dbw8906 posted at 10:17:31 AM on May 23, 2012:
How can a population have pride in a city when it keeps failing the residents on the BASIC things it must provide.
Woo hoo Van Halen booked a show at the Huntington Center, oh btw my taxes went up when my house value plummeted, they want more levies, my street looks like a warzone, violent crime is sky rocketing, and I can't send my children to public schools. But that park sure is neat-o!
You want civic pride? Give the citizens something to be proud of before you try to be world class in the green space competitiveness.
It's called a death spiral, things go from bad to worse until in the end it just collapses. We ain't there yet, so don't count us out. Public services, roads, "beautification", all these things make a city nice to live in but JOBS, JOBS, JOBS are what bring people to live here. And how do you get JOBS? You bring companies here that hire people. This needs to be one of the most business friendly places around to attract companies, the city got complacent when we had all the big manufacturing and technology (as it were) companies here in the past. If you look it up I know you can find some large companies that are just gone or left. Doehler Jarvis (poof), Toledo Scale (left), Devilbiss (mostly gone or left), Owens Illinois (left), Autolite (gone), Champion spark plug (left), Sheller-Glober (gone), thats all I got from Wikipedia, I'm sure there are others. Point is those companies and others like them are gone or we are going to see more leave, and those are just the large employers, I haven't looked for medium or small ones but I'm sure they are out there. I bet most of those were union jobs as well, the collusion between the politicians and the unions are part of the problem when we look at why these companies left or collapsed. A&P unions balked at cuts, company closed all the local stores rather than deal with it, my dad worked for them for 25 years. I won't goon and on with anymore companies that left or closed as I'm sure you all can add to my meager list.
The point being jobs bring people which bring prosperity through having a larger community. Look at the census we have been bleeding population for years, that affect tax income, which throws us into that death spiral in the first place. Bad management (government), only makes it worse and just puts off the inevitable. Open everything to the public let them see exactly how this city works and who is doing what, let them clean out the rats nest of politicians and vote in people that will make those tough choices. If something isn't done it will only get worse, I don't know what happens when a city declares bankruptcy, I'm sure its not pretty. I think Bell as unpopular as some of the things he's done has taken some steps in the right direction, unfortunately he's human and some people have insinuated that he too has some cronyism going on in his administration. Who knows I am not an expert, and these are only my opinions.