The Next Detroit? Ouch
The city of Cleveland has fewer than 500,000 residents. We have fewer than ten Fortune 500 companies. Cleveland was the sixth-largest city in 1950, and now we're not in the top 30. We always speak about "what was" in Cleveland.
Now Vornado and MMPI want to build in Cleveland , but all the media can do is look for faults ["Vornado's Path," July 13, 2011]. From The Plain Dealer's so-called architect critic Steve Litt to the other journalists in town without any business background, all want to criticize any business development in Cleveland, but none can provide any alternatives. We are becoming Detroit — once the fifth-largest city in the United States.
The former Cleveland Convention Center had less than 10 percent annual occupancy, but that was acceptable based on the Scene article. The former Convention Center created very low revenue for most downtown businesses, but status quo is acceptable to you.
Industry is dying, but sarcasm is alive and well. When you are writing for the Homeless Times due to lack of industry in Cleveland, remember your negative columns.
It is a shame that MetroHealth — a government charity hospital — has restricted the people it serves to certain local areas and charges fees to low-income patients, while at the same time "courting former Commissioner Tim Hagan to be a consultant at $90,000 a year"... and allowing John Carroll to "accept bribes and gifts as if he were a charity himself" ["Pulling the Plug," in Lake View, July 6, 2011].
It is also questionable that Metro hired a PR firm to explain to the public "its vast sums spent on consultants and salaries." If MetroHealth has financial troubles, as they claim, how can these corrupt actions be justified?