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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Brains Behind The Opportunity Corridor Didn't Even Buy The Domain Name

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 11:44 AM

The oft-maligned Opportunity Corridor promises a reinvigorated sense of white privilege in town, planting a supposed cherry on top of the forced abandonment leveled against some of Cleveland's poorest neighborhoods. Opportunity!

It's an opportunity lots of wealthy people are really enjoying. But all that hand-wringing and mustache-twirling takes up so much time that they totally passed up a good opportunity to complement the propaganda on Cleveland.com with a slightly more transparent outfit. ...Like a website of their own.

Interesting illustration: Terry Egger, CEO of the Plain Dealer Publishing Co., has had his hands in the Opportunity Corridor for years. It's unsurprising, really, that both of those endeavors have fallen flat in the digital sphere. The Plain Dealer just can't get it right, and opportunitycorridor.com was left on the shelf from the project's inception.

Left on the shelf, that is, until an enterprising group of opponents got a hold of it and shed some much-needed light on the project.

Grassroots citizens group Clevelanders for Transportation Equity picked up the domain name and began publishing articles on the project's "progress." Here's a sampling of the group's views:

This $325 million project, we believe, is a poor use of Ohio’s increasingly precious transportation resources. It will displace families and entrench car dependency. We also have concerns about the equity implications of this project, which runs through four highly transit dependent populations and offers really nothing to improve transit service.

And a quick summation of what looms on the horizon:

We would like to see the project improved to provide some benefit to Cleveland’s large transit-dependent population, to provide some benefit for the condition of Cleveland’s existing roads, to avoid displacing families and businesses. Or we would like to see it stopped altogether.

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