[18 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
King James Returns to a Battered Kingdom

Inside of a short but salutary week, Northeast Ohio received a seemingly huge boost. Cleveland was chosen to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, and Lebron James announced he would be returning “home” to once again play with the Cavaliers.

The James’ announcement very quickly lit up newswires across the country, and Lebron’s gleaming visage graced the covers of sports pages everywhere.

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Politics »

[29 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

There are 6 steps:
#1. Powerful individuals decide on a concept for a big project behind closed doors.
#2. They line up the support of a handful of “community representatives” whose support they need. Heretofore, these folks will do all the work of promoting the project.
#3. A “study” is completed, paid for by the powerful people whose idea it was. The study, everyone understands, is to be a marketing tool, not an actual investigation of the project’s merits. No alternative concepts will receive formal study.  The “study” will claim the powerful people’s …

Sports »

[20 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Once again, I am completely jaw-to-floor awestruck at how much better managed Pittsburgh is than Cleveland.
The Post Gazette is reporting the city of Pittsburgh spent a year negotiating improvements to Heinz Field. The deal they worked out will add a $1 ticket fee to help pay for a $40 million expansion.
“I am pleased that this project at Heinz Field is being completed without any public dollars, which are increasingly scarce,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.
That’s what can happen if city leaders are willing to negotiate with private entities …

Public Transportation »

[15 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
A Leading Expert Shares his Vision for a Transit Friendly Northeast Ohio

This post was written by Jason Segedy, head of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study — Akron’s metropolitan planning organization. It was originally published at his blog Notes from the Underground.
Marc Lefkowitz of GreenCityBlueLake was kind enough to ask me to share my views on the future of public transit in Northeast Ohio with him.
Because I think it such an important topic, I’d like to share some of the same thoughts here at Notes from the Underground.
Q: Do we need a big, transformative vision for transit in Northeast Ohio, or …

Public Transportation »

[29 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Just a reminder that we still have a lot of really great, really urban places in the rust belt. Here’s a nice feature about eminently walkable Lakewood, Ohio — an inner ring suburb of Cleveland where people prefer to get around on foot and bike.

These kinds of places are rare, in part because of the lousy zoning rules that mandate suburban sprawl we’ve adopted across the U.S. Even Lakewood is guilty of these kinds of sins. Someone told me recently that the city requires houses to have garages.
 

Race Relations »

[4 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

This is pretty interesting, if you’ve got the time. East Cleveland is sort of a spectacular example of everything that’s gone wrong in the Cleveland area.
One interesting thing about this video is that the people from East Cleveland seem to blame the city’s people for its downfall. I don’t at all. I think this is what happens when you have absolutely no housing policy and building new communities means throwing away the “old” ones. A few people got rich building new suburbs in northeast Ohio over the last few decades …