Jill Jusko wrote:
What makes this an attack on Lakewood?
Maybe I am overly sensitive having history with this.
The headline that screams East Cleveland/Lakewood is an overt act of calling Lakewood a
ghetto. The entire region understands that East Cleveland is a pretty troubled spot, with
massive police cuts, crime, drugs, and on and on.
I am out in East Cleveland all the time as I am working with people in the community on
various projects like getting them computers, a paper, etc. There are many, many good
hard working people there trying to save their community. While Lakewood needs tweaking
not the massive overhaul some would lead us to believe, it is not East Cleveland. Unless
someone/something can cause some sort of panic and what would often be referred to as
white flight by the sociologists, er leaving because of high taxes.
As I pointed out in the past it was the PD that took a great announcement about the
Robert AM Stern library, and change it into Pornography at Lakewood Library. When we
started the Observer one of the major reasons was to just explain to citizens what was
really going and stopping the negative spin. Of course some could say we went to hard
the other way. As they reported the 3 standoffs in Lakewood, we pointed out that all were
caused by people coming into Lakewood, to act out their aggressions. Go back and read
the Steven Litt piece on Lakewood Library. Mr. Litt handles the architectural reviews for the
PD, but for some reason four paragraphs into the review of the new library, he became the
police reporter, and went off about pornography.
Now I subscribe to the Plain Dealer, and really hope it makes it through these tough times,
but I also have had many opportunities working with papers and editors writing headlines.
They are their for cause and effect, they are a tool, and many savvy editors and publishers
realize that large percentage of readers just glimpse at the headlines.
But that is merely my take, I speak for no other,
I imagine that Bill was speaking of the need of many "regional" projects to drive down
the perception of Lakewood and our property values. You may not think we are at war,
but we are from various/many sides.