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Lesson In Bicycling Economics 101: Don't Forget To Include External Costs Like Pollution Exposure And Increased Mortality

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/27/2010 - 14:49.

I have been disturbed to live in a community where pollution is a serious health crisis, and I am surrounded by smart young people, yet nobody seems to care they are being poisoned. The worst demonstration of that is the movement to put a bicycle lane along side a major pollution and so health hazard - the I-90 freeway bridge elevated high into the polluted air of the Cuyahoga River Valley, in downtown Cleveland. Clearly, there are engineering and construction cost increases to include such a feature on a freeway bridge - costs society may afford - but what are the negative externalities associated with such a bridge feature, which would encourage individuals to exert themselves in immediate proximity - within a few feet - of a known carcinogen - vehicular emissions. This would also encourage people to spend increased time exerting themselves in an elevated point above other Cleveland pollution, like the toxins from Cleveland Thermal and Mittal, also in close proximity to the bridge. As there is proof that short term exposure to such pollution increases risk of serious short and long-term health consequences, it is certain such a bridge feature would increase healthcare costs, human suffering and mortality rates in this region, as it would harm the health and shorten the lives of those who use it. To the extent the feature encourages broad public use, the harm could be very significant - the equivalent of 100s of life-years lost, and more. What is the cost of genetic mutation among our young? External costs associated with putting a bike lane on the I-90 freeway bridge would far exceed the cost of the bridge itself.

HUD ends deal allowing Cleveland to buy distressed foreclosed homes - "city officials are fuming"

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 06/26/2010 - 17:53.

In my neighborhood this year, I have seen many private INDIVIDUAL investors fixing up private properties, making my community better, and I have watched landbanked government owned properties blighted and demolished, which has been worst for all. In fact, the local government has done great harm here... latest East Cleveland leadership fuckup was demolishing our historic Rozelle School. Our government "leaders" should have control over as little real estate as possible - they are incompetent.

As local leaders are not competent to plan redevelopment of my community, I prefer to see property in the hands of the free market and citizens rather than government. As such, I am glad to see reported in the Cleveland Plain Dealer today that "HUD ends deal allowing Cleveland to buy distressed foreclosed homes", as it has been clear to me (and realNEO readers in general, I believe) this program was an abuse by government of free markets and private property rights, without forethought of public interests.

Considering the widespread local government abuse of private property and citizen rights here, like with the Frank Giglio case, it is safe to say the last people on Earth who should control real estate in Northeast Ohio are local government officials.


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If you want to feel your heart sink, watch the Deepwater oil flow and think of the Real Keys to America's Future

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/17/2010 - 23:20.

If you want to feel your heart sink in your chest, consider the forecast above shows the Deepwater oil flow is expected to round Cuba and the tip of Florida and head north into the Atlantic, within a week or so, and think of the Keys to the Future. The current progress of the flow of oil from the Deepwater drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is following the forecast worst case expectations - and the amount of oil being spilled seems to be at the worst case level - and the efforts to stop the leak are nearly at worst case conditions... changing daily. This means Florida is in deep trouble, and oil will be flowing up the Eastern Atlantic coast next week.

Would realneo benefit by having a moderator(s) that enforces ground rules?

Submitted by westward on Fri, 05/14/2010 - 17:01.
80% (20 votes)
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Now this is a team Clevelanders can really fight for, and real NEO can really love! Go Sansai!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 05/12/2010 - 03:06.

The ICEarth Welcome Wagon stopped by Sansai Environmental Technologies this weekend to tour the world's largest indoor vermitechnology facility and meet Cleveland's greenest, meanest, fighting machine - the 60 million worm team bringing the world "Magic Dust". See Sansai for more information on their amazing processes and products... here are some pictures of their crib, right in the heart of South Collinwood - Cleveland - Ohio.

Cleveland is SCRAP Marathon Gas Station on Route to Demolition

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 05/10/2010 - 22:11.

This triangular shaped Marathon Gas Station in Cleveland, Ohio is one of the most iconic gas stations in America - soon to be demolished in the ODOT inner belt bridge scheme. 

The pumps are pulled, it is getting ready for the ball. Who will measure it up and record it for history?

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Submitted by jerleen1 on Mon, 05/10/2010 - 20:56.

Around 6:00 p.m. this evening two people were injured when an East bound RTA bus attempting to get through the crowded intersection of Jefferson and Professor Avenues struck a vehicle in the West bound lane.  Police and EMS were on the scene and the two victims were transported to a local hospital.  The extent of their injuries are unknown at this time.

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Go Cavs, But Your Advertising On Our Landmarks Must Go. This is not art or culture, and is ugly!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 05/09/2010 - 00:22.

In 2006, Gen-X Consultant Rebecca Ryan came to Cleveland to speak at the City Club and lead some roundtable discussions (hosted by realNEO) on making this region more desirable to the global Generation-X population.  She was working on Gen-X planning in Akron and Canton and proposed to the City of Cleveland some collaboration with her regional efforts - she was suggesting to brainstorm very openly at very little cost to the city. Her outreach received the cold shoulder here. The last time I remember communicating about this was with Chris Ronayne, then with the city of Cleveland, and I was basically told the development people were too busy trying to close a Nike Cavaliers advertising deal to bother with Rebecca Ryan's proposal - the city economic development resources were too focused on Cavaliers advertising to care.

Will the Plain Dealer ask the right questions?

Submitted by Lee Batdorff on Tue, 05/04/2010 - 12:37.

The following was sent as a an email message to many editors and reporters at the Plain Dealer and public relations executives at the American Public Transportation Association. You can find a list of recipients at the end of the this article.

The American Public Transportation Association is holding a national conference in Cleveland at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel through May 5th. Attendees at this conference will be touring the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's new Health Line.

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I'm not a hero Street vendor Duane Jackson, the man who spotted the bomb, at his stand in Times Square a day after the incident

Submitted by Quest-News-Serv... on Sun, 05/02/2010 - 20:38.

 Street vendor Duane Jackson, the man who spotted the bomb, at his stand in Times Square a day after the incidentTerror in Times Square: Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility as police defuse crude but lethal car bomb in heart of New York I'm not a hero Street vendor Duane Jackson the man who spotted the bomb at his stand in Times Square a day after the incident At around 6.30pm the T-shirt seller a Vietnam war v

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Submitted by Keith Winston on Thu, 04/22/2010 - 12:29.

            Today I'm calling on all Preacher's, Deacons, Teachers, Parents, Reps, Dems, Prostitutes, Pimps, Players, Everyone. Listen!!! we must not let our Schools close. Our children are trying their best right there, you see them with their School clothes on going to School, they're trying. We just have to reach out to the ones that need what they never had, and don't know if anyone will ever give it to them. And that is LOVE, LISTENING, AND LEARNING.

High level bridges

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 04/07/2010 - 20:57.

Some photos recently taken in and around Tremont and Brooklyn Centre. 

I know of three high level bridges that will allow you to cross the Cuyahoga River as a pedestrian or cyclist--Superior, Lorain and Harvard Ave. 

It would benefit all of us to have the Clark Ave. Bridge, again.

Lemon Meringue

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 15:40.

lemon meringue burn image jeff buster 4.4.10

The recipe for this Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Pie in Toasted Pecan Crust comes from Jamie’s Restaurant in Pensacola, Florida and was included in the April, 2007 Bon Appetit (page 42).  

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Control issues - Get away from INSANE NEO Visit Algebra Tea House

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 03:52.

If we see blight, neglect and decay, instead of, "Tear it down," why not say, "Fix it??"

tom bell vs. city cleveland, tremont west development, john moss transfered to federal court, - click attachments for complaints

Submitted by Quest-News-Serv... on Sun, 03/21/2010 - 03:26.

TOM WON - DEFENDANTS SETTLED - click attachments for complaint & federal - case dismissed mutually with out prejudice -Case Number:   

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Question of the Day? Why Am I So Aggressive Today? It's The Lead Poisoning, Everyday.

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 03/12/2010 - 16:36.

If I seem aggressive, everyday, it's the lead poisoning.

I wake up each morning knowing my family is still harmed by lead. I deal with that all day. I feel terrible all night, until I may sleep. I sleep poorly, in sadness. I awake to another day harmed by lead poisoning.

Why should any "community leaders" feel better any morning? 1,000s MORE of their citizens feel as bad as I do each year, because their leaders have done a poor jiob addressing lead poisoning, and it hit 1,000s of children and their families right between the eyes.


Submitted by Roldo on Thu, 03/11/2010 - 18:02.

You may have noticed in the Plain Dealer this morning that the City of Cleveland will refinance $65 million in bonds for Browns Stadium. You also likely noticed that the interest rate will be going up. Taxpayers get ready.

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Submitted by Roldo on Fri, 03/05/2010 - 13:36.

The Cleveland Corporate Corrupters had a big meeting yesterday. They’re already deciding how to spend tens of millions of dollars we don’t have.


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a tree grows in a building

Submitted by Susan Miller on Thu, 03/04/2010 - 12:04.
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Submitted by Roldo on Mon, 03/01/2010 - 17:38.

The departure of the Brooklyn Dodgers was a blow to the people of Brooklyn, N.Y. but the arrival of a Ratner might be more devastating to Brooklyn citizens.


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Death Knell for CDCs

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 06:39.

Cleveland nonprofit sold homes to employees, a violation of city and federal rules

By Mark Gillispie, The Plain Dealer

February 18, 2010, 8:58AM
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Raymond Ice, Veteran, kills shelter director Rita Ciofani; mother of kristin Ciofani, tremont west development employee

Submitted by Quest-News-Serv... on Wed, 02/17/2010 - 05:32.
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volunteer_of_america_ciforna_murder.jpg Dennis Kresak, president of Volunteers of America of Greater Cleveland, talks about an attack at the Volunteers of America Veterans Resource Center Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, in Cleveland.

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