name this theater in Cleveland

Submitted by Susan Miller on Sat, 03/08/2008 - 22:29.

Where is this photo taken in downtown Cleveland?

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sat, 03/08/2008 - 21:39.

While snow piles up outside in NEO,  in Hawaii the anthurium are brilliant, waxy red.   A  friend just arrived Friday from Hawaii and hand carried these spectacular delicate stems.   What a thoughtful present.

Post Photos

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 03/08/2008 - 11:28.

Expose the corruption you see around you.  Make it hard for the culprits to hide.  Or, instead, just post a happy image to make us laugh, cry, be inspired.  The new media allows us to have a say.  Change the world.  Don't be afraid.  There is no time for fear.

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REALNEO Regionalism Proposal #1: Merge Cleveland, UCI, Case, UH, and Clinic Police Departments

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 03/08/2008 - 01:08.

In living and working around University Circle, it occurs to me how stupid it is that there are literally five or six police forces operating within overlapping turfs... Cleveland, University Circle, Case, University Hospitals, and the Clinic each have significant police forces. In addition, Cuyahoga County has patrols in the area... all intersecting within a mile of each other... and you are probably as likely to get shot within a mile of that intersection as anywhere in America.


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 03/07/2008 - 21:06.

When Ed Hauser speaks during the public comment period of a meeting – he is organized.   He has his camera running, and he has his visuals – his documents.

Recind County Tax

Submitted by Roldo on Fri, 03/07/2008 - 15:40.

Finally, someone tells the County Commissioners that they owe the public some answers on the increased sales tax for the proposed medical mart and convention center.

Cleveland City Council members Brian Cummins and Zach Reed, as you can read below, are asking for the repeal of the quarter percent sales tax increase that the Commissioners - at least Tim Hagan and Jimmy Dimora - placed upon County taxpayers without consultation of those who pay the tab.

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how Minnesota loves their Breuer

Submitted by Susan Miller on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 23:00.

This just in from Archinect: (how one learned community loves and respects their Breuer)

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Cultural traits-Work to do?

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 09:45.

Change.  Wow, it is happening.  Thank you Obama and Hillary. Today, Kevin O'Brien declares himself a Democrat (?).  His change of attitude has me pondering my own cultural make-up.  Do we have in-breed, unpleasant cultural traits that need to be evaluated and addressed from time-to-time? 

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 20:23.

Here is a dance video which NEO should watch and understand - and understand how to program.

A dance that union workers, and all workers, need to learn. 

U.S. coal power boom suddenly wanes

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 19:58.

From the Christian Science Monitor:

U.S. coal power boom suddenly wanes

Worries about global warming and rising construction costs give the edge to natural-gas and renewable-energy plants.

By Mark Clayton | Staff writer

from the March 4, 2008 The Christian Science Monitor

"What you're seeing is a de facto moratorium on coal power right now," says Robert Linden, a senior oil and gas analyst at Pace Global in New York. "You turn off the money spigot, you've turned off those plants."

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Keeping up with the Joneses, rather than Tubbs-Jones

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 03:41.

Vote for Obama

When I asked one of the Obama volunteers at my ward campaign headquarters how she thought Obama would do in our poor, urban, distressed part of town, she said she was the first African American to move to East Cleveland, and she knows everyone there, and they will all vote for Obama... and then I realized it was Mrs. Jones.

Connect the Dots for Bill Clinton's Friends, Cashing In, Philanthropic Fundraising and Undermining Freedom

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 00:45.

Sometimes the intersection of politics and policy is comfortable, sometimes uncomfortable, and sometimes you have to "connect the dots." One very uncomfortable "dot connecting" involves President Bill Clinton, philanthropic fundraising, the uranium industry and Clinton's private activity that ran contrary to US foreign policy and reinforced a country, Kazakhstan, with an antipathy to human rights and open media.

Video: Creative Capital Transforms Regions

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 14:35.

Creative Capital can transform regions. This story talks about the value of open conversations, building networks, collaborating, and sharing experiences to accelerate innovation in communities and regions...

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Midtown Brews: Creative Capital for a 21st Century Digital Media Marketplace

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 13:56.

Coming up this week...

Creative Capital for a 21st Century Digital Media Marketplace @ Insivia

Learn how Creative Capital transforms regions. Get started now by listening to this conversation with guests Geof Pelaia, Virginia Marti College; Eric Purcell & Laura Wright, Insivia; and Experience Artist, Melissa Daubert.

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dance video of the day - talking

Submitted by Susan Miller on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 09:47.

new art club

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 03/02/2008 - 22:08.

Nancy Lesic - who is the PR cheerleader for the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Port Authority, and other Governmental and Corporate interests in Cleveland,  has become overly familiar with me during the last few weeks.  Where she got my email I don’t know, but she’s been spamming me with the likes of this Israel item for her client Joe Cimperman. 


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 03/02/2008 - 12:33.

Google Street View has recorded much of Boston, much of San Francisco, and other cities around the USA.  
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Cell Phone Numbers Going Public

Submitted by Susan Miller on Sun, 03/02/2008 - 10:47.

REMINDER....all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies tomorrow and you will start to receive sale calls and you will be charged for these calls.

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Thoughts on the GCP strategy

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Sat, 03/01/2008 - 20:14.
About  week ago, Jay Miller from Crain's Cleveland Business sent me an e-mail. He asked three questions about the Greater Cleveland Partnership. In the interests of promoting an open discussion about the activities of Cleveland's chamber of commerce, I reprint my responses to Jay's questions. He started by pointing out the the GCP points to NorTech and BioEnterprise and Team NEO as its economic development strategy.

JM: So I have a three-part question: Do you think those organizations (NorTech and BioEnterprise and Team NEO) are having a reasonable level of success in the areas they focus on?

EM: These organizations are having some success, but their regional impacts are relatively small. These organizations are slowly changing the dynamic of the relatively small footprint around Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.   

Here is the rub. In some sense, you cannot have it both ways. 

The GCP looks at these organizations and says, "Here are Greater Cleveland's economic development organizations". 

The FFEF looks at the same organizations and says "Here are our regional (read 16 county) Northeast Ohio economic development organizations". 

This confusion leads to misunderstanding. By "outsourcing" its economic development responsibilities to these organizations, GCP undercuts the utility of these organizations as neutral regional networks and reinforces the impression (and reality) that these organizations are "Cleveland-centric". 

At the same time, there's good evidence to suggest  that these organizations do not really invest much beyond a relatively narrow footprint around Cleveland. Finally, these organizations are relatively expensive to run, and not very transparent in their operations. No one is quite sure how all this fits together or what success looks like. 
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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sat, 03/01/2008 - 13:05.

I voted absentee – to give me time with my ballot to consider each candidate – and I found that many candidates have no internet record whatsoever.   That’s a bad sign for NEO.


History being written right, today... Tech Czar on Medical Mart

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 02/29/2008 - 18:30.

Tech Czar Logo

I spotted a link on BFD to Tech Czar Michael DeAloia's fascinating write up on the Medical Mart, so much in our pocketbooks and news every day, in real neo. Well, it seems we have one community leader interested to set the records straight today and from now on, in his world, on his blog, about his world, which is fascinating. I'm glad to see Michael more active than ever, leading the community, since leaving City Hall, and I appreciate the honest facts about the Medical Mart that are missing everywhere else. Read this tidbit below and you'll link through for the rest...

Cosgrove took over the meeting and detailed the Clinic’s expansion plan (which were amazing – what the public is seeing in terms of development and real estate purchases are nothing relative to the massive plans the Clinic has for its University Circle campus), and then offered the possibility of a Medical Mart.

Bloggers for Obama?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 02/29/2008 - 16:54.

CoolCleveland Obama Endorsement

During the very cool Meet the Bloggers spin segment I saw televised after the Obama/Clinton Cleveland debate, one of the bloggers said the response in the blogsphere was split on who won - 50% Obama and 50% McCain. Today, a different window into NEOs cyberspace opened for Obama (and McCain), with endorsements on CoolCleveland. If you visit REALNEO often, you know where I stand... I am one REALNEO member strongly supporting Obama. But I am only one small voice in REALNEO, and I'm curious how other "bloggers" and cybercats in NEO stand on the primary... no matter what, this is an historic election, so why not speak up with your vote, voice and support for whomever you like, while you can really make a difference.

So, please, use this posting to add a comment of support for your candidate. If you have a blog or place in cyberspace where you voice your feelings about this, feel free to link that in. Note, to leave a comment you must be a REALNEO member... use the create account link to request an account and we will confirm that for you as quickly as possible.


Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 02/28/2008 - 21:06.

It's always good to return home with fresh eyes.  There are so many positives to our city.  It all depends on your view.

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