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January 29, 2009

Time to Say Goodbye

The Cleveland Leader
by Roldo Bartimole

Forest City Enterprises executives now call for “an open process” when the decision on the Medical Mart and convention center don’t go its way. What a sick laugh.

Just the audacity of the behind-the-scenes manipulators asking for the light of public sunshine is shocking.

Forest City’s Sam Miller and Al Ratner have run the string out. They’ve taken and taken from the city and the county.

From tax abatement of their luxury Ritz-Carlton, from their scraping away millions of tax dollars at the Halle building, from their pocketing of tens of millions in tax subsidies at Tower City, from their $25 million lawsuit against RTA after RTA employed as construction managers of its facilities at Tower City, of its charging RTA about $1 million rent a year for the privilege of bringing tens of thousands of people to its doorstep via the rapid, of the $60 plus million spent to put the Waterfront Line though Tower City, from the $13-million walkway through Tower City to Gateway and the walkway to the new federal building, to the building of the new federal building on their land, there has been a corruption of the public business – mayor after mayor, county commissioner after county commissioner.

Time to say goodbye to the politics of take and grab.

Time to say goodbye Forest City. Goodbye Sam. Go to New York. Take your headquarters with you. Get out! Go!


NoLandGrab: New York?! Thanks, but no thanks, Roldo — we already have our fill of Forest City.

Posted by eric at January 29, 2009 3:39 PM