Art, The Media »

[22 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]

The European cultural channel ARTE recently zoomed in on the city of Pittsburgh as part of a look at a sort of everyman’s America in the days leading up to the 2012 presidential election. You should check out the whole project here. It was inspired by the work of photojournalist W.E. Smith. In the series, modern Pittsburgh is contrasted with Smith’s iconic photos from Pittsburgh’s heyday as a steel boom town.
This is just one video that shows how the city has transformed, examining the city’s northside Mexican War Streets neighborhood …

Politics »

[11 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]

If information from a respectable source raised suspicion that a local police officer was accepting bribes, this community would rightly insist that that officer be pulled off the street until an investigation took place and his name was cleared.
Why do Clevelanders not insist on the same standard for that man’s boss’ boss’ boss, a City Councilman? FBI tapes have revealed that Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney was part of a plan to fix contracts by a contractor who admits to bribing …

Good Ideas »

[2 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]

My friend Dennis Litto shot this video of the annual New Year’s Day polar bear swim at Huntington Beach in the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village Edgewater Park in Cleveland.

This video starts a little slow, but it’s well worth the wait, I promise. The swimmers make their plunge at noon on New Year’s Day.
You’ve gotta be tough, as they say.

Labor »

[12 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

Union members tearing down a Koch Brothers (Americans for Prosperity) tent in front of the Michigan Statehouse. A Fox News anchor getting punched in the face. Was there ever a better metaphor for the central struggle in America right now?

As someone who was born 10 miles from the state border, I just can’t imagine Michigan without unions. It would be hard to recognize.
-A.S.