Articles in the Headline Category
Every time some national magazine calls Cleveland “most miserable” or some iteration thereof, it is followed by an equally predictable round of shocked defensiveness. Even a more minor slight against the city can provoke pretty profound anger, I have learned in my five years as a Clevelander.
On some level I understand it. We all have things we love about home, and cities — our city — can be highly personal. There’s a fuzzy line between putting down Cleveland and putting down Clevelanders. If you’ve lived in Cleveland your whole life, that could be not just you, but nearly everyone you know and care about.
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.
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Rash Field-Current home of Baltimore Beach Volleyball
Thirteen million visitors a year come to the Inner Harbor. The city has much to gain if it puts its physically active young professionals out front on display. By playing at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore Beach Volleyball helps create a desirable healthy active image for the city. Instead of being celebrated, Baltimore Beach’s millennials are getting kicked off-stage.
The Inner Harbor has been home to Baltimore Beach Volleyball (BBV) for eleven years. BBV has 2500 weekly participants, plays games seven days a week from May to …
Writer Jim O’Toole wrote recently in Politico about the “political makeover of a rust belt city.” “Pittsburgh finally banished the old boys’ network” he says, “but it took a generation.”
The article is an upbeat look at the city’s recent about-face after the election of progressive Mayor Bill Peduto.
The city’s political shifts reflect the dramatic demographic changes of an old city getting younger—and helped produce it. Peduto, an enthusiastic 49-year-old former councilman who tweets almost as much as Cory Booker, ran on appeals to “the new Pittsburgh.” He …
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.
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.
In Out of this Furnace, Thomas Bell’s classic novel of immigrant life in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a steelworker named Dobie ruminates on his life as a working class immigrant in Pennsylvania’s steel belt: “I’m almost as much a product of that mill down there as any rail or ingot they ever turned out…. If I’m anything at all I’m an American, only I’m not the kind you read about in history books…”
Over seventy years later comes the film Out of the Furnace, about another group of working class characters in Braddock that you won’t read or hear much about in America.
One day, several years ago, a friend and I were driving across the west side of Cleveland on a beautiful Sunday morning.
As we drove along I-90, somewhere between West Boulevard and W. 44th St, I was admiring the beautiful Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the numerous churches that you can see from the side of the road. I thought about all of the generations of immigrants that had built, and then cherished, those places, finding in them solace and a sense of community.
I looked at the …