Councilman Santiago (ward 14) - Poster Child for Council Reduction

Submitted by Henry Senyak on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 16:07.

Piece of Political Art my Neighbor Georgiann Franko picked up during Tremont Art Walk in October.

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the end of an era

Submitted by Susan Miller on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 10:18.

In today's news we learn of the end of an era - Jim Mazurkeiwicz retires and Potter Mellen closes its doors.

Here's a sample of Jim's work from the still live Potter Mellen website:

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The Cleveland Social Media Experiment

Submitted by Charles Frost on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 23:31.

The Cleveland Social Media Experiment

As the days wane on 2008, it is becoming ever more evident that Cleveland and its civic leadership must work with fervor to develop new business and industry. I am constantly reminded of Cleveland’s strong lineage of disregarded life altering opportunities to; instead, stay on the tried and true. Have you ever heard the stories of Cleveland donning serious consideration for NASA’s Mission Control headquarters? Can you imagine the radical change to the NASA campus and its influence on Cleveland if it were to have a mission control here? This could have happened. I suspect you are all aware of Progressive Insurance wanting to build an “eye-opening” corporate headquarters in Downtown Cleveland, only to have the civic leaders in Cleveland politely say, “No thank you.” Shameful.


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 23:12.
cleveland vacant building ripped curtains blowing out window
 In November 2003 the first 2 Vestus wind turbines went up in Bowling Green, Ohio. 
More than 5 years later Cuyahoga has nothing to show for itself - except "study" and DELAY.
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Bail Outs, Fiscal Crisis -- How Strong Are Our Cities?

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 17:08.

While on the subject of cities, some analysts look to the nation's economic woes, it's impact on tax receipts for cities and foresee municipal bankruptcies growing at alarming rates.  Cities may need to look to municipal bankruptcy, chapter 9 of the bankruptcy code, to protect themselves and taxpayers. We haven't seen this since the Orange County bankruptcy in 1994, which lost over $1.5 billion.

Councilman Polensek Should Resign

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 17:03.

I never thought Councilman Mike Polensek was a bad guy, maybe a frustrated, burned out, partially-jaded reformer facing difficult tasks in Cleveland, but not a bad guy. However, in my mind, you can't justify the latest problem involving his asking a local development nonprofit organization to buy a house for him while he secured financing.  He can say he gave the nonprofit a modest profit for helping he can say it was only a short-term thing and he can say he only did it for his mom, but....

May I have your chicken's ID number, please?

Submitted by Susan Miller on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 03:08.

Black shiny shoes... laced up FBI shoes - the ones that got Ken Kesey... remember? in Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test?

Black shiny INS shoes are now rounding up immigrants (like all of us Americans who are not native to the US lands) and putting them in jails - rounding them up for deportation. It’s big business and it’s a growth industry in a failing economy.

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Possible Crematory in Ohio City

Submitted by jenita on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 01:08.

This is a re-post from my blog: Ohio City's Bodnar Funeral Home applied for a zoning variance on December 22nd to build a crematory at 3929 Lorain Avenue. Ward 14 Councilman Joe Santiago is in support of the building addition and expansion of the funeral home’s on-site services.

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adam harvey - rip tremonter

Submitted by Quest-News-Serv... on Sun, 12/28/2008 - 17:49.

adam you were called a racist because you deleted my barack obama, for president posts - and than you banned me- you stated you were only going to suspend me my posting for a week- to punish me - you never let post after the week. anger comes from guilt and fear- so don't let your guilt and fear rationalize censorship and your political favoritism for the status qua- i don't judge you for getting a county job from polical favors- but dont't belive you own lies - because its called psychotic behavior- self desception leads to destruction because you think or one thinks that the ones above them with money and contactions know more then you do- as we can see with the world conditions - this isn't the fact - truth- eternal thanks for the most of posts that you posted that helped the community- all the luck in the world for you and the misses and new born-

eternal thanks, yogi and guy

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 12/28/2008 - 16:41.
Steve Litt recently wrote a piece enthusiastically plugging the NEW CLARK FREEWAY for his bosses at the Dirty Dealer covered by Susan Miller on Realneo.
One Question Mr. Litt: 
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Cleveland Sketch Crawl

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 12/28/2008 - 10:10.

What better way to see Cleveland--10 a.m. -12:00 p.m. for all upcoming dates listed here. 

January 3rd The West Side Market 1979 W. 25th Street Bring in the new year by sketching the Saturday activity at the market. With the enclosed produce section and the impressive indoor market is the perfect winter locale!

Save our City

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 12/28/2008 - 02:51.


Cleveland is New Orleans, where the foreclosure crisis, like Katrina, is just a perfect storm for corporate greed and local corruption run amok. 

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IT Help

Submitted by DesireeSchmitt on Sat, 12/27/2008 - 11:52.

I need some I/T help.  Yes, I know I posted that I used to be in I/T, but I had such a bad experience with local government that I walked away.  And left all my geek skills behind me.

So, I'm in dire need of help.  I have a computer at the shop that needs more memory... in a bad, urgent way.

I also have a laptop that's MS Registry is bad.  I need to save my data and have the instructions to do so, it's just over my head these days and I have a million other things to do...

Any referals? 

glass house-Tremont West Development Corp-throwing stones?

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 12/26/2008 - 15:47.

tremont west development corp electrical

After reading one of Henry Senyak's September 2,  2008 post on Tremonter it appears, from the article written by Chuck Hoven, that the Tremont West Development Corporation had paid staff members canvas the Tremont neighborhood and develop a list of structures which the staff members claimed had building code violations..

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Tales from the Moon

Submitted by DesireeSchmitt on Thu, 12/25/2008 - 19:01.

This memory makes me smile and appreciate the struggles with my home.  I was working at Edison's and one of my regulars came in and found out which house I was renovating and he proceeded to tell me stories about the old candy store.  I love the stories of the Tremont old-timers and when I went home from work that night, I posted a blog about the conversation which was much more than a story about my home.  So, in the spirit of the holidays, sharing may make someone else smile as well...

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

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Life may be giving and fulfilling if you are receptive. Consider the tree-top-tree

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 12/25/2008 - 14:45.

Perfect Tree

We wanted a real tree for the holiday, this year, but Evelyn and I don't like the idea of growing and cutting down and then transporting and throwing away a tree just for that. The carbon footprint, any way you do it, just seems a waste.


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 12/25/2008 - 12:17.
left over christmas trees not cut
Everyone has had the experience of trying out for a "team" and not making the cut .  
And being left behind from where we wanted to go results in, perhaps, "taking the road least traveled".
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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 12/24/2008 - 23:49.

In the weeks and months that have passed since  Councilman Cimperman’s porch fire on July 28, 2008, there has been no further news of what caused the fire.  Check the internet.   There have been no arrests, and the FBI, the Cleveland Fire Department Arson Squad, and Mr. Cimperman have added nothing new about what caused the blaze.    The impression left from the incomplete investigation is that Mr. Cimperman was most certainly attacked by an arsonist.


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FBI and Cuyahoga

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 12/23/2008 - 23:09.

Everyone knows I loathe any link to the Dirty Dealer, but this Vinci death seems of consequence .. thanks to lmcshane for the head's up.

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a holiday tale for the realneo community

Submitted by Susan Miller on Mon, 12/22/2008 - 19:50.

The Mice Sewing the Mayor’s Coat, c. 1902

Take a journey out of the realneo and into the quite unreal Gloucester with

Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester

one of our favorite stories at Christmastime

Listen here at the BBC

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La Strada

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 12/22/2008 - 11:53.

Life is just one long road and the trip can be painful and it can be beautiful. Yes--deep, deep (possibly creepy) thoughts, but the experience at La Strada, the new restaurant, is not sad, or painful--just beautiful.

Robbery at Gunpoint early this morning in Tremont

Submitted by Henry Senyak on Mon, 12/22/2008 - 11:22.
I want to just bring it to everyone's attention unfortunately last night three thugs robbed a employee of the Tremont Tap House at gunpoint in their rear parking lot.
Two African American and one Caucasian jumped out of a parked van that was waiting for the employee when he retrieved something from his parked car. One had a pistol and the other was holding a Ak-47.
They never went inside the tavern.
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WHO NUKED TREMONTER (Story reported on Realneo 2008)

Submitted by jerleen1 on Sun, 12/21/2008 - 22:52.





Folks, the much enjoyed Tremonter closed it's blog site for good this evening.  Some say the truth hurts and others say the truth sets you free.

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Bauhaus & Breuer: Preservation In Atlanta

Submitted by Eternity on Sun, 12/21/2008 - 17:40.

Please read and sign the online petition. 

In response to several pieces posted on this site, all of which relate to historical significance of legendary architect, Marcel Breuer, I've decided, at the urgings of fellow blogger and preservationist, Susan Miller,  to post a piece that specifically concerns Breuer's final, monumental, public commission (completed in 1980) that site being The Atlanta-Fulton Central Public Library.  And while I am fully aware that RealNeo is a site devoted to all things Northeast Ohio, because there has been so much discussion concerning local preservation efforts for Breuer Buildings in Ohio, it can only help to bolster both local and national efforts towards educating the public-at-large about the importance of the relationship between civic identity, cultural wealth retention, socio-political integrity and fiscally sane, environmentally sound preservation. 


Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 12/21/2008 - 15:08.

Milkweed at West Creek Reservation

Peace and tidings of goodwill to NEO and all the world