NEO Signature Bridge

Barcelona and Anarchism in the Age of the Avant-Gardes

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Tue, 10/17/2006 - 15:34.
11/15/2006 - 17:00
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2nd Annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture in Art History

William H. Robinson (PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 1988)

Curator, Modern European Art, Cleveland Museum of Art

Adjunct Professor, Department of Art History & Art, Case Western Reserve University

Location

Cleveland Museum of Art, Lecture Hall
East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH
United States

Humanitarian Interests: Anti-Slavery Activism in Concord, Massachusetts

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Tue, 10/17/2006 - 12:21.
10/27/2006 - 16:00
10/27/2006 - 18:00
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Humanitarian Interests: Anti-Slavery Activism in Concord, Massachusetts

a lecture presented by Case Western Reserve History Department and the American Studies Program

Robert A. Gross, Draper Professor of Early American History, University of Connecticut, Author of The Minutemen and Their World, Winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History.

Location

Mather House 100, Case Western Reserve University
Euclid Avenue (between Ford and East Blvd.)
Cleveland, OH
United States

Imagine and help plan a Cleveland of your dreams, or live in a nightmare

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 10/06/2006 - 13:34.

In 2020 - the year, and with such vision - what postcard do you want to send from your hometown of Cleveland... the "Cleveland of my Dreams" vision above, or the the toxic "Nightmare in Cleveland" reality planned for us by ODOT, below, which is planned to be worse than anyone ever imagined. By 2020, ODOT plans to blight the entire dream zone of the Cleveland Flats and the East and West banks of the Cuyahoga River Valley shown in these renderings, and surrounding neighborhoods, even worse than they and the port have blighted there today. By 2020, ODOT will have finished their slash of concrete and steel rendered in the nightmare reality below, destroying these opportunity zones as freeways have destroyed so much else in NEO. Read on to see how we may be able to make these mightmare visions dreamy, instead.

 

End of the road in bridge debate is blighted Cleveland getting more blighted, and ODOT and NEO saying "so what".

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 10/06/2006 - 12:22.

 

The rendering above is of the aerial footprint of the new westbound bridge to be built in Cleveland, for over $300 million, in a multiyear, disruptive, near $ billion construction nightmare, which will make life in Northeast Ohio pure hell for commuters and the Cleveland economy through 2012 and leave a massive, ugly scar across Cleveland's greatest asset - the Cuyahoga River Valley - forever. All that is pathetic, but not nearly as sad as the loss of development potential for Cleveland, the city, and the area of the Flats around the current and future bridge sites and on the east and west banks of the Flats and surrounding neighborhoods. Destroying that potential is the whole point of regional leadership creating this disastrous outcome... what could be better for sprawl-mongers than further destroying the urban core?

Two Clevelanders making a big difference: Steven Litt and Ed Hauser fighting for better NEO horizon

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 10/05/2006 - 15:13.

 In a heroic battle of a few people who care about the future of the NEO skyline against broad community apathy and complacency with inconsiderate authority, Plain Dealer Architecture Critic Steven Litt has written another installment in the continuing saga of ODOT against Cleveland - the billion dollar Innerbelt joke - now warning the public that today, 10/05/06, NEO leadership will narrow the possibilities of bad bridge designs from eight to three awful options. As Litt puts it, in the title of his article, "Dull design burns bridges to better future". And he goes on to explain why we aren't getting something better...

Steven Litt says County is going wrong way and must stop and consider other prospects

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 09/20/2006 - 01:16.

Cleveland Plain Dealer Architecture Critic Steven Litt is really stepping up to lead the march for a better designed Cleveland, as he has been the lone mainstream voice for intelligent redevelopment of the I-90 bridge and is the lone voice at all for saving the landmark Breuer Cleveland Trust Building on East 9th, between Euclid and Prospect, which for 15 years Jacobs demolished by neglect and now Cuyahoga County Commissioners want to demolish by force, all to build a replacement building for their offices, at great cost to taxpayers... this is the Jacobs Coast Guard Station fiasco X 1000, and community leaders are letting this one slide too.

Case Starts Energy Ambassador/Adopt a Building Program

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Wed, 08/30/2006 - 23:31.

I am very excited! I recently volunteered to become an Energy Ambassador at Case Western Reserve Univeristy, part of the Adopt a Building program. I will be adopting Mather House, the building where I work. Mather House is a  century old Gothic Revival former girls dorm  turned office building -- probably not the most energy efficient on campus. I suspect the most  significant improvements at Mather House will be directly related to changing the residents' behavior. I think I could be a good energy ambassador; I am always turning out lights, I go to great pains to recycle, I hate air conditioning and I walk rather than using the campus shuttle bus. But I am looking for suggestions as to how myself and the other residents of Mather House could really make a difference. Please post your ideas. I would also appreciate links to good energy conservation sites. The Adopt a Building program is just getting started. My first "Ambassador's" meeting will be next Wednesday. I will fill you in with more details late next week.

Commuting costs for 1 year of driving may equal cost for decades of public transportation, per person

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/19/2006 - 23:47.

 I found the following very insightful commuting cost calculator via urban planner Scott Muscatello's cool "Cleveland vs. The World" blog. It takes into account much more than your $3.00 per gallon gas, as you'll see listed below - I don't drive to commute or own a car so I don't have these costs nor do I cost society for any of this... what about you... l commuting cost calculator?

If you live in Westlake and commute daily downtown (around 35 miles roundtrip), and tool around another 10 miles roundtrip per day (annual driving of around 16,500 miles) the cost to you and the world is around $20,000 per year. If you communte 100 miles roundtrip a day, like a friend of mine in Medina, and tool another 20 miles per day, you drive around 33,000 miles per year and the cost to all, including you is average $40,000. I can get RTA all day pases at $3 per day every day for around 36 years, for that. What does your car-based lifestyle cost you and society?

Steven Litt is slowing down ODOT's "Racing to design a new bridge for I-90". Hallelujah!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/05/2006 - 06:06.

When I saw last week a preview for the Thursday, June 29, 2006, WVIZ "Ideas" program featured PD Arts and Architecture columnist Steven Litt and Cuyahoga County Planning Director Paul Alsenas discussing the state of ODOT's plans for a new bridge to replace the current I-90 span across the Cuyahoga River, I thought I was having déjà vu. Yes, this was an issue a year ago... even six months ago, but since then ODOT had so thoroughly railroaded the bridge and trench planning process through the public mind-space that it seemed all topics of discussion about this near $billion project had moved completely behind closed doors and forgotten. Well, it seems Litt and Alsenas have very different ideas about that, as they shared in an excellent "Ideas" this week, and as Litt writes at length in today's Plain Dealer. Be sure to read that article... and great work on Ideas, Steven and Paul!!! Read on...

Thanks for NEO's highest compliment: appreciation from Cool Cleveland x 2

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/05/2006 - 04:55.

I am really appreciative, this morning. After posting what was certainly the saddest news I can imagine, about the hardship my staff has suffered as a result of a lack of appreciation from my former business associate, Peter Holmes, I opened up this week's CoolCleveland and found that their crew had featured TWO postings from REALNEO. I am very touched and thankful to Thomas and his team for noticing REALNEO and taking an interest in the thoughts posted here - thank you. Please show appreciation back to CoolCleveland... if you are not a member, see what you've been missing... subscribe at CoolCleveland - all free - this is a real NEO must,  and send feedback to CoolCleveland letters at the links below, and supporting the upcoming CoolCleveland/Tech/Ingenuity party at Fat Fish Blue, July 13, and the Ingenuity Festival, as described below... but first, here's the nice write-up about REALNEO from CoolCleveland today, July 5, 2006:

Bike/Ped lanes on the innerbelt bridge

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Wed, 06/14/2006 - 16:00.

while i'm sure the addition of a bike/ped lane(s) on the innerbelt bridge will certainly add to the cost, will it not also add to the quality of life here in NEO?

what is the cost of our quality of life?  the feds say 20% of the project cost...

Proctor to speak at NOACA Summit

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Mon, 06/05/2006 - 16:31.
06/09/2006 - 09:30
06/09/2006 - 14:00
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Gordon Proctor
The Northeast Ohio Area Coordination Agency's (NOACA) 7th Annual Summit, "Exploring Our Region's Potential," will be held Friday, June 9, 2006. The Summit will focus on transportation, economic development, and air and water quality issues in Northeast Ohio. Lee Fisher (D) and Representative Tom Raga (R), candidates for lieutenant governor, will present their plans for economic development in Ohio and the region. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The Summit begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs to about 2 p.m.

Location

Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center
2000 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH
United States

Innerbelt Central Viaduct Project Public Meeting

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 12:21.
06/07/2006 - 16:00
06/07/2006 - 20:00
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Live with this for 20-50 more years?
ODOT wants us to live with this for 20-50 more years - Afterwards replace it for over $1 Billion.  Why isn't anyone questioning this nonsense?

Location

Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
2187 West 14th Street,
Cleveland, OH
United States

X and ODOT mark the spots where Wolstein invests - hence the redesign of the Trench

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/26/2006 - 16:24.


 

When you look at the sites of all Wolstein Developers Diversified Realty projects they are low quality big box strip centers, located at major highway interchanges. In the case of the interchange above, the highway ramp off I-271 literally feeds right into the DDR WalMart development.

Developers Diversified Realty nation's leading developer of market-dominant community centers

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/26/2006 - 09:10.

 

  From DDR Website at http://www.ddr.com/center_intro.php

 

Developers Diversified Realty currently owns and manages approximately 500 operating and development properties totaling approximately 113 million square feet of real estate in 44 states and Puerto Rico. Developers Diversified is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) operating as a fully integrated real estate company which acquires, develops, leases and manages shopping centers. To locate a Developers Diversified shopping center, choose the search option below to customize a search using your criteria or use our interactive map to browse all of Developers Diversified's shopping centers.

 

ODOT’s Gordon Proctor at The City Club of Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/25/2006 - 14:55.
06/07/2006 - 12:00
06/07/2006 - 13:30
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Driving into the Future: The Innerbelt Project

Location

City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH
United States

Is Wolstein a good developer. or just a REIT? Let's look around NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/25/2006 - 03:12.

  

Attention K-Mart Clevelanders - the Wolstein site plan above is what you can expect from his public Real Estate Investment Trust - what he and his stockholders want is a 12-15% return - they only exist to make money.

Wolstein Development

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/25/2006 - 02:54.

 

 

DETROIT SUPERIOR LOWER BRIDGE DECK TOUR

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 05/24/2006 - 09:36.
05/27/2006 - 09:00
05/27/2006 - 15:00
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Picked up from www.CoolCleveland.com :

Bridge & Subway Tour

Rare, twice-a-year tour of the lower level of the Veterans Memorial (Detroit-Superior) Bridge & Subway, conducted by the Cuyahoga County Engineer, on Sat 5/27 from 9AM - 3PM.

Location

DETROIT SUPERIOR "VETERANS" BRIDGE CLEVELAND

Latest on Bridge is they are drilling test bores and moving forward

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 05/23/2006 - 13:20.

 

From the picture above, taken May 22, 2006, it is pretty clear they are moving forward with the Northern Bridge plan. Here they are spending lots of money brilling test bores in the base of the Central Viaduct. I'm standing on the surface of the Viaduct above, looking across the valley that will be completely filled with a new bridge - all this and the land below the current I-90 bridge could be put into great use, if community leaders here had the vision and courage to stand up to some low level paper pushers in Columbus and their engineering firm. Clearly the current bridge should be moved to the South and this valley should be redeveloped from where I stand all the way to downtown.

UPDATE- Cleveland Innerbelt Project

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Mon, 05/22/2006 - 14:18.

Bridge in France

The ODOT Cleveland Innerbelt Project's- Project Development Process (PDP) & Public Involvement Process (PIP) seem to be in limbo since the last public meeting on November 17, 2005.  ODOT's and City of Cleveland's PDP & PIP Schedule has not been followed and appears to be five (5) months behind schedule.  The "Alternatives Report" and the "Economic Impact Analysis" were scheduled to be completed in December 2005, for public review and comment.  THE REPORT AND ANALYSIS - DO NOT EXIST AT THIS TIME.  Even though the general public has been effectively removed from the public processes, a lot of activity has been going on since November 2005.  Below is a brief update on some of those activities.  Please visit www.neobridge.net to participate in this community discussion and to get the latest updates on OUR Cleveland Innerbelt Project.

The Coit Road Farmers Market Spring Celebration

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Fri, 05/12/2006 - 10:54.
05/13/2006 - 08:00
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The Coit Road Farmers Market
15000 Woodworth (between E. 152nd and Coit)
East Cleveland, Ohio 44112
(216) 249-5455
Map at www.coitmarket.org

Location

The Coit Road Farmers Market
15000 Woodworth (between E. 152nd and Coit)
East Cleveland, OH
United States