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Cleveland: Steelyard Commons impact on neighborhood retail

Monday, November 27th, 2006

So… Dave’s will probably have to close a couple of (union) stores… But maybe we’ll get a couple more (non-union, low-pay) Aldi’s or Sav-Mors (like the one that replaced the Tops on Clark), and maybe the Bi-Rites can convert themselves into convenience stores. Actual clothing stores like Fashion Cents and TNT will suffer, but don’t worry, we can still sell gangsta gear out of storefronts.

Free speech on the Towpath Trail?

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

(Cross-posted from Cleveland Diary) The Brooklyn Sun Journal reported Thursday that “Tax Increment Financing” legislation, which steers Steelyard Commons property tax revenue to help pay for extension of the Towpath Trail from Harvard Avenue to Settlers Landing, is about to be passed by Cleveland City Council. Ward 13 Councilman Joe Cimperman, who took most of […]

Congressional hearing on Wal-Mart business practices this Monday in Cleveland

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Members of Congress led by Rep. Sherrod Brown will hold a field hearing at Cleveland State this Monday on “the consequences of the Wal-Mart business model for American workers, small businesses and communities”. The time and place:Monday, September 19, 2005 10 to 11:30 a.m. CSU Cleveland Marshall Law School 1801 Euclid Ave. (corner of 18th […]

Free Speech & High Road Retail

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

If you’re a visitor to my blog, Brewed Fresh Daily or democracy guy, you’re probably aware of “Meet The Bloggers” — the series of podcast interviews we’ve been doing with Cleveland mayoral candidates. We’ve done three interviews so far, and each of the candidates (Triozzi, Draper and Patmon) has strongly criticized the Steelyard Commons project […]

Abandoning neighborhood retail strips

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

(Cross-posted from Cleveland Diary) One of the many undiscussed issues surrounding the Steelyard Commons project is the shift it signals in City Hall’s neighborhood commercial development policy. In hitching its policy to a megabox “power center” featuring a Wal-Mart SuperCenter, the Campbell Administration is abandoning a twenty-year strategic commitment to neighborhood retail strips — nodes […]

Pensacola paper pays the price for criticizing Wal-Mart

Monday, July 25th, 2005

Today’s Poynter Online has the story and links. The retail giant will no longer sell the News Journal because of a piece by Mark O’Brien. “Mark’s column really wasn’t about Mr. Walton’s store, but about Pensacola and how we’re becoming a Wal-Mart kind of town, ‘cheap and comfy on the surface, lots of unhappiness and […]

Another Wal-Mart Candidate for mayor

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

(Cross-posted from Cleveland Diary) Michael Nelson, the president of the local chapter of 100 Black Men who just declared his candidacy for mayor, was last seen in the media holding a rally at the Steelyard Commons site to lament the City’s momentary “loss” of Wal-Mart. Here’s the PD article from March 31 (library card required):Late […]

Who is the Northeast Ohio Development Fund and why are they in charge of $47 million in Port Authority subsidies?

Friday, June 24th, 2005

(Cross-posted from Cleveland Diary) So yesterday I called the Port of Cleveland and asked to speak to someone about the $32 million in Federal “New Markets Tax Credit” financing that’s reportedly planned for Steelyard Commons. Specifically, I wanted to know whether the Port Authority Board, a public body appointed by the City and County, had […]

$32 million down the PD memory hole

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

(Cross-posted from Cleveland Diary) I owe the Plain Dealer an apology. I closed yesterday’s post about the proposed $30 million in Port Authority financing for Steelyard Commons with: “P.S. Why is the Sun News getting a total scoop on this story?” This was, of course, a snide jab at our fine daily newspaper. But it […]

$30 million in publicly subsidized financing for Steelyard/Wal-Mart

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

(Cross-posted from Cleveland Diary) Yesterday’s Cuyahoga County Planning Commission Weblog has a link to a Sun News article which reports thusly:Some critics are insistent City Hall is straying from a promise that no public subsidy will support the new Steelyard Commons shopping plaza. Whether or not they are correct may depend on how you look […]

Anti-Walmart candidate upsets incumbent mayor in NJ primary

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Via Atrios… Edison, New Jersey voters apparently have some doubts about their new Wal-Mart.

Dude, where’s my cha-ching?

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

(From Cleveland Diary) So you think Steelyard Commons will generate a lot of local tax revenue? Maybe you should think again. Here’s an article you might have missed by Jay Miller in Crain’s Cleveland Business, October 13, 2004 (no link available): Study: Towns often don’t cash in on retail cha-ching With interest growing in Steelyard […]

1,800 jobs?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Listening to the Steelyard Commons debate yesterday on “90.3 at 9″, it occurred to me that I should post something I wrote for Cleveland Diary in March…”1800 PERMANENT JOBS”: By now, if you live in the Cleveland media market you’ve heard it a hundred times: “Steelyard Commons would create 1,800 permanent jobs.” This is the […]

Wal-Not badge

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

There will be copies to wear at Council tonight. But use it any way you want!