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[3 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Cleveland’s Kurentovanje — A Slovenian Carnival

So this happened last weekend in Cleveland:

I lifted this description right from the Cleveland Kurentovanje website, because honestly, I have no idea what’s happening here:

Kurentovanje (koo-rahn-toh-VAHN-yay) is the most popular carnival event in Slovenia and the central figure of the carnival, the Kurent, is believed to chase away winter and usher in spring. The day will be filled with costumes, a parade, food and drink, heritage and fuzzy Kurents.

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[11 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
Documenting Pittsburgh’s Labor Culture

Worker with United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America flag – Pittsburgh, PA
“There are no saviors, we are our own saviors. We have the capacity to save ourselves. Not individually no, but we have the capacity to band together, work together and understand that in order to create a better world, we need to create a world in where we all live better. If we create a world where only some live better, we haven’t created a better world.” - Mel Packer, Pittsburgh Activist & Community Organizer
When it …

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[29 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]
Ten Lessons from Boulder, Colorado

I had the great pleasure of visiting Boulder, Colorado for the first time over an extended weekend. As an urban planner, I was able to take away many useful lessons for Rust Belt communities from the lovely city abutting the Front Range. Granted, not every place can be set aside majestic mountains, but every community does have unique attributes.
Here are what I would quantify as the top ten. Many of these are remarkably similar to the ten lessons from European industrial cities published earlier this month.

Cherish, protect, enhance, and enjoy …

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[8 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]
Ten Lessons from European Industrial Cities

I have had the distinct privilege and honor of visiting the great cities of Dublin, Ireland; Glasgow, Scotland; and Manchester, England in the past four years. All three of these industrial revolution-era urban centers can provide America’s Rust Belt will valuable insights about overcoming past malaise and degradation to chart a new economic paradigm. Here are ten lesson I have learned from visiting them and observing what makes all three so vibrant:

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[17 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]

What are you doing September 20th? Do you plan on sitting in the street for an extended period of time, or how about establishing your very own public park? Why not do both?! At Park(ing) Day Cleveland you get to do just that. You might be scratching your head and wondering why anyone would want to do that, what is Park(ing) Day, and why don’t you spell things correctly. Those are all fair questions so let me explain:
Park(ing) Day, much like Critical Mass, is an international event held at the …

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[21 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]
Faces of the Young, Rust Belt Dilemma

Cleveland painter Frank Oriti was featured in the New York Times last week because his portraits of young Cleveland-area adults are being featured at a gallery in the Hamptons. By Cleveland standards, being featured in the New York Times and showing your work in the Hamptons means you made it, or really by anyone’s standards. I had never heard of him until then though, but I’m oh so glad I did.

Oriti, who, the New York Times pointed out, once
Out their experience… Fly-away. This only dosis de sildenafil en niños with …

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[9 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]
Scenes from Detroit: A Photo Essay

Rust Wire contributor Sean Posey spent last week roaming around Detroit, taking in the strange scenes that make up a city that has been unraveling.

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[31 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
An Ode to Detroit’s Lost Paradise Valley

“Boogie Chillun” is about the neighborhood of Paradise Valley in Detroit, which was destroyed by urban renewal. The Valley, or the “Black Bottom,” was much like the Harlem of Detroit.
From Experience Detroit:
Like many other Paradise Valley residents, John Lee Hooker moved north from the Mississippi Delta in the 1940s.  Hooker brought with him not only a desire for factory work, but also the foundations of the Delta Blues.  He, along with other Detroit bluesmen such as …

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[25 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
A Detroit Band with Staying Power

If you have’nt heard of Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers (JH+TRS), don’t worry, because you definitely will. Like a breezy breath of cool, fresh air blowing off of our lovely blue waters, this band brings to life a captivating musical style and awesome songwriting both on the stage and in its recordings. Their shows are filled with superb music and musicianship, tons of rollicking good fun, an eye-popping blizzard of floral/Hawaiian patterns, hilarious/zany eyewear, colorful balloons, and bouncing beach balls. It’s obvious that JH+TRS are having a great time …

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[22 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
“The Baby Doll Dance” — Fourth of July in the Mahoning Valley

These photos come from my friend Megan Rosati and they were taken on Fourth of July in Lowellville, Ohio — a small town not far from Youngstown.

Folks in Lowellville have been celebrating the Fourth with “The Baby Doll Dance” for more than 100 years. The tradition was imported from Italy and takes place every year at the Mount Carmel Festival, an Italian church summer festival. These festivals, if you’ve not had a chance to attend one, are very likely the greatest thing ever — cavatelli and meatballs!

Anyway, I just think this is a really cool local tradition (it’s right up there with dropping the walleye in Port Clinton, Ohio).