lmcshane's blog

Air quality in Cleveland

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 08/23/2009 - 13:55.

The demolition of the historic Midland Terrace Rowhouses on Denison is probably occuring either today or tomorrow--See Denison Senior NRP housing posts here and here.

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Bond Accountability Commission

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 18:11.

Drove by William Rainey Harper School on Cleveland's near west side. 

Looks like planned abandonment is the agenda for this school, too.  Along with the Cleveland School of the Arts, John Marshall and other local landmarks. 

Cleveland Clinic: Shame, Shame, Shame

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 08/15/2009 - 20:47.

This deserves your non-profit status in the community?  You pay no taxes to support our children?  Shame on the CLINIC.  SHAME.

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BACK to School

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 08/10/2009 - 15:27.

Here's the 2009-2010 school supply list for Cleveland Metropolitan School District:


Please note that the district is holding two CMSD Parent Back to School Round-up workshops
Workshops 8-2 p.m  Family Carnival from 12:30 -4 p.m.

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Writers and Readers Series--FREE Sunday programs at Cleveland Public Library continue

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 09:21.

With state budget cuts, Cleveland Public Library and libraries across Ohio have lost vital operation funding. 

Despite the loss of revenue needed to cover staff costs and Sunday hours at the Cleveland Public Library, the acclaimed Writers and Readers Series will go on thanks to the endowment provided by the Founders Fund.  This earmarked legacy from library lovers remains separate from the general fund.

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Passing Strange

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 08/02/2009 - 08:54.

How will the 2010 census define our country? Is it time to change the way we census the United States?

Post Hauser issue?

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 07/30/2009 - 02:50.

Gerrymandering has and will continue to erode communities in the City of Cleveland core.  Is this all part of a design?  What defining issue should REALNEO focus on in the coming months?

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Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 07/28/2009 - 16:15.

I am very happy that friend and local artist Carol Anderson will help our neighborhood understand Mandalas and the art of PEACE.  The theme of this summer's reading club at the Cleveland Public Library is BE CREATIVE.  So much to learn about PEACE, Love and understanding...


Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 07/26/2009 - 18:50.

Every Sunday the residents of Garden Court play a spirited game of kickball and share dinner al fresco at WC Reed Field in lovely Brooklyn Centre.  People of all shapes, sizes, ages and colors, and ethnic backgrounds.  Not such a hard thing to do.

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Friday photo

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 10:09.

Church of the Holy Oil Can

Just a photo to lighten the mood--wouldn't it be great, if NEO became the first city in the world to reduce energy costs by actually observing interfaith sabbath on Friday, Saturday and Sunday?  No cars, just bikes and pedestrians :)

A really BAD Day

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 07/21/2009 - 08:46.

Maybe Gates just snapped. Just was having a bad day. Just couldn't take it anymore. It happens. Maybe he has a history of depression and anger issues.

I'm sane, employed and a productive member of society but stupidly argued with the cops twice in my life. They always win. Now -- even on my worst day -- I will do whatever they say...yes officers, yes, sir, how can I help you sir.....

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Choice of Weapons

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 07/20/2009 - 07:39.

I wish I could put this book in the hands of every American.  


In Progress

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 07/18/2009 - 14:05.

What a wonderful day for a bike ride.  The All Access Fair is in progress right now.  Try to get there, if you can, to enter the raffle for some great local prizes like Honey Hut and Gentiles gift certificates!  

Lois Moss and all the organizers deserve a hearty round of applause.  It also helped that Mother Nature cooperated to give us a beautiful day after last night's torrential storms. 

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Question of the Day: Forums versus Blog entries

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 07/15/2009 - 13:37.

Recently, it became obvious that a great site like http://www.urbanohio.com gets a lot of traffic with comments and lively dialogue on topics that include local politics. 

Why do people feel more comfortable with the forum format rather than commenting to the blog entry format?  Users at REALNEO grasp the blog format more than the forum format, but REALNEO does offer the option : http://realneo.us/node/add/forum

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Book of the Day

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 14:14.

From the book jacket: Rooted in the true story of the US government's urban renewal policy and its disastrous aftermath, Black & White is a literary thriller, a family saga, and a searing portrait of institutionalized hatred.

Read this book to understand urban America and what we continue to do wrong today.

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Random Friday photos

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 06:40.

Yesterday, I happened to be off (I work Saturdays), so I got to take it easy and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cleveland.  Here are a few images from the Ingenuity Festival, to Tregoning Gallery (featuring the wonderful Matt Dibble), and, finally, to Sokolowski's University Inn.  A great day in the city.

Brooklyn Centre Naturalists Meeting

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 07/07/2009 - 13:06.

Brooklyn Centre Naturalists Community Meeting

Sat Jul 11, 2009   2:30pm – 4:30pm
Cleveland Public Library-Brooklyn Branch 

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Lincoln West High School

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 07/07/2009 - 09:34.

Here is a photo of the Metrohealth campus taken less than a block from Lincoln West High School.  I work with some of the most bright, kind, warm, funny and beautiful young  minds in Cleveland. 

Tap into this community Cleveland.  Build a sustainable community here.

Unseen Cleveland

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 07/05/2009 - 14:23.

Who can identify the locations of these pictures taken in and around my neighborhood on a beautiful Sunday?

Photo credit Laura McShane

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Spending your money $$$$

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 10:55.

 Laura McShane

The latest unwanted "project" for Ward 15 soon to be Ward 14...information provided from Councilman Cummins (thanks Brian):


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Ring-billed gulls

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 06/27/2009 - 20:21.

Disgusting.  The senseless destruction of wildlife in NEO as five hundred plus birds are killed by one person's thoughtless decision to pour cooking oil down a storm sewer.  This shouldn't be so hard for any one to figure out.  Kingsbury Run is a buried stream.  This past week, someone had a major event and did some deep frying.

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The NEW Social Contract

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 09:15.

Photo credit: New York Times

Dust off your Jean Jacques Rousseau NEO--Google "social contract" Cleveland, and, then, "social contract," Atlanta.

The game here will all start to make sense--after you PLEASE READ:

Atlanta Is MakingWay for New Public Housing, New York Times

Looking for HOPE in Cleveland

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 06/22/2009 - 07:35.

The landscape is a source of inspiration.  Here are some photos meant to inspire on a dreary Monday morning for the world and NEO.

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