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CSU on the rise

David Beach  |  11/14/07 @ 5:47pm

With all the hand-wringing over recent troubles at Case, it's been easy to overlook the progress being made down Euclid Avenue at Cleveland State University. Despite state budget cuts, CSU has ambitious plans to turn its alienating 1960s concrete bunker-style campus into a vibrant, walkable, urban campus.And there's a commitment to sustainability. According to the campus master plan: "CSU is committed to...more

Regional declarations

David Beach  |  11/14/07 @ 5:43pm

How are we planning to live together in this place called Northeast Ohio? The Voices & Choices civic engagement process is in the middle of NEO Speaks Week, a week-long blitz of community conversations about the tough issues facing the region. Here are two open meetings where you can speak your mind. Thinking about regional futures, we like the "Declaration of Interdependence"...more

Next week: Reports from the World Urban Forum

David Beach  |  11/14/07 @ 5:41pm

Next week I'll be reporting from the United Nations World Urban Forum in Vancouver, Canada. I'll be joining more than 8,000 participants from 150 nations to share ideas about sustainable cities. It will be one of the largest gatherings of the world's civil society and governments to examine ways to deal with urban problems. In the 21st century, the fate...more

Changing how we see cities

David Beach  |  11/14/07 @ 5:40pm

World Urban Forum: Day 1"The future of the human species is tied to cities," Anna Tibaijuka, executive director of UN-HABITAT, told more than 10,000 delegates at the opening ceremonies of the World Urban Forum on Monday in Vancouver. This future can be livable or brutal, she said, depending on how we deal with the rapid urbanization of the planet. In...more

Different places

David Beach  |  11/14/07 @ 5:39pm

World Urban Forum: Day 2Impressions from Day 2 of the United Nations World Urban Forum in Vancouver... Place-based consciousness - Out here in the Cascadia Bioregion, you feel connected to nature and to the wisdom of indigenous peoples. It's not just because Vancouver is nestled beautifully between the ocean, mountains, and river delta of the Fraser River. It's also because there...more

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