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Tightening the Rust Belt

Richey Piiparinen  |  05/26/10 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

The Rebuilding the Cities that Built America Conference last Friday in Youngstown was one of a series of workshops aimed at getting the parochial nature of the Rust Belt out of the way of true regional development. In the past, the neighboring Cleveland-Youngstown-Pittsburgh relationship was more like that of "keeping up with Joneses", in which envy and back-biting served to create...more

Plant the pretty anyway

Richey Piiparinen  |  05/12/10 @ 1:00pm

What if in our attempts to Re-Imagine we find that some of the realities behind our visions won't follow? Do we fight through it? Or will we fall back into the resting state of what is a Cleveland ho hum? These were the thoughts on a lot of folks' minds as they came to an NPI-sponsored public workshop to hear the...more

Unintelligent design

Richey Piiparinen  |  04/30/10 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transit

Remember the song on Sesame Street that went "One of these things is not like the other…"? Alright then, so: between this, this, and this, which one stands out? Why? Well, if you picked the last one, and then told yourself because the user interface design is more buckshot than thoughtfully placed, you win. Unless of course you...more

The Rust Belt is new frontier for urban planning and design

Richey Piiparinen  |  04/22/10 @ 3:00pm

Heading into Detroit last weekend, there was a spray-painted message atop one of many skeletal buildings that read: "Destroy what destroys". In some respects, the words ring of a method of taking on abandonment frontally, destructively. And without a doubt, given the state of so many of the houses I saw first-hand, this is needed. But what artist and philosopher...more

Deconstructing Cleveland exposes its pride

Richey Piiparinen  |  04/12/10 @ 12:30pm  |  Posted in Reuse

The question of what to do with vacant houses can seem unsolvable. On the one hand, we must demolish much of the abandonment as a way to fight blight, and to daylight Cleveland of its unsafe and unhygienic places. On the other, in our haste to demolish we risk creating waste, not only in terms of landfill deposits, but in...more

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