - priming real estate for distribution through the CDCs which are controlled by these council reps. Cummins is especially despicable for what he primed in Old Brooklyn http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ss…
Oh - it gets even more surreal - the Zoo is the number one tourist destination in NEO - but Bobbi Reichtell runs the Campus District and the powers that be think they can construct more Marous style -cardboard condos around CSU - so given that Bobbi and her husband live in Detroit Shoreway - the uber CLE neighborhood for the moment - they need to move the homeless somewhere- and make $2M in developers fees for their home CDC Detroit Shoreway, hence the proposal for PSH on Big Creek bluff overlooking the zoo. Oh, and the Metroparks Chief Planner is related to Mark McDermott, too. It's all so glorious and dark.
Why Sam Allard - are you deleting my comment regarding mega CDC Detroit Shoreway?
Sam - thank you for this coverage and for not deleting the comment by Mr. Puri. I trust you will also not delete my comment and link to further comment http://realneo.us/content/fantasyland
And, PLEASE - your adulation of Cummins is grossly misplaced. Cummins is a shady, no-good liar. He has destroyed community in his ward and will (Please dear GOD) be replaced in 2017, by someone who actually will be responsive to residents. There is a super-secret RTA plan for the West 25th St. corridor that only folks at Neighborhood Progress know about the details. Cummins is a buffoon making every effort to get political support from the folks who will benefit from this future plan.
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.
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