Public Education »

[25 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

This short film, produced by some Plain Dealer reporters, was featured at the Cleveland International Film Festival two years ago. It told the story of a Giddings Elementary School teacher Sherida Freeman and a club she started for fifth grade girls aimed at reducing fighting. The Girlfriends Club was a tear jerker. Freeman financed the high tea at the Ritz Carlton partly out of her own pocket.

The Girlfriends Club from Dale Omori on Vimeo.
I just wanted to share this because my boyfriend recently brought it to my attention that this …

Urban Planning »

[8 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

Build skywalks all over it, a la Detroit. This way people can spend all day in your city without even stepping foot in it, conveniently floating a safe 25 feet above street level all day!

It pains me that I even I have to write this article, but here goes, I am holding my nose. Officials in the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County are planning to build two of these babies right in the heart of downtown around major new developments–above the protests of residents and young people.
Sometimes, in Cleveland …

Brain Drain, Education, Green Jobs, The Environment, Urban Planning »

[1 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]

 
 
 
 
 
 
Published annually by Fourth Economy Consulting of Pittsburgh, the Fourth Economy Index identifies those counties that are “ideally positioned to attract modern investment and managed economic growth.” The index is broken down into micro (<25,000 population) small (25,000-49,999), mid-sized (50,000-149,999), and large (150,000-499,999) counties based on population.  The following five metrics are utilized as foundations for determining future economic success:
·         Investment
·         Talent
·         Sustainability
·         Place
·         Diversity
 
 
 
 
 
Below is a list of the Top 10 large counties as determined by the Fourth Economy Index – six of which are Rust Belt counties (shown …

Crime, Race Relations, Urban Poverty »

[26 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]

Late last year, at the culmination of a long high-speed chase, 13 Cleveland police fired 137 rounds into a car in East Cleveland killing two unarmed people.
State and local authorities are currently investigating the case: why the chase — which violates official department policies — occurred; why police thought the fleeing couple was armed.
The case has raised charges of brutality and discrimination within the police department. None of the 13 shooters was black, but the victims were.
Anyway, one of the more upsetting elements of this case is that the shooting …

Art »

[5 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]

I love this peaceful video of the Lake Erie shoreline in winter by Matthew Hashiguchi.