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Ohio passenger rail seeks community support & a vacant lot is closer to nature

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/29/09 @ 11:23am

  • Ohioans who favor passenger rail service connecting Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati can voice their support online, by phone (1-877-7-3CisMe) and, just announced, at a public meeting on Sept. 16 at Cleveland Airport Holiday Inn (served by RTA Red Line Rapid and bus #70, 78 and 809).
  • Three public recycling dumpsters from the City of Cleveland have been added in the University Circle area. The locations are 10831 Magnolia Drive, The Temple parking lot, and The Beach (Ford and Euclid). Thanks to University Circle, Inc. for making this happen.
  • From Senator Sherrod Brown's site: "The Ohio Green Workforce Training Partnership?will bring together community and technical colleges, environmental and labor groups, and Ohio's existing weatherization network to prepare workers participating in the Ohio Home Weatherization Assistance Program."
  • The student-led green roof installation on Cleveland State University's recreation center has been captured on video.
  • Got City Game is a reality-TV-style video contest highlighting what's great about living in Cleveland. Prizes include free apartment rent for a year in Tremont Place Lofts and tickets to events.
  • On September 1, RTA customers will see a 25-cent per ride fare increase. The additional revenue will help RTA balance its 2009 budget. Because of the depressed economy, revenue from the sales tax is projected to be $18 million less this year.
  • The native plants like Trumpet Honeysuckle and Partridge Pea are taking nicely to their new home on a vacant lot in Tremont (pictured) which was reclaimed by volunteers for urban greening project, Naturehood.
  • From September 29-October 1, Dr. Marcus Eriksen?who sailed the Pacific on a raft made of junk plastic?will build the Cola-hoga, a junk raft that he will sail on Lake Erie on October 3. The sessions at the Cleveland Botanical Garden will be open to the public, but a hands-on workshop for teams building their own junk raft will also take place that week. Deadline to participate in the Lake Erie Boat Float is September 19.
  • National Park(ing) Day is an annual, one-day (Sept. 18), global event where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into "PARK(ing)" spaces: temporary public parks. At least two groups we know of are organizing park(ing) spots in Cleveland. Architecture for Humanity's Cleveland chapter is designing a spot at E. 4th and Prospect from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (and grilling veggie chili dogs on a solar cooker). A second group is organizing a spot around W. 65th and Detroit (outside of the Rust Belt to Artist Belt II conference) at the same time (click here to join).

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