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New regional forces for conservation

David Beach  |  11/14/07 @ 6:03pm

The region's capacity to conserve nature has been greatly enhanced in recent months by two important developments: the formation of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC) and the Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity. The nonprofit WRLC is the result of the merger of eight land trusts, including the Chagrin River Land Conservancy (which already was one of the strongest land trusts...more

Vibrations from Cleveland

David Beach  |  11/14/07 @ 5:59pm

Professional percussionists. Kids from high school bands. Rasta guys in dreadlocks. Jazz drummers. Rock drummers. Suburbanites who dug their old bongos out of the attic. Hundreds of them played together on Cleveland Public Square yesterday to kick off the 2006 Ingenuity Festival with a "Symphony of 1,000 Drums."As a million, ecstatic beats reverberated off the surrounding buildings, conductor Halim El-Dabh chanted, "Feel the vibrations...feel the vibrations...from...more

Reports from the World Urban Forum: Day 3

David Beach  |  11/14/07 @ 5:57pm

Inherently unsustainable? It was 7:30 a.m. in a conference room in the ironically plush Pan Pacific Hotel on Vancouver's waterfront, and the ecological footprint guru, William Rees, was throwing cold water on the hope that we are making progress toward a more sustainable world. Indeed, our prospects are direr than we think because unsustainability is actually coded in our genes....more

World Urban Forum: Day 4

David Beach  |  11/14/07 @ 5:51pm

More ideas from the last four days of the World Urban Forum in Vancouver...Click the "read more" link above to see the entire post. Regional planning from Toronto An audacious - and politically popular - regional plan is coming out of the Toronto region. It can be a model for how other regions of North American can approach growth and conservation in...more

World Urban Forum on sustainable cities: Closing day

David Beach  |  11/14/07 @ 5:50pm

Here are some more ideas from the World Urban Forum in Vancouver (click "read more" above to see the whole post). I'm back home in Cleveland now, and in the coming week I will continue to post my reflections on the future of cities and lessons for Northeast Ohio. Many of my thoughts were stimulated by the head-spinning, 150-nation, multi-cultural...more

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