What's been going on is that artists, who will tell you they can't sell their work in Toledo, have been living quite cheaply in a building that requires extensive work.
I don't know about "can't sell their work in Toledo". There's this thing called "The Internet" and it has these other things on it called "Etsy" and "Pinterest" and "eBay" and "DeviantArt" and so on for them to promote and sell stuff on.
The building's "required extensive work for years" and apparently was supposed to take all of $500k to do it in 1988. Residents back then were chipping in to get work done cheaper. Hell, don't we have some trade schools and whatnot around here who could maybe put some trainees to work fixing up the CAC?
In order for the work to be done rents would have had to been raised years ago, and those unwilling or unable to pay should have been evicted. Instead the CAC let them stay, subsidized their rent to the detriment of the upkeep of the building.
How about you, o great media figure, ask to see the books, since your almighty power and influence is greater than mine? They're not going to crack them open for a random AnonymousCoward, after all. And they certainly got grants to do work, so this is why I'm wondering who was doing what when and where did the money go, was it spent wisely, what's up with the fundraising, why can I hit Google and find big pleas to help the CSM but not the CAC, etc. I agree on going after the deadbeats, but that again is a management problem. Just like the threads here concerning all the delinquent property taxes, where's the enforcement and is it selective enforcement and whatever other questions come up.
Please ask Sarah how many "subsidized rents" there were and how much, to back your claim up.
The public was not asked to invest in the CAC and most likely in this town wouldn't have anyway.
The CAC apparently has like 2 fundraisers every year, which I only found out about by hitting the Googles. But Our Glorious Media is more than happy to tell us about the annual United Way kickoff, the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle drive, and the Girl Scout Cookie Drive. Hmmmmmmmmm.
How much have you donated to them coward?
You have a huge number of stories at your fingertips yet apparently only became interested when it hit the news otherwise it would have been here years ago.
How much I may or may not have donated directly to the CAC or any events there or directly or indirectly have done to/for their residents is something I choose to keep private. As for not posting everything I hear about here, that's also my prerogative. There's a saying about "Strike while the iron is hot".
Your expectation that others would step forward to help doesn't seem to include yourself. Is that compassionate liberalism?
Oh look, I got Fred to say the L-word.
If these artists were half as good as many of them probably think they are they would be able to afford the rent and much better digs. Their stories are sad, but only in that one believes he can work at Jimmy John's and then create "art" all day and still support himself.
Not everyone can be Banksy. I've known a lot of "art people", some of them are smart, some of them are dumber than rocks, some of them are motivated, some are lazy, and a lot of them are, to put it in a word, mental. But that's bias on my part because personally I never got any artistic genetics. It's my opinion that the better artists are mentally messed up (manic-depressive/bipolar) and those sort of people find it hard to hold down jobs. If you throw them on meds to control that, so they can hold down a job, it takes away something that makes them good artists (something I've personally witnessed). I'm not a big believer in, and I'll use the forbidden word, unlimited WELFARE, but they're making art instead of panhandling on street corners, and I'd rather help them than someone whose idea of work is to stand on a streetcorner with a sign.
Rather than belittle people on this site with cute nicknames and diminutive versions of their names why not show some courage instead of cowardice and step forward to help these folks with your money instead of words.
Sure thing, Freddie. Oh, and do be sure to pass along your words to your bud justread, particularly the bit about cute nicknames.