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Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 09:58.

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Independence Day

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 18:10.

I will post more photos soon--I am compiling images from my neighborhood for a Brooklyn Centre bicentennial celebration 1812-2012.  The little girl above may not appreciate the significance of Independence Day until she is older--her family emigrated from Burundi.  It has been very typical for new Americans to arrive via the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood.

CLE+ Condemnation=Demos for Developers

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 06:21.

At a dinner conversation the other day, I was told by a person who works with area businesses that the City of Cleveland can condemn a property --regardless of the building condition-- if the water bill is in arrears--true?

I would not be surprised:

A More Perfect Union-Woodland Cemetery June 2012

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/24/2012 - 16:44.

Thank you today for a beautiful ceremony and a great family event. For all history buffs--Woodland Cemetery is a must visit destination. The Woodland Cemetery Foundation and today's volunteers put together a very special and touching family event.

Waste to Energy?!

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 06/23/2012 - 07:40.

While the City of Cleveland (Greater Cleveland Partnership) continues to promote burning trash for energy--

We all allow millions of gallons of wastewater to be flushed downstream at a cost to taxpayers?? There has to be a better way!

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Year of Local Food

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 06/12/2012 - 04:11.

We live on this body of water.

It's beautiful and blue and inviting, but I am afraid of it. Do I really want to eat fish out of Lake Erie?  (The answer is NO).

At the same time, I am definitely fooling myself, if I think that the fish or other food sold to me at the West Side market or even by a higher end purveyor has any better provenance.

WHO knew??? Cuyahoga Corruption

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/10/2012 - 09:31.

Victims of Plymouth Park: Contact Attorney James McEldrew, III, at  ( 215) 545-8800     or 123 S. Broad Street, Suite 1920, Philadephia, PA  19109    email

jim [at] mceldrewlaw [dot] com">jim [at] mceldrewlaw [dot] com



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REAL Food -and the myth of Urban Agriculture

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 08:28.

The re-imagining hype towards promoting local food, healthy living and reversing "food deserts" looks like a huge ruse to me (a tax strategy for land holding and covering up failed real estate investment schemes). Sure--it all sounds hunky-dory and idealistic, and there are some elements of the "vision" that have merit, but large-scale food production in NEO is not feasible. 

CMSD--the sad truth (and no one is paying attention)

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 05/07/2012 - 08:52.

I wish I wrote this comment to the PD's soft peddle "in support of teachers" (gee gosh, GCP just figured out they NEED the teachers to push support for a levy...):

tranche May 06, 2012 at 7:09AM


Within this article there are two messages. The first, of course, is another call by the Plain Dealer to pass a school levy.

Local Memory

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 08:22.

Meet with a couple visting from Dayton to research her family--specifically, the Fish Family, one of the original settlers in Cuyahoga County.  It helps that the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood retains some of the architecture and landmarks that can help her trace her family and provide a touchstone. 

How many of us, will be able to have that comfort ten, twenty, thirty years from now??

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Early Cleveland - Poison and Healers

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 04/21/2012 - 03:57.

There are so many  great ironies in NEO--one is the School of Medicine at CWRU located immediately adjacent to the facilities plant that contributes to asthma, cancer and other chronic disease.


Poetry WILL change the world !!!

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 08:57.

I am a TREE!!!

Listen to ME!

Obama--you want my vote?

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 04/03/2012 - 07:43.


How about cleaning house here in NEO?


GREENest Neighborhood?? The INCINERATOR still makes $en$e?

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:25.

The City of Cleveland has proclaimed 2012--the Year of Local Food. 

What major food and energy initiatives has the City rolled out?

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Out of the wreckage

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 03/11/2012 - 19:35.

No real story here--just intrigued by the image-- :)

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Springtime in CLE

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 03/10/2012 - 20:40.

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Good Fortune

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 02/26/2012 - 09:05.

Taking a break from the usual fare here--I will share a book with REALNEO.  At the recommendation of a young girl, I ordered Good Fortune by Noni Carter through the library.  I was hesistant at first.  I'll admit that I am weary of the recently popular, go-to thematic choices for young adult literature--vampires, gangs, and slavery.

Crime in Progress--Demolition of School of the Arts

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 02/20/2012 - 21:36.


As completely senseless and criminal as the destruction of John Marshall, the demolition of the Cleveland School of the Arts is now under way. Say goodbye to a fine and elegant building and watch your tax dollars wasted on this instead:

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John Marshall--

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 02/19/2012 - 13:52.
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Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 02/09/2012 - 22:35.

For a great trip--the Megabus to Pittsburgh can't be beat.  Here are some images:

St. Olaf at Mary Queen of Peace

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 06:06.

A beautiful night for CLE--as the heavenly choir of St. Olaf performed for a capacity crowd of 700+ at Mary Queen of Peace (formerly Our Lady of Good Counsel) in Old Brooklyn.  For Old Brooklyn and Brooklyn Centre residents--getting there was as easy as a brisk winter's walk.

Will vote YES for Issue 1 on March 6th?

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 21:18.

My gut reaction to any mailer from Council President Martin Sweeney is to trash it (and burn at high temperature to fuel CPP!)

Save John Marshall High School!

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 20:05.



Please watch this video and witness the stupidity of our Landmark Commission and Council representatives:

Not one more dime...

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 01/31/2012 - 21:36.

Cleveland City Council folks are being evasive--they know that the shady contractor Peter Tien has asked the Mayor and Council's approval for some up front money.  Fortunately, Ohio Citizen Action (and to his credit, Councilman Brian Cummins) are on top of the shell game:


August Biehle at Cleveland Artist Foundation

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 01/28/2012 - 19:18.

Need a getaway from a crazy Cleveland weather day?

While away time at the Cleveland Artist Foundation for an exhibit of August Biehle featuring works from his period in Zoar, Ohio.  You may be fortunate enough, as I was today, to engage in great conversation with major area art collectors.

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