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Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 16:37.
Nana Kodwo Eduakwa V and Nana Kra Kwamina II

Dress of Chiefs of the Village of Atonkwa near Elmina, Ghana - Nana Kodwo Eduakwa V and Nana Kra Kwamina II - at a reception at the Ashe Cultural Center in Cleveland


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 16:07.


I am continuing my theme of kites driving the economy.   Today I introduce another type of kite - this kite is an exhilarating  transportation vehicle.   With fuel prices going up (which is good) our entertainment outlets will be modified.  Power boats will be the losers, and wind powered sports will be the winner (which is good).

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 05/25/2008 - 23:29.

"Speak softly and carry a big stick" is a military philosophy. 

 I suggest another: "speak and use appreciation to direct your adversary".   

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Artist for Eternity: Rest in Peace, Scott Miller

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 05/20/2008 - 13:22.

Scott Miller

I was saddened to learn today that the excellent Northeast Ohio painter - a Cleveland Institute of Art graduate and productive artist - Scott Miller passed away, this weekend. I'm sure detals will follow here and in other arts media. My mother taught Scott at CIA and remembers him as a great talent, who lived life his own way. Scott just had a powerful show of recent work at Gray's Auctioneers Gallery, in December 2007, at which I shot these photos of Scott and his work - I'll post more later.

Fighting Dinosaurs? Lead Poisoning and Urban Redevelopment

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 15:07.

Cleveland Natural History Museum

If these are average Clevelanders, living in older urban neighborhoods like around University Circle their entire lives, they have been lead poisoned, perhaps severely. Thursday morning, May 22nd, join 100s of NEOs leaders concerned with our community's health, intelligence, safety and economy meeting at the Cleveland Natural History Museum for a free breakfast, keynote discussion and breakout sessions about lead poisoning and urban redevelopment. I guarantee you will leave this brief event with a completely realigned understanding of the core barriers to the success of our urban neighborhoods, leading to better planning for a healthy, effective region in the future.

Green Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 05/14/2008 - 15:32.

This certainly has been a perfect spring for flowering trees, still exploding with color all over the near East Side. Here are some views at Lakeview Cemetery, where the plantings are exceptional any time of year, and especially about now. Check it out!

Meet CIA's Clay Design Gurus

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 14:55.
05/18/2008 - 12:00
05/18/2008 - 14:00

Please join Convivium33 Gallery and the Cleveland Institute of Art Ceramics' Department Icons/instructors, Judith Salomon and William Brouillard, as we meet, greet and share stories in an open forum Question& Answer reception.


1433 East 33rd St. 44114
Cleveland, OH
United States

What is a "Green Roof"

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 01:34.

What is a "Green Roof" and what does it look like?

At the house on Roxbury, the green roof is where the raccoons still live.

Question of the Day... What Drives Your Hyper-Local Economy?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 05/07/2008 - 08:00.

Corbo's Little Italy Cleveland

Little Italy has always been core to my REAL NEO experience. From earliest childhood memories,  my family has always had many meals at various Little Italy restaurants, each year, as well as picking-up an occasional pizza (where else in NEO but Mama Santas or Valentino's... well, do try the Gelatoria at Fairhill). I also love getting Lemon Ice and other goodies at Corbos. with their unusual greeting of "Leave the gun, take the cannoli"... as authentic as life gets, in NEO. Last night, I noticed Corbos moved next door to their old home, to a remodeled new space (much as Prestis did, a few years ago) Little Italy has always been a great hyper-local neighborhood, where people live, work, eat and socialize together within, and interact well with the world without. There's always lots of private rehab and strong entrepreneurial business activity here, off the Med-O-Mart grid. Which makes me ask you, what matters to the hyper-local economy in your neighborhood, and how is that doing.

Another serious drive by on Roxbury... they happen every day

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 23:16.

One great thing about a gravel driveway is you can hear them coming.

This afternoon, Claes and I were chilling at home in East Cleveland, minding our own business, when we heard that crunch of rocks under heavy tires. Then the slam of a car door, and heavy feet on the front porch... another drive-by had arrived. It's been happening regularly since we started renovating the house on Roxbury, late last Summer.... especially on a beautiful day like today.

Reinventing Browns Deli into The Star Market and Cafe - transformational neighborhood redevelopment, one convenience at a time

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 01:35.

Welcome to The Star Market and Cafe! What would make you walk, ride and drive out of your way and stop here? When? Why? Now is the time for Star Neighborhood Development to reinvent a blighted urban convenient store into a community asset. But how? That depends on you. What will you support here?


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 13:48.

We have all attended meetings where you leave feeling you didn’t get to say what was on your mind; your brainy thoughts never saw the light of day – you may never get your chance. 

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 16:49.


Here is an April 21, 2008 image of the MIT sailing club practicing with MIT designed TECH dinghies in an east wind on the Charles River Basin between Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts.   This area used to be a tidal estuary a hundred or more years ago, but is now separated from the Atlantic by a control lock – though thousands of  Alewife run up fish ladders to spawn.  

There are dozens of power boat clubs, sailing clubs and rowing clubs which line the Charles River from the first upstream falls in Watertown, Massachusetts (at the west end of the Basin) to the east end Locks.

Cleveland's integration - for recreation - of its river-side and lake-side water resources pales in comparison to the water-side recreational access provided by Boston and Toronto and Chicago. 

While Ed Hauser sticks up for one of  the only decent public park on the waterfront in Cleveland, the Dirty Dealer whines shrilly for it's corporate pal - Eaton – with panicky advocacy for an empty-headed "corporate campus" on the Lakefront. 

Boy oh Buoy! - Cleveland doesn't get it.

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Question of the day: What is your favorite cookbook?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 00:19.

All species, all races, everywhere, we all must eat, frequently, so we humans may as well eat well. I prefer to eat at home, food I prepare,  of ingredients I know, in a kitchen I trust... there are few restaurants in the world that make me happier than homemade. But I certainly turn to experts for advice on food selection and preparation, and many of my favorite books - the ones I read over and over, and can't do without  - are cookbooks. I find all types interesting... international, ethnic, historical, regional... and consider many required reading. I'd be interesting for other foodie realneo members who share an interest in cooking to share their favorite cookbooks... some of mine are the header for today...

My neighborhood

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 04/27/2008 - 16:35.
My neighborhood

Here are some images of the neighborhoods known as Old Brooklyn and Brooklyn Centre.

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Throwing darts in Cleveland

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 11:11.

Becky's on about E 18Th and Chester used to be choked with smoke.   The smoke is gone now - thank you very much.   Parking is free in the Becky's lot.   Good salads and fried eats.
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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 18:37.

Max Hayes Vocational High School is the vocational school in Cleveland, Ohio.   A larger varienty of courses are taught than just the six on the sign. 
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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 04/08/2008 - 21:03.

Apis Mellifera carts DNA around like gaiters.   For flowers and fruit, the casual visits of the bees are crucial.  

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 19:39.

When the Iraq war began years ago, you could buy one of these magnetic backed plastic "ribbons" for a dollar or two.   I'll bet Karl Rove came up with the three word phase "support our troops". 
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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 04/06/2008 - 00:08.

Flowers which propagate by bulbs don’t spread very fast.   Maybe a few inches per year.  So here is a photo of a front yard which has 70 or 80 feet of intense crocuses.

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 04/04/2008 - 16:14.

 You should visit the Cuyahoga County Court House at Ontario and Lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio.   Built in 1912 as part of the Burnham Plan, the building is a jewel.  Be sure to go to the second floor and ask to see inside the Appeals Court Room which faces Lakeside.  This carving is above the judge's bench in the Appeals Court Room.
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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 11:53.

Months of embrace from rock hard frozen earth doesn’t distract them,  carpets of last falls brown leaves don’t hold them down – a little thawing and a bit more sunshine and up they bound.

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