Articles in the Headline Category
We don’t even need to tell you why it’s important to shop local, shop rust belt cities, this Christmas/Hanukkah/etc. do we? Here’s some gift ideas that will not only delight your friends and family, but make you feel good/look thoughtful.
Rust Belt Almanac
For starters, we have to pitch the Rust Belt Almanac, which we’re selling in partnership with its Philadelphia-based publisher the Hand and the Heart press. This will make a good book for the industrial city nerd in …
St. Joseph Byzantine Church was the second church that St Joseph’s parish built on the site in the Union-Miles neighborhood. The first was built in 1913; in the early 1930s, it became a parish hall and a new structure erected next to it. By the early 1970s, the parish decided to move to Brecksville, and sold the church to Zion Baptist, which abandoned the main building a few years later.
The first time I encountered it was on a photo drive with my partner in early …
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.
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 …
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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!
Among the most oft-repeated assurances about the Opportunity Corridor, is the refrain that the some 80 property owners who will be forced out of their homes and businesses will be “fairly compensated.”
Tecora Grey’s house will be seized by the state of Ohio for the “Opportunity Corridor” project. Will she get a fair deal?
This is sort of a half truth at best though. What the displaced families and businesses are actually guaranteed though eminent domain, in fact, is “fair market value.” That does have the word fair in it.
But is it really fair, as most of us would understand it?
Last week, a long time dream of mine came true: I got to visit Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
If that sounds like an exaggeration, it’s not. I’ve wanted to visit the UP for probably about 10 years, so a third of my life. My dad is a big fisherman and lived in Toledo when I was very young. The UP is the type of place Toledoans vacation, or would sometimes, especially if they were into hunting and fishing. There’s faded early 80s photos of he and my mom and me as an infant camping and tromping around in the sand dunes and hanging out by some lakes. Those images — happy adventures — I’ve been exposed to from my childhood, so I always wanted to explore those areas for myself.
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Tucked into a corner of the east side of Cleveland—unbeknownst to many in Northeastern Ohio and even in the city itself— is one of the region’s great cultural treasures. In operation since 1953, the African American Museum of Cleveland was the first independent museum in the country dedicated to chronicling the Black American and African experience.
The museum was the brainchild of Icabod Flewellen. Born in 1916 in West Virginia, Flewellen began obsessively collecting items relating to black history at a young age. …
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK- While Cleveland has largely put its dirty river problems behind it, Rochester, New York is starting to gain some notoriety as a Rust Belt city with its own river related public relations problem. Over the last few years, the Genesee River that flows under Rochester’s iconic Frederick Douglass–Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge has developed a flotilla of garbage that nobody seems willing to clean up. City officials say it’s not their job.
The problem is one of jurisdiction and …