Cleveland is the city where I'm from. Born, raised and schooled; more
than one way. Once a midwest powerhouse. Factories used to run three
shifts. Fisher Body, LTV Steel, Kirby, Ford, Chevrolet, Sherwin
Williams, the list goes on. Some are
still here, barely. Huge empty fields serve as reminders of the once
mighty powerhouse. Jobs started to go away. No work for the people,
Reaganomics was at it’s finest.. The “Just Say No To Drugs” campaign in
the mid-80s could not stop a new cheap, powerful drug. Crack-Cocaine
was introduced. What a money maker. Who could forget CSU’s Kevin
Mackey and the Brown’s Kevin Mack crack issues? It hit hard. Everyone.
Color, income, class; it did not matter. CPD was working around the
clock raiding spots. Gangs fighting over street corners to make that
money. This played out until the early 1990’s. Things started to
recover some. Terminal Tower was turned into Tower City in 90. Randall
Park Mall was where everyone wanted to be until the gang fights ran
people away. The court ordered busing to stop in 96. Go to your local
neighborhood school. More people are out of work. Small factories
closed. Huge industrial parks in town with vacant space. They make it
cheaper in China. Housing boom and crash. If your heart pumped blood,
you can get a loan for half a mil. Sign here. Still no real jobs.
People lacking skills for the New World Order. A lot left behind. Old
drugs are new again. People are still using. Not enough cops to make a
dent to get the supply off the streets. Cocaine wars in Mexico has
dropped the price to records lows. Watch out, that siding on your home
might be coming off soon. They don’t care what you had to do pay for
it. Oh, there is a shed that the railroad is not using any more.
Little by little, it started to walk away, even the fence. I’ll remove
that old crap from your home for cheap because I can dump it over there.
Maybe there will be some railcars with some metal in them worth
stealing when I dump. This will never end. The names will only change
and the location in town. The city will be the city, always. And it
will always be a little worse near the railroad tracks. Both sides are
on the wrong side of the tracks in the heart of the city.