East Cleveland Mayor Taking Courageous Step Toward Possible Merger with Cleveland

Brent Larkin, Cleveland, March 26, 2015

East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton has taken the first step towards the only thing that can save his city–a merger with Cleveland.

That merger involves a long, complicated process. At some point Norton might change his mind, or the idea may collapse due to lack of support in either of the involved cities.

But, to his credit, it’s pretty clear Norton has decided there’s no other way out of a dire financial crisis that can’t get better, and is almost certain to get worse.

“I have an obligation as an elected official to do whatever I can to ensure the best quality of life for the community now and in the future,” Norton told me. “Even if it means giving up my current position as mayor.”

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Gary Norton

Within the next week or so, Norton and his supporters will begin collecting voter signatures to place on the ballot a measure asking voters to approve a six-member commission–with three members from each city–to negotiate a merger plan.

If voters in East Cleveland approve forming the commission, the Ohio Revised Code dictates Cleveland City Council would then either accept the decision to move forward, or decide against holding merger talks.

Cleveland would almost certainly agree to proceed with negotiations. The six-member commission would have 120 days to agree to a plan. That plan would then be placed before East Cleveland voters in an election.

If voters reject it, East Cleveland would slide into bankruptcy. If voters agree to the merger, Cleveland City Council could either accept the result and approve the merger, or leave the final say with Cleveland voters.

Meanwhile, Norton is inching forward on the merger idea at a time when fringe elements in his city are threatening him with a recall election–an idea that would create political instability at the worst possible time.

{snip}

From East Cleveland’s standpoint, the evidence supporting a merger is so overwhelming that it’s difficult to see how anyone could summon a logical argument against it. Bankruptcy is for cities burdened by huge debt, places like Detroit. East Cleveland doesn’t have a debt problem. It has a revenue problem–the worst, by far, of any local government in the state.

East Cleveland requires about $17 million a year to effectively run the city and provide residents with the services they deserve. Yet the city’s annual income is about $10 million–and declining, forcing it to borrow from nonpayroll funds to pay employees.

{snip}

With about 17,000 residents, the city has lost about half its population in the last quarter century. About 5,000 of those 17,000 are employed, 42 percent of the residents live below the poverty line.

Home ownership has slipped to under 30 percent. And about 1,000 structures are classified as “distressed,” meaning they desperately need to be demolished.

East Cleveland is now in a state of fiscal emergency, subject to limited state oversight, for the third time since 1988.

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My family’s roots in East Cleveland trace back to the early years of the 20th century. Many of the best days of my childhood playing baseball were spent at my grandparents’ home at 13404 Fifth Ave. Nevertheless, some opponents to the merger are quick to play the race card when outsiders who care deeply about the city suggest any effort to fight the merger is essentially indefensible.

That twisted logic suggests whites have no business telling residents of a city with more than a 93 percent black population how to conduct its affairs.

This isn’t a black/white issue. It’s a green one.

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[Editor’s Note: As the author indicates, East Cleveland is 93 percent black. According to the 2010 US Census, Cleveland’s population of 400,000 is 53 percent black and 37 percent white.]

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  • Bunky

    Cleveland will soon become the same as East Cleveland.
    Broke and full of hopiums.

    • Susannah

      Nightmarish demographics. I doubt Cleveland will remain 37% White much longer.

      • Jason Lewis

        That 37% is the money they’re going for to save them.

    • Strider73

      Further cementing its status as “The Mistake on the Lake.” The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame deserves better.

      Mayor Norton says he is willing to give up his position. After reading this article, my bookie made the odds 15-1 that part of the merger deal ncludes Norton getting a lifetime six-figure sinecure at the Cleveland taxpayers’ expense.

    • Fathercoughlin

      Here come the Zombies

  • Tarczan

    https://www.facebookdotcom/eric.j.brewer.9/posts/10155085247940634 Here is the former Mayors facebook page about Eric Brewer and the firetrucks.

  • Tarczan
  • Ed

    The author could have simply wrote, “In a surprise to no one, East Cleveland which is 93% Black is broke.”

    • MathMan

      Isn’t every 93% black city broke?

  • Chip Carver

    “This isn’t a black/white issue. It’s a green one.”

    It’s a black issue. Period.

    • TruthBeTold

      Well, green is involved. They need the White mans’ green to create a semblance of civilization (at least until blacks can make it on their own…).

      • bv

        They’ll never make it on their own.

      • The All Seeing Bry

        Black + Black = 0 green

      • Earl P. Holt III

        On the mark! They need accelerating levels of Federal money to maintain the illusion that a predominately black city could EVER be viable…

      • adplatt126

        Make it “on their own”? HAHAHA I thought you said “on their own”!!! Wait, what?

  • Jason Lewis

    I love liberal wastelands reaping what they sow.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      There isn’t a leftist in the United States who believes for one second that the left has ANY RESPONSIBILITY for such catastrophes: Nor would they EVER admit it, even if they harbored such nagging doubts…

      • My old high school girlfriend was a leftist. I sure loved her, though. Things weren’t going to work out any differently than they did, and I completely understand that. We each married someone else, but I have noticed that while she works in Washington DC, she won’t live there. That must be “Doublethink” on her part.

        • Earl P. Holt III

          I remember you describing her as very liberal or leftist. Fortunately, I married the most conservative woman in Texas…

      • Jason Lewis

        You are correct. They’ll actually blame us for not “investing” more.

        • An investment absolutely requires a return on the money. I am completely rapacious when it comes to money. Medieval lowland Scots were notoriously worse than Jews on that score.

          What would someone like me be “investing” in, exactly?

          • Jason Lewis

            Happy feelings.

  • johningermany

    Why would anyone in Cleveland–black or white– agree to such a deal?

    • evilsandmich

      A very good question. When this was first pitched there weren’t a lot of black fans either since, well, obvious reasons.

    • The All Seeing Bry

      SJWs

    • Tarczan

      Because the liberals at the Cleveland Plain Dealer are pushing it big time.The black Cleveland mayor, Frank Jackson, seems to support it. If E.C. goes bankrupt, it will make all the libs look like idiots.
      There seems to be a huge effort to push this merger.The only viable neighborhood in Cleveland is West Park, on the west side, where all the police and fireman live. it is kept alive by the fact that the white kids from there can go to either St.Eds or St. Ignatius High Schools. So now West park is supposed to support E.C.

      • Lt. Greyman, NVA

        What this is, though the negro will never admit it, is “Gentrification by Expansion” i.e. they are increasing their income by absorbing the tax paying Whites in Cleveland. No wonder the Orcs are against it.

    • adplatt126

      “Social justice”, a euphemism for utter stupidity.

  • That twisted logic suggests whites have no business telling residents of a city with more than a 93 percent black population how to conduct its affairs. This isn’t a black/white issue. It’s a green one.

    If you don’t think it’s a race issue, then why did you bring up 93% black?

    Because it is a race issue.

    And also, the last thing Cleveland probably needs is more blacks.

    • evilsandmich

      The only play here that might make sense is that rich whites on the east side of the city are sick of driving through crack town to work at the Clinic and Case and they want to section 8 the whole place to white burbs so that they can take their bike to work.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      A sentiment shared by most of us, not just Cleveland…

  • superlloyd

    More black parasitism and the attempt to leech on to superior caucasian society. The negro is always dependent on the White man as he can’t make it on his own. Th high yellers like Norton know this. How pathetic is the black race?

    • Mr. L

      How pathetic? They set the curve but they’re also very dangerous due to their extremely violent tendencies.

  • From Ohio

    I live 20 minutes from Cleveland, what starting to happen is public housing being constructed in the suburbs and Ghetto colonies to expand the democratic plantation, move blacks outside of Cleveland, Akron, Elyria, and Lorain and into the (white) suburbs like Beachwood, Westlake, Avon, Rocky River, Twinsburg, and Chardon.

    • evilsandmich

      They should move them all to Beachwood, quite fitting if you ask me.

      • From Ohio

        My father works in Beachwood, plus I would wish that on any city.

        • The All Seeing Bry

          I used to work in Beachwood. Plenty of Blacks are there. I don’t think a lot reside there, but the Beachwood mall is about half nowadays. Importing from Shaker I would assume.

          • We have not been to the Chapel Hills Mall in northern Colorado Springs since late 2012, and this is a very white area. We mail-order stuff instead. The whole business model of an indoor shopping mall has been made obsolete by gangs of feral “yoofs” who are never there to actually buy anything.

  • Hilis Hatki

    “All your base are belong to us”

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “That twisted logic suggests whites have no business telling residents of a city with more than a 93 percent black population how to conduct its affairs.”

    A tacit admission by blacks that running a city into bankruptcy and nearly half the population living below the poverty line is how the black population runs its affairs.

  • evilsandmich

    I recall the last time they were in fiscal emergency the whites at the Capitol tried their best to get out from under that mess as quickly as they could before someone branded them as plantation owners or something. Most whites are skittish about talking about East Cleveland since it would bring up the obvious point that they don’t know what they’re doing.

    As well, some awkward talk about why they don’t merge with Cleveland Heights instead. Answer: because it wouldn’t get approval in CH. As it is, it’s not 100% certain to sail through Cleveland.

    • Tarczan

      It would be fun to run a clandestine operation to oppose the annexation by Cleveland.

  • Tarczan

    My building was directly across the street from city hall, so I was aware of the situation in this wonderful black utopia. Complete disfunction, and it had to be seen to be believed. For instance, my driveway was right across from the city hall parking lot. The darkie snow plow drivers would push huge piles of snow onto my apartment driveway apron, completely blocking in the tenants vehicles. One time the neighbor helped himself to some of my pipes, so I’m out there with a water key shutting off the water. This was a major crime (I suppose because i’m white). Three cop cars showed up and the cops (all darkies) wanted to arrest me for possessing criminal tools. Namely a water key that I had just bought at Home Depot. They had no interest in investigating who stole the pipes.

    One time I stopped by to collect rent after dark because my son had a hockey game up the hill in Cleveland heights, (I never went there after dark but because the one tenant called and said she had the rent I broke my longstanding rule of never visiting darkie land after dark) I parked in the city hall parking lot and walked across the street to get the rent and hear gunfire behind the building. My tenant says “Mr. T. those are shots you best be leavin” As I walk back to my car this big fat black cop comes out and I told him those were gunshots. “Nope, those were firecrackers”

    My one tenant had been there for years and was a decent guy, one day he keeled over in his bedroom from a heart attack. The crack East Cleveland emergency team, which was about 150 feet away, showed up forty minutes later, and he was long gone by then.

    All of my tenants were black women, and some of the homies got to partying in the large parking lot behind the building. The usual, forty ouncers, smoking and all the blackness that goes with it. Not surprisingly, the females didn’t relish the attention given to them by these gentleman. So I call the cops, explaining that all they have to do is put down their coffee cups and walk over there and chase them away. Can’t do that, too busy. I call back, explaining I thought it was a dangerous situation. They told me to stop bothering them and hung up on me. No joke, I’m reporting a crime and they hung up on me. Finally one the tenants called a cop she knew and they chased them away.

    Even more adventurous was going to the East Cleveland Court. At times the mighty Judge Una Keenon would show up in her bathrobe. East Cleveland was the only court in the State of Ohio that refused to charge or prosecute people who didn’t have auto insurance. The State finally forced them to enforce the insurance law. the court also had a bizarre rule called the “Judges Motion to Stay”. In Ohio a landlord files a eviction proceeding called a forcible entry detainer, and after giving notice, showing up in court and paying an attorney, a judgement is granted and the tenant has ten days to leave. This is all documented and the landlord thinks he is getting his place back in ten days. Well, the tenant can file a motion to stay, and unknown to the landlord, with no notice, the tenant gets to stay on for a few more months to get their things in order. This is all done after the original court case with no notice to the landlord. I talked to a few attorneys downstate and the were amazed, they had never heard of this.

    A few years ago there was a large sewer pipe that collapsed and was eroding house basements and was threatening to wash away a major road. Naturally the darkies had no money, no emergency fund for this. They pleaded with the State of Ohio for free money; Gov. Kasich gave them the money. It was about $75,000.

    I could go on, but it’s surprising that East Cleveland doesn’t receive more attention for being the worst run city in Ohio.

    • TomIron361

      There are many East Cleveland’s around this nation. In my ownneckofthewoods, we’ve got the wonderful Camden, N.J. An putrid oozing municipal abscess if there ever was one

      • ElComadreja

        I used to post black crime stories on another site. Camden came up almost daily.

      • Cid Campeador

        I couldn’t have said it better myself. Philadelphia isn’t far behind. With the exception of the Potemkin” Center City” and “old City” the greater part of the

        town is not a desirable place to live. Even in Center City there have been incidents of ” Polar Bear Hunting”. North and West Philly are pretty much beyond salvation, the Northeast Kensington, Frankford, Mayfair are beginning their down slide. The mega-Mall Franklin Mills is a scary place to be.

    • evilsandmich

      To be backhandedly fair, the EC police are more ticket-writing mall cops than actual police officers. That place couldn’t afford an officer who did actual work.

    • LHathaway

      Don’t let them discourage you. It’s best to call the cops.

      • Tarczan

        I never stuck around for the action. I survived for thirty years with no unnatural openings by being very careful and always aware of my situation. I had a few close calls regardless of my caution, however. Mrs. T was quite pleased when I sold the place. The black guy that bought it was on some civic mission and put a fortune into it.

    • When I threw out my lying, thieving TSA-agent housemate in July 2003, I gave him a few hours to pack. Not ten days: several hours. I went through his stuff and removed things he was trying to steal. It was the only way he was going to live, and he knew it. Of course I would have gone right back to prison for karking him, but he wouldn’t have known that, as he would have been taking the long dirt-nap.

  • LHathaway

    I don’t really care about this, but I do suspect cities around the nation are attempting to annex outlying wealthier areas. One thing I could comment on is this,

    “If voters reject it, East Cleveland would slide into bankruptcy. If voters agree to the merger, Cleveland City Council could either accept the result and approve the merger”

    . . . and lay off a bunch of East Cleveland workers as Cleveland City workers, possibly overstaffed already, take over this work . . .

    • John Smith

      Every black politician obviously has all his or her relatives on the city payroll….

  • Usually Much Calmer

    Greece on Lake Erie.

    • anony

      Grease on Lake Erie.

      • Usually Much Calmer

        I’m sure you meant Jheri-Curl, but I thought of Rydell High.
        I’ll have Frankie Valli in my head all day now.

  • libertarian1234

    “East Cleveland doesn’t have a debt problem. It has a revenue problem–the worst, by far, of any local government in the state.”

    I’m just wondering how a community that takes in just 10 million, but spends 17 million thinks it doesn’t have to cut costs like any business would.

    Their problem is typical of other black run cities where the black administrators think giving up their perks is unthinkable and that they should be able to live beyond their means, and it is racist to expect them to reduce costs.

    I’d like to see a statement of expenditures to see where the money is being spent in East Cleveland.

    • evilsandmich

      ” a statement of expenditures”

      Fat chance of that; of course its not much different for any place in Cuyahoga county.

    • The All Seeing Bry

      10 million is a relatively small number for a city of that size and population. It is much lower than most cities relatively speaking. To have police/fire/court/jail/service dept. isn’t necessarily cheap.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    “East Cleveland doesn’t have a debt problem.”

    State Auditor Dave Yost said the suburb of 17,500, where oil baron John D. Rockefeller once had a summer estate, is insolvent. Things are so bad “the community lacks a working ladder truck in its fire department, had its mobile phones shut off and faces $1.7 million in unpaid bills.”

    East Cleveland doesn’t need to merge with Cleveland – it needs gentrifying!

    Nothing an infusion of Whites wouldn’t fix.

  • james AZ

    PROOF that black officials can’t run the cities with high percent of black people …. Look and happen in California ,in 1950’s one black family move to Compton , CA….. White people screamed and not want those black family……. Federal judge threw the case and allowed those black family to move in …… In 1998 city of Compton had disband the police dept and Los Angeles sheriff took over…. That time that city had about 50% of black, about 40% of Hispanics ………..I am not sure that correct that time in 2000…… But 2015 ?????????????????

    • Ronald

      It’s not widely known today, but when the Government’s criminal real estate industry started engaging in “Block Busting” by steering Africans into the city, Compton was a dream city. Compton shares a common boundary with Long Beach. In the early ’50s, middle class Long Beachers dreamed of “moving up” by purchasing a home in Compton. The irony is that, now that the “Hispanics” are working to return Compton to civilization, many of the Africans are fleeing into Long Beach itself – with predictable results.

      • LexiconD1

        Nope, we don’t have too many blacks fleeing here. They are going into San Bernadino county. We’ve got a TON of Mexicans here.

        Compton hasn’t been livable for white people since the early 60’s.

        • Spaniard in LA

          Blacks are also moving to Palmdale and Lancaster.

          • Alden

            Those towns were heavily marketed to City, state, county and federal black government employees
            They have become ghettoes full if black crime complete with the usual NAACP lawsuits against any attempt to maintain civilization

          • Spaniard in LA

            I also heard the crime rate in Palmdale has gone through the roof. Bloods and crips who once lived in Compton are now causing trouble up there.

          • LexiconD1

            Thus the ‘desert’ part of my post 😉

          • Spaniard in LA

            That’s right 😉

      • Spaniard in LA

        I drove through Compton about two years ago and it’s actually improved.

        • bv

          I’ve lived in Mexican neighborhoods and in Mexico proper. They’re not the sharpest tools but you can live with them and be cordial at the same time.

          • Having been to federal prison, I much prefer Mexicans to blacks. On the other hand, two of my best friends were Amerinds who were in for murder, so one’s mileage may vary. On the gripping hand, I don’t want to live in Mexico.

            Three-sided logic from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

          • Spaniard in LA

            I know several guards that have also told me they prefer Mexicans over blacks. When they first started working there they did not have a negative opinion about blacks but after several weeks that all changed.

          • Most of us were just running the clock down, waiting to eventually go home.

          • bv

            I’ll tell you honestly it’s really not that bad. There are loads of Caucasians living there so you won’t stand out that much. It’s a lot like Brazil where there is a caste like system but they do differentiate between locals and foreigners regardless of race. Mexico supports Mexicans over foreigners.

      • John Smith

        I visited LA as a kid a couple plus decades ago and even then Long Beach was bad and I’m thankful the folks must’ve never gone through Compton. We stopped at a root beer stand and had a root beer outside and when we got up to leave, an older white lady yelled at me to bring the glasses inside and told me she didn’t feel safe walking out to get them in the neighborhood. I guess we just got lucky.

        • ElComadreja

          I had a friend whose family moved from Boston to Long Beach. He came back east years later and told us what a dump it was. This was in the 1960’s.

          • Blackfish

            Yeah, buying the Queen Mary was genius!

      • Blackfish

        The Bush family lived in Compton when President Bush (#41) was getting started out of college

    • bv

      The Mexicans are at least turning it into a developing nation and pulling away from bring a third world nationalal city.

      • HE2

        I hope you are joking, bv. Mexicans bring Mexico. Not an improvement, in my view.

        • Alden

          If you watched the way Hispanics improve the black neighborhoods they take over you would change your mind

          • HE2

            I have observed mestizos replacing blacks in the S.F. Bay Area, Alden.
            Have you visited the Outer Mission in S.F., the E14th Ave. corridor of Oakland, now spilling into San Leandro, Hayward, Castro Valley, the area surrounding the Oakland Coliseum, or San Pablo, Richmond, Antioch? Those areas, once all black, are evolving mestizo.
            Crime, unsafe streets, drive-bys, ruined schools and neighborhoods, teen age pregnancy, school drop out stats, squalor factors remain. The only difference noted is Crips and Bloods have been replaced by MS13, Northern Calif. drug dealing, murderous mexican and meso-american gangs, the graffiti and tagging in mexican instead of bizarre ebonics.
            Please do not tell me what I do or do not know the harm mestizos are doing to my once lovely state, or that they are “better” than negroes. I live here.

        • Spaniard in LA

          It also depends what kind of Hispanic one is talking about. My parents live in a neighborhood that has its share of Hispanics, mostly 3rd generation Mexican American and up. Most don’t speak Spanish and don’t care about border jumpers.

        • bv

          Well it’s a choice between living with Malaria and Aids in my humble opinion. Malaria isn’t (I had it twice in Brazil) but you can survive it unlike Aids that’ll eventually kill you.

    • Alden

      Compton has gradually improved year by year. The improvement is directly related to the number of Hispanics who replace blacks

      I think the state had to take over the school system at one point. Carson, Lynwood, Inglewood blacks destroyed all those southern suburbs

      • Blackfish

        But the basketball team isn’t as good!

  • Ronald

    A merger would only delay the inevitable. As Cleveland continues
    to darken, the remaining White minority of Cleveland will be driven
    out. Thus the problems of little East Cleveland will soon bring down
    Cleveland itself. The only sensible resolution to this vexatious
    problem is for US “Black” ruled cities to appeal for aid
    from their African brothers in African nations that are free of White
    “racist” rule.

    • This will only hasten Cleveland’s decline.

    • The All Seeing Bry

      Downtown Cleveland is in the process of building expensive apartment buildings that will be bought predominately by White people, so they’re that.

      • Tarczan

        That is puzzling to me. There is no way these young people can live there and send their kids to public schools. They live downtown to escape the commute, and to be closer to the downtown action, which in Cleveland is pretty limited.

        • The All Seeing Bry

          It is tailored towards young people who have no children yet. People working in the business world who make a comfortable living, but are not to the point where they want a family and have to move out to the suburbs yet. Many of my friends live downtown who fit this description.

  • Viking_61

    par·a·site
    ˈperəˌsīt/

    noun

    An organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host’s expense.

  • Pa Guy in NJ

    I hate this phrase but it is appropriate here.

    Beggars can’t be choosers-useless they be black.

  • libertarian1234

    “East Cleveland Mayor Taking Courageous Step Toward Possible Merger with Cleveland”

    Can anybody tell me how begging to be annexed is courageous?

    The headline sounds like something the AP would write.

  • LeonNJ

    Fitting how the football team is called the Browns.

  • De Doc

    Whitey is the devil until you need his money and organizational skills.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      Don’t forget technology and medicine and oh the welfare money.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    WOW isn’t that a nice looking knee grow that will pull Cleveland out of the Africa status.

  • Spikeygrrl

    As a former Clevelander, I am convinced that such a merger would be disastrous. Cleveland proper has more than enough troubles of its own. East Cleveland, OTOH, deserves its own level of Dante’s H€ll. Even when the sun is shining brightly it is dark out there!

    I had to ride the city bus through there a handful of times. What a nightmare! Every single time I was the only White face on the bus. Every single time there was so much yelling and throwing things going on that it was more like a riot than a commute. Every single time there were several teen mothers treating their infant[s] and/or toddler[s] disgracefully.

    Oh, and did I mention the SMELL?!?!

    Say, here’s an idea: East Cleveland’s population could merge with Detroit! They’re only about 3 hours apart by bus (borrow or rent a bunch of prison buses for a week or so). Dump them off and drive away. The more enterprising critters could move into all those abandoned houses and other buildings, while the rest keep spawning and shooting each other just like they did “back home.”

    Once the population was gone, the National Guard could come in with wrecking balls and flamethrowers and raze East Cleveland to the ground.

    Win/win.

    • The All Seeing Bry

      The problem we are facing now, at least on the East side (I’m sure it is happening on the West also) is that the Blacks have completely ruined East Cleveland and are starting to move outward. Each neighborhood after neighborhood is getting worse and worse as time goes on. Mayors need to have some balls and not let any section 8 housing in their city.

      • Tarczan

        That is true. I had a hard time attracting black Section 8 tenants. Why would they live in that pit when Sec 8 paid enough for them to live in some still white communities? Lakewood,on the west side, is one city experiencing the joys of diversity, mostly via Sec 8. Close to E.C., Maple Hts, Cleveland Hts, and even Shaker Hts are well on there way to being blacktopias. Euclid is also well on it’s way to destruction, the high school is all black. The real way to determine the level of black destruction is to look at the schools. An all or mostly black school system indicates it is over for that community as a white community.

        The big one will be Parma, with a population of about 90,000.. It has a large supply of relatively inexpensive housing; which makes it very ripe for destruction via Sec 8. The fall is well along, and when the schools get a little more dark, the panic will set in.

        • The All Seeing Bry

          Parma is filled with drugs and a lot of Mexicans. I know an ER nurse at the Parma hospital and they get multiple heroin overdoses almost every night.

          I’m glad you brought up schools. Euclid has certainly gone black over the years, and it has always been that White families send their children to private schools (VASJ, Holy Cross) to get away from blacks. But now, the diocese/government subsidies are handed out to blacks at such a high rate. This is why VASJ turned black so fast and went down the tubes. They took away the motivation for White people to send their children there because now it is filled with Blacks which is the reason why they wouldn’t send their White child to Euclid. Then they sit and wonder why they’ve been going broke for decades now…

  • John Smith

    Cleveland will now become ~55% black – always a benefit to any city to add even more negroes.

  • InAFreeCountry

    “East Cleveland requires about $17 million a year to effectively run the
    city and provide residents with the services they deserve. Yet the
    city’s annual income is about $10 million…”

    Maybe they should look at cutting $7 mil. in government services. Why would Cleveland want to annex East Cleveland’s problems?

    • The All Seeing Bry

      $17 is a modest budget for a city of that size and population. Police/Fire/court/jail/service dept. is not cheap.

  • Kit Ingoldby

    And when Cleveland heads toward bankruptcy, who will they seek to merge with?

    • Epiminondas

      Ohio.

  • ViktorNN

    Alternate headline: “East Cleveland’s Best Hope is to Merge with Cleveland so that Blacks can Live Off Whites”

    Diversity reaping more dividends and making us stronger.

    • Only so long as the remaining whites in Cleveland are still willing to live in the resulting combined $#!&-pit.

  • Charlie Appleton

    A fun trivia fact: East Cleveland was nearly 100 percent white in 1965..then some “progressive-minded” types decided to integrate the community via the block-busting method. Within 5 years it was 63 percent black.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    It will be easier to forcibly repatriate them if they are all concentrated in one place…

    • Epiminondas

      Or nuke them.

      • I once explained to one of my high school friends how nuclear weapons could be usefully employed for urban renewal, and the only black guy in the class overheard, turning around to look at me with an absolutely horrified expression. I made eye contact, smiled and nodded. Some 34 years later, I am still delighted at least one of them completely understood.

        • Speedy Steve

          Look what it did to Hiroshima!

      • Earl P. Holt III

        I LIKE your style…

  • Epiminondas

    Interesting parallel going on now in Atlanta. Outlying white inhabited parts of the town are carrying the rest of the city. And the burdens are getting heavier.

  • Lt. Greyman, NVA

    The quicker they chase the Whites out of Cleveland, the quicker they can have the Detroit they deserve.

  • Speedy Steve

    What could possibly go wrong? 47% non-black Cleveland might reject Norton’s goofy proposition.

  • Speedy Steve

    From that notoriously reliable source, Wikipedia:

    Historically East Cleveland was partially founded by Scottish immigrants, whose names can still be found in the city such as Shaw, McIlrath, and Eddy. East Cleveland incorporated as a village in 1895 and became a city in 1911. This charter included provisions for women’s suffrage, which at the time was unheard of east of the Mississippi River. Before the charter passed, the city of Cleveland unsuccessfully attempted to annex the emerging municipality in 1910 and again in 1916.

    East Cleveland is home to General Electric’s historic Nela Park, the world’s first industrial park. Nela Park, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, continues to operate today as the functional headquarters for GE Lighting and is the city’s second largest employer. Huron Hospital, a satellite hospital of the Cleveland Clinic, was the city’s largest employer. Huron Hospital was a notable health care facility, being the only Level-II trauma center between Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center, located on West 25th Street, and Hillcrest Hospital, located in Mayfield Heights. Huron Hospital closed in early spring of 2011.

    East Cleveland includes a portion of Euclid Avenue, which from the 1860s through the 1920s was known as “Millionaire’s Row.” The many estates along this stretch of road in East Cleveland included the 248-acre (1.00 km2) home of the late John D. Rockefeller, Standard Oil founder and “the world’s first billionaire.”

    By the Great Depression a great number of homes along “Millionaire’s Row” were demolished or abandoned. Although commercial properties and fast-food chains replaced many Euclid Avenue homes during the second half of the 20th century, East Cleveland is still home to 18 of the original “Millionaire’s Row” homes, while only six are left in the city of Cleveland.

    After World War II, development of other suburbs within the region brought a number of changes to East Cleveland. By the 1960s, African Americans constituted an increasingly large portion of the city’s population. By 1984, East Cleveland was one of the largest primarily black communities in Ohio, with a population of 36,957. The population was 17,843 at the 2010 census.

  • zamzow

    There appears to be a vast and seemingly boundless supply of young and old white yuppie reporters who make a comfortable living continually trying to smash a square peg into a round hole. The beat on it, lube it up, try to screw it in, take a sledge to the poor peg and try as they might and to their deepest confoundment keep at it. When a WN man tries to gently point out the futility of said Sisyphean tasks they become unhinged.
    Looking at the picture of the author of this predictable PC boiler plate snoozer he appears like most of his ilk a smug self righteous Marxist and I truly believe would support the rounding up of WN’s and jailing them. What this deluded stooge is unable to grasp, the African demolition corps presently occupying East Cleveland are doing what comes naturally to them, beating the place down to their level. The article title with the word “courageous” inserted is the tip off a real laffer is in store for racially aware whites.

  • Mahtoofislooth

    Parasites need new hosts after they kill the one they’ve fed on and reproduced in for so long.