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What can GLUE do for Cleveland?

Cleveland residents,

The Great Lakes Urban Exchange is hosing its third annual conference in Cleveland this year.

The group, which aims to share ideas and best practices for revitalizing Great Lakes cities, has a survey about how how the conference can best be used for “ACTION, rather than agendas.”

The group is “issuing this preemptive survey to help us plan conference activities that will be immediately actionable, useful, and effective in answering the needs of the ‘do-ers’ who are making Cleveland a healthier, more sustainable, more equitable and successful city.”

Find out more and take the survey here.


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GLUE Conference Day 2: Our trip to the Menomonee Valley

On Friday, myself and a number of other GLUE conference go-ers were able to tour the Menomonee Valley, a redeveloped former brownfield in Milwaukee.


This area was formerly home to heavy industry and manufacturing, such as stockyards and railroads. The site is now touts itself as a national model in economic and environmental sustainability.

Laura Bray, Executive Director of Menomonee Valley Partners gave us a tour of the site, highlighting its sustainable design, public park and bike trails, the Harley Davidson Museum, Miller Park, a Native American casino, and a number of businesses, including some manufacturing.

She emphasized the area’s land use planning, how it uses wetlands to treat storm water, use of native Wisconsin species, university partnerships and more.

There’s also some public art, and best of all… more than 4,000 jobs.


There’s still more work to be done though, such as connecting the adjoining Silver City neighborhood with the site to help people access the valley and its jobs and recreation.

We also drove through the Silver City area, SoHi (South of Highland) neighborhood, and past Marquette University. Thanks to Ms. Bray for our wonderful tour.

(I appologize for the lateness of this post. I am still recovering from the conference!)


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Our trip to Milwaukee: GLUE Conference, Day 1

We’re here in beautiful Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the GLUE (Great Lakes Urban Exchange Conference).

We took a few hours to explore the city:

Along the Riverwalk:



Stunning historic architecture:

p1010597The Milwaukee Public Market and the Historic Third Ward area:



We capped off the evening with a great meal at the Sprecher Brewery!


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