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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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Question of the day? Noble experiment or futile effort?

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 09/14/2007 - 18:46.

Has REALNEO been a noble experiment doomed to failure?  People tune in from all over the world, but apparently the center will not hold. 

Council needs to clean-up act

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 09/13/2007 - 10:15.

Press release  posted at the request of Council representative Brian Cummins:

Council needs to clean-up act, move to

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Standard of Success

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 09:18.

Today's Plain Dealer again chronicles the "horror" of living in the city and validates the decision of all the suburbanites that have chosen to flee.  Sister Regina touches on the crux of the real problem in her column today.  Standards.  The school district is changing the standard for success by imposing a dress code.  The City of Cleveland needs to set the same standard for our neighborhoods.  The new second district police commander gets it. 

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shift happens

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 08/26/2007 - 06:06.

Thanks to Ed Morrison and George Nemeth for calling local attention to this important academic project.

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GIMP headers

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 08:34.


Norm--I LOVE today's GIMP header of a flooded Rockefeller Park.  I think of Masumi Hayashi and John Jackson.   And, it makes me want to reread Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy. 

How can we refer back to these images?  Do you have them stored somewhere accessible?  Are they titled? 

Saving our history-Preservation pays off

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 08/06/2007 - 18:25.

This week's Crain's Cleveland Business commends the efforts of Convivium33's Alenka Banco and the design team of Nottingham-Spirk. Preserving the past to give us hope for the future. Bravo.

From Crain's Cleveland --Repeating history Monday August 6, 2007
For the business owners and others who opt to bring new life into old buildings, high costs, years of work and a slew of other challenges await. Is all that time and trouble worth it? Yes, insist some who have renovated rather than built new. 

The Tyler Elevator building project is another encouraging story.

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Just a guess

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 20:41.

My guess--the most recent member to sign on to RealNEO is Stefanie Spear--I think her maiden name was Penn.   Am I right?   I saw a copy of Earthwatch today as I met up with Lois Moss to promote Walk and Roll Cleveland.  The writing seemed familiar to me.  I lived through Cleveland in the nineties and remembered a highly literate magazine named Affinity.  Is this the same Stefanie?  So, I thought--Cleveland Public Library.  Surely, we must have archived a local environmental publication? Wrong! So, I checked www.worldcat.org.   And here's what I found.  Affinity.\by Stefanie Penn Language: English  Type: Periodical 

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Good news for Ward 15?

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 07/30/2007 - 18:50.

Some good news for my neighborhood-the Treadway Creek Project is off-the-ground and recycling may be coming back to the City of Cleveland thanks to the efforts of Councilwoman Donna Brady.

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Persistence of Memory

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 07/25/2007 - 10:37.

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My bank?

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 07/23/2007 - 17:35.

Third Federal will close it's downtown branch due to the decline in traffic.  Has any one on the Third Federal payroll noticed the orange barrels on Euclid?

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Masereel Centrum

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 07/05/2007 - 08:27.

My sister and her husband just returned from an arts residency at Masereel Centrum.  This is a photo of the lovely courtyard and living quarters provided to the artists.  The deadline to apply for next year is August 1st, 2007.  Art residencies...hmmm...what an idea???  Where do artists want to live while they are in Cleveland??

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angle no more

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 19:41.

Our information society is in a state of flux.  I am sad that angle's demise had to be a part of the change.  The challenge will be to maintain any local print publication format.  If you can help change the model for a reincarnation of ANGLE magazine please mail a hardcopy proposal to Janus Small, Janus Small Associates, 3220 Green Rd. Cleveland OH 44122 or email your proposal to hollychrist [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Who is saving our local history?

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 06/29/2007 - 15:29.

Cleveland Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library subscribe to a database Newsbank that receives a feed from the Plain Dealer.  The Plain Dealer articles are somewhat archived and indexed, but the Sun newspapers (published by PD) are not indexed, except by their own site (ditto PD for their article archive).  The Sun newspapers are not included in this feed.  For future historians and researchers, we need to push for better indexing and archiving of our local stories.  The microfilm is kept at CCPL and CPL but how will we find stories such as this one in the Westside Sun News?  Ohio City Chief hired by Stark.

Positive promoting

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 06/29/2007 - 08:21.

I for one am very happy to see how much TravelCleveland.com has improved.  Check it out and win some prizes!

Summer in the City Sweepstakes

Deadline to enter: July 3, 2007



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Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/17/2007 - 21:44.

Kurt Waldheim died this past week.  Hardly worth a thought, unless you are like me, the first-generation daughter of Eastern European immigrants.  Elizabeth Sullivan noted the event in her Plain Dealer column.  She tends

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Cool people

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 06/14/2007 - 19:51.

A very cool person, who just moved back to the Cleveland area, tuned me in to this site StitchCleveland.com.  Mary Ann your family needs a house...you have two kids (boys?) and so do Norm and Evelyn.  Talk to them.  Think of the synergy :)

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EVERYONE thinks it's a great idea

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 06/02/2007 - 08:16.

So declares Bonnie Teeuwen ODOT's returning District 12 chief in this month's AAA Motorist, as she describes the Opportunity Corridor, the proposed highway from East 55th St. to University Circle.  Well, count me as one person, who is not everyone.  I think the plan stinks.  I want to see a return to civilized boulevards in this city.  Real tree-lined boulevards. I think that there should be a way to make federal and state funds available to restore our boulevards (to include bikes): East Boulevard, West Boulevard, Martin Luther King Boulevard, Lakeshore Boulevard, Clifton Boulevard..And redesign other thoroughfares that should be boulevards : Chester, Superior, Detroit, Broadway, Harvard-Denison, Miles and Pearl.  We need to size down, not up.  And, what's the point of the Euclid Corridor, if we are building a parallel corridor for the rich folks?

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Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 05/28/2007 - 14:58.

We attended a Memorial Day ceremony at the forgotten founders Denison cemetery along Garden Court.   Rick Nicholson read Logan's order and Rev Wilde and Rev Andrews officiated over benedictions.  Addy Cummins played Amazing Grace on the recorder. A beautiful day to remember.  I ran across this obituary and it made me smile.  Click on Mickey for the full story and read the tributes from the ladies in this great toymaker's life.

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Hot potato, hot potato

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 05/26/2007 - 21:32.

Anyone know how the Issue 18 monies will be divvied out??

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Demos for developers

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 05/23/2007 - 13:35.

Statement from Brian J. Cummins

Council Representative, Cleveland City Council Ward 15

Information to-date Regarding Demolition of 2606 Riverside Avenue

Dated:  May 22nd, 2007

On Sunday morning, May 20th, 2007, the boarded-up, condemned house located at 2606 Riverside Avenue was demolished in error in what appears to be a case of a new aggressive contractor acting without full authority from the City of Cleveland’s Building and Housing Department.

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Which door??

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 05/20/2007 - 23:40.

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Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 05/18/2007 - 11:25.


Image credit: Final Fantasy Compendium

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Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 05/06/2007 - 21:25.

Sometimes, you have to break the rules to see the vast green potential of our region.  Get on a bike and explore.  Can't say where I went, but there are so many great hidden picnic spots in northeast Ohio.  And today was unbelievable.

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Happier news

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 21:51.

Mourning warbler


To spare myself from the ever present, I find refuge in the vicarious adventures of other birders.  One of my favorites--Jen Brumfield.  Check out her art work.


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