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This is a rendering of a plan put forward by nonprofit organization Ohio City Inc. It shows a two-way protected bike lane for Lorain Avenue in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.
This would be the first example of this type of bike treatment installed in greater Cleveland. Akron does have one, but few if any other cities in Ohio do. However, 53 cities across the United States have protected bike infrastructure, which has been shown to increase ridership, reduce injury and boost business. Mayors in cities like Chicago and Seattle are racing …
I never heard of Detroit activist and author Yusef Shakur until this weekend. But I wanted to share the above video, just for inspiration.
Shakur’s work is part of the reason Renisha McBride’s killer was charged with murder this weekend. Earlier this month, McBride, 19, was seeking help after a car accident in Dearborn Heights when she knocked on the door of 54-year-old Theodore Wafer, a white man. He shot her in the face.
It took 13 days and the work of folks like Shakur and Detroit filmmaker dream hampton — who organized …
As near as I can tell, the term “Rust Belt” originated sometime in the mid-1980s. That sounds about right.
I originated slightly earlier, in 1972, at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio, Rubber Capital of the World. My very earliest memory is of a day, sometime in the Summer of 1975, that my parents, my baby brother, and I went on a camping trip to Lake Milton, just west of Youngstown. I was three years old. To this day, I have no idea why, of all of the things that I could remember, but don’t, I happen to remember this one. But it is a good place to start.
We’re getting ready to spend $16 million on a giant chandelier in Cleveland.
One of my friends cited this as her breaking point, the reason she is moving out of Cleveland. She and her husband are planning to move to Minneapolis. At least they’re trying to do things with transit there and improve quality of life, she said.
This giant chandelier, planned to hang in the Playhouse Square area, she said, is like our personal version of the “world’s biggest eggroll.” It will make us look like rubes, she said.
Cleveland has an …
This post originally appeared on Streetsblog.
Flint, Michigan, is probably best known as the poster child for population loss and de-industrialization, as captured in the Michael Moore movie, “Roger and Me.”
Though this town of about 100,000 has never fully recovered from the loss of 30,000 General Motors jobs that was the subject of that film, Flint is becoming known for its innovative strategies dealing with population loss. Flint’s Genesee County Land Bank is a model for other post-industrial cities throughout the country.
Here’s one innovative new idea out of Flint that …
Do you remember when Rustwire posted this shocking image of Cleveland’s Warehouse District? The animated gif immediately went viral.
So much surface parking, so many historic buildings lost. It was devastating to see what had happened to the downtown of this once bustling city. Despite a few gaping holes in its urban fabric, the Warehouse District is once again a thriving residential community.
Nearly all of the remaining historic buildings have been rehabbed and residential units are at 97 percent occupancy. The next big piece in that puzzle is diversifying the current business mix by attracting more retail that services the residents, while activating some of those parking lots until larger developments can be attracted.
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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 …
The annual Labor Day Parade on Kinsman Road is a big event on Cleveland’s east side. The 2012 parade was huge, requiring close to four hours for its participants to make their way down Kinsman from East 140th Street to Luke Easter Park in sweltering sun. This year, without a Presidential election to swell the ranks, the 2013 parade was somewhat shorter, and the weather was gray and drizzly, but spirits were just as high. Cleveland’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood has come in for …
Some of my Twitter followers from other cities sent me this video made by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance advertising Cleveland’s downtown as a place to live. These folks were impressed with the video, and its emphasis on livability. Some of my bike friends were excited too, that bikes were featured so prominently.
There’s a shot of Critical Mass rolling through Public Square yelling “happy Friday,” like they always do. And those really are the most fun moments in downtown Cleveland, the kind that make the most compelling footage for videos like …
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There is a popular thought experiment that goes a little like this: ‘What would you do if you had a million dollars?’ Frankly, I have no idea. A million dollars is something I cannot even fathom. I work two jobs, and fill my ‘free-time’ working to get ideas off the ground so that one day, I can pursue one of these more meaningful endeavors as a full-time gig. So, for the sake of discussion, lets scale things down to a more human scale; ‘What would you do if you had $10,000?”
This is a question I have an answer to!