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[11 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
Documenting Pittsburgh’s Labor Culture

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 …

Headline, Regionalism »

[10 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
The City That Wasn’t: Shenango Valley and the Failure of Consolidation

The Shenango Valley of today is a fascinating blend of beauteous rural areas, suburban sprawl, stark urban decay, and industrial landscape. One can travel through the sprawling malls and shopping plazas of Hermitage, filled with shoppers and dense traffic, to another world only miles away. In neighboring Sharon the downtown is a picturesque, if semi-vacant shell of itself. The streetlights even fail to light on the weekends, when it’s possible to walk whole streets without seeing another pedestrian. In neighboring Farrell urban blight is mixed with old storefronts and places out of another era, like the New Deal Club and the Croatian American Civic Club.

Yet, much of the Valley is intertwined, whether many will admit it or not. And over several decades of decline, plans have proliferated to unite the area in some form of regionalization. Less than a decade ago we saw the sad climax of perhaps the last attempt to consolidate the area and save the Valley.

Economic Development, Featured, Great Lakes, Public Transportation, Regionalism, Urban Planning »

[16 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
Are Michigan and Wisconsin missing a golden opportunity?

Since reading the book Aerotropolis several months ago, the topic of intermodal logistics has been on my mind. One logistical issue that routinely comes up in the Great Lakes Region is the congestion and delays that take place in and around Chicago. Being a chokepoint for numerous rail lines and highways at the south end Lake Michigan, the Chicago Region is critical hub for cross-country freight movements. With the rapid growth in just-in-time delivery, containerization, container ports, and intermodal facilities over the past few decades, any bottlenecks and/or delays …

Politics, Regionalism »

[15 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]

This post originally appeared at Streetsblog.
It’s presidential election time in Ohio, and boy does Stanley Kurtz at the National Review have a scoop for the good, unsuspecting citizens of the Buckeye State. Northeast Ohio political leaders and President Obama are working on a sinister plot to redistribute wealth from suburbs and give it to cities!! (Socialism!)
Kurtz has found a bogeyman in the concept of “regionalism,” which has for decades been promoted (and by that I mean talked about more than acted upon) by suburban and urban leaders alike in Northeast …

Brain Drain, Economic Development, Featured, Politics, Real Estate, Regionalism, The Environment, Uncategorized, Urban Planning, Urban Poverty »

[9 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]
Niagara Falls: Reversing decline in a bipolar city

My definition of bipolar urban areas are those that have two principal cities at their core, but they have each taken nearly opposite paths socioeconomically. The two cities posses an almost Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-like qualities – one being quite healthy and prosperous while the other may suffer from poverty, economic distress, or environmental degradation. While every significant urban area has its areas of poverty, distress, and degradation, a bipolar region varies in the fact that one of two primary core communities is the site of concentrated problems.

Economic Development, Featured, Good Ideas, Green Jobs, Politics, Public Transportation, Regionalism, The Environment, Urban Planning, Urban Poverty »

[3 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Making Sustainable Attainable in Greater Lansing

Monday evening I had the honor to join approximately 100 fellow participants, planners, partners, and stakeholders from throughout Greater Lansing at a kick-off meeting for the Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability at East Lansing’s Hannah Community Center. Partners in the program include the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, Lansing Area Economic Partnership, Michigan State University Land Policy Institute, Michigan Energy Options, the Michigan Fitness Foundation, Greater Lansing Housing Coalition, the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council, and CAM-TV.
The four-hour event showcased the nine sustainability projects that will be part of the three-year effort …

Regionalism »

[3 Apr 2012 | One Comment | ]

You probably haven’t heard about this yet, even if you work in the planning field in Northeast Ohio, but right now the region’s political and civic leaders are hashing out a regional plan that is supposed to help fix our economy and the environment.
This isn’t like the lakefront plan either, a pie-in-the-sky vision for what the region would do if the right developer comes along or if the Feds come through with a grant. This is a planning process that is supposed to result in …

Architecture, Art, Economic Development, Headline, Regionalism, The Environment, The Media »

[2 Apr 2012 | One Comment | ]
15 Scenic Cities of the Rust Belt

No one can deny the awe-inspiring scenic beauty of Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, or Salt Lake City. But, often overlooked are the splendid topographic and geographic settings where a number of Rust Belt cities are situated. Beautiful city settings of the Rust Belt may not get the national notoriety and ink of their western competitors, but some are equally endowed with great scenery. Here’s a list of 15 Rust Belt cities that I feel are a visual delight:

Economic Development, Good Ideas, Regionalism, The Media »

[26 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

This year marks the third annual Pages & Places Book Festival in Scranton on Saturday.
The event is intimately tied to Scranton as a place, its creators say:
“Pages & Places grew out of two overlapping phenomena. On the one hand, there’s the obvious, ongoing revitalization of the city of Scranton, manifest in new construction and the rehabilitation of some of the city’s landmark architecture, in the influx of new downtown residences, and the reinvigoration of long-time and former residents who have committed to opening businesses downtown. On the other is the realization …

Featured, Good Ideas, Real Estate, Regionalism, The Big Urban Photography Project, Urban Planning »

[5 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
Urban Hiking in Pittsburgh

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of joining a group of Pittsburghers for an Urban Hike in Swissvale, a borough just outside the city with an interesting history.
Some stops along the way included the Trundle Manor, Kopp Glass and some affordable housing for sale from the Mon Valley Initiative.

Also on the journey: The Triangle Bar, home of the famous “Battleship” (giant sub sandwich).
Urban Hike is a group that regularly organizes hikes in the city’s various neighborhoods and surrounding communities, with stops along the way so participants can learn about what …