The biggest story this day after the election isn’t approval of County government reform or approval of a monopoly casino for a billionaire.
No. The biggest story is about the numerous murdered bodies found in the middle a city neighborhood. In fact, not far from famous Shaker Square in the new 4th ward.
That it could happen with little notice says so much more about Cleveland, its priorities and what it cares about than any election issue. Residents count little in this world.
The question is how does this happen? Why did it happen? Why did it happen so easily? Why did it escape notice so easily? For so long?
Where were the police? Where were health officials? Social workers? Community development personnel? Community activists?
Let’s build a new convention center. Let’s build a new casino. Can we build any new stadiums? Theaters? Fancy restaurants?
Anyone can see reform and casinos don’t answer what really ails Cleveland. You can’t hide it behind glitz or change for the sake of change.
Poverty and its relatives are eating away at the very life of the city. Giving recognition to this is step one.
But we are being sold shoddy goods instead.
The Pee Dee won big yesterday. The newspaper – surely looking for relevance – piggybacked on a vile corruption scourge in County government to change its form. Not its nature.