Archive for the 'Cleveland' Category

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

If you don’t know, the space you’re reading right now used to be a blog named “No Cleveland Wal-Mart.” There is still no Cleveland Wal-Mart, but today I saw the mall where that Wal-Mart is now being built. Yes, I’m in Cleveland assisting in a seminar on the history of the steel industry at the […]


Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

In what could be a commercial version of the retail tear-down trend (buying a house for the property and demolishing the existing structure to build a new one) Wal-Mart is reportedly looking at the Gottschalks chain of 64 stores in California. Such a brown-field strategy could signal an expansion-plan change. If this is the case, […]


Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Wal-Mart may have gotten, at a minimum, a load of goodwill from Cleveland for giving back something that it never had, and, it now appears, something to which it wasn’t even entitled. It passed on a $10 million tax abatement on it’s Steelyard Commons Supercenter. What it got in return remains unclear. While $10 million […]

Perhaps the people of Cleveland should demand more.

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

I love it when blogs that link to our blog tell me things I don’t know. Here the American Federation of Teachers NCLBlog explains all I need to know about that whole Wal-Mart enterprise zone thingy: For Wal-Mart, the move in Cleveland was good PR that comes after a Wall Street Journal story on their […]


Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Yesterday, one day before today’s anticipated announcement of its quarterly earnings, Wal-Mart touted a plan to aid nine ten economically struggling urban areas by building Super Wal-Marts in those communities as jobs and opportunity zones. Why is Wal-Mart doing this now? Marketplace had this to say last evening: There might be yet another reason for […]


Monday, February 19th, 2007

As Peter noted earlier today, Wal-Mart is engaging in what may become a bellwether empirical experiment in urban development and the development that started this blog, Steelyard Commons, is going to be part of that investigation. I earlier opined that Cleveland had two chances of recovering its abated tax money from Wal-Mart: slim and none. […]


Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

My friend and fellow Cleveland blogger Chas Rich calls the editorial board of our local daily dead-tree media on its lame attempts to avoid any examination of its culpability in cheerleading the Stealyard Commons debacle. The board wrote: It is tempting to look for blame here. The city’s development team, which drew up the tax-sharing […]


Friday, February 9th, 2007

Clevelanders are getting hotter and hotter under the collar as they discover the royal screwing given to them in the economic dispoilment known as Stealyard Commons. Wendell left this comment on Tim Ferris’s blog this morning. From Save Our Land: There was a collective “no duh” comment from my friends in the land development industry […]


Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Cleveland is so screwed. Two years ago local despoiler Mitchell Schneider sold the former mayor a bill of goods that involved millions of dollars in tax revenues from yet another shopping eyesore in what is now known as Steelyard Commons. Now they should change that to Stealyard Commons. Cleveland’s city council has found out that […]


Thursday, February 1st, 2007

Before there was The Writing On The Wal there was No Cleveland Walmart. And that blog was born out of the frustration with Cleveland’s soon-to-be-trounced mayor Jane Campbell’s midnight deal that had city council howling. This morning one of the then yet-to-be-bloggers posts about how that project is coming to fruition. From Save Our Land: […]


Thursday, December 7th, 2006

I suppose that somebody thought Harry in toys shouldn’t have eaten the third burrito, but eventually they got the message and bailed out of the Wal Mart in Garfield Heights, Ohio. From Cleveland’s Plain Dealer: In the midst of the crucial holiday shopping season, a Wal-Mart has closed its doors at City View Center. Not […]


Monday, September 4th, 2006

Bill Callahan is a founding blogger of the No Cleveland Walmart blog (the precurser to The Writing On The Wal) and a well respected voice on matters of community development, energy and labor issues. What follows is part of his Labor Day post: Why the Greater Cleveland Partnership should want a union at Wal-Mart A […]


Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Thanks to The Blast Furnace for the heads up on this weekend’s America@Work event at Cleveland, Ohio’s I-X Center. The show features 100 percent American, union-made products with plenty of giveaways. Admission is free but parking is $8. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.


Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Here in Cleveland we have a social conscence that has kept the squeaky wheel turning for nearly 40 years. Roldo Bartimole today calls civil rights leader Andrew Young a disappointment for agreeing to shill for the Bentonvile Behemouth. He writes: Young is quoted, I like to fight poverty. For almost 10 years, I’ve been using […]

Wal-Mart Kills Cleveland Man

Saturday, August 13th, 2005

No, I’m not kidding. A man suspected of shoplifting goods from an Atascocita Wal-Mart — including diapers and a BB gun — had begged employees to let him up from the blistering pavement in the store’s parking lot where he was held, shirtless, before he died Sunday, a witness said. An autopsy for the man, […]