County Executive Armond Budish read the article and released this response:
"Mr. Shaughnessy, we are so glad you've taken the time to take note of the affordability of Cleveland, Ohio. You're right, you can buy a $3 beer right downtown. You can also live in a beautiful, inexpensive home in a nice, safe neighborhood and still have a 15 minute commute to work, enjoy the Cleveland Orchestra, appreciate one of the largest theater districts in the nation, and of course, cheer on our beloved sports team. That's just Cleveland.
I did notice, though, that you might have missed a few other great things about our city. Just down the way from Flannery's Pub and Horseshoe Casino, establishments we are no doubt proud of, is a thriving entertainment district we call East Fourth. You can visit one of dozens of restaurants, including those run by world renowned chefs like Michael Symon and Jonathon Sawyer. If you took a little bit longer of a walk, you'd see that downtown boosts thousands of residents and an occupancy rate of nearly 98%. It seems that we can't build downtown apartments fast enough for all of the folks clamoring to live here! Our city is tough and, yes, we are revitalizing. You can see that at Public Square, where are a constructing a beautiful, downtown park, or at the brand new, world-class Cleveland Convention Center. National publications have certainly taken notice, maybe you missed the articles. Check out this, or this, or even this. If you don't have time, it should be no worry, you can always stop by next summer when we host the 2016 Republican National Convention and 50,000 visitors.
Again, thanks for your interest. Looking forward to having you back in town tonight! Go Cavs!"
Fans didn't take kindly to Shaughnessy's remarks. The backlash against the columnist's words is growing. Cavs fans aren't quiet and don't hide their city pride.
"I love downtown Cleveland. We have a lot of people. It's great energy," said Andrea Benitez.
"It's finally coming back after it's been a joke for so long. And we're coming back and we're gonna do it," said Luis Benitez.
In an interview with 19 Action News, Shaughnessy said his tone was "misinterpreted" and he loves Cleveland.
"It says in there I love Cleveland. I do. I've been coming here since '77. I'm sorry about the misunderstanding. And I'm really rooting for the city to make a full comeback," Shaughnessy said.
Shaughnessy says there's no question a win for the Cavs would be a win for Cleveland.
"Don't be so sensitive. You guys are better than this," he said in our interview.
Fans still aren't sold on his words.
"He needs to get out of Boston more often," laughed Benitez.
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