BEATING THE RAIN IN PUBLIC SQUARE ON A DRIZZLY HALLOWEEN AFTERNOON!

Submitted by Satinder P S Puri on Fri, 10/31/2014 - 23:43.
BEATING THE RAIN IN PUBLIC SQUARE IN DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OHIO ON A DRIZZLY HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY, 10-31-14, AFTERNOON! 
 
 
 
 
Photographed during a 2-hour demonstration in 218-year old Public Square as part of the LEAVE PUBLIC SQUARE ALONE campaign.
 
 
LEAVE PUBLIC SQUARE ALONE!
DON’T CLOSE ONTARIO STREET!
DON’T NARROW SUPERIOR AVENUE!
DON’T MESS UP THE TRAFFIC!
 
RADICAL MAKEOVER: The proposed $32 million (with a majority of the money being contributed by our money-laden Foundations) radical makeover of Public Square will require the permanent closing of Ontario Street and the narrowing of Superior Avenue from the existing 77 ft. to 44 ft. and limiting the avenue to bus traffic only. However, when there are major events, the narrowed Superior Avenue will also be closed to bus traffic. 
 
OPPOSITION: The radical makeover is being actively opposed by the LEAVE PUBLIC SQUARE ALONE campaign. One has to stand at the main intersection of Public Square and quickly conclude that the traffic has nowhere to go – except create nightmares.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PUBLIC SQUARE TO BECOME A VIRTUAL PARKING LOT: 
Scheduled to be ready in time for the Republican Convention in June 2016, the park will have Eight Bus Stops on Superior Avenue. At present there are only three bus stops on Superior and four along Ontario Street.
 
 
 
DEMONSTRATIONS:
As of 10-31-14 – there have been 120-hours of demonstrations – for the  past 3-months -- mostly in Public Square.
 
REPUBLICANS ARE COMING IN 2016: 
According to the Plain Dealer, among two key measures – public transit and walkability, Cleveland ranked first among the six finalists for the 2016 Republican Convention. Also, Cleveland had a low rating for possible traffic gridlocks. Unfortunately, because of traffic jams, some of the delegates to the 2012 Republican Convention in Tampa did not make it back to their hotel rooms until 3 a.m. Joe Calabrese, CEO of the GCRTA (Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority – commonly known as the RTA), had nothing but praise for downtown Cleveland’s transportation system in selling it to the Republican organizers. 
 
Let us hope our Republican guests will not experience any traffic nightmares during their 2016 convention. Also, if they visit the renovated Public Square – let us hope, assuming it is ready, they will be able to sneak through the wall of buses on Superior Avenue – a virtual parking lot. 
 
 
 
If it isn’t broken – don’t fix it.
 
No shortage of stupidity in Cleveland, Ohio.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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