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Great article. In defense of DWID: chain of strength was garbage. All hail FACE VALUE & RINGWORM.
Law school remains a major pathway for a career inside the political arena.
Caught himself one hell of a lucky break with that other Dan Ott taking the buckshot for him. This article was an excellent and entertaining read. Reminds me of some of the other articles about the Cleveland underworld, espicially the ones that chronicled the likes of Allie Calabrese, the snitch Anthony Delmonti, and other organized crime figures. Would be great if the Scene could produce more of these pieces.
--Krusty the Klown
Maybe Sarah Michelle Gellar can get work in this market, but not us average folks?
For the record, I live on Broadway in Downtown Lorain.
I see that a good number of the buildings are empty. But you know what else I see? Businesses moving in!
Places like Lifestyle Studio and Design (a custom silk screening shop). And businesses like Lollipop (a souvenir shop highlighting the Lorain Lighthouse).
Have you been to the events held at Palace Theatre. A group of 10 of some great friends all attended the 80's Prom held there and had the time of our lives!
@J to The A
When I grab a couple beers at Bascule Brewery, I won't get pulled over when I leave because I will be walking home - to the Duane building.
Also, when you've met the guy planning to put in another micro-brewery, a pizza place, and a rooftop patio - with his high energy and enthusiasm. He makes it seem like the only option is to succeed.
Lots of great things are happening in this area, but it's the people that will have to make a difference. Just focus on the positive and vote with your dollar in local business.
Justin 1, have you even road down Broadway in Lorain?
It is mostly empty buildings, some with window displays and nothing else.
And that micro brewer is not going in downtown, it is going in on Colorado Ave on the other side of the river on Kansas Ave, right at the end of the Henderson Bridge.
I live here and see it everyday, there is nothing here but booze and music parties down by the river in the summer and a movie theater that shows only junk and by the time you get out of the theater it is dark and people re afraid to walk to their cars!
Lorain ? Ohio city ? I think not lorain is a close minded area 15 yrs behind the times , " progressive minded" is definitely not one of the attributes attributed to city official or 90 percent of its inhabitants! It is an area tainted by the oppresive acts of law enforcement in order to try to instill order through fear while employing unsuccesful tactics from the 1980's zero tolerance era! Yeah come have a beer at the new lorain city micro brewery and get pulled over whenyou leave and treated like a heroin addict!!! NOT!
All the pain and heartache of Lorain's plight could have so easily been avoided. You can start with city hall back in the mid 90's who would not give any tax break to Ford for their paint shop. You can put most of the blame on the liberal Democrats for pushing NAFTA. That is where it all started to fall apart and continues today with Nations like China taking full advantage of "Uncle Sucker" aka the U. S. of A. Most politicians do not care one iota about you or me or the plight of cities like Lorain. It's all about the career and full retirement with free healthcare for life. Until the people start to wake up and see these career politicians for what they are you will continue to see cheap steel being dumped on the U.S and a whole lot of nothing being done about it in Washington.
What about the micro breweries and the art movement? What about the music studios and the retro shops? Why not highlight the amazing, fresh ideas taking place in this town?! Lorain is on the up and up. It has potential to be the next Ohio City. People just need to go out and help support the local, just-starting businesses. Lorain, we can do this!
-- "The Ghost of Tom Joad" --
I am in total agreement Joyce!! Well said!!
The article takes the side of this corrupt administration and nothing from the heavily taxed citizens who have been propping it up for years. The solution is not to again tax the citizens on top of the already highest taxes in the County but MAKE CUTS! Our tax base (US Steel, Republic Steel, Ford) is gone! The size of government can't be bigger and more bloated than the work force. The four top employers in our City are Mercy Health System, The Lorain School District, The City of Lorain and Walmart. Half of the top four are government. Something is wrong with this picture. Walmart doesn't provide a living wage and ups our entitlement programs and poverty by making their workers need assistance to afford to live. We need to reinvent our selves as a City and finally blow the Good Ole' Boy Network out of the water! It's time; we've had enough!
Great writing Eric Sandy !!
Lorain's pittfalls are do to greed and missappropriation of funds! The city is more hellbent on imposing fines on its citizens then making the community live harmoniously! Severe taxes on business and properties have insighted lots of companies to shut down or move and the people have shut down or moved . they created a climate where welfare is socially acceptable and have attracted those type of people from out of town! There are plenty of jobs in ohio to get lorainites working! But several years back the city shut down an idea to link the RTA rail system to lorain dye to fears it would bring crime to the city from cleveland! Haha! They also had an oppurtunity to build the casino in lorain ; it was shot down for the same reason! Now lorains crime is out of control and is ground zero for heroin insighted crime! Many of the good tax paying citizens have left Although some remain! But live in fear not only from the criminals but they feel if the raise a stink at city hall the city will send its dog force on them so they can impose a fine for revenue!!! Its all sad but true!!!!
I watched a pit attack a golden retriever this morning on my way into work. They couldn't pry them apart. It was awful and heartbreaking. I hope you never have to see anything like it. If I trusted dog owners to manage the aggressive nature of pits toward other dogs, I'd be fine with them in the community. But I don't. People seem to forget dogs are animals and prone to doing whatever it is they were bred to do. The nature of pits is to fight with other dogs. Sorry. You can't keep a sheepdog from herding or a retriever from going after birds in water. Why do you think you exist in some plane above nature where you can love the instinct out of your pup? I hope your dogs never do this, but I also hope you expect they will. Shame on you for failing your dog if you think otherwise and put them in a position to fail.
Remember a triple murder in Green, mother, father and young daughter. They were owners of a rent by the hour motel and we're immigrants from India - late 80s. Never heard anything after.
I grew up there. I remember the dump.
In response to a couple of comments, here it is September 2016 and something has benn done. There has been a Lot of money spent to contain and clean the site. Notice the roadway going down the one side? That is where they put in a retaining wall to stop the chemicals from leaching into the river. Some of the barrels have been removed, the site has been recapped. It is enough? No- too little too late in my opinion, but it is something, and is is a whole lot better than it was.
The corner of Gulf and Ford, nice little neighborhood, but I think the houses are too close together, and you have city services and don't have to worry about the toxins from the dump anymore than anyone else in the City.
And the comment about the flame from the wastewater plant - really? Did you ever check it out? It is the torch that burns off the excess (waste) methane, i.e. your farts, as part of the process. Some of the methane is used, they would like to use more, but that would cost a few million in investments to guarantee a better and more consistent supply and pressure, and there would probably still be a bit that would be flamed off. Do your homework before you get too panicky over nothing.
This was a very well written article.
Cleveland's radio stations in the late 60s and 1970s made my childhood happy! My favorite was WIXY-1260, but I also listened to a station that was called G-98, and I always thought the 'ethnic' station WZAK was cool. I tried to learn languages listening to it lol Of course, "the home of the Buzzard" was de riguer to listen to, and I also dug the soul music stations. I don't remember their call letters at the moments but there were two as I recall. Nowadays, terrestial radio in any city sucks! It's all about the internet nowadays.
February 22-28, 2017
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