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REAL CLEVELAND IN WINTER

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 12/18/2008 - 04:28.

Here is the Winter Reality for those of us under the superstructure of the reinforced concrete bridge.

Color      brilliant   detail

On hard concrete surfaces  cold InFRASTRUCTURE

Illegal

which we made REAL

in winter 

in Cleevland 

tell me it's rong 

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WATER MAIN BREAKS – A CLEVELAND GROWTH INDUSTRY

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 13:56.

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Tremont, other sections of the West Side, Downtown Cleveland, and a large portion of the East side of Cleveland were waterless this morning due to a water main break on Hamilton west of E 40th.

But to see the number of media reporters on the scene, you would have thought there was real important news to collect. 8 TV rigs were there, and one of the cameramen was already talking overtime.

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FORMER MUSIC CRITIC ASSESSES PD TREATMENT OF ROSENBERG

Submitted by Roldo on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 13:37.

Below is a message that has been sent to Steve Esrati, a former Plain Dealer copy editor. Esrati distributes comments, gripes and memories of former Plain Dealer editorial people to others.

The following is an honest appraisal, in my opinion, of the demotion of Rosenberg from his position of music critic at the PD, with the help of PD editor Susan Goldberg and the management of the Cleveland orchestra.

The writer, Bob Finn, is retired and the highly respected former music critic of the Plain Dealer.

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HOW COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS TREAT FOREST CITY ELSEWHERE

Submitted by Roldo on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 13:09.

Here’s a report from an organization in Brooklyn, N. Y., about Cleveland’s Forest City Enterprises and the real estate company’s activities in New York.

Why is it that Cleveland and Cuyahoga County citizens are NOT as active in protecting its citizens, for example, on the debacle being pushed by Forest City around the Medical Mart and Convention Center, a project made at Tower City’s executive offices.

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Systems Thinking: Driving Postive Change via TRUE Collaboratives for Comprehensive Stakeholder Benefit

Submitted by Sudhir Kade on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 21:19.

It's been quite interesting attending events like the recent Local Foods conversation held at AJ Roccos and coordinated by Josh Klein of CityFresh, among others. Reading through the main tenets of the recent co-proposal of the Land Lab of Kent State's CUDC and Neighborhood Progress, Inc provided a good overall game plan with a systems-oriented lens - certainly an understanding of all of these various systems as part of a greater system comprising our region was heartening to see.

Answering questions

Submitted by metroparks muse on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 21:06.

The Probate Judge who appointed Tana Carney to the Cleveland Foundation is John J Donnelly, who also appointed the Cleveland Metroparks Commissioners. The longest serving is Fred Rzepka, a developer (who was reportedly on the site committee for the Browns stadium).

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COUNCIL HIRES SHARKEY FOR MAKEOVER AT $45,000

Submitted by Roldo on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 17:45.

No one can argue that Cleveland City Council needs better public grooming. Anything that can make the city’s legislative body look a bit better these days should top the legislative body’s Christmas list.

So that’s likely why PR-troubled Council President Marty Sweeney – who might be the most needy Council member – has hired political consultant and former Plain Dealer political editor Mary Anne Sharkey for some helpful advice.

I told Sharkey that she should use as her corporate name “Mission Impossible.” She laughed.

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The Keystone Hotel and the Tower City Bailout

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Mon, 12/15/2008 - 22:02.

Over at Map the Mess, I've posted some thoughts on how the Keystone Hotel has emerged as a central feature to the Tower City bailout.

Read more.

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Ed Hauser: Prudent observations at the Oct 2008 Midtown Brews conversation: The Changing Landscape of Public Advocacy

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Mon, 12/15/2008 - 13:45.

I wanted to take a minute to revisit what Ed Hauser added to the Oct 2008 Midtown Brews conversation, NEO Next: Chapter One "The Changing Landscape of Public Advocacy: Citizen-Community Priorities and Web 2.0"

Here's a clip from our round-the-room introductions...

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WAS THIS $1,000,000.00 RTA PROPERTY PURCHASE NECESSARY?

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 12/15/2008 - 12:08.

On March 1, 2007 Realneo carried this report about the RTA’s million dollar purchase of a wasted 7 story mill building at 6611 Euclid Avenue. The RTA purchased the building from Cleveland’s DeGeronimo family for a million dollars.

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Arts and Crafts Movement

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 12/15/2008 - 07:51.

In the images of Frank Giglio's home, I saw a house that had been built with some of the tenets of the Arts and Crafts movement. Sadly, we have no appreciation for fine construction and buildings built to last. I google mapped Frank's house and realize now that Google has provided another way to capture the essence of an area: http://www.panoramio.com/

Residency requirements

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 12/14/2008 - 11:19.

Flag half mast and tatteredMuch has been written about the long-standing battle "fought" by our "heroic" safety forces and the oppression they "endure," while their families "suffer" the indignity of having to actually "live" in the city that pays their wages.

ED HAUSER BENEFIT TONIGHT@BEACHLAND 6:00PM

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 20:22.

Ed never missed an opportunity to advocate for what he believed.

Here we see Ed at a Meet the Bloggers on February 7, 2008. The Meet the Bloggers discussion, as I recall, was focused on the crazy 50 year City of Cleveland AmpOhio coal fired electricity contract.

But never mind, Ed was educating the crowd about the Whiskey Island Bulk Terminal plans.

There was a connection.

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DEFAULT 30 YEARS AGO - FORBES, BUSINESS, PD vs. KUCINICH

Submitted by Roldo on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 16:39.

Has it been 30 years already?

Cleveland’s default, I was reminded by a call from WCPN, has an anniversary tomorrow - 30 years since the city was taken over the brink by Mayor Dennis Kucinich, Council President George Forbes, the Cleveland corporate community and the Plain Dealer.

A call from WCPN program host Rick Jackson sent me to check some old articles on the news of those days in Point of View, the newsletter I wrote to try and counter the propaganda of the Pee Dee and its corporate string-pullers. WCPN will have a report on the default Monday morning.

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Where was the Cleveland Restoration Society, when their wonks demolished the Historic Giglio Farm

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 14:22.

About the time some wacked-out over-empowered government wonks were demolishing Frank Giglio's Historic Landmark house, on his city-desecrated urban farm, all the "restorationists" in our Society were abuzz about the chance to rub elbows with Timothy "Art Is Back" Rub at the sell-out "36th installment of our Community Luncheon" Cleveland Restoration Society self-love-fest, held last week at Wyndham Cleveland, at Playhouse Square...

Taking small steps on a long journey...

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 13:05.

How do we make ourselves and our communities healthy? Gloria knows.

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Highway Infrastructure questions for NEO

Submitted by Susan Miller on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 12:31.

 

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Steve Litt writes about transportation issues and Obama's infrastructure funding in NEO in today's PD:

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MOON NEWS

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 23:14.

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Tonight (it's overcast in NEO so you can't see it) the moon is brighter and closer than it will be for another 8 years .

 And the moon has been up to other unusual activities as you can see in the photo above.  

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ED HAUSER QUESTIONS PORT AUTHORITY IN ABSENTIA

Submitted by Roldo on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 16:41.

The late Ed Hauser - who in death has become a symbol of responsible citizen action - reached out yesterday to seriously question the motives of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority’s operations via a letter based on a conversation he had the day before he died.

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BILL MASON DROPS $50,000 IN CLIMACO LAP

Submitted by Roldo on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 15:48.

County Prosecutor Bill Mason yesterday dropped $50,000 into the lap of one of Cleveland’s premier political law firms – Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox and Garofoli.

The firm also is a heavy political contributor via a political action committee (PAC). The Climaco firm PAC is typically prominent in political filings of campaign contributions.

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THE MEDICAL MART MONEY MESS

Submitted by Roldo on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 15:15.

When Squire-Sanders & Dempsey boss Fred Nance presented the report on the site selection committee for the medical mart and the convention center I thought the Greater Cleveland Partnership paid for the study.

Any reasonable person would.

The press conference (some four months ago) was held under the auspices of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and run by Nance.

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RADIO/PRESS/TV NEWS SHRINKS WITH ECONOMY - HOW 'BOUT INTERNET NEWS?

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 11:02.

LilaTovCocktail posts here bringing to our attention that not only the Plain Dirty Dealer, but other of our established news organizations - in this case NPR radio - are cutting back their reporting.

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PD'S GLOWING PITTSBURGH STORY GETS BOMBED

Submitted by Roldo on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 21:43.

Mayor Frank Jackson in his latest “Cleveland – It’s Our Time” sends us a piece written about Pittsburgh that gives the lie to the Chamber of Commerce article on Cleveland’s rival city as presented by the Plain Dealer on its front page recently.

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Asterisk Gallery Art Auction

Submitted by bginley on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 11:02.