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Monday, August 28, 2017

The Essential Q Deal Reading List

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 8:28 PM

click to enlarge Q Deal opposition on the steps of City Hall (5/22/17). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Q Deal opposition on the steps of City Hall (5/22/17).
Monday, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that they were canceling the Quicken Loans Arena renovation deal. In keeping with the way the region makes policy (i.e. so deferential toward real estate developers that it borders on bondage) it was the Cavs, not the public, who finally decided that the deal would be too much trouble. It was no longer "feasible," the Cavs said. The timeline no longer worked for them.

In response, elected leaders — County Executive Armond Budish, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, City Council President Kevin Kelley, Mayor Frank Jackson — have issued statements echoing the Cavs' disdain for the local groups that opposed the deal. The electeds are distraught. They are chilled. They are, above all, disappointed in the audacious citizenry. Both Jackson and Kelley called the cancellation of the deal a "tremendous loss."

"These outside groups – the major organizers against the plan –don’t have the best interests of Cleveland in mind," wrote Kelley, for example. "They will go back to Columbus, the suburbs and Washington D.C. having cost the city millions of dollars that would have gone to Cleveland neighborhoods."

Shortly after the Cavs' announcement Monday afternoon, Scene spoke with Roldo Bartimole, Cleveland's most enduring critic of pro sports subsidies.

"They'll be back," Bartimole advised, suggesting that the Cavs and the deal's architects are now merely biding their time, waiting until election season is over before they resurrect the deal.

(We'll be watching if and when they do.)

Scene has been skeptical of the Q deal, and the media narrative surrounding it, since it was first announced back in December. We've compiled some of our reporting on the subject here:

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