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[17 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Cincinnati and Recovery from the Recession

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland just released a report showing economic data from Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Cincinnati. The idea was to track how these three cities are recovering from the recession.

Here’s the three area’s employment rates, before the recession and currently.

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[8 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
An Art Gallery and Neighborhood Change

Right now I live in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a neighborhood called Northside. It’s about a 15-minute drive north of downtown. From my bedroom window I can see a pizza place, hair salon, a couple tax centers, a rad art-collective-space called Chase Public, and a boutique shop I’ll never venture into. I think if I lean I can see a chile place on the corner. Largely, the area is populated by long-time locals, but many (like myself) have moved here after a bit of redevelopment and renewal. While this renewal, on …

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[4 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
5 Reasons Clevelanders Should Reject the Latest Pro-Sports Giveaway

Hello! If I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting you, allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Will Tarter. I love Cleveland, its people, its traditions, its teams, its institutions, its past, its present and its future.

It’s with the future of our community in mind, as a taxpayer and a citizen, that I am voting “No” on Issue 7, otherwise known as the “Sin Tax.” Issue 7 will appear on the ballot on May 6th, 2014. This proposed issue will primarily tax Cuyahoga County residents, potentially bringing in an average of $13.5 million, each year, for the next 20 years, totaling $270 million that is 100% intended to fund maintenance on the professional sports facilities.

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[20 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Traveling Through Pennsylvania by Train

I shot these on my trip from Cleveland to D.C. Tuesday, out the window of the cafe car on Amtrak’s Capitol Limited route.
Pennsylvania is such a beautiful state. It’s really fun and interesting to travel at ground level through tiny communities like you get a chance to on Amtrak.

My journey took me 10 hours and left at two in the morning. But it only cost me $130 round trip and I was able to sleep for more than half the journey anyway. When I do this I take the savings …

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[14 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Ohio and the Fate of the “Big Eight”

The 2010 Census produced mixed results for America’s “legacy cities,” that is deindustrialized cities located primarily, but not exclusively, in the Midwest and in the Mid-Atlantic states. While east coast cities like Newark and Philadelphia actually posted population gains, Midwestern Rust Belt cities generally continued their long slide down in terms of population growth. This proved especially true in the state of Ohio, formerly a key manufacturing hub and once arguably the heartland of Industrial North America. For not only have Ohio’s major cities continued to shrink, their population loss …

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[6 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
A “Major League City”

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.

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[3 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Cleveland’s Kurentovanje — A Slovenian Carnival

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.

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[25 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
What’s Behind the Super-Nasty Viral Email to a Cleveland Jobseeker

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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[20 Feb 2014 | One Comment | ]
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Poised to kick out Millennials

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 …

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[12 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
Command and Control in Cleveland

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 …