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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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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:
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 …
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 worked in a steel mill, has taken to painting portraits of …
“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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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 …
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).
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In a number of cities, there are certain derelict streets that are nearly denuded of dwellings or businesses. Desolate and forlorn, these streets resemble something out of a post war apocalypse. Detroit may be the poster child du jour of such stark and sad emptiness, but there are many other examples across the Rust Belt and elsewhere. What to do with neglected streets has long been a source of planning discussion and conjecture. In some instances entire abandoned neighborhoods have or are being converted to urban agriculture or community gardens. …
Rust Wire put out a call for entries last week, calling for treating Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan with the same respect he treats native Americans — namely developing a mocking and offense caricature of the old money lawyer.
We are really excited to have received four excellent submissions from four people around North America. I said I would give $100 to the winner, and print out the image on some t-shirts to sell, give Dolan a taste of his own medicine.
Just as a refresher, here’s what we’re working with here: