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[20 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Once again, I am completely jaw-to-floor awestruck at how much better managed Pittsburgh is than Cleveland.
The Post Gazette is reporting the city of Pittsburgh spent a year negotiating improvements to Heinz Field. The deal they worked out will add a $1 ticket fee to help pay for a $40 million expansion.
“I am pleased that this project at Heinz Field is being completed without any public dollars, which are increasingly scarce,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.
That’s what can happen if city leaders are willing to negotiate with private entities …

Economic Development, Headline, Sports, Urban Planning »

[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 …

Architecture, Crime, Economic Development, Featured, Great Lakes, Politics, Public Transportation, Race Relations, Real Estate, Sports, Sprawl, The Media, U.S. Auto Industry, Urban Planning, Urban Poverty »

[5 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]
Shared Responsibility for Detroit’s Woes

As a Michigander for the past 21 years, I’ve heard my share of Detroit criticisms, jokes, and put downs, both from within and outside the Great Lakes State. While fingers can be  pointed at the lack of past civic and political leadership in Detroit, our collective actions (or lack thereof) can certainly share in the responsibility. Some may scoff at such a notion, but here’re a few reasons why:

As a nation we elected leaders who adopted a tax code and laws that advocated, promoted, and accelerated flight from cities and …

Art, Sports »

[17 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

Browns fans, I often think, are gluttons for punishment. But this video, shot by Cleveland’s own Matthew Hashiguchi, explains it pretty well.

Browns Bus: Cleveland Heights Chapter from Matthew Hashiguchi on Vimeo.

Featured, Sports »

[15 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Youth Football: Human Development on the Cheap

We often talk about cities being rebuilt on the cheap. Like casinos and convention centers and urban strip malls becoming catchalls to the reasons our societies are crumbled. What’s less talked about is how we build our humans on the cheap. “Football as a way out” is an example of this.
From eHow, in article entitled “How to Escape from The Ghettos and Poverty”, Instruction 4 states:
If you have a talent or gift, use it to your advantage. If you can sing really well or if you are a star football …

Featured, Sports »

[30 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
More than Witnesses: A Brief History of Cleveland Sports

Cleveland is half its population since the epitome of itself as a winner.

The year was 1948. The Indians had won the crown with a player-manager, and with Satchel Paige: the first black pitcher to appear in a World Series. A model team then, for a model city. In fact it’s said a town’s teams can mirror in play the state of its locale’s mindset—like a kid rounding third through the awareness that his dad won’t scream if he’s out. And so the bounty of life symbolized back then was tremendous—the city like the belly of a suckling, honest-to-god infant; and like the puffed chest of an honest-to-god hard-ass. A city, then, with lights and people and bridges impressive in their capacity to let order pass across the fullness of their steel frames.

Things change, though.

Good Ideas, Headline, Sports »

[31 Mar 2011 | 8 Comments | ]
Video: Youngstown’s Bridge Movement, Skateboarders Give Back

This is seriously the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time.

The Bridge is a video about a movement started by DeKorda Jackson and his efforts for the push of getting a public skate-park built in the city of Youngstown, Ohio.

The video was produced by Stuck in Ohio, a Northeast Ohio creative studio.

Skateparks are a great way for cities to demonstrate their youth friendliness and also boost their hip factor. Plus it’s better to get kids off the street where they could get killed by a car. This is what you call a win, win. A no brainer. I hope this effort is successful.

Video after the jump …

Headline, Sports, The Big Urban Photography Project, The Media »

[5 Jun 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
The Lebron Question

It’s “the most important decision in history” and “the reasons why spew forth by the hour on ESPN’s LeBron Tracker, Deadspin and Esquire’s LeBron Watch, The Plain Dealer’s daily LeBron Rumors section, and the neighbor guy cutting his grass.”

But Scene magazine writer Vince Grzegorek says enough.

In an article titled “Let Him Go,” Grzegorek argues the groveling and the speculation and the posturing is hurting Cleveland’s image. Maybe more than “The King” ever helped it.

“LeBron in Cleveland validates our place on the map; LeBron anywhere else wipes us out,” he writes, “It’s sad, but no more so than our false belief that the guy ever loved us in the first place.”

To which he adds, hilariously, “even if LeBron departs, we’re stuck with ourselves.”

Sports, The Media »

[3 May 2010 | One Comment | ]

Read Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy’s ode to Cleveland here.

Economic Development, Featured, Sports »

[29 Sep 2009 | One Comment | ]
Yay! Cleveland Named Host of Gay Games in 2014

Cleveland has been named the host of the Gay Games in 2014.

Boston, Cleveland and Washington D.C. were competing for the chance to host the games, which are expected to bring $60 million in investment.
The announcement was named today in Colonge, Germany.
From On Top Magazine:
Cleveland’s 2014 Gay Games IX Sports & Cultural Festival will take place August 9 – 16, 2014 and feature 30 sporting events, including a gay rodeo.
Cleveland’s bid for the event was assisted by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which threw a bid party. The bid’s …