Sam Allard is a staff writer at Scene. He covers local news, movies, and the "Outside" beat. He's a graduate of the Medill School of…
@elvii: Thanks for reading and responding. The line you mentioned could've used some clarification for sure. The Chelsea apartments are located on W. 14th St. down near the 490 bridge. It's certainly in Tremont, but it's located outside the nucleus of bars and restaurants on Professor Avenue that probably represents the neighborhood's biggest "entertainment" draw. Additionally, it's not a new building, and though I haven't been inside, it was described to me (perhaps hyperbolically) as "dilapidated, outdated and unsafe." The millennials clamoring for urban rentals tend to want newer, higher-end apartments with modern design elements and amenities. The Chelsea just doesn't fit that bill. / The "doctors who can't sleep on mom's sofa" was a quote from Rick Foran in direct reference to doctors who'd signed leases but backed out due to the delays because their residencies were beginning at the Clinic or Metro. That certainly doesn't *directly* imply millennials, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were. At any rate, the millennial reference was later in the story, and the doctors shouldn't be interpreted as antecedents.
@W25Lofts: Thanks for reading, but I'd dispute that the headline is misleading. Only thing up for debate, I suppose, would be the interpretation of "some" (as in "Some Tenants.."). As for June 1 date, I was told by a lessee that she'd been told June 1 for move-in date and that the date was pushed back more than once. Presumably, others were told June 1 as well, or else why would doctors whose residencies began in July sign on in the first place? / "Shouting match" line was, once again, a direct quote from Foran, who I spoke with on the phone and by email. It didn't sound like disputes were particularly contentious, more that emotions may have been boiling over because delays were frustrating. As reported, Foran was incredibly apologetic and said that things are moving along as expeditiously as possible.
@MargyRussellJudd: Author here. I think the standard of absolute objectivity in (at least certain pieces of) journalism is a weird one. That's what I expect from an encyclopedia, not from a human reporter who has spent considerable time and research on a subject.
At any rate, I did my best to present the facts above. The reason why the quote unquote "other side's perspective" isn't represented is because they didn't respond to my questions. It's not like I didn't give them an opportunity.
My broader take: We should expect leaders to defend moves like this one, esp. when they involve public funds. I don't know why in this town, everyone rushes to defend the leaders before they even know what's up. The onus should be on the leaders to fully justify their decisions, and more so when they attempted to make them behind the scenes.
@Parklover: Zimmerman's compensation will never be confused with mediocre wages.
Also, for all you Metroparks lovers -- I count myself among you -- have you noticed that, increasingly, we have to pay a lot more for things? Both Zoo and Golf rates are rising in 2016. In at least one event, attendees had to pay for parking. Expensive beer is omnipresent. It bothers me that while we're paying more in levy form (and as executive salaries continue to rise) we're *ALSO* paying more for services and experiences that an expanded levy should have helped subsidize.
@Mr. Keith: Author here. Quite a lot of people seem to think that because the Metroparks have acquired new properties and expanded the areas in which they operate -- they're now in the restaurant business -- Brian Zimmerman is entitled to big pay raises as a reward for a job well done. I understand that line of thinking in principle, but I just disagree. He's done great work on a number of things (and awful work on others), but his salary is ballooning at an unprecedented rate. He's no longer even in the vicinity of other top public leaders in the region. (Mayor: $136K, County Executive: $175K). I'm not pretending to be unbiased. I happen to think this is a misuse of public funds. I don't expect everyone to share my frustrations, but as a reporter I feel entitled -- in fact I feel obligated -- to point stuff like this out. Modeling public organizations after corporate America has its costs. And greed is probably chief among them.
@mykneckhurtz: It was Highland, yes. (Changed in the text above). Transcription typo.
@TDRDA: Teri. That is a key distinction and I apologize. I will update accordingly. Please know that this wasn't an attempt to twist quotes or slant the truth in the service of an agenda. In fact, the essential aim of this article was to provide the committee a venue to air their position after we featured an interview with the mayor last week. Carl Harmon was very clear that this is not about Headen or Roche; it's about the future of Richmond Heights. The headline was meant to reflect that.
Wanted to go on record saying I'm incredibly high on Delly. He's an emotional presence with undeniable over/under numbers, and a better scorer than people give him credit for. Not sure there's a consistent spot for him in the rotation, but I love having him on our side. He's proven himself, for sure. I can't say enough about his work ethic and drive. Just wish that Grant might have anticipated that those qualities -- leadership, grit -- might not manifest themselves in our number one pick.
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