Sam Adams and the entire City Council have the facts and history of the nuisance Peterson's has created- this is the reason why they have not stepped in to this "issue"....Because there is no issue. As usual, you present a very one sided story.
Peterson's is much to do about nothing. He was a bad tenant and the city had warned him in 2006 that they were intending on terminating his lease if he did not improve- and he did nothing. And the only reason Peterson is putting up such a fight now is that no other downtown property owner will lease a space to him! The City does not need to be in the business of leasing space to businesses that no one else will rent to. Think of how much money the City loses every year that they can not rent the spaces next to Peterson's because of the nuisance he attracts. At sales of $1.4 million a year- you speak of Peterson's like he's a charity case- when he's laughing all the way to the bank, paying his people minimum wage, while you support his case in your rag!
Your attempts to demonize Sam are laughable, without any merit and just more rabble rousing from the Merc. Sam is very supportive of small business-in this case, not supportive of business owners that do not care of the negative impact they have on the community. Sam cares about downtown and doesn't want it to turn out- say the way Detroit did! Give it a rest Matt, you know this is the last business you want to see in your downtown luxury condo building!
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