When news surfaced that the venerable, dead Oakwood Country Club would be repurposed for retail space, critics were quick to lather on the outrage.
One particularly vocal group pushed for the old golf course to be turned into 154 acres of parkland, which is an eco-friendly way of saying a golf course that pays no taxes. The only problem? The Cleveland Metroparks tends not to snap up genetically engineered pesticide repositories conveniently located next to the highway.
Meanwhile, South Euclid officials are not hiding their glee at the prospect of finally taking a chunk out of their East Side neighbors’ coffers.
“The region may have too much retail, but our city has zip, none,” says Jane Goodman, the South Euclid councilwoman whose ward includes the part of Oakwood that sits in her city.
“It’s easy for everybody around us to say there’s too much, because they are reaping the benefits. They are sucking all of our residents’ money out of our city. On my worst, most frustrated days, I will say it’s our turn. Everybody talks about regionalism, but nobody wants to share with us.”
Translation: Suck it, Beachwood.