Rev. Jackson speaks about West End deal, City Manager probe

Rev. Jackson speaks about West End deal, City Manager probe

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The issue of FC Cincinnati's plans for the West End and the fallout between Mayor Cranley and City Manager Harry Black were on the mind of the Reverend Jesse Jackson during his visit to Cincinnati.

The Rainbow Push Coalition Local Steering Committee says it is deeply troubled by the recent chaos at City Hall, saying lately there has been a character smear campaign against Black.

"The concern about the city manager, and the concern about what the options are. We should sit down respectfully and discuss what the options are," Jackson said.

FOX19 NOW reached out to the Mayor's office on the specific issue with City Manager Harry Black, but have not received a response.

Another issue Rev. Jackson addressed was the Rainbow Push Coalition Local Steering Committees' concern about neighborhood gentrification, especially when it comes to the proposed FC Cincinnati stadium in the West End.

"People who grew up in the community have the sense of this is mine, where we live, where I was born, what I develop... and now they want to displace where I live with a stadium and the community is saying no. The people in democracy must be heard," he said.

FC Cincinnati declined to comment on Jackson's visit. However, last month FC Cincinnati's President and General Manager Jeff Berding said the team will bring a catalyst of opportunity to the area.

On Tuesday, leaders will discuss the potential soccer-specific stadium deal in the West End.

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