Even in the Midst of an Historic Fed Investigation,
We Get The Same Old Broken Cleveland Politics,
This Time in Selection of Convention Center Site
The timing really couldn't be better. Less than two weeks after the feds sweep through Cleveland with media-friendly raids as part of a sprawling public corruption probe (about which we'll have more later) and the same week as Forbes Magazine lists Cleveland as among the fastest dying cities in America, the official word comes down yesterday that the panel charged with selecting the site for the proposed convention center and medical mart thinks it should be placed near Forest City's Tower City development. After months of pretending to take other sites seriously, it did what old Cleveland hands always knew it would do, given the power of Sam Miller & Co. over the proceedings. The PD account of all this was so credulous that it read like a quick rewrite from the GCP press releases, executed by a summer intern (again, no surprises). My friend Bill Callahan says it best here. The utterly broken dynamics in this tired old town make it very hard to be a mere skeptic rather than a hardened cynic. It also makes it hard for parents such as me to recommend that their kids think about staying here and building a career in this region. It may just be terminally broken. But enough about what I think. We want to hear your take.