Articles in the Headline Category
Art, Good Ideas, Green Jobs, Headline, Race Relations, U.S. Auto Industry »
David Frum of the conservative American Enterprise Institute has written an interesting (albeit pessimistic) account of what went wrong in Detroit (everyone’s favorite topic).
In his National Post article “What Killed Detroit,” Frum argues that poisonous race relations and an insufficient commitment to arts and culture sealed the city’s fate long before the auto giants crumbled.
“The collapse of the automobile industry seems the obvious answer. But is it a sufficient answer?,” he wonders. “The departure of meatpacking did not kill Chicago. Pittsburgh has staggered forward from the demise of steelmaking. New York has lost one industry after another: shipping, garment-manufacture, printing, and how many more?”
Green Jobs, Headline »
This story highlights a Colorado community where a Danish company is scheduled to open the world’s biggest factory making towers for wind energy, The New York Times reports.
It is also “one of the last cities in the country where steel is poured for making rail,” according to the article.
“Steelworkers have toiled in this unlikely spot in south-central Colorado since the days of the cowboys and the railroad barons. Renewable energy, on the other hand, is a new concept, mostly on the horizon.”
It is interesting to read the comments of some …
Ohio’s water quality along Lake Erie received a failing grade in an annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Lake Erie beaches in the Buckeye State exceeded health standards only 19% of the time, just behind Indiana’s 18%, according to the report. Louisana came in a distant third with 29%.
The most common bacteria found floating in Ohio’s waters is E. Coli, according to the report.
Regional sewer district officials in Cleveland joined the NRDC and the Ohio Environmental Council and Environment Ohio at a news conference to announce the annual report yesterday at Edgewater Park …
Headline, The Housing Crisis »
CNN is reporting that many cities that were hard hit by the recession early on are starting to recover, while economic conditions continue to decline Sun Belt cities in Florida, California, Nevada and Arizona.
RealtyTrac and The Federal Reserve Bank are reporting that the recession appears to be ending in the Northeast and Midwest but is continuing to ravage the Southwest.
The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) is bringing its ‘Save the Dream’ foreclosure prevention event to St. Louis July 31 through August 1.
The organization says it will have 250 housing counselors and 500 volunteers on hand to handle crowds in St. Louis. A spokesman says NACA has already helped 25,000 homeowners receive loan modifications that helped them remain in their homes.
NACA recently stopped in Cleveland, where media sources claimed 80 percent of attendees were able to negotiate loan modifications that saved their homes.
Rust Wire disclaimer: From what I read, attending …
Art, Book Review, Headline »
The Daily Beast is carrying an article today celebrating the 16th anniversary of Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel, The Virgin Suicides, a dark, whimsical, coming-of-age story set in suburban Detroit.
Eugenides, a Detroit native, later went on to write the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling Middlesex, which also features the Motor City prominently, from the early days of immigrant tenements to red-lining, the race riots, and suburbanization.
The Virgin Suicides offers an exceptional descriptions of Detroit in its heyday; Middlesex an account of the tumultuous series of events that have made it the city it is today.
Writer David Masciotra is working on a book in which he will analyze Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics in context of politics, globalization and industrial decay.
He has displayed some of his work in a blog post about The Boss’ blue-collar ballad, “Youngstown.”
The song can be interpreted as a scathing condemnation of business practices that put the bottom line over the interests of American workers, to the detriment of Midwestern manufacturing towns, Masciotra writes.
An excerpt from the song:
Well my daddy worked the furnaces
Kept ‘em hotter than hell
I come home from ‘Nam worked my way to scarfer
Editorial, Headline, Real Estate, Urban Planning »
After spending a few days in Chicago and Milwaukee recently, I noticed how great a job both these cities do of utilizing their lakefront.
In both Chi-town and Milwaukee (pictured above) people have tons of direct access to Lake Michigan: miles of beautiful lakefront parks and trails for biking, walking, or just general enjoyment of the water.
It especially made me notice how poor a job Cleveland does at utilizing a similar space.
What’s on Cleveland’s lakefront? There is the beautiful Edgewater Park, but there’s also a power plant, highway, the shipping port, …
Headline, Urban Farming »
Urban gardening has become pretty trendy in Rust Belt cities and elsewhere as of late and like many trends, it turns out we’re only coming full circle.
As The Cleveland Memory Project demonstrates, there’s a long tradition of urban agriculture in the city.
Some of earliest traditions can be traced back to The Depression.
Relief gardens were begun to help feel hungry families during the nation’s darkest economic times. Urban gardens were supported by all levels of government and society as a way for the unemployed to provide for their families.
In 1933, Cleveland’s …
This Wall Street Journal story highlights the struggle many people in Michigan face as auto jobs disappear.
The share of Michigan residents under 65 using public insurance such as Medicaid rose to 22% last year, from 11% a decade earlier, WSJ reports.
“These cutbacks, in turn, are devastating the health-care sector. Now the state’s largest employer, health-care providers have swung from profit to loss. Hopes are fading that Michigan’s hospitals and clinics can offset the car industry’s decline: Even as waves of former auto workers are retraining as nurses, dental hygienists and …