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Scheduled to launch in Greater Lansing on Earth Day, 2014 (Tuesday, April 22nd), Go Green Trikes, LLC (Facebook webpage link) is the brainchild of local green business entrepreneur, Yvonne LeFave. Utilizing heavy-duty electric-assisted cargo trikes capable of carrying loads of up to 600 pounds, Go Green Trikes will provide prompt and sustainable delivery services throughout the urban heart of Greater Lansing – essentially an area bounded by I-96 on the south and west, I-69 on the north and Van Atta Road to the east. Here’s a maplink of the service area.
These are …
Nearly a decade ago, the city of Youngstown was in the midst of finalizing a comprehensive plan that sought to create a bold new vision for the struggling Rust Belt community.
The plan, Youngstown 2010, called for a radical rethinking of the way in which the city needed to embrace its future.
Unlike most city plans which promote growth, 2010 suggested a managed ‘right-sizing’ which embraced the notion that a new approach was needed to deal with the numerous challenges associated with decades of economic and population decline.
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.
For those of you who (luckily) don’t know who Kelly Blazek is, let me give you a quick primer. Ms. Blazek is a “senior communications executive with nearly three decades of experience in global diversified industrials, professional services, PR agencies and economic development nonprofits” and the principal partner of Gemba Communications.
Among other things that she lists as accomplishments, she notes that she “earned her Six Sigma Green Belt” and is “a frequent speaker on creating a gamechanger resume, interviewing, maximizing LinkedIn during a job search and boosting one’s professional presence.” Whatever that means.
Look at this! I mean really look. Look at how wide and empty Cleveland’s streets are in the middle of a week day.
I was on Facebook recently just marveling at what a colossal waste of resources this is. Not to mention the damage done to the neighborhood. Does this look like a comfortable place to do anything other than drive through very quickly?
What were we thinking?
My friend’s response is probably exactly correct:
I believe the thought process was “this 2 lane road is backed up, let’s make it 4 …
Book Review, Economic Development, Featured, Good Ideas, Green Jobs, Public Transportation, Sprawl, The Environment, Urban Planning »
Certain books become a classic in their field of study because of their comprehensive nature (i.e. The City in History). Others do from their advocacy and groundbreaking nature (i.e. Silent Spring). In the case of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy, both of these reasons apply. Author Elly Blue has written “the” definitive book on bicycle planning that clearly identifies the societal, physical, environmental, and economic benefits of bicycling, while also completely debunking the myths, fables, urban legends, half-truths, and outright lies spread by naysayers and automotive apologists.
Facts are funny things. They tend …
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 …
Located a few miles north of Pittsburgh on the shores of the Ohio River is the small steel mill town of Ambridge, home to Old Economy Village, a National Historic Landmark.
Founded in 1824 by the leader of the Harmony Society, Father Georg Rapp, Old Economy was a prosperous village inhabited by members of the Harmony Society until 1906. In 1804 Father Johann Georg Rapp (1757 – 1847) and his adopted son Frederick along with eight hundred of their followers consisting of physicians, teachers, farmers and craftsmen immigrated to America from Iptingen near Stuttgart in Southwest Germany.
“Jobs.” Every time we make a big public expenditure in NE Ohio, it’s because of, for, and in service of “jobs.”
Taxing ourselves to build a convention center and hotel complex = jobs! Major league sports subsidies = jobs. Highways, especially highways = jobs.
Whoever is proposing or benefiting from the public expenditure can hire a firm to produce a study that says X expenditure will create Y jobs. How could anyone be against “jobs” in NE Ohio? You can’t. Don’t you care about all the people in NE Ohio who are …
Braddock, Pennsylvania might be America’s most embattled community. Born up around what is now the country’s oldest fully integrated steel mill, the Borough of Braddock grew in the shadow of the nation’s steel industry. Immigrants of all colors and nationalities flocked to the gritty steel town—looking to build new lives in a small corner of Western Pennsylvania’s industrial belt.