While most of you are reading this, Ray Patel is probably standing in front of the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, otherwise known as the City Council, pleading for the life of his business. He will either be followed or preceded by the Caruso Mega-Machine and his never-ending plans to resurrect and deliver Glendale to the financial promised land with his expanded Americana.
And with the City Council fawning eternally over Rick Caruso's quips and quotes, I must ask: Why are we always turning to Caruso to rebuild Glendale? And what is our definition of blight and redevelopment?
Nothing against the existing Americana — I like it just fine. But for the Redevelopment Agency to stick a fork in Ray Patel and tell him to put up or get out smells fishy, and not in the delicious Katsuya way. It's a very cowardly position and frankly goes against what a redevelopment agency should be doing, which is revitalizing blighted areas of the city.