Americans harbor a secret wish to be liked in the world. We want a fair but honest assessment when foreign nationals hold up a mirror and judge us. It explains why obscure 19th century French historian Alexis de Tocqueville lives on; for zingy one-liners like: “The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but...
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Some of us have been part of numerous “regional visioning” projects over the years (see our back issues of the EcoCity Cleveland Journal for some essential history), and we’ve grown pretty cynical about planning processes that aim to think rationally about where development makes economic and environmental sense in fragmented Northeast Ohio. But it might be time to ditch the cynicism,...more
Interim Geauga County Commissioner Walter "Skip" Claypool joined a rant from Tea Party activists in Ashtabula County at last month's Northeast Ohio's Sustainable Communities Initiative board meeting. He called sustainability and the goals of the regional planning effort of more than 100 organizations a fundamental threat to the country. Activists claimed NEOSCC was part of Agenda 21—a UN document that...
Around Northeast Ohio people are re-discovering the virtues of quality urbanism—the convenience and excitment of walkable places with lots of destinations within reach. In a recent column, the PD's Steve Litt described how Kent State University and other local universities are leading the redevelopment of such places adjacent to campuses. And he makes a good argument for public support of these...more
Great start to SXSW Eco—the high (green) powered meeting in Austin, Texas—as Cleveland’s own David Jurca shared lessons from Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative’s Pop Up City product—this April’s Complete and Green Street demonstration, Pop Up Rockwell.
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