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Activist Kathy Wray Coleman (far right) of the Imperial Women Coalition leads anniversary women's
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To Coleman's direct left is Kenyona Sunny Matthews of Akron, director of Women's March Northeast Ohio
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Cleveland Hough area Councilman TJ Dow pushing neighborhoods over the $5 million League Park project with a community meeting scheduled for 6 pm on March 21 as Mayor Frank Jackson and his allies push for the commerical League Park project

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Pictured are Cleveland Ward 7 Councilman TJ Dow (wearing light blue tie), Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (wearing eye glasses and beard), Cleveland Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson (wearing light brown suit with hands crossed), Cleveland Ward 7 resident and journalist Mansfield Frazier (wearing open shirt), and Olivet Institutional Baptist Church senior pastor the Rev Dr. Jawanza Colvin (wearing dark grey suit and grey tie)


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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland Ward 7 Councilman TJ Dow, a former assistant county prosecutor whose ward includes the historic Hough District and the Saint Clair-Superior and Midtown and Asian-Town neighborhoods, will host a community meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6 pm at the Fatima Family Center, 6600 Lexington Avenue at East 66th St.

At issue is the $5 million redevelopment of the League Park District, monies approved via a city council ordinance, and a community project that Cleveland Mayor Frank  and city planners and architects, and even Dow himself all support and gave life to in 2014.

The meeting is expected to be controversial as Dow seeks to monitor commercial development in the impoverished Hough District, a Black area that is famous for the Hough Riots that occurred some 51 years ago, community outcries triggered in part by racial unrest and widespread public segregation.


Dow says that increased commercial business in the homestead area will heightened crime.

Dow's supporters and some residents in general say Hough, brought to fruition by longtime former councilwoman Fannie Lewis, should remain a safe-hood for Cleveland homes and that in the least streets need major repairs , the city schools remain in the bottom quartile statewide academically, and abandoned and debilitated homes are rampant.

Also a former community activist who overcame an effort by the political regime to oust him in a city council election four years ago in favor of Basheer Jones, a Muslim and Morehouse College graduate and community activist  pushed then by 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia Fudge publicly and the mayor on the sly, Dow is a fighter and has taken on various commercial entities since he became councilman in 2007, including the powerful Cleveland Clinic.

Nonpartisan elections for mayor and the 17-member city council are this year with Dow facing Jones again, among others, and the mayor's biggest opponent to date being Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson of Glenville, the underdog who like Dow, Jones and Jackson is Black, Johnson already running television campaign ads saying that if elected mayor he would reinvigorate Cleveland neighborhoods.

The League Park venue, situated at the intersection of East  65th Street and Lexington Avenue in the Hough, was once the site of a ball park built in 1891 and once the home for the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Buckeyes, the 1945 Negro League champions.

Babe Ruth made his 500th career home run  at the now defunct park

Restoration plans include restoring a bleacher wall, a  ticket house, Major-League size  and youth baseball diamonds,  and football and soccer fields.

Robert Zimmer, a White man and the director of the proposed Baseball Heritage Museum, unused and temporarily located in a ticket house at League Park, is seeking a city variance for 15 parking spaces but the Board of Zoning Appeals,  at the bequest of Dow, denied it, angering those in favor of the project, including resident Mansfield Frazier, a local journalist and  Mayor Jackson ally who grumbles that Zimmer has spots for 13 cars and needs 15.

Fifteen parking spaces are required by law for Zimmer to open up the museum for educational or other purposes.

But does Frazier, an ex-offender and self-made intellectual who owns a modest modern home in the neighborhood with his educated wife Brenda,  and who writes commentary for Cool Cleveland.Com, a White-owned alternative Cleveland magazine, really represent the vested interests of Black people in the overwhelmingly poor community of Hough?

Frazier and his wife own a bio-cellar and vineyard in Hough and he has complained in articles  at Cool Cleveland.Com that Dow "attempted to put us out of business too."

Frazier says  both homes and upscale and low-level commercial business can coexist, and balks that Dow is stalling progress for the redevelopment of League Park.

Like the mayor, Frazier wants the project to get fully underway,

The mayor's stance is not unusual as he seeks to balance the interests of the Black community and commercial retail, his critics saying he tilts too far to the left of the needs of his constituents and Jackson and his supporters arguing that such projects bring in monies to offset financial shortfalls that urban centers face in Cleveland and nationwide.

Dow, said sources, is torn between his commitment to his constituents as a whole and a community revitalization project that is tantalizing to big business and the elected officials they often manipulate.

It is, in fact, elitist, Black people struggling to put food on the table theorize.

A  three-term mayor, former city council president and political novice, Jackson is also facing community criticism, as are the 11-member Cuyahoa County Council and county executive Armond Budish, for a$140 million plan to revitalize Quicken Loans arena.

Billionaire Cleveland Cavaliers franchise owner Dan Gilbert says it is time for an overall at the Q where LeBron James and his basketball teammates, last year's NBA championship team first also this year in the Eastern Conference, perform their calisthenics.

But Gilbert, opponents of the proposed Q-arena project say, is offering only a fraction of the monies, and wants poor people and other greater Cleveland residents to make what foes of the proposal say is an unrealistic sacrifice.

Led by Olivet Institutional Baptist Church senior pastor the Rev. Dr. Jawanza Colvin, the Greater Cleveland Congregations and the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus the opponents of the Q-arena project say the monies can be put to better use and that poor and lower middle class greater Cleveland communities are crumbling as downtown is getting an ongoing makeover with little financial input from big business.


The city of Cleveland, led by Mayor Jackson and city council,  propose to handover $88 million for the Q-deal with city council holding hearing beginning next week on the proposed legislation.


Councilman Johnson, however, has publicly opposed the Q-deal.

According to a report released last year by the Brooklyn Institute in Washington D.C., greater Cleveland is in the top 10 nationally for residents living in concentrated poverty,

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Kathy Wray Coleman is the editor-in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com and a 23-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. Coleman covered the presidential election for the Call and Post in 2008, including a one-on-one interview with now president Barack Obama.CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS