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DISTRESSED CITY AWAKENING?

April 18th, 2017

This is NOT another meaningless city election. In 2017 it can’t be. Cleveland is a Distressed City. It must change. Too many of its citizens are under extreme distress. One can feel it. Read it in the daily headlines. See it in the statistics of need. From lead poisoning, to gun downs, to infant mortality. […]

TIMES HAVE CHANGED BUT NOT FOR THE BETTER

April 10th, 2017

I was, but I shouldn’t have been, surprised to see Michael Nelson, leader of the local Cleveland NAACP, appearing before City Council today as a cheerleader for the newest huge subsidy for Dan Gilbert and the Cavs. The NAACP, I thought, was supposed to represent primarily those who have needs, not a white billionaire. A […]

THE USUAL GAME & PREDICTABLE SCORE

April 6th, 2017

It was like a bad dream. What was? The Ch. 20 viewing of some six hours of almost meaningless discussion of the city council’s give-away of millions of dollars to Dan Gilbert and his Quicken Arena gang. As if he needs it. I’ve seen this movie before. Too many times. Up close. This time it […]

IS THERE OPPORTUNITY IN SHRINKAGE?

April 2nd, 2017

Now that it has happened, we should do something about it. Yes, Cow Town Columbus and Franklin County has surpassed Big City Cleveland and shrinking Cuyahoga County (except in debt) in population. Rich Exner, the Plain Dealer‘s ace numbers man, revealed the figures that show Cuyahoga County once again LOST population, 5,673 individuals. (Everyone counts […]

NEIGHBORHOOD CHANGE IN CLEVELAND, 1900-80…

March 31st, 2017

Todd Michney reached out to me (and through Have Coffee Will Write, Cleveland’s treasure Roldo Bartimole) about his book: Surrogate Suburbs:Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900–1980 from the University of North Carolina Press. Michney wrote: Dear Jeff, I came across your blog in looking up Roldo Bartimole’s contact information; I wanted him […]

FISCAL RAPE OF CLEVELAND/COUNTY TAXPAYERS

March 26th, 2017

Between Progressive Field, First Energy Stadium and Quicken Arena, and the Republican National Convention at the Q, the city of Cleveland provided more than 100,000 hours of extra police protection downtown in 2016. To be exact, 100,767.75 hours of police time were expended downtown through the last pay period of 2016, according to the city […]

CLEVELAND’S PUBLIC SQUARE SQUABBLE REVEALS
THE INEPTNESS OF MAYOR FRANK JACKSON

March 13th, 2017

Am I crazy or is the situation with Public Square and Superior Avenue one of the most asinine and stupid planning decision—and for all the wrong reasons—city planners could make? Or should I say inexperienced and unqualified but chief planner—Mayor Frank Jackson—a man who has fallen in love with his vastly inadequate ability. I should […]

SHOWDOWN COMING ON PUBLIC SUBSIDIES

February 12th, 2017

For the first time in more than two decades two civic organizations are opposing an Establishment desire to seize more public dollars to subsidize a downtown development—the Quicken Arena. Citizens are actually challenging the political leadership and their corporate dictators, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, which represents high-powered business and legal elites. This is not apparently […]

MAYOR FRANK JACKSON CONTINUES TO ACT AS
CORPORATE STOOGE IN PUBLIC SQUARE DEBATE

February 10th, 2017

Why is the Plain Dealer handling Mayor Frank Jackson with velvet gloves? The mayor’s absurd stance on Public Square—that terrorism is a reason for keeping Superior Avenue closed, putting public transit in a hammerlock—is laughable. Where’s the cartoon for this sham? Jackson’s is a stubborn position without merit. It’s absurd and someone should say so. […]

JACKSON—FAILURE WHO OFFERS MORE OF SAME

February 1st, 2017

Mayor Frank Jackson has become too enamored of himself. He has been, at best, a mediocre mayor. At worse, he’s been a mayor too taken by his own mediocrity to recognize he’s been a failure where he was most needed to succeed. That’s the place he’s from—the most impoverished part of Cleveland’s inner city. Instead […]

HISTORY LESSONS FOR NEXT ELECTION

January 20th, 2017

Is Cleveland ready for a change election? Certainly, it is in dire need of a transformation in leadership in the mayor’s office and administration. We’ve had major change elections in the past when mayors and their administrations have shown cracks in ruling that could not be ignored. This is a comparable time, I’d say. Poor […]

SAN DIEGO CALLS BULLSHIT ON THE CHARGERS…

January 13th, 2017

I typically avoid the sports pages (one recent exception was following the news on Colin Kaepernick and Rodney Axson) but the news out of San Diego, California, where I lived for two years in the late ’70s, grabbed my attention with this headline from The Guardian: San Diego refused to be bullied by the NFL […]

DEATH BY POLITICIANS

January 10th, 2017

Photo used courtesy of Scene. He’s a nice guy. He’s earnest. He’s honest for a politician. He’s likely a good family man. He’s competent. He’s reliable. Don’t think he’d purposely do anyone a wrong. A stand-up guy. But he’s going to KILL someone. He’s a Republican Senator. Rob Portman. Of Ohio. He’ll vote with the […]

THE ODOR STENCH* OF CIVIC CORRUPTION

January 5th, 2017

Cui bono? It’s always been my question: Who benefits? Who pays? I long ago concluded the answer. The nauseating growth of inequality proves the question and answer appropriate. The trail of deception in Cleveland has been long and will get longer unless the public demands some accounting. Not likely. The problem is two-fold. One, we […]

HOW MUCH HARM CAN A STUBBORN JACKSON DO?

January 3rd, 2017

The Public Square debacle that now portends severe financial distress for public transit in Cleveland again underscore the damaging effect of an agenda set by the elite forces of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and foundation money sources. The $32 million Public Square project, which turned into a $50 million (as far as we know) deal, […]

BEING GAMED OVER AND OVER AGAIN

December 19th, 2016

Sometimes it pays to go back and take a historical look at the machinations of our civic and political leaders. Our gobbling cabal. We now are being asked to come up with some couple of hundred million dollars to doll up the Quicken Arena for multi-millionaire LeBron James to show us his incredible talent and […]

THE WHEELS SPIN—AND YOU PAY EVERY TIME

December 15th, 2016

Well, what a novelty. Who could have thought of it? The Cleveland Cavaliers will PAY rent for the arena that the team owner “rents” from Gateway. It will—these schemers of the latest theft of public assets—pay for half of a $282 million in renovations to the rental called Quicken Arena. And you, the public, likely […]

ROBBER BARONS DO WHAT THEY DO BEST—STEAL

December 14th, 2016

[Update at 1009—Roldo comments: This deal is worse than I thought. The PD this a.m. says the County will borrow the full $140 million with interest a cost of $244 million. JH] Our sports robber barons are at it again. On the loose. What phonies and what liars. Now they want another $70 million with […]

ROLDO CITED IN FINANCIAL STORY ON CAVALIERS…

December 9th, 2016

Sometime this morning ping backs began flowing in for Roldo’s piece on Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s desire for a new facility as tribute for winning a single championship as if a single win in 40-plus years was a momentous achievement. The first link to arrive came from Even when Cleveland sports teams win, the city […]

SAD STORY OF LOCAL SPORTS CORRUPTION

December 6th, 2016

Why do we offer significant welfare to an industry—sports—worth billions of dollars: NFL—$76 billion; NBA $54 billion; MLB $38 billion? That’s a lot of dollar value. Yet our revenue-struggling city/county pick up the tab. We get extorted in public. Three sports businesses are worth a total of $168 billion. And always growing. The NFL, best […]

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