CONFLUENCE OF TWO DEMONSTRATIONS IN PUBLIC SQUARE IN CLEVELAND, OHIO!

Submitted by Satinder P S Puri on Thu, 11/27/2014 - 03:34.

 
 
 
CONFLUENCE OF TWO DEMONSTRATIONS IN PUBLIC SQUARE IN CLEVELAND, OHIO ON A VERY PLEASANT 65 DEG. F AND VERY WINDY MONDAY AFTERNOON OF 11-24-14! 
 
 
The first demonstration was part of the on-going LEAVE PUBLIC SQUARE ALONE campaign. So far the campaign has demonstrated, since early August 2014, 47-times for a total of 150-hours – mostly in Public Square.
 
The second demonstration pertained to the fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. on Saturday, 11-22-14, outside the Cudell Recreation Center on Cleveland’s West Side. 
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LEAVE PUBLIC SQUARE ALONE!
DON’T CLOSE ONTARIO STREET!
DON’T NARROW SUPERIOR AVENUE!
DON’T MESS UP THE TRAFFIC!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The above photograph is courtesy of WKYC Channel 3 showing protesters responding to the fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland’s west side. I can be seen in my yellow raincoat, to the left, marked with an X, under the umbrella of the hot dog stand.
 
The remaining photographs were taken during a 2.5 hour demonstration on 11-24-14, as part of the campaign.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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. 
 
The plan is to complete the radical makeover of Public Square in time for the Republican Convention in June 2016.
 
However, as of 11-27-14, the RTA which has 4,000 buses visiting Public Square every day – has not signed off on the makeover.
 
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,
REPUBLICANS ARE COMING IN 2016: 
 
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.
 
 
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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