Suspicious demolitions TLCI and Gerrymandering

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 18:55.

Just a quick review of the Transportation for Liveable Initiatives Communities Plan for Pearl Rd. to be submitted tomorrow on the same day as the fate of Ward 15 is decided by Cleveland City Council, reveals more of the same old sh_t.

The suspicious demolition on Riverside becomes a gateway development for Brooklyn Centre and the suspicious demolition of the house behind Steel Valley Credit Union becomes the site for the long term development of the southwest corner of Denison and Pearl Rd. 

Who stands to benefit from these demolitions carried out by the Building and Housing department?  At this point, who cares??  No legitimate media outlet cares to pick up the story, so why should I bother to defend myself and my neighbors against these crimes tomorrow at City Hall?  And, let's just completely forget about the east side, because no one is paying ANY attention to the demolitions/land acquisitions going on there!

I am no Ed Hauser.  I don't have his indefatigable spirit.  I am going swimming tomorrow.  I can't take it anymore.


What do?

  Jimmy Dimora, Frank Russo, Patrick O'Malley, Kevin Kelley, Bill Mason, Tim Hagan, Deborah Sutherland, Jim Rokakis, Merle Gordon, Abe Bruckman, Sheryl Hoffman, Emily Lipovan, Joe Cimperman, Joe Santiago, Martin Sweeney, Anthony Brancatelli have in common...?

They would sell

 their soul for a buck?

complete sell outs

  That would be my answer, too...dead souls

Final Wards Map

This afternoon, Cleveland City Council posted a map of the proposed wards going into 2010. What's bad for Old Brooklyn and Brooklyn Centre is that they're still divided amongst three and two wards, respectively. South Hills would be clumped into a district with Slavic Village. And OBCDC's service area would still be dissected into four political districts, which could potentially spell serious trouble for the agency.


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Neighborhoods need neighbors

  What defines a neighborhood--a walkable place with a school, a church, a library, a park and a community center, where people know each other?  How many suburbs can boast a real neighborhood?  What of Frank Jackson's promise in his State of the City speech?

At Cleveland's core are its 36 neighborhoods. And I am investing in our neighborhoods through our citywide plan and a five-year $1.5 billion capital improvement program.

Cleveland can boost 36 neighborhoods, friendly places that will soon be literally demolished by the double tsunami of the Sweeney/GCP/NPI driven redistricting plan and the Diocese's church closing plan. 

Mayor Jackson, can you stop it?

Radio coverage

Brian, you will need to reach out to AM radio--hit the airwaves--dust off the guitar...find some soul out there and get the message out to take back our city...before our city is gone...


Neighborhoods need LIBRARIES

  Commentary from today's PD--


The taxpayers of Shaker Heights have consistently rejected attempts to merge with the county system. One of the reasons is because the county system does "centralized collection development" - that means that a librarian sitting in an admin building in Parma chooses what books each library is going to have, without much (if any) local input from librarians in the branches. People in Shaker *love* the time and devotion to collection development that the Shaker librarians put into their work. The Shaker librarians are excellent at picking books that suit their specific community. That is why Shaker does not join the county system, and if their taxpayers are OK with that, why should they be forced to join?

What *really* needs to get looked at, though, is getting the County system to join CLEVNET - the resource-sharing consortium of libraries that includes Cleveland Public, most of the independent libraries in CuyCo (including Shaker and East Cleveland), and libraries across something like 6 NEO counties. That way, a bigger pool of resources can be available to everyone in Cuyahoga county. You would be able to order a book from the main Cleveland Public Library downtown and have it sent to, say, Parma Heights, instead of having to use two entirely different systems.

The City of Cleveland should look into incorporating East Cleveland with Cleveland...which would significantly affect redistricting and federal funding.  OCR quoted above understands real REGIONALISM and if I knew who he/she could be....I might find a REAL leader in NEO.