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Design principles for Cleveland's aspirational civic space

David Beach  |  05/11/10 @ 12:00pm

The Medical Mart and Convention Center project in downtown Cleveland is providing an opportunity to rethink the Mall, one of the most significant civic spaces in the country. At a public forum on May 6, designers offered preliminary ideas for transforming what is now a forbidding and poorly used space on top of the old underground Convention Center. The goal...more

Hippies and housewives unite: Reflections on the first Earth Day

David Beach  |  04/14/10 @ 2:00pm

As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaches next week, I've been thinking about the early days of the environmental movement in Cleveland. In 1970 I was only 13 years old, and I can't remember the first Earth Day. But a number of years ago I was asked to write an article for the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History on environmentalism in Greater...more

Thinking about water on World Water Day

David Beach  |  03/24/10 @ 6:58pm

Today is World Water Day, a day to reflect on the importance of water. I've been trying to think deeply about our relationship to water here in the Lake Erie Basin. Below are some thoughts. Please add your own thoughts in a comment. Deep water I am mostly water, so I am mostly Lake Erie. The cells of my body also could contain...more

The new era of green infrastructure

David Beach  |  03/18/10 @ 4:00pm

It's not often that public officials get to do something truly transformational for Greater Cleveland. The board members of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) did so on Jan. 7 as they voted to approve the creation of a new stormwater program. This program is one of the most important developments for local water quality that I have seen in...more

Cleveland seeks strategic plan for sustainability

David Beach  |  02/10/10 @ 4:00pm

The City of Cleveland is seeking a consulting firm to help develop a strategic vision and plan for the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 process. The work will help set priorities by evaluating the hundreds of ideas generated by the Sustainable Cleveland Summit last August and determining which ones have the best chance of strengthening the local economy. The request...more

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