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Urban versus Sub-Urban

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 10:11.

Nice graphic--thanks guv :) 

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Urban renewal

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 12/10/2007 - 10:36.

Here is an encouraging sign. 

Nature's REAL real estate developers are setting up house at the mouth of the Cuyahoga.  When they move into the neighborhood, Great Blue Heron and other species follow.

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REcycling nightmare

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 12/08/2007 - 10:52.

How will northeast Ohio contend with the massive disposal of analog TVs in 2008-2009?

From Waste News:

Many TVs will be tossed when new FCC rules take effect in 2009

(Waste News; 11/12/2007, Vol. 13 Issue 14, p1-23, 2p, 2c --You will need your Cleveland Public Library card number and PIN to read this article electronically)

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Bedford, Ohio--It's a Wonderful Life

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 12/08/2007 - 01:34.

In my twenties, I worked for the Cleveland Metroparks and I did not own a car.  I rode the bus places and I walked and walked, or rode my bike.  One of the places I loved to visit was Bedford, Ohio.

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Fantasy versus reality

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 12/06/2007 - 10:54.

What makes a realNEO candidate   REAL?  Money?  Business support? Life experience? A newspaper endorsement?

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I gotta like Frank

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 12/04/2007 - 09:45.


Like everything Cleveland...better late, than never, I suppose.  This appeared in my bulkmail:

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Food and Spirit--Live well!

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 12/02/2007 - 14:36.

Cleveland is rightfully championing local hero Mike Symon for his national recognition.  Tremont has hung a banner in his honor.  We should all be thankful, at this time of year, to live in a part of the country that knows how to live well.  

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Brooklyn Centre is official

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 11/26/2007 - 16:49.

 We have a web site!  Stay tuned.

The beautiful girl below is a talented musical student, athlete, artist and writer in Brooklyn Centre--click on the photo for more information about Joyful Noise. 


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Live in Cleveland, Live in Brooklyn Centre, Ohio

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 11/18/2007 - 17:56.

I just got back from hearing Sherman Alexie speak at the Cleveland Public Library.   My sides hurt from laughing so much and, yet, at the same time, I want to cry.  His voice is true and his message needs to be heard.

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Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 11:26.

I hope to see this story receive wider notice and attention.

Students charged with hacking school computer, changing grades

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Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 11/11/2007 - 06:52.

Main Entry:


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Mind of Cleveland

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 16:08.

The Artist

Carl Pope believes we are living in a time in which individuals and small groups can exert tremendous influence on the world. His artistic practice is rooted in a belief that outer change is born within the imagination, inspiring the individual to become a catalyst to effect transformation in the world. The goal of “The Mind of Cleveland” is to inspire civic pride and cooperation during this critical point in the city’s history. Now seems to be the perfect time to pose these questions.

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The Not for Tourists Experience

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 11/08/2007 - 20:36.


If any city could proclaim itself the "Not for Tourists" city, it would be Cleveland. 

Make a pitch to NFT and perhaps, we can get a guide before Pittsburgh!  Believe it or not, Cleveland ranks higher than Pittsburgh in terms of worldwide economic clout (now my sister in Pittsburgh and I have something else to fight about).


See this article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Inner Circle ? Whose inner circle?

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 11/06/2007 - 13:08.

Today I received my e-newsletter from University Circle Incorporated.  Lo and behold--they are using a new title. 

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Daylight Savings Time

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 10/27/2007 - 11:38.

Sunshine helps to save energy and fight crime, some say.

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Indicator Species

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 10/24/2007 - 12:51.

If you want to know the health of your community--ask your mail carrier:  "How many vacant and foreclosed properties on my block today?"

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Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 10/23/2007 - 21:40.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory found a Northern Shrike in the nets yesterday 10/22. What a prize for one of the most beautiful days of the year.

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Incentive-based Recycling

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 10/20/2007 - 16:28.

The City of Cleveland has reimplemented curbside recycling.  I want it to work.  It should work, but we also need to consider incentivesPhiladelphia has the right idea.

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Love of the Game

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 10/17/2007 - 19:20.

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Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 08:49.

The voyeur in me likes to read the personal descriptions of other realNEO personalities.  Here is a hopeful one.

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No swimming

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 10/07/2007 - 12:18.

Water, water, everywhere and not a drop to float in.  Yesterday, I attended a wedding shower for two people who represent everything hopeful about this region.  Smart, smart people.  My smart friend's smart mom arranged the party at the Henn House in Sims Park along the lake.  Henn House has been renovated by volunteers who see the value of fixing and restoring.  After the party, I found myself in the same position as another woman, who wandered down to the beach to admire the sun

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Demolition Patrol

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 09/29/2007 - 10:02.

I've enlisted the kids in the neighborhood to let me know of the most recent demolitions.  West 34th St. is the most recent victim of these random hits (Address 3872, south off Denison).  

Creating these gaping holes is not how to save the city.  If there was some actual vision or plan to make use of these demolished properties, then I could see the rationale.  To the people living with the bulldozers--it's as if someone has dropped a bomb on their street.  (I will have to buy a digital camera to record the devastation a la Jeff Buster).

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Join the Club

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 10:55.

Like millions of Americans, Oprah has been diagnosed with thyroid disease.  We know that there is an environmental stressor causing this autoimmune failure.  Maybe, now there will be more of an attempt to pinpoint the cause and spare our children from this silent epidemic.  It mostly affects women (due to body fat?) So ask yourself, what do we add to our water?  It's not just an urban problem--it's a suburban problem, too.  It's not just a Lake Erie problem, it's a Lake Michigan problem, too.  So, maybe the soccer moms will want to do something about it?  Especially, if Oprah leads the charge.

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Expect more

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 09/21/2007 - 20:17.

Expect more stories like the incredible sink hole that swallowed my backyard.   The infrastructure of Cleveland and the inner ring suburbs is crumbling.  Instead of repeating the same mistakes, Cuyahoga County needs to find a way to reimburse these homeowners and collectively allow these stream corridors to revert to their natural function.  It is certainly the most cost effective way of fixing this problem and it will serve the dual purpose of cleaning our waters and regreening our community.

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