To the editor:
(Plain Press, August 2015) This letter is in response to the article, “West Side Market threatened as customers from other businesses take over its traditional parking area”, written by Chuck Hoven.
Per the article: “In August of last year, the city of Cleveland failed to renew the West Side Market Tenant Association lease for the parking lot.”
Well, in the words of SNL’s Church Lady: “now isn’t that special.” Hmmm, let’s see; what is more important, the unfettered access to a long-term grocery store, or the impingement upon that store by speakeasies and massage parlors? It appears to be a matter of priorities to which the West Side market vendors and the citizens of Cleveland get the shaft in favor of the frivolous activities offered by the aforementioned types of businesses.
Accordingly, the West Side Market Tenant Association needs to coordinate the taking back of their lease in a two-pronged attack. First is by means of the courts whereby a lawsuit should be filed to review all the facts as to why the lease was not renewed. The second is the use of petition to garner the support of the surrounding residents and business owners in order to force this issue onto the ballot thus allowing the will of the people to decide how parking will be divied up to benefit the West Side Market.
We need to get back to prioritizing what is truly important for the city of Cleveland residents and business owners, rather than just caving in to what amounts to nothing more than an extension of the entertainment industry.
Let the campaign begin!