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Local officials celebrated the ribbon-cutting for the new Cleveland Convention Center in mid-June. Shortly after opening, it hosted the 2013 National Senior Games. The attached Global Center for Health Innovation (formerly known as the Medical Mart) is scheduled to open in October. Steven Litt said that the two buildings "project an image of Cleveland as a city able to complete large projects in a timely, efficient manner." Project managers discussed the development on WCPN's The Sound of Ideas.

The 12-county Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium introduced its "business as usual" scenario and hosted a series of public workshops. The "business as usual" scenario presented a vision of how the region would look in 2040 if current development patterns continue. It said that urban sprawl combined with flat population figures would lead to the abandonment of 10.5% of the region's housing stock. Research by Tom Bier of Cleveland State reached a similar conclusion. Nearly 600 people attended the six public workshops, participating in several planning exercises. A Plain Dealer editorial noted that "there's still time to reverse course."

The scenario planning exercise continued with the release of ImagineMyNEO, an interactive tool built on the open-source CrowdGauge framework. It places users in the role of a regional planner, asking them to identify their priorities for the region, select policies and practices, and allot limited resources. The NEOSCC will hold more open houses and workshops later this year.

The Thistledown racino in North Randall officially opened to the public on April 9 as the state's second racino. It features about 1,150 slot machines. Plain Dealer columnist Mark Naymik said that the new facility is designed to appeal to a different audience than the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Cleveland. A relocation to the Green area in Summit County remains a possibility.

The Green City Growers greenhouse, the third Evergreen Cooperatives company, celebrated its grand opening on February 25. The 3.25-acre greenhouse in Cleveland's Central neighborhood is the largest urban food production greenhouse in the U.S. It will grow an estimated 3 million heads of lettuce and 300,000 pounds of herbs annually, and its 25 workers are on their way to becoming employee-owners. Stakeholders discussed the company on WCPN's Sound of Ideas.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald gave his third State of the County address on February 19. In addition to highlighting his achievements, he announced that the Medical Mart in Cleveland is now named the Global Center for Health Innovation. He also called on leaders to consider staging a second Great Lakes Exposition in 2016. The speech is online as video, audio (MP3, 53.7 MB), and text (PDF). His slideshow (PPT, 15.3 MB) is also available.

The Transformer Station gallery in Ohio City opened to the public on February 1. The 8,000-square-foot galley is a joint project of art collectors Fred and Laura Bidwell of Peninsula and the Cleveland Museum of Art. One of its inaugural exhibitions features large-scale panoramic images of Cleveland bridges by Vaughn Wascovich.

Update: Steven Litt shared his thoughts about the opening.

MOCA Cleveland celebrated the grand opening of its new University Circle museum in early October. The Plain Dealer's Steven Litt covered the occasion, describing the history of the museum, the project's financial considerations, architect Farshid Moussavi's design approach, and the building's distinctive architecture. MOCA Executive Director Jill Snyder said that the building realizes the museum's goals of transparency, flexibility, and sustainability. A Plain Dealer editorial cheered the opening.

The milestone also attracted national and international attention. It was Farshid Moussavi's first project in the U.S., and she was profiled in W magazine and interviewed by the Architects' Journal. The museum's architecture was highlighted in Art in America, Arch Daily, De Zeen, Wallpaper, and Unbeige, among other publications.

Update: Steven Litt followed up with a critique of the building.

Local and federal officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for RTA's replacement Cedar-University rapid transit station, formerly known as the University Circle station. The $18.5 million rebuild of the station at the foot of Cedar Hill includes a relocation of its associated bus terminal. Funding for the project includes a $10.5 million federal TIGER grant. Construction is expected to take around two years.

Fast Track Cycling celebrated the opening of the Cleveland Velodrome on August 30, and it held its first competitive cycling event on September 15. The track in Slavic Village is the only velodrome in Ohio.

Update: Neighborhood Progress Inc. has more information.

Last month, local officials celebrated the groundbreaking for an urban farm at West 41st Street and Memphis Avenue in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Koinonia Homes, in partnership with the City of Cleveland and the Cuyahoga Land Bank, will operate an urban farm at the 2.3-acre site of the former Memphis School. The vocational farm will include eight fields, two greenhouses, and a poultry building. A Plain Dealer editorial said it shows "what effective incubators for positive change collaboration and innovation can be."

Earlier this month, Cleveland residents and officials celebrated the reopening of the redesigned outdoor spaces at the Michael J. Zone Recreation Center. The $3 million project (PDF) in the EcoVillage combines active recreation with green infrastructure.

More than 250 supporters celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking for a 0.6-mile stretch of the Towpath Trail on the Scranton Peninsula in Cleveland. Cuyahoga County posted video of the event. The $9.1 million project will also restore 2,800 feet of natural shoreline and create new fish habitats. Construction is scheduled to begin in September and a late summer 2013 opening is planned. A Plain Dealer editorial offered praise.

At the first of three public hearings convened by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald on the future of the Ohio Turnpike, residents expressed opposition to privatizing the toll road. Turnpike Commission Executive Director Rick Hodges said that the study being conducted for the state by KPMG should be completed by the end of the year, and an Akron Beacon Journal editorial said that Governor Kasich faces "hurdles in making his case" to lease the turnpike.

In its trail planning process, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park prepared and considered eight alternatives and selected a preferred alternative. The plan's objective is to balance the needs for active recreation opportunities and environmental stewardship over the next 15 years. The Draft Trail Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement is available online and open to public comment until August 20. The National Park will hold three public meetings in late July.

Update: the Akron Beacon Journal published more information about the trail plans and reported on the public meetings.

NOACA held its annual summit earlier this month and posted video of the event. It featured opening remarks from Board President Ed Jerse, reminiscences by outgoing Executive Director Howard Maier, an update on the NEOSCC from Hunter Morrison, a panel discussion about transportation funding, a keynote address by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, and the presentation of the Walter F. Ehrnfelt, Jr. Award. NOACA also published a summit report (PDF).

Several local construction projects celebrated milestones:

Update: The Ohio Department of Transportation began work on bicycle and pedestrian improvements to the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge in Cleveland.

Leaders of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium promoted regional cooperation at a recent conference, shared the feedback they gathered (PDF) at a series of events with young leaders, and released an overview (PDF) of their public opinion survey. The survey found that most Northeast Ohioans support sustainability, although few were able to accurately describe the concept. Satisfaction levels were lower among 18 to 24-year-olds. An Akron Beacon Journal editorial said that the survey "captures welcome signs about a general willingness among residents to change direction." The Consortium has also come under criticism, as board chairman Jason Segedy said that it has yet to address the region's "poor integration between land use and transportation", while Streetsblog's Angie Schmitt questioned its ability to produce meaningful change.

With the opening of the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, local leaders hope it will generate new jobs and new tax revenues. A Plain Dealer editorial said that "if all goes as planned, the casino will give downtown a jolt of jobs, energy and excitement," while WCPN's Around Noon examined the casino from historical and urban planning perspectives. Owner Dan Gilbert said that the casino's planned second phase behind Tower City Center "is definitely happening."

Meanwhile, Cuyahoga County leaders discussed priorities for the County's share of the tax revenues at a recent work session. County Executive FitzGerald has proposed using the funds to support downtown Cleveland development, while some members of County Council would prefer to spread the investments over a broader area. A Plain Dealer editorial supported the County Executive's approach.

The City of Lakewood began the process of updating its 20-year-old Community Vision document (PDF) at its first Community Vision Workshop. Around 75 residents participated, sharing what they love about Lakewood, as well as their hopes and worries about the city.

With the opening of a 0.6-mile section of the Towpath Trail in Barberton, Summit County became the first county to complete its construction of the trail. A variety of events will be held on July 7 to celebrate the milestone (PDF). The City of Akron completed its portion of the construction last year.

HBO recently aired The Weight of the Nation, a four-part documentary on obesity in the United States, and made the series available online. It highlighted the 24-year disparity in life expectancy between Hough and Lyndhurst. A panel discussed the issues at the Great Lakes Science Center, and the City of Cleveland held its first Healthy Cleveland Summit. Earlier this year, the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods issued a set of three data briefs that describe health trends in Cleveland neighborhoods. A Plain Dealer editorial urged coordinated regional action to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Lakewood officials are focusing on maintaining the quality of the City's housing stock. They recently completed a citywide housing survey, which rated the condition of 12,661 homes (PDF). They also held a community forum to discuss the City's housing strategy and assistance programs available to residents. The fourth annual Old House Fair took place earlier this month, as well.

One year into its three-year timeline, the 12-county Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium is starting to shift from organization and data collection to public engagement around regional planning and urban sprawl. A Plain Dealer editorial highlighted the need for regional unity, while Marc Lefkowitz wondered whether members will create a new vision and inspire action. Stephen Hambley, Hunter Morrison, and Brad Whitehead discussed the consortium on WCPN's Sound of Ideas. The consortium has held several events for young leaders across Northeast Ohio, and will host an event in Cleveland on May 16.

Update: Steve Hoffman of the Akron Beacon Journal said that "pushing ahead [with regionalism] may be the only option for major metropolitan areas."

Through its Pop Up Rockwell event underway this week, the Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative has created a temporary complete and green street along five blocks in downtown Cleveland. It includes a two-way cycle track, and Marc Lefkowitz said that the project provides "the kind of creative spark Cleveland needs to see." In Old Brooklyn, the second annual Pop UP Pearl event will take place on May 19. It will include a DIY Urbanism Competition.

Update: West Life described the Pop Up Rockwell project.

On Thursday, Jeff Finkle, Lee Fisher, and Joe Marinucci participated in a panel discussion, the annual State of Downtown forum at the City Club (MP3, 54.0 MB). They expressed optimism about the future of downtown Cleveland. That morning on WCPN's Sound of Ideas, Joe Calabrese of RTA and Bob Pfaff of Akron METRO talked about public transit in Greater Cleveland.

Update: video of the State of Downtown forum is now online.

U.S. Representatives Marcia Fudge and Steve LaTourette held a press conference in Cleveland on Monday, where they announced that they will sponsor a bill that would provide $4 billion to help communities demolish abandoned housing. Meanwhile, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County allocated $14 million for housing demolition. They hope to obtain matching funds from the mortgage fraud settlement. A Plain Dealer editorial supported the efforts.

While Frank Jackson's 2012 State of the City address focused on education, he also spoke about economic development, neighborhood development, and downtown developments. Video, audio, and text of the address are available.

The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, formerly known as Dike 14, officially opened last week (PDF). The 88-acre man-made peninsula provides urban wildlife habitat and features a 1.3-mile walking trail. The site was created from dredge material deposited in the confined disposal facility from 1979 to 1999.

Participants in a recent City Club panel discussion talked about state budget cuts and ways that local governments can achieve efficiencies by sharing services. In a Plain Dealer op-ed, Mayor DeGeeter of Parma highlighted his city's participation in regional collaborations.

Update: the latest Civic Commons radio show also explored the subject.

In his second State of the County address, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald highlighted his accomplishments and introduced the Western Reserve Plan. He presented its 12 principles and his long range vision to an audience of more than 850 people. A Plain Dealer editorial said that County Executive FitzGerald deserves "credit for setting big goals when he has the political capital to pursue them." Audio (MP3, 53.0 MB) and a transcript (PDF) of the address are available.

Update: some suburban leaders expressed interest in sharing services.

Update 2: an Akron Beacon Journal editorial supports County Executive FitzGerald's approach. Video of the address is now online.

About 50 people attended the first public meeting about a proposed skatepark in Slavic Village. A late 2014 opening is possible.

Cleveland residents asked questions about the City's new lakefront plans at a public meeting last week. Meanwhile, Lute Harmon of Inside Business advocated for following Chicago's example and reserving the waterfront for public uses.

Glenn Grisdale of Reveille will present a draft of the new Brook Park Master Plan at a public meeting on January 25. The owner of Brookgate Shopping Center was disappointed by the process.

A group of Cleveland leaders, residents, and bicycling advocates traveled to Columbus last Thursday to demonstrate their support for the West Shoreway reconstruction plans. They attended a Transportation Review Advisory Council meeting and spoke with ODOT officials.

Update: Scene reported on the project, as well.

Local officials celebrated the opening of downtown Cleveland's rebuilt Perk Park on Monday.

RTA continues to develop plans for its West Side Transit Center in the Warehouse District, and will hold a public meeting on Wednesday evening.

Update: RTA posted the presentation (PDF) from the meeting. The agency intends to complete the plans early next year.

Cleveland residents celebrated the opening of the Collinwood Recreation Center on Saturday. Located in a former Big Lots store on Lake Shore Boulevard, it is the City's first new recreation center in 14 years. The Plain Dealer's Joe Frolik looked at the history of the project.

The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority broke ground for a senior housing development at Lee Road and Miles Avenue in Cleveland. The three-story Lee Road Senior Building will provide 40 units for seniors (PDF) who want remain in their current neighborhood.

Cleveland State University held a groundbreaking ceremony for the $50 million mixed-use Campus Village development today. Construction of phase one is scheduled to end in fall 2012 and phase two in fall 2013.

Update: Channel 5 has more information.

Bruce Katz and Strobe Talbott of the Brookings Institution spoke about energy policy at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Friday. They said that Northeast Ohio's advanced energy sector is a national model.

Local officials celebrated the groundbreaking for the Euclid Belmore Building on Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland. The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (PDF) hopes to open the 39-unit senior housing complex in July.

Update: the Land Bank posted video of the event.

The West Shore Commuter Rail Task Force held a series of public meetings to present public transit options for the corridor between Cleveland and Sandusky. The lack of funding for public transit in Lorain County presents a challenge.

Update: the Morning Journal summarized the meeting in Lorain.

More than 100 people attended the EfficientGovNetwork Regional Collaboration Conference in Akron on Thursday. They learned about practices and policies for increasing intergovernmental cooperation and efficiency.

Update: Adam Harvey shared his notes and reactions from the conference.

Update 2: conference attendees explained their views.

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority President William Friedman spoke at the City Club (MP3, 52.1 MB) about the Port's plans and accomplishments. The Port Authority has also identified a preferred provider for the planned Lake Erie ferry.

Update: Bill Callahan posted more information about the ferry plans.

The St. Luke's Foundation awarded $1.8 million in grants (PDF), including $37,063 to the City Club to conduct a series on the geographic aspects of health disparities. The first event in the four-part Why Place Matters series will feature Dr. Gail Christopher (PDF) of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on October 21. The Levin College Forum will host an event on health disparities on October 20.

Update: audio (MP3, 52.8 MB) and video of Dr. Christopher's talk are now available.

Update 2: guests on WDOK's Cleveland Connection show also discussed the topic.

On Thursday, the mayors of Orange, Pepper Pike, and Woodmere discussed the potential merger of their communities (along with the Village of Moreland Hills) at a Corporate Club forum. They spoke about their motivations and the potential cost savings.

Update: the Chagrin Solon Sun and Cleveland Jewish News reported on the event. Meanwhile, Jill Miller Zimon interviewed Gary Norton, the mayor of East Cleveland and Beryl Rothschild, the former mayor of University Heights.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Green City Growers greenhouse in Cleveland will take place on October 17. The facility in Central will be the third business in the Evergreen Cooperatives network.

Update: the Plain Dealer has more details.

RTA will celebrate the official grand opening of its new East 55th Street Rapid Station on Tuesday. The $9.4 million station serves the Blue, Green, and Red lines.

The City of Lakewood published a draft of its historic preservation mission statement and goals. The concepts were developed at a workshop in August. A second community meeting will be held later this fall.

The third annual Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit took place (PDF) last week. The first day focused on energy efficiency and the second on local food. Participants will explore local food systems over the next year. Prior to the event, organizers discussed the topics on WCPN's Sound of Ideas.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week for the I-90 interchange at Nagel Road in Avon. Mayor Smith expressed his frustrations with the long process that led to its approval. Construction is expected to take 18 months. A Morning Journal editorial says it is part of a series of projects "that have made Avon one of Lorain County's most desirable communities".

More than 125 people attended the inaugural Bike Cleveland Summit and helped to craft the new organization's vision, principles, and goals. Marc Lefkowitz considered the state of transportation advocacy in Greater Cleveland.

The public response was positive at a Wednesday meeting on the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's draft strategic plan. The Port Authority board may vote to adopt the plan at its September 21 meeting.

The Ohio EPA intends to ask the U.S. EPA (PDF) to declare that the seven-county Greater Cleveland area is in compliance with 1997 federal fine particle pollution standards. The state's draft redesignation request and maintenance plan (PDF) is available online, and it will hold a public hearing on September 23 in Twinsburg.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Superintendent Stan Austin spoke at the Akron Roundtable last week. He talked about the park's assets, plans, and areas for improvement.

The City of Cleveland Heights will consider changing its zoning code to establish guidelines for the reuse of non-residential buildings in residential districts. Creating adaptive reuse rules was one of the recommendations of the City's sustainability audit. Officials and residents discussed the proposal at a public hearing on Monday.

Update: the Cleveland Heights Planning Commission approved the changes.

Update 2: City Council unanimously passed the ordinance on August 15.

Westlake City Council approved the strategic plan for St. John Medical Center's five-year, $100 million modernization and expansion project. St. John Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony late last month.

NOACA uploaded more videos from its annual summit, in addition to its coverage of Jerry Wray's talk. Part one includes introductory remarks, part two features commentary from Commissioner Hambley of Medina County, and parts three, four, five, and six are a panel discussion about the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium.

The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority dedicated (PDF) its new headquarters and the second phase of its Heritage View Homes in Kinsman. The new construction adds 40 apartment units and 17 single-family houses to the 81 townhouse units opened last year.

Cuyahoga Community College held a grand opening ceremony on Thursday for its new Westshore campus in Westlake.

Update: West Life has more details.

The Global Cleveland initiative officially commenced with a launch party on Tuesday evening and a day-long summit on Wednesday. The initiative will employ a four-part strategy targeted at strengthening Northeast Ohio by attracting and retaining newcomers. A Plain Dealer editorial supports its goals. The Civic Commons spoke with the initiative's leaders and with summit attendees for its weekly radio show and is hosting continuing discussions.

A Wednesday public hearing about the proposal to rezone the South Euclid portion of the former Oakwood Club property attracted a large audience. Prior to the meeting, a group of citizens protested outside. The 72 residents who spoke at the meeting expressed a variety of opinions.

Marc Lefkowitz wrote about the Healthy Communities Active Transportation Conference & Workshop held earlier this week and the state of local bike planning. Cleveland Bicycle Week 2011 starts on Monday. Meanwhile, a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Rockefeller Foundation says that most states lack adequate information to accurately evaluate the performance of their transportation networks. Ohio's scores were in the middle.

Update: ODOT posted the presentations from the HCAT conference.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday for the redevelopment of the former St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland. The project's $15.1 million first phase will rehabilitate the central wing as 72 units of senior housing that will be called St. Luke's Manor. The Ohio EPA recently declared that brownfield remediation is complete (PDF) for the 5.19-acre site.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport officials unveiled a new 25-year master plan at a public workshop on Thursday. It recommends a variety of improvements, including a new hotel and an above-ground connection between concourses C and D. A Morning Journal editorial says that "pursuing big plans to make Hopkins a more desirable airpor [sic] makes good sense." Ricky Smith, director of Cleveland's Department of Port Control, is scheduled to speak at the City Club on April 20.

Update: Crain's Cleveland Business and WKSU provided more details.

Update 2: the City Club posted audio (MP3, 52.9 MB) and video of Ricky Smith's talk.

More than 100 people attended a Thursday FutureHeights forum prompted by the proposed Oakwood Commons development. At the event, Terry Schwarz, Hunter Morrison, and Ed Jerse spoke about land use, regionalism, urban sprawl, and the importance of master planning.

Update: video of the forum is now available.

In the first State of the County Address, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald laid out plans to create a $100 million economic development fund, facilitate municipal collaborations, and support education and community safety programs. He said that his agenda represents "a sweeping and ambitious plan for the recovery of Cuyahoga County."

Update: the text and presentation from County Executive FitzGerald's speech are now online. The City Club posted audio (MP3, 52.1 MB) and video of the event.

Community leaders in Cleveland's AsiaTown neighborhood intend to make the area a dining and entertainment destination. It will host the second annual Cleveland Asian Festival on May 21-22.

Joe Marinucci of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, David Feehan of Civitas Consultants, and Michael Edwards, formerly of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership spoke at the second annual state of downtown forum at the City Club (MP3, 52.3 MB). They stressed the importance of connectivity within downtown and discussed other elements of successful downtown revitalizations.

Update: the City Club posted video of the panel discussion.

While the City of Cleveland and other older industrial cities experienced population decreases between 2000 and 2010, they also saw substantial population growth in their downtowns. On March 23, the City Club will host a forum on the state of downtown Cleveland.

More than 350 people attended a Tuesday working meeting to discuss the future of the Flats. They initiated a six-month planning process to devise a vision for the district, which faces the challenge of balancing industrial, recreational, residential land uses.

Cleveland Heights and University Heights municipal officials, business owners, and nonprofit leaders met on Monday to discuss the future of the Cedar Taylor business district.

The City of Berea will hold a series of public meetings from March through May to discuss proposed changes to the City's zoning code and map. The first event is on March 11.

The new Re-imagining Cleveland Ideas to Action Resource Book (PDF) is now available. It's intended to "put ideas and helpful information into the hands of people who can and will change the city for the better" and to "introduce you to some local heroes who are leading the way". On Thursday, the Levin College Forum at Cleveland State will host a Re-Imagining Cleveland forum and gallery opening.

Update: a Plain Dealer editorial supports the initiative.

Update 2: Marc Lefkowitz and Gloria Ferris wrote about the event.

Representatives from the City of Cleveland, the Ohio City Near West Development Corporation, and Cleveland Public Art shared the latest plans for the redesign of Ohio City's Market Square Park. The $1.5 million project at West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue is scheduled to be completed by this fall.

Update: an OCNW video describes the project.

On Tuesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new building in University Circle. The museum at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road is scheduled to open in fall 2012.

Update: a Plain Dealer editorial extols the construction in University Circle.

The Plain Dealer explored the changes coming to the Flats and the more than $2 billion of development planned for the area. Cleveland Councilman Cimperman assembled an advisory group, and they met for the first time today. The groundbreaking ceremony for the aquarium at the Powerhouse will be held on Wednesday. The future of the district may not include the Flats Oxbow Association.

Update: the aquarium groundbreaking was postponed due to weather conditions.

Willoughby Mayor Dave Anderson explained why he does not support the Regional Prosperity Initiative to Dan Moulthrop of the Civic Commons. On Thursday, the Levin College Forum will host discussions about regional collaboration.

Update: participants on Thursday Sound of Ideas program also talked about regional planning.

Update 2: Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder addressed attendees at the CSU forum, and Dan Moulthrop spoke with Richfield Mayor Mike Lyons, one of the event's panelists.

Update 3: the Levin College Forum posted a summary of the event, and the Civic Commons radio show addressed the subject (MP3, 16.3 MB).

Local, state, and MMPI officials participated in today's ceremonial groundbreaking for the Medical Mart and convention center in downtown Cleveland. They announced the Medical Mart's first 57 tenants and 31 conferences, conventions, and trade shows. The lists include many local companies. Construction at the site started on January 3, and the facilities are scheduled to open in fall 2013. Positively Cleveland posted video and photographs of the event, and MMPI has a live construction webcam.

Update: Cleveland Magazine and the Plain Dealer scrutinized the list of tenants, and a Plain Dealer editorial said that the groundbreaking was "a milestone to celebrate."

The Greater Cleveland RTA is seeking public input on Re: imagine RTA, its 2010-2020 strategic plan, and will hold a community meeting on January 13 at its offices on West 6th Street. The agency is also conducting a survey. Officials in Lorain County and the the Morning Journal encourage Lorain County residents to participate.

Cuyahoga County and MMPI will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Medical Mart project in downtown Cleveland on January 14. Construction is scheduled to begin on January 3.

Materials from October's national Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference in Cleveland are now available online.

Participants at Tuesday's design charrette suggested a variety of ideas for improving downtown Cleveland, focusing on concepts around the major planned developments.

Cleveland leaders are seeking public input on ideas for the downtown Malls at Your Changing Cleveland. The new Cleveland Group Plan Commission will hold a design charette on November 30.

Update: Steven Litt described the process.

CMHA recently celebrated the grand opening of its Heritage View Homes, the redevelopment of the Garden Valley Estates in Cleveland. The first phase of the development along Kinsman Road includes 81 units of public housing (PDF) in 20 townhouse buildings.

Brian Zimmerman, executive director of the Cleveland Metroparks, spoke at the City Club on Wednesday (MP3, 53.1 MB). He talked about what he has learned in his time in Cleveland and the future of the park district.

Consultants Landrum & Brown are conducting an update of the master plan for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Ten alternatives for improving the airport's concourses were shared at a public workshop on Wednesday evening. Additional public meetings will be held in the first quarter of 2011.

The Northeast Ohio Local Food Assessment and Plan was unveiled on Saturday at the Northeast Ohio Local Food Mini-Congress. It includes an analysis of the current state of the local food system and proposes that within 10 years, local production could supply 25% of Northeast Ohio's food needs. The document then offers more than 50 recommendations for meeting that goal. Michael Shuman, one of the plan's authors, will present its findings at the City Club on Tuesday.

Update: GreenCityBlueLake and Crain's Cleveland Business provided more information about the plan, and the City Club posted audio of Michael Shuman's talk (MP3, 52.2 MB).

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is installing three waste-to-energy incinerators at the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant in Cuyahoga Heights. They are expected to go online in 2013.

Update: a waste-to-energy forum will be held on December 1 in Akron. Registration is free.

In his first press conference after the election, John Kasich said, "Passenger rail is not in Ohio's future." He later said that Governor Strickland should halt planning studies for the 3C Corridor. Streetsblog's Angie Schmitt wrote an open letter to Governor-elect Kasich, asking him to reconsider his stance against the 3C Corridor and to support a robust multimodal transportation network. Many of the 120 attendees at the Ohio Department of Transportation's public meeting in Cleveland also want the state to better support transportation choice.

The Ohio Great Lakes Compact Advisory Board published its draft recommendations for implementing (PDF, 17.3 MB) the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will hold an open house at the Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library on November 19, and will submit the final recommendations by December 15. The Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club has issues with the recommendations.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is holding a series of public meetings to explain its plans to address combined sewer overflow problems and the associated rate increases. The first meeting was held on Thursday in South Euclid, and NEORSD tweeted updates from the event. The program, dubbed Project Clean Lake, is facing opposition from Summit County officials. An Akron Beacon Journal editorial says that the "regional approach makes the most sense."

Attendees at a public meeting in Columbus told Ohio Department of Transportation officials that the agency should devote more resources to public transit and alternative transportation. It was the first in a series of workshops that ODOT is holding at various locations. A Cleveland meeting will be held on November 3 at the downtown Crowne Plaza Hotel. Officials with ODOT District 12 have also been meeting with local transportation activists.

Update: the Plain Dealer provided more information about the Cleveland meeting, and ODOT posted its presentation (PDF).

The Lakewood Observer summarized bicycle planning efforts in Lakewood, while the City of Lakewood provided a recap of the recent Birdtown/Madison community meeting. On November 9, LakewoodAlive will hold a community forum titled "Bailey Building & Beyond - Downtown Lakewood's Renaissance."

At a public forum sponsored by Cleveland's new Group Plan Commission, architect Mark Hinshaw of LMN Architects and landscape architect Shannon Nichol of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol presented observations and ideas for the future of public space in downtown Cleveland.

Cleveland hosted the National Vacant Properties Conference this week, drawing around 900 people. They heard from national experts, including Shaun Donovan, Dan Kildee, and Alex Kotlowitz, as well as local officials and academics. Attendees learned about best practices at more than 40 workshops and sessions, visited sites across Cleveland, and shared their reactions on Twitter.

Update: Marc Lefkowitz summarized day one of the conference. Streetsblog Capitol Hill also has a recap.

Update 2: Marc Lefkowitz provided summaries of the conference's second and third days.

RTA will celebrate the grand opening of the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center on October 19. The facility at the corner of East 21st Street and Prospect Avenue is RTA's first downtown Cleveland bus hub.

Update: Channel 5 and Channel 3 reported from the event, and WTAM has pictures of the new facility.

Ohio Department of Transportation officials presented plans for the Opportunity Corridor (PDF) at six public meetings in Cleveland this week. Residents in Central and Kinsman were skeptical about the project's benefits, while Slavic Village residents expressed mixed opinions.

Meanwhile, the City of Lakewood held its first Bikeway Planning Community Workshop on Tuesday evening. More than 60 people attended. The City plans to hold its next workshop in mid-November.

Update: Lakewood residents who were unable to attend the workshop can still provide input.

More reactions to last week's Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit:

In his closing remarks at the second Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit, Mayor Jackson told attendees that "the future is in our hands." About half of the 600 participants were new, and this year's event had more involvement from the local business community. Marc Lefkowitz filed a detailed report from the summit, while Thomas Mulready interviewed two participants, Kim Foreman of Environmental Health Watch and Nancy Meyer-Emerick of CSU's Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Nearly 600 people attended the first day of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit at Public Auditorium. Participants received the 2019 Action Plan and Resource Guide and heard about local sustainable business practices. Follow the #SC2019 hashtag on Twitter for feedback from attendees.

The planned Opportunity Corridor will affect residents and business in Cleveland's Buckeye, Fairfax, Kinsman, and Slavic Village neighborhoods, and area leaders intend to ensure that the proposed boulevard benefits their neighborhoods. The Ohio Department of Transportation will hold six public meetings between October 5 and October 7.

The second Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit will take place on September 22 and 23. Many of Cleveland's largest companies plan to participate in the summit, which like last year will be guided by David Cooperrider. Marc Lefkowitz summarized what each of its work groups have accomplished over the past year.

The National Park Service developed six alternatives for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Trail Management Plan. They range from no action (alternative one) to an overhaul of the park's trail network (alternative six). The draft alternatives will be presented at public meetings on September 22, 23, and 26 at the Happy Days Lodge in Peninsula. The public comment period is open through October 30.

Upcoming events of interest:

The German Marshall Fund's Cities in Transition Initiative is "a three-year project designed to build a sustained network of leading policymakers and practitioners" in Cleveland, Detroit, Flint, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown. Greater Ohio is participating in the project, which will be launched in October at a one-day meeting in Detroit.

Cleveland Metroparks officials and consultants are continuing work on the Huntington Reservation Shoreline Management Plan. The Metroparks hosted a public meeting in June and will hold a second on September 21 at Bay Village City Hall. The work is partially funded by an ODNR coastal management grant.

The City of Lakewood continues to gather public input on community planning initiatives, and recently held the second public work session for the Clifton Boulevard Enhancement Project. On August 21, a Birdtown Madison Community Action public meeting will take place.

Update: the Sun Post-Herald summarized the Clifton Boulevard work session.

Update 2: about 50 people attended the August 21 event. The City will hold two more community meetings.

The nonprofit utility that provides power to institutions in University Circle is seeking a permit renewal for its coal-fired power plant. Members of the Sierra Club and other environmental groups oppose the permit, and stated their opinions at a public meeting (PDF) yesterday. The company intends to complete a plan by the end of 2011 for how it will become a coal-free operation. The Ohio EPA posted the draft permit (PDF).

Update: a final decision could take several months.

A panel discussion at the City Club (MP3, 53.6 MB) yesterday explored market gardens, urban farms, and economic development. Earlier this year, the City Club hosted a discussion about local food.

Cleveland hosted a national conference on freshwater wind power earlier this week. The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. also held its first public meeting, and said that they hope to announce a developer for the Cleveland pilot project within four weeks.

With the annual Burning River Fest starting tomorrow, Ohio Authority looked at the status of the former Coast Guard station at Whiskey Island and some ideas for its reuse.

The Great Lakes Urban Exchange recently held its third annual conference in Cleveland. More than 80 young leaders from across the region attended to compare notes, network, discuss new ideas, and explore Cleveland. This year's conference focused on rethinking what cities can be. Conference participants shared their reactions, summarized sessions, described site visits, and posted photographs.

Update: Cool Cleveland's Sarah Valek also posted a review.

Update 2: Lorri Meyers of Channelise added her experiences.

The first Cleveland Furniture and Millwork Fair, held last week, featured designs from Amish manufacturers, small Cleveland-area designers, and Cleveland Institute of Art students. The two-day event was organized as part of the proposed Cleveland District of Design.

The inaugural Cleveland Furniture and Millwork Fair will take place on Wednesday and Thursday at the Halle Building. Organizers hope that it will lead to a permanent presence in the proposed Cleveland District of Design.

The new Fulton Road Bridge in Old Brooklyn opened on Friday. Minor work beneath the structure will continue this summer. The original bridge was built in 1932 and demolished in 2007.

The Chagrin Solon Sun summarized former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell's recent talk at South Franklin Circle (DOC) about regionalism.

The National Park Service will hold a second round of five town-hall meetings on the Western Reserve Heritage Feasibility Study. One meeting will be in Cuyahoga County, on June 22 at the Sleepy Hollow Golf Course clubhouse in Brecksville.

Bill Purcell, the former mayor of Nashville, spoke about regionalism and city-county consolidations at South Franklin Circle in Chagrin Falls. He also spoke with WCPN's Eric Wellman.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's eighth annual housing policy summit called for "re-examination of that cornerstone of the American Dream: owning a home." It featured panel discussions where experts said that the nation's housing crisis is not over, asserted that new ideas are needed, and discussed methods for preventing a reoccurrence.

Update: the Wall Street Journal's James Hagerty summarized one of the talks.

Panelists at yesterday's Creative Voices Summit discussed ways to use creativity to improve communities and encourage economic development. Richey Piiparinen recapped the event at GreenCityBlueLake.

Update: CEOs for Cities shared some observations.

In a 2½-hour meeting today, Drew Carey and Nick Gillespie of the Reason Foundation discussed their libertarian ideas for Cleveland with members of Cleveland City Council. Some Council members characterized the suggestions as overly-simple solutions to complex problems. Council President Martin Sweeney invited them after the release of a Carey-produced online video series earlier this year. Jim Russell believes that Gillespie's arguments are unhelpful.

Susan Condon Love of the Plain Dealer wrote about the City of South Euclid's Green Neighborhoods Initiative and the Wilmington Road bungalow undergoing renovations. The City will unveil the makeover at an open house on June 5 (PDF).

GreenCityBlueLake reported on the recent "Rebuilding the Cities that Built America" conference in Youngstown, and the Vindicator summarized Dan Kildee's remarks.

About 250 people, including Jesse Jackson, attended a rally for public transit funding on Cleveland's Public Square on Saturday. The event was part of a multicity campaign for changes in transit funding policies.

This week is Cleveland Bicycle Week, and a variety of events are being held across Greater Cleveland. The Plain Dealer reported on the City of Cleveland's bicycle parking requirements and the plans for the downtown Cleveland bicycle station.

Northeast Ohio furniture makers will hold the the first Cleveland Furniture and Millwork Fair at the Halle Building in July. It will serve as a test of the Cleveland District of Design concept.

Backers of the 16-county Regional Prosperity Initiative recently presented its regional planning and tax-base sharing concepts to local officials at a meeting in Fairview Park. The Initiative was also the subject of a debate in Hudson.

Update: organizers delivered a similar message in Shaker Heights.

Update 2: a Sun News editorial supports the initiative.

This year's RiverDay will be celebrated on Saturday and will feature a variety of events along the Cuyahoga River and its tributaries.

The Cleveland-Youngstown-Pittsburgh Regional Learning Network will hold a conference in Youngstown on May 21. Titled "Rebuilding The Cities That Built America," it will feature workshops, speakers, and other events. Hunter Morrison wrote about the megapolitan area that some call the Tech Belt.

At the public forum on the redesign of Malls B and C, architect Mark Reddington of LMN Architects and landscape architect Shannon Nichol of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol shared their research and visions for the Mall. More than 100 people attended the event at the Cleveland Public Library.

Update: Doug Bardwell also summarized the forum.

On Tuesday, Jeff Heinen, Mary K. Holmes, and Doug Katz participated in a discussion about local food systems at the City Club (MP3, 53.0 MB).

On Friday, Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis spoke at the City Club about foreclosure problems in Greater Cleveland (MP3, 52.5 MB) and the ways that the Cuyahoga County Land Bank is addressing the issues.

A free public forum on the future of Cleveland's historic Mall will be held on May 6 at the Louis Stokes Wing of the CPL's Main Library.

The first public meeting for the Clifton Boulevard Transportation Enhancement Program took place on Wednesday in Lakewood. The stimulus-funded project's process will refine streetscape enhancement concepts first identified in a 2006 plan (PDF, 28.7 MB). One attendee shared her reactions.

Update: the City of Lakewood summarized the event and the Sun Post Herald published a report.

On Friday, the Cleveland Coalition will hold the second event in its series on the planned Cleveland casino, a charrette at the Levin College of Urban Affairs. The event is free and open to the public, but participants should register and review an information packet.

Activist and consultant Majora Carter spoke at a City Club in the City event on Tuesday. She told the audience at St. James AME Church about environmental justice and stories of her experiences in the South Bronx. Audio of her talk (MP3, 52.1 MB) is available.

The first Greater Cleveland Trails & Greenways Conference will take place on June 7 in Middleburg Heights. Registration opens on April 12.

The Cleveland Coalition posted video of the speakers at the March 5 casino forum at the City Club. The presentations by Len Komoroski, Christopher Diehl, David Schwarz, and Tom Chema are now available.

At Friday's public forum on the planned Cleveland casino, panelists discussed the goals of the development and the challenges posed by each of the four potential sites. Rock Ventures still plans to break ground as soon as this fall, but now anticipates opening the casino in early 2013.

Update: Scene's Anastasia Pantsios also attended the event.

At a recent public meeting, consultants for RTA described the five alternatives being studied in the Blue Line Corridor Extension Study.

Update: a Chagrin Solon Sun editorial says that the line should be extended to the Chagrin Highlands.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson delivered his fifth State of the City address on Thursday. He announced that a Chinese LED manufacturer will locate its American headquarters in Cleveland, talked about the City's sustainability initiatives, and proposed the creation of a countywide education authority. A Plain Dealer editorial called it "the kind of big thinking this region needs." The speech is available as text (PDF) and as audio.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Sustainable Housing and Communities Listening Tour will stop in Cleveland (PDF) on March 10. The event will begin at 10:30 in the US Bank Centre Building at Playhouse Square.

The next Levin College Forum is about land use law. It's titled Legal Implications of Zoning Decisions for Smart Planning and Development, and will take place on March 26.

The Cleveland Coalition organized a panel discussion about integrating the planned Cleveland casino into the existing urban fabric. It will be held at 5:00 on Friday at the City Club, and the speakers will be David M. Schwarz, Len Komoroski, Tom Chema, and Christopher Diehl. Admission is free, but registration is requested.

The U.S. Census Bureau classified much of Cleveland as a "hard to count" (PDF) area for the 2010 Census. One of the Bureau's Portrait of America Road Tour vehicles is visiting locations in Northeast Ohio.

Trail users provided input at public open houses last week for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's trail management plan.

On Friday and Saturday, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland held MOCAmentum, an invitation-only Appreciative Inquiry summit. The museum has raised most of the funds needed for its planned new University Circle building, and may unveil Farshid Moussavi's architectural plans in late March.

Lillian Kuri spoke at the Foundation Center about her planning work with the Cleveland Foundation and Cleveland Public Art.

In conjunction with the planned reconfiguration of the Warrensville-Van Aken intersection in Shaker Heights, RTA is revisiting its plans to extend the Blue Line corridor into southeastern Cuyahoga County. The study area of the Blue Line Corridor Extension Study includes all or parts of 10 municipalities. RTA will hold a public meeting on February 22 at the Warrensville Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, and has a Blue Line Extension Analysis Survey.

Update: a Plain Dealer editorial notes that the study's timing is awkward.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a two-day Cleveland Harbor dredging summit (PDF) earlier this week.

The winners of the 2009 Cleveland Design Competition were announced on Friday. First prize went to Mario Caceres and Christian Canonico of Montrouge, France; second prize went to Pepijn van Voorst of The Hague; and third prize went to Russell Collin of London.

The 2010 Baldwin-Wallace Sustainability Symposium will be held on March 1 and 2. The title of this year's symposium is "Carbon Footprints – How Can We Transform Our Tomorrow?" The event is free and open to the public.

On February 11, the Levin College Forum and the First Suburbs Consortium will host the Cleveland premiere of The New Metropolis, a two-part documentary series on America's inner-ring suburbs. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

Planners of the proposed aerotropolis around Cleveland Hopkins International Airport began receiving feedback at the first of the aerotropolis stakeholder sessions yesterday.

Participants in the third annual Cleveland Design Competition devised plans for a multi-modal transportation center for the north end of the Mall in downtown Cleveland. The submissions were recently judged, and the winners will be announced on Friday. Steven Litt provides an advanced look at a couple of the entries.

More than 100 people attended a Levin College Forum on Thursday to learn more about the Public Square redesign concepts. Jeremy Borger summarized the event and shared his thoughts.

On Thursday, Ned Hill of Cleveland State University, Joe Marinucci of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, and Cleve Ricksecker of Capital Crossroads Columbus discussed the state of downtown Cleveland at the City Club (MP3, 53.1 MB). It was the fourth event in the Downtown Quarterly Series.

The City of Shaker Heights has secured the $11.5 million needed for the planned reconfiguration of the six-way intersection at Warrensville Center Road and Van Aken Boulevard. Construction is slated to begin in about two years. The City will provide updates at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building.

Greater Cleveland residents have the opportunity to share their opinions at several meetings:

Update: Scene and the Plain Dealer have more information about FirstEnergy's request. Channel 3 reported on the Harshaw site findings. The News Sun shared details about the aerotropolis meetings.

At a Levin College Forum on January 21, landscape architect James Corner will present the three conceptual designs for Cleveland's Public Square. Also on the 21st, the City Club will host a panel discussion about the state of downtown Cleveland. On January 29, a Levin College Forum will discuss the 2010 Census.

On Friday, Tom Waltermire of Team NEO and Brad Whitehead of the Fund for our Economic Future spoke at the City Club about economic forecasting over the next decade. Plain Dealer Editor Susan Goldberg moderated the discussion. They stressed that greater collaboration could increase opportunities for economic growth.

About 1,000 people attended the 10 public hearings held by RTA last week to share their thoughts about the agency's proposed service changes. RTA is accepting comments until January 21, and will finalize the changes around March 1.

At the first of this week's public hearings, RTA riders shared their displeasure about the proposed service reductions. RTA has proposed cutting 12% of its routes in order to balance its budget. The public hearings will continue through Thursday.

The annual Emerging Cleveland tours show the best of the City to students and young professionals. This year's tours will highlight developments built over the past five years. They will be held on December 26 and December 27.

More than 100 people attended a rally in Tremont on Sunday for bicycle and pedestrian access on the planned new Innerbelt Bridge. They were joined by Dennis Kucinich, who wrote a letter to Governor Strickland in their support. Groups of attendees followed ODOT's proposed alternate routes in an effort to highlight their flaws.

Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman helped to organize four public meetings about the Medical Mart for early 2010. Roldo Bartimole interpreted them as a political maneuver. Mayor Jackson spoke about the Medical Mart on Channel 3's Between the Lines and defended Public Auditorium on Channel 5. Commissioner Jones thinks that Cleveland should reduce its asking price for the property MMPI desires for its revised Medical Mart plans. The Cleveland chapter of the American Institute of Architects opposes the new plans, and Steven Litt considered the aesthetic costs of building on Mall C.

Meanwhile, the developers of the proposed Nashville Medical Trade Center announced the site for the 2 million-square-foot complex, increasing pressure on MMPI to demonstrate progress in Cleveland. Developers of both projects have stressed the importance of being the first to open.

On Monday, the City of Cleveland Heights held the third of three public meetings on the Cedar Fairmount Traffic Study. City Architecture will submit its final report and recommendations to City Council next month.

The Ohio Commission on Local Government Reform and Collaboration will hold a meeting and public hearing on Friday morning in the Cleveland Public Library's Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium. The Commission is gathering input (PDF) on intergovernmental cooperation. Testimony should be submitted in advance.

More than 100 people attended the last of five public meetings about the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's proposed regional stormwater management program. Some residents objected to the new stormwater fee it would entail.

Update: leaders in Summit County remain opposed to the program.

Members of the new White House Office of Urban Affairs recently visited Cleveland to gather feedback about the federal stimulus program.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center may help to advance and focus the outcomes of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit. A representative of the BCLC, which is conducting a sustainable communities competition, attended an Entrepreneurs for Sustainability event yesterday.

Update: GreenCityBlueLake has more information about the SC2019 Outcome Showcase.

The Cleveland edition of GLUE's "I Will Stay If..." campaign will take place on Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Speakeasy in Ohio City. The evening will feature opportunities for networking and idea-sharing, plus presentations from Lillian Kuri, Randell McShepard, and Matt Zone.

Dru McKeown summarized Douglas Farr's recent lecture, and Rust Wire reported on Timothy Beatley's talk last week. Both spoke about sustainable urbanism.

Materials from the recent All You Can Eat event are now available online, including a project gallery and video of the panel discussion.

On November 10, Clean Fuels Ohio and the Levin College Forum will host a discussion about the future of transportation in Ohio.

As anticipated, Congress approved $475 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Members of President Obama's Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force discussed the program on Thursday when they held their sixth and final regional public meeting in Cleveland. Joe Koncelik fears that the initiative's local match requirement could create problems.

Update: WKSU also reported on the meeting.

CWRU supplied more details about the upcoming lecture by Douglas Farr.

While a Congressional conference committee recommended funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at the full $475 million level, environmental advocates say that the lakes need additional protections. Others identify a need for a national policy on oceans and waterways. The public will have an opportunity to provide input at the regional Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force meeting (PDF) in Cleveland on Thursday.

The Cuyahoga County Commissioners are expected to approve a funding mechanism for the new county land bank today. The land bank will also be the subject of the next event in the Levin College Forum's Building Our Future Beyond Foreclosure series. Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis and land bank president Gus Frangos will participate in the form on November 19.

Upcoming events:

(via GreenCityBlueLake)

Douglas Farr will give the Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture at the Allen Memorial Medical Library on November 5. Titled "Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature", the talk is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Rust Wire recapped the Levin College Forum event yesterday that featured author Alyssa Katz. The next Forum event on October 30 will be a panel discussion about interdisciplinary partnerships for infrastructure investments.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is beginning (PDF) an environmental impact statement for the modification or removal of the Canal Diversion Dam on the Cuyahoga River in Brecksville. The dam provides water for the Ohio & Erie Canal, but impairs the river's water quality. The study will attempt to balance the historic preservation and environmental perspectives. The public is invited to provide input at a meeting at the Happy Days Lodge on October 28.

More than 100 people gathered on Saturday to celebrate the rededication of the Irish Cultural Garden in Rockefeller Park.

Urban designers Alex Washburn and Fred Salvucci will participate in the Lockwood Thompson Dialogues at the Cleveland Public Library Main Library on October 29. The event is free and open to the public.

The Gordon Square Arts District celebrated the completion of the Detroit Avenue streetscape project on Saturday. The grand re-opening of the district's Capitol Theatre will be held on October 2, and the festivities will continue for 10 days. A Plain Dealer editorial says that "this should be an important and joyous week for the residents of Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood."

Update: WCPN and the Plain Dealer have more information.

The next event in the Levin College Forum's Building Our Future Beyond Foreclosure series will be held on October 8 and is titled Reconsidering the American Dream. It will be a discussion of proposed federal housing policy reform, and author Alyssa Katz will give the keynote address.

Residents and business owners along the path of the proposed Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland are skeptical that its construction would benefit them. Marc Lefkowitz noted that "the city will walk a tightrope between satisfying the traffic concerns of west siders commuting to The Clinic and University Circle and its promises to make this a boulevard with land-uses consistent with a healthy urban fabric."

On Tuesday, Frank Jackson made three announcements about sustainability in Cleveland. He promoted Office of Sustainability Director Andrew Watterson to Chief of Sustainability, a new cabinet-level position. He unveiled the 25-member Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Council, which will be responsible for guiding the City's 10-year sustainability strategy. He also revealed the 63-member steering committee for the second sustainability summit, to be held next year.

GreenCityBlueLake and Rust Wire present highlights from the second From Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference, held last week in the Gordon Square Arts District. In a Plain Dealer op-ed, Gordon Square Arts District Chairman Lawrence Schultz describes the neighborhood reinvestment as "a unique economic dynamo" that is "rewriting the way the arts can rapidly shape neighborhood redevelopment."

Update: GreenCityBlueLake has more stories from the event.

GreenCityBlueLake and Rust Wire summarized aspects of this week's German Marshall Fund workshop.

Jim White of the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization spoke at the City Club today "about the recovery of the Cuyahoga River as a part of a new regional economy (MP3, 54.1 MB)."

At a boat tour on Wednesday, Mayor Jackson explained how he intends to implement the Cleveland lakefront plan that he inherited from the Campbell administration. He also described a number of related initiatives, including the planned port relocation and decision to retain Burke Lakefront Airport. In addition, Jackson said that he wants the City to loan $2 million for the proposed aquarium at the Powerhouse in the Flats.

The lower deck of the Detroit-Superior Bridge will host the Bridge Project on September 25 and 26. The Pop-Up City festival will feature several events, including the fifth Cleveland Pecha Kucha Night and a student design charette. Kent State University and Villa Angela-St. Joseph students have prepared concepts for new uses for the bridge's lower level.

Update: Cool Cleveland's Thomas Mulready interviewed Terry Schwartz about the project.

RTA broke ground today for the new Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center in downtown Cleveland. The $6.4 million project is entirely federally funded, and 87% of its construction costs were covered by stimulus dollars.

All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Architectural Ideas for Cleveland will present "a collective exhibition of architectural ideas for vacant sites in Cleveland, Ohio" on October 30 and 31 at the Sculpture Center. Proposals are due by September 30.

On September 14 and 15, the German Marshall Fund will host a Great Lakes Regionalism & Economic Development Workshop at CSU's Levin College of Urban Affairs. Attendees will "examine the concept of regionalism, how regional identities are fostered, and how regional strategies can help promote economic development."

(via GLUE)

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority withdrew its support from a proposal to build a trail at Dike 14 in Cleveland, because it wants more time to consider how Dike 14 relates to the planned port relocation. On September 26, the Dike 14 Education Collaborative will hold Migration Mania (PDF), an open house with self-guided walking tours (PDF).

The Levin College Forum will continue its Building Our Future Beyond Foreclosure series with an event titled "Feeding Cleveland: Creating a Sustainable Local Food System" on September 16. It will feature Penn State professor Clare Hinrich, and registration is free.

Richard Stuebi compared the recent sustainability summit in Cleveland to a meeting of climate change skeptics in Springfield, Missouri. Meanwhile, participants from BrownFlynn reported on their involvement and followup activities, and a waste to profit group is gathering support.

The Downtown Cleveland Alliance is hosting more public forums today and tomorrow about the potential renewal of the Downtown Cleveland Special Improvement District.

Update: Jeremy Borger shared more details.

Ohio Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Jennifer Brunner spoke at the City Club today. She said that (MP3, 52.1 MB) she would make rejuvenating the state's cities a priority if elected to the Senate.

The 2009 APA Ohio Statewide Planning Conference will be held from September 23 to 25 at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls. The Cleveland Section's 21st annual Planning and Zoning Workshop will take place on November 13 at LaCentre in Westlake.

Stakeholders from the recent Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit have been meeting in small groups, both in person and online, to refine the ideas generated at the event. They will compile the recommendations in a written report later this year.

The Ohio Rail Development Commission is conducting an online survey of potential users of the proposed 3-C Corridor passenger rail line. The ORDC will also hold a public meeting on September 16 at the Cleveland Airport Holiday Inn.

(via Greater Ohio)

On Thursday, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority CEO Adam Wasserman and architect Stanton Eckstut described the downtown Cleveland port redevelopment plan at the City Club (MP3, 55.8 MB). On Friday, they presented the plan to the Cleveland City Planning Commission, where members had many questions about the concept. Adam Wasserman and the Port's Luke Frazier outlined the plan on Channel 3. Also on Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave its tentative approval to the Port's relocation plan, issuing a 241-page draft of its Cleveland Harbor Dredged Material Management Plan & Environmental Impact Statement (PDF, 8.4 MB). A Plain Dealer editorial says that the relocation and redevelopment plans need "a good deal more attention to detail". The Port Authority is preparing My Cleveland Waterfront, a website about the plans.

Update: Port Authority Chairman Steven Williams disputed several items in a Plain Dealer story.

Participants in the recent Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit continue to share ideas and reactions about the event. Marianne Eppig, Wendy Feinn, Gregg LaBar, Marc Lefkowitz, and Mike McNutt provide more perspectives. The summit was also briefly discussed on The Sound of Ideas on Thursday. In a Plain Dealer op-ed, Mayor Jackson said that "now is the time to take action" to make Cleveland the first city to attain sustainability.

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority representatives will present their latest port redevelopment plans to the Cleveland City Planning Commission on Friday. The plan (PDF, 1.6 MB) and presentation (PDF, 15.8 MB) are available for review.

NOACA has begun uploading videos of speakers at its annual summit to YouTube. Available so far are videos of Senator Voinovich and Mayor Hruby of Brecksville.

On Thursday, the second day of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit, the appreciative inquiry process continued as participants brainstormed and refined creative ideas for advancing a sustainable Cleveland. Ray Anderson of Interface was the morning's featured speaker. Attendees Carole Cohen, Chris Gammmell, and Marc Lefkowitz shared their experiences.

The summit concluded today with teams working to distill their concepts into tangible recommendations and to prepare written reports. The results will be compiled into a 10-year action plan. The City intents to maintain the summit's momentum by working with a post-summit committee. Joe Koncelik, Marc Lefkowitz, and Carin Rockind provided recaps of the day and entire event, while the Cleveland Public Library posted a Sustainable Cleveland Reading List.

Update: you can also read reactions by Marianne Eppig, Chris Gammell, Ed Morrison, and Robert Stockham.

At a public meeting yesterday, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority officials and consultants again presented their preliminary plans for redeveloping their current downtown Cleveland lakefront property. The plans call for a four-phase redevelopment to be carried out over 25 years. The plans will also be the subject of a City Club talk on August 20.

The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture will hold From Rust Belt to Artist Belt II on September 17–18 in Cleveland's Gordon Square Arts District. It will continue the conversations of the first symposium held in May 2008.

At the first day of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit, Van Jones of the White House Council on Environmental Quality offered his support and Frank Jackson outlined his vision for a sustainable economy. Participants also heard from other speakers and took part in an ongoing appreciative inquiry process developed by David Cooperrider. Lynette Young of Sustainable Atlanta was very impressed. Attendees Carole Cohen, Chris Gammell, Gregg LaBar, and Robert Stockham shared their thoughts, too.

Update: Marc Lefkowitz and Annabel Khouri also provided day one summaries.

More than 600 people are expected to attend the three-day sustainability summit in Cleveland this week. GreenCityBlueLake posted the pre-summit briefing paper, and a Plain Dealer editorial described the opportunities the summit should create. Meanwhile, Brent Larkin stressed the urgency of building a water-based economy in Greater Cleveland.

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority will hold a public meeting (PDF) about the plans to redevelop its current facilities on Thursday at St. Ignatius High School. Dru McKeown shared his thoughts on the plans.

Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jolene Molitoris spoke at the City Club today. She said that the (MP3, 51.1 MB) Innerbelt Bridge project is "the highest and most pressing transportation issue in the state."

Update: she also said that the decision to eliminate Innerbelt ramps at Prospect and Carnegie avenues may not be final. Meanwhile, the Federal Highway Administration approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Innerbelt project. The public comment period is open until August 31.

About 150 people attended the U.S. EPA's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative stakeholder meeting in Cuyahoga Heights on Monday evening. Agency officials heard feedback about the proposed $475 million restoration program. The EPA is also gathering suggestions online.

Update: Michael Scott of the Plain Dealer summarized the recurring themes of the meeting.

A Morning Journal editorial encourages public participation in the Great Lakes restoration meeting on July 27 at the Cleveland Metroparks CanalWay Center in Cuyahoga Heights. The U.S. EPA recently issued an outline of its restoration plan (PDF).

Panelists Lindsay Baxter, Roger Chang, and Andrew Watterson discussed the state of sustainability in older industrial cities (MP3, 51.7 MB) at the City Club on Thursday. On Friday, author Storm Cunningham spoke about "what it takes to achieve rapid, resilient renewal" (MP3, 51.4 MB) in urban areas.

The U.S. EPA and Environment Canada jointly produced the State of the Great Lakes 2009 highlights report. It said that the status of the ecosystem is mixed, and that "trends of Great Lakes ecosystem conditions varied: some conditions were improving and some were deteriorating." Meanwhile, the U.S. EPA will hold a series of public meetings across the region to discuss the proposed $475 million Great Lakes restoration program. The Ohio meeting will be held on July 27 at the Cleveland Metroparks CanalWay Center.

Update: Sam Speck of the International Joint Commission spoke about the future of the Great Lakes at an Akron Roundtable luncheon.

Stanton Eckstut of Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects recently presented conceptual designs for redeveloping the 100 acres of Cleveland's downtown lakefront currently used by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. He envisions a dense, mixed use area with public parks and a lakefront promenade. There would be three overlapping districts: the harbor, the piers, and the park river district. He said that development should begin in three to five years. The presentation is available online (PDF, 14.6 MB). Some of the participants in the planning process discussed the concepts on WCPN's Sound of Ideas.

Panelists at an Urban Land Institute event last week spoke about collaboration in University Circle. At the Heights Observer, Cleveland Heights City Council candidate Mary Dunbar wrote about the the opportunities for Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights created by the rejuvenation of University Circle.

South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo, University Heights Councilman Kevin Patrick Murphy, and Cleveland Heights Councilman Mark Tumeo spoke at a panel discussion on regionalism last week.

The Brookings Institution posted the text of Bruce Katz's remarks at the recent Restoring Prosperity to Cleveland Mini-Summit.

The City Club of Cleveland will host a panel discussion titled "Building Sustainability in our City" on July 16. The event is part of the Downtown Quarterly Series.

On the 40th anniversary of the famous fire on the Cuyahoga River, some of those involved with its cleanup shared their memories with the Plain Dealer. Others appeared on WCPN's Sound of Ideas program this morning. The U.S. EPA praised Ohio for its progress in restoring the river, but declined to remove portions of the Cuyahoga from its list of Areas of Concern. The agency wants to see environmental recovery along the entire length of the river.

A Plain Dealer editorial recognized the anniversary and the cleanup of the river, while the paper's Joe Frolik cited examples of what makes the Cuyahoga's comeback a success story. Jeff Opperman said that "Cleveland must redouble its efforts to recast the burning river story" as "a symbol of hope" for the world. The U.S. EPA's Mark Moloney also added his thoughts. Chris Varley, on the other hand, said that we still have a long way to go and that there "is remarkably little to celebrate."

Update: NPR's All Things Considered also aired a report on the anniversary.

GreenCityBlueLake reports that the Downtown Cleveland Alliance plans to launch a bike rental program by the end of this month. The Plain Dealer has more details about the organization's efforts to renew the Downtown Cleveland Special Improvement District for a second five-year term.

Monday, June 22 will mark the 40th anniversary of the last fire on the Cuyahoga River. As part of the Year of the River celebrations, a variety of events will be held along the River on Saturday, from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to Settlers Landing in the Flats. At 9:00 this evening, WVIZ will show Walking the River, an hour-long documentary first aired in November.

Update: Jim White of the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization spoke about the cleaner river on WCPN.

Architect Mehrdad Yazdani presented his design concept for the new University Circle rapid transit station at a recent public meeting in Cleveland Heights. Construction of the $10 million project is scheduled to begin in fall 2010.

Neighborhood Progress, Inc. will hold six public workshops about the Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland initiative in June and July. The City of Cleveland set aside $500,000 of its Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds for the Re-Imagining Cleveland Grant Program, and applications are due by July 31 (PDF). Meanwhile, the Downtown Cleveland Special Improvement District, established in 2006, is up for renewal next year. The Downtown Cleveland Alliance is holding a series of forums and conducting a survey to gather feedback.

Over 400 people attended the Restoring Prosperity to Cleveland Mini-Summit on Monday. Keynote speaker Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution made suggestions for improving Ohio's competitiveness through government reform, and urged state leaders to target investments in urban areas instead of spreading them around "like peanut butter."

About 60 people attended a Regional Prosperity Initiative meeting in Warrensville Heights today. Mayor Currin of Hudson said that the group hopes to introduce a revenue sharing and regional land use planning proposal by September.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited the Cuyahoga Valley National Park yesterday and then spoke at the City Club of Cleveland. He said that the park annually generates $38 million for the local economy and helps create 1,000 jobs.

Update: the City Club posted audio of Secretary Salazar's remarks (MP3, 60.6 MB).

A Restoring Prosperity to Cleveland Mini-Summit will be held at Cleveland State on June 8. The event is part of the Restoring Prosperity to Ohio Initiative of the Brookings Institution and Greater Ohio. The Brookings Institution's Bruce Katz will be the keynote speaker.

Earlier in the decade, Philadelphia was listed alongside Cleveland as a former gateway for immigration, but it recently has re-emerged as a destination for immigrants. The Plain Dealer looked at the turnaround in Philadelphia and compared the situations in Cleveland and Philadelphia. Anne O'Callaghan, founder of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, led a discussion about immigration at the City Club today.

Update: a Plain Dealer editorial says that Cleveland "needs a talent-attraction strategy that sees immigration as one of its cornerstones." Audio of O'Callaghan's talk (MP3, 58.0 MB) is now available.

Backers of the Regional Prosperity Initiative continue to promote the concept to area officials, but two Lorain County mayors are concerned that it would not help their communities. Supporters will convene additional meetings in the coming weeks.

Update: WKSU shared more information about the initiative. A Morning Journal editorial calls for more details.

GreenCityBlueLake and Cleveland Real Estate News have recaps of the "Beyond Foreclosure" event on Monday that featured author Alex Kotlowitz.

The Sun Sentinel summarized the recent public meeting at which the draft North Ridgeville Master Plan was presented. Video of the meeting is available at YouTube.

Bishop Lennon of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese amended the plans to consolidate parishes and close churches. Two west side Cleveland churches that had been slated to close will remain open: St. Colman on West 65th Street and St. Ignatius of Antioch on Lorain Avenue. Meanwhile, the Ohio & Erie Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America will continue its tours of historic Cleveland churches with tours of St. James Cathedral and St. Ignatius of Antioch on May 9.

On Thursday, a number of waterfront planning experts from around the world participated in two sessions about redesigning the downtown lakefront land currently occupied by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. The Port Authority plans to begin relocating to new facilities north of East 55th Street in about 10 years.

Update: GreenCityBlueLake also has a recap of the presentations.

Alex Kotlowitz, author of a recent New York Times article about the foreclosure crisis in Cleveland, will appear at the second event in the Levin College Forum's "Building Our Future Beyond Foreclosure" series on May 11. Registration for the event is free.

Members of the Lake County Mayors and City Managers Association are skeptical about the Regional Prosperity Initiative, and question the need for regional revenue sharing. The Regional Prosperity Initiative will hold its first monthly webinar on May 1.

The City of North Ridgeville posted a draft of the City's new master plan. It will be presented to the public at a meeting on April 29 at the North Ridgeville Public Library.

Local bloggers provided recaps of several recent events:

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority held three open houses this week about the Port's planned relocation. Cleveland residents raised concerns about a loss of public access to the lakefront.

About 150 people attended yesterday's public hearing about the Ohio Department of Transportation's plans for rebuilding the Innerbelt. Businesses in Midtown continue to object to the planned closure of exit ramps at Carnegie and Prospect Avenues. WTAM's Ted Klopp spoke with ODOT Project Manager Craig Hebebrand about the plans.

Update: ODOT posted PDFs of a handout and a presentation from the hearing.

Tim Grendell and Chris Varley discussed Northeast Ohio's water resources at the City Club today (MP3, 55.3 MB). It was the final event in the "Water–Our Region's Biggest Asset" series.

Cleveland Institute of Art students will present an exhibition titled "Greyfield: Reconsideration of a Space" on April 25 at Euclid Square Mall. It's intended to encourage reconsideration of "the dead shopping mall as critical space by forging a relationship between the artworks presented and the location."

A town hall meeting about the Big Dipper will be held on April 25 at the VFW hall in Aurora. Organizers say that the event will celebrate the history of the roller coaster and explore options for preserving it.

Ohio Department of Transportation officials say that the $465 million planned new westbound Innerbelt Bridge will be a straightforward girder bridge with a signature design. ODOT will accept comments about its Innerbelt plans at a public hearing tomorrow.

With the first event in the Levin College Forum's "Building our Future Beyond Foreclosure" series approaching, Kurt Karakul of the Third Federal Foundation and the Forum's Kathryn Hexter wrote a Plain Dealer op-ed about recovering from the foreclosure crisis. They noted that "we have an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how this historic community and, indeed, Cleveland itself, can reshape its future and once again become a progressive and dynamic community."

A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the first of the Green Cottages in the Cleveland EcoVillage will be held on April 24.

With the Greater Circle Seniors Design Charette starting today, WCPN spoke with Rob Hilton, President of the McGregor Foundation and Margaret Calkins of IDEAS, Inc., one of the judges.

The road to Whiskey Island in Cleveland will be named Ed Hauser Way in memory of the late activist. A dedication ceremony will be held on May 2.

The Levin College Forum at CSU will host "a discussion about the unprecedented opportunity for economic transformation on Cleveland's lakefront" on April 30. "Transforming Cleveland by Building a World Class Waterfront" will include an overview from City of Cleveland and Port Authority leaders, followed by a panel discussion.

In preparation for the 2010 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau will open its first Cleveland office on Wednesday. The downtown Cleveland field office will be in the US Bank Centre at Playhouse Square.

Update: census takers will face new challenges when they begin work next year.

The Levin College Forum at CSU will host a discussion titled "Building our Future Beyond Foreclosure" on April 23. It will "highlight existing civic visions and plans for the Northeast Ohio region and the state." Panelists will include David Beach, Lavea Brachman, Andrew Jackson, Robert Jaquay, and Wendy Kellogg.

The Federal Highway Administration approved the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Ohio Department of Transportation's Innerbelt reconstruction plan. Project Manager Craig Hebebrand said that the study includes no surprises. ODOT will hold a public hearing about the plan on April 21, and will accept public comments (PDF) through May 21.

In the second event in the City Club's "Water–Our Region's Biggest Asset" series, NEORSD Executive Director Julius Ciaccia and Ohio EPA Director Chris Korleski spoke about the past, present, and future of the region's water infrastructure (MP3, 55.0 MB). The third and final installment of the series will be held on April 22.

On April 16-19, participants in the McGregor Foundation's Greater Circle Seniors Design Charette will generate ideas for affordable senior housing at four sites in Cleveland's Glenville, Fairfax, and Buckeye-Shaker neighborhoods.

On Thursday, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson made his fourth annual State of the City Address, titled "It's Our Time (PDF): Bucking National Trends and Building for Tomorrow". He spoke optimistically about the budget, quality of life issues, economic development, and the regional economy. He also called for a more regional approach to education. WKYC has video of the speech, and WTAM posted the audio. Cleveland Magazine's Erick Trickey liveblogged the event.

The final public meeting about plans for the Canal Basin Park District in Cleveland will be held on March 11. The open house will be held at the Bridgeview Apartments from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A coalition of local environmental and community organizations will hold the Northeast Ohio Environmental Justice Town Hall Meeting on March 7 at Cleveland State's Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Author Charles Michener recently spoke at the City Club about a book he is writing (MP3, 52.5 MB) on the reinvention of Northeast Ohio. The Plain Dealer published an excerpt of his talk.

Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. officials yesterday presented their planning studies for the Medical Mart and new convention center, first to Cleveland City Council and later at a public meeting attended by over 300 people. The presentations answered many of Steven Litt's questions about the proposal, but left other questions unanswered. Forest City Enterprises used the public meeting to urge officials to reconsider the eliminated Tower City site. Cleveland Magazine's Erick Trickey liveblogged the proceedings and provided other insights.

The Plain Dealer examined the unusual ownership arrangement described in the memorandum of understanding (PDF) between Cuyahoga County and MMPI, and County Administrator Jim McCafferty differed with the paper's portrayal (PDF) of the agreement.

At the public meeting on Thursday, Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. officials are expected to explain that the Mall site is the only option for the planned Medical Mart and convention center. Cuyahoga County Administrator James McCafferty issued a statement (PDF) saying that the Flats site is not a backup, and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority issued a statement saying that Port land in the Flats is unavailable for the development.

At a meeting on Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers shared findings about the Cuyahoga River slope instability problem above Irishtown Bend in Cleveland. This summer, the Corps will offer several plans for addressing the problem.

A draft recommendation by the Ohio EPA identifies 31 counties as nonattainment areas under federal ozone standards adopted last year. The list includes Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties. The Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing about the recommendation in Columbus on February 12. The Greater Cleveland counties also fail to meet older, less stringent standards.

The NRP Group has proposed building 30 to 40 townhouses at Lorain Avenue and West 47th Street in Cleveland. A public meeting on the proposal will be held on February 11 at the Urban Community School.

Pat Conway of the Great Lakes Brewing Company and John Grabowski of Case Western Reserve University will participate in a discussion at the City Club on February 18, where they will talk about the role of water in the area's economy. It is the first event in a three-part series titled "Water - Our Region's Biggest Asset".

Update: audio of the program (MP3, 53.7 MB) is now available.

Mayor Jackson proposed using $14.5 million of the $25.5 million that the City of Cleveland received in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds to demolish 1,700 structures. He also wants to allocate $1 million for a program to convert vacant properties into community gardens and other uses. On February 12, the City will hold a public hearing (PDF) about uses for the funding.

The Hudson Library and Historical Society is sponsoring three programs on regionalism in January and February. The first event will be held on January 29. It is titled "What is the economic future for Northeast Ohio?" and will include an overview of the Advance Northeast Ohio initiative. The programs are free and open to the public.

This June will mark the 40th anniversary of the best-known fire on the Cuyahoga River. In recognition of the ongoing environmental recovery of the River, the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization declared 2009 as the Year of the River. A Plain Dealer feature explored the history of the Cuyahoga's pollution problems, its role in the dawn of the environmental movement, and its subsequent cleanup.

The fourth and final installment of the "Cleveland Plus: Turning the Corner" series was held last week at the City Club. Participants in the five-person panel discussion talked about regional economic development initiatives (MP3, 27.7 MB). Dorothy Baunach served as moderator.

This week, the American Wind Energy Association held its national Supply Chain Workshop in Cleveland, and Case Western Reserve University will hold a conference on offshore wind turbine development. The Plain Dealer published an overview of the plans for a Lake Erie wind farm three miles north of Cleveland, WKSU examined the wind turbine industry in Northeast Ohio, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looked at offshore turbine proposals from across the region.

Update: Governor Strickland addressed the workshop on Tuesday.

Entrepreneurs for Sustainability named the recipients of its annual Champions of Sustainability awards at yesterday's Creating Cleveland's New Story event. Participants liveblogged the proceedings from the Thwing Center at the new Creating Cleveland's New Story weblog.

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Chairman Michael Wager told a City Club audience yesterday that state and local leaders should support the Port's planned move to new facilities.

As a tribute to the late Ed Hauser, WVIZ will re-air the 2006 documentary Citizen Hauser twice this week, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and on Wednesday at 11:00 p.m.

A public meeting about stage 3 construction of the Towpath Trail will take place on November 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sokolowski's University Inn in Tremont. This leg of the trail will connect Steelyard Commons to Literary Road.

The Ethicurean summarized the the inaugural Northeast Ohio Food Congress, saying that it "offered a feast of possibilities, and there were plenty of ideas left over to take home and share."

Update: the Plain Dealer and GreenCityBlueLake also have reports on the event.

WVIZ will broadcast the television premiere of the documentary film Walking the River tonight at 10:00 p.m. It will be shown four more times over the next week.

On Friday, the American Planning Association presented Mayor Jackson with the award designating the West Side Market in Ohio City as one of the country's Great Public Spaces.

The first Northeast Ohio Food Congress will be held at Hiram College on November 7-8. It will feature "contemporary local perspectives, informative presentations, tasty local eats, and inspiring field trips." The registration deadline is November 5.

The grand opening of RTA's HeathLine attracted crowds over the weekend, and its Monday debut experienced only minor glitches. A Plain Dealer editorial says that the corridor's real payoff will be in the surrounding development it encourages.

Marc Lefkowitz liveblogged last Friday's Bioneers Conference at CSU's Levin College of Urban Affairs.

On October 23, the Ohio Department of Transportation will hold an open house about funding and development of recreational trails in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, and Medina counties. It will be held at the CanalWay Center in the Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation.

A June audit of Chester's town center found that the area lacks infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists. Similar workshops were held in Brooklyn Centre, Lakewood, and Strongsville.

On Friday, October 17, Western Reserve PBS (formerly PBS 45 & 49) will air Living Cities, a one hour special report on the well-being of Canton, Cleveland, and Youngstown and a response to their inclusion in the Forbes.com list of dying cities.

Update: the program can now be viewed online.

Attendance was sparse at the fourth public forum about the planned Medical Mart and convention center in Cleveland.

At a public workshop last month, consultants presented three concepts for improving the Cedar-Fairmount business district in Cleveland Heights. Participants favored an option that calls for widening the sidewalks along Cedar Road and narrowing the street.

Members of the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association promoted the organization's regionalism efforts at a Regional Chamber conference in Boardman last week.

(via Pass the Plus)

The second Great Lakes Bioneers - Cleveland conference will be held at the CSU Levin College of Urban Affairs on October 17-19. It will be one of 18 locations participating in the Beaming Bioneers program. On October 20-21, Baldwin-Wallace College will host a Sustainability Symposium that will feature Stuart Hart as its keynote speaker.

The theme of the third "Cleveland Plus: Turning the Corner" discussion at the City Club (MP3, 25.4 MB) was infrastructure and transportation. The participants were Ricky Smith of the Cleveland Department of Port Control, Bonita Teeuwen of ODOT District 12, and Adam Wasserman of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. The final event in the series will be held on December 17, and will the examine the changing regional economy.

Over 1,000 people attended the Restoring Our Prosperity Policy Summit in Columbus yesterday to discuss the economic competitiveness of Ohio's cities. A recurring theme of the initiative, a project of the Brookings Institution and Greater Ohio, was the need for intergovernmental partnerships.

A preliminary report issued in conjunction with the event says that "state policies have failed to keep pace with the changing dynamics of today's social, environmental, and economic reality" and identifies strategies for reinvigorating Ohio's 32 "core communities". The final report will be delivered in January.

GLUE's Sarah Szurpicki interviewed Dave Dempsey of Great Lakes Blogger, Jim Rowen of the Political Environment, and Noah Hall of the Great Lakes Law Blog about the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact in advance of a conference call on Tuesday. Hall and Dempsey also discussed the Compact last week on Interlochen Public Radio.

On September 25, the Levin College Forum at CSU will host the first event in its Beyond Foreclosure series, a panel discussion titled "Small Scale Strategies that Work". It will "focus on small scale housing strategies and projects that are new, creative, environmentally sustainable and invigorating to the marketplace."

Concerned taxpayers questioned leaders about the Medical Mart and convention center plans at a public forum in Cleveland Heights yesterday. A second forum will be held on Thursday in Middleburg Heights.

Update: Roldo Bartimole was not impressed by the event. Also, the start time of the Thursday forum has been changed to 5:30.

Audio (MP3, 25.0 MB) and a transcript of Friday's City Club talk by RTA CEO Joe Calabrese are now online.

The Medina County Commissioners renewed their call for providing outlying counties a larger share of the funds intended to alleviate the public transit funding shortfall. A public forum will be held on September 12 at the Medina County University Center in Lafayette Township.

Developers of the Uptown project in University Circle shared information about the planned mixed-use development at a meeting on Tuesday night. They launched a redesigned website today.

Commissioner Jones scheduled two public forums to discuss the Medical Mart and convention center plans. The first will be held on September 2 at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, and the second will be on September 4 at the Middleburg Heights Community Center.

Several potential routes have been identified for the planned Big Creek Trail and Neighborhood Connector, and residents are invited to provide input about the proposals at a public meeting this evening in Brooklyn City Hall. The greenway would link the Cleveland Metroparks Big Creek and Brookside Reservations by running through Parma, Brooklyn, and Cleveland.

The City of Cleveland closed the Columbus Road Lift Bridge in the Flats for at least two months for repairs. In the long term, rebuilding or replacing the bridge could cost more than $31 million. The Cuyahoga County Engineer's office will hold an open house Wednesday at St. Malachi Church in Cleveland to hear opinions from the public.

RTA's Joe Calabrese will speak at the City Club on August 29 about "the many challenges facing the public transit industry during a climate of increased ridership, both locally and nationally."

The 20th Annual OPC Cleveland Planning and Zoning Workshop (PDF) will be held on November 14 at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake. Online registration is available.

A two day Sustainable Stormwater Management Workshop will take place at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative on September 4 and 5. It will be led by Joachim T. Tourbier of the Dresden University of Technology. Enrollment (PDF) in the workshop is limited to 18 participants.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will hold three public meetings in September about proposed changes to the policies regulating development along the Lake Erie coastline. The Cuyahoga County meeting will be held on September 18 at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River.

Walking the River (PDF), a new documentary about the Cuyahoga River from Blue Hole Productions, will premiere on August 15 at the Happy Days Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. WVIZ plans to broadcast the film this fall.

Update: WKSU interviewed the filmmakers.

The majority of the 120 Solon residents in attendance at a public hearing about Central Park supported the proposed mixed-use development. Peter Rubin of the Coral Co. indicated that he's considering alternate configurations for the proposed realignment of the intersection of SOM Center and Bainbridge Roads.

About 300 people attended the first of five public hearings about RTA's proposed service cuts and fare surcharge. Roughly 500 people attended a second hearing this afternoon, and additional hearings will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.

Update: Due to the intense public interest, RTA added another hearing to the schedule.

At a public meeting in Lakewood yesterday, residents voiced their opposition to proposed RTA service cuts. Leaders in other communities are also concerned about the impacts of the cuts.

Update: mayors of Westshore suburbs expressed their concerns about the proposed cuts.

A public meeting about the Canal Basin District Plan will be held this evening at KA's design studio on West 9th Street in Cleveland. Planners are looking for ways to connect the Towpath Trail and planned Canal Basin Park to nearby neighborhoods and Lake Erie.

At the second "Cleveland Plus: Turning the Corner" panel discussion, Wes Finch, Ari Maron, Chris Ronayne, and Randy Stickler spoke about University Circle developments at the City Club (MP3, 28.1 MB). The next talk, on September 10, will focus on infrastructure and transportation.

The CREW Cleveland Conference (PDF) on August 18 will focus on economic development, regionalism, and internationalism. The keynote speaker will be Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher. Online registration is available.

At a public meeting last evening, users of the East 55th Street Marina in Cleveland expressed their skepticism about the port relocation plans. The Port Authority's plans call for removing and replacing the marina.

The Heights Observer provides more details about the recent public meeting on potential changes to the Cedar-Fairmount area.

A concrete-breaking celebration (PDF) for the West Creek Confluence Project will be held on July 11 in Independence.

Update: the Plain Dealer supplies more information.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Tuesday for the new baseball stadium in Avon. Last week, the City awarded a contract for its construction and agreed to a lease with the owners of a Frontier League expansion team. The ballpark was designed by RWL Architects and Osborn Engineering.

The majority of people at the Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force meeting on Tuesday expressed a desire for better public transit service, and many said that Ohio needs to become less dependent on highways. The final regional Task Force meeting will be held on Monday in Akron.

Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services held a field hearing in Cleveland about the foreclosure crisis. Committee chairwoman Maxine Waters led the nearly five hour meeting, which was also attended by five members of Ohio's congressional delegation. Recent stories about Cleveland in the national media have drawn attention to the issue, and the Plain Dealer used East 144th Street in Mount Pleasant as an example of the impacts of foreclosures.

Update: an Akron Beacon Journal editorial says that the subcommittee's Cleveland appearance "reflects the severe financial and social repercussions across the country."

In anticipation of today's Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force meeting, WCPN's Sound of Ideas program hosted a discussion of the issues this morning.

Cleveland Heights residents would like the Cedar-Fairmount district to be more pedestrian-friendly. Planners are evaluating several options, including narrowing Cedar Road from six to four lanes. A second public workshop will be held in September.

Strongsville was one of four Greater Cleveland communities to host National Center for Bicycling and Walking workshops aimed at finding ways to make the City friendlier for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Attendees at an Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force meeting in Toledo yesterday urged the state to invest more in public transportation. The Task Force will hold a Cleveland meeting on Tuesday.

Audio of Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis's (MP3, 26.1 MB) recent talk about the foreclosure crisis and the proposed countywide land bank is now available from the City Club.

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority will present the port relocation plan at a second public meeting on June 16 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Cleveland.

At the first of three community meetings about the Pearl Road/West 25th Street Comprehensive Transportation Study, Cleveland residents offered suggestions for improving the corridor. The work is partially funded by a 2006 TLCI grant.

ODOT's Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force will hold one of its seven statewide transportation conversations at Cleveland State University on June 17. Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting, complete an online survey, and provide ideas and opinions.

Yesterday, participants in the Look Up To Cleveland program presented ideas for improving three Cleveland neighborhoods. The 51 local high school students worked in teams to generate proposals for the Lee-Harvard, Old Brooklyn, and University Circle neighborhoods.

On Wednesday, Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis told a City Club audience that he is confident that state legislators will pass a law that will enable urban counties to create land banks.

The Levin College Forum at Cleveland State will host a brown bag session about cohousing on June 6. The event is free and registration is available online.

Plans for a new convention center and Medical Mart at the Tower City and Mall sites were presented at yesterday's Medical Mart Site Selection Forum. About 100 people attended the meeting, and most who spoke favored the Mall site. The Cuyahoga County Commissioners still intend to select a location in July.

Update: Jeremy Borger shared his thoughts about the forum.

Nearly 400 people attended the Northeast Ohio Stormwater Conference on Wednesday and Thursday at Cuyahoga Community College's Eastern Campus. The Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners plan to make some of the conference presentations available online.

Michael Gill of the Free Times also wrote about last week's "From Rust Belt to Artist Belt" conference: "The bottom line is that neighborhoods that want to benefit from the arts have to be about helping artists - not the other way around. Succeed at that, and the benefits to the neighborhood will follow."

Mayors in the 16 county Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association yesterday voted to accept the recommendations of phase one of the Regional Economic Revenue Study and to move forward with its second phase. The report (summary, PDF; full report, PDF) calls for revenue sharing and regional land use planning. The effort differs from previous attempts because it has backing from suburban as well as big city officials. While the group's members overwhelmingly endorsed the plan, some Lorain County leaders expressed skepticism about the concept.

A forum titled "Surf's Up: Can Northeast Ohio Catch the Sustainability Wave?" will be held at CSU on May 29. At the event, panelists will discuss Northeast Ohio's "potential to become a center for sustainable business, technology and industry."

Update: audio of the discussion (MP3, 183.6 MB) is now online.

The renovation of the Capitol Theatre in the Gordon Square Arts District will begin tomorrow, following a celebration this afternoon. It is scheduled to reopen next April as a theater showing art and independent films.

GreenCityBlueLake is liveblogging today's "From Rust Belt to Artist Belt" summit.

Update: Even*Cleveland posted a recap of the event, and Steven Litt provided more details.

State Rep. Matt Dolan and State Sen. Tim Grendell will discuss the merits of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact in Newbury Township tomorrow. Grendell is also scheduled to discuss the compact at an event on Monday in Chesterland.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership hired three construction and engineering companies to evaluate the four locations that have been identified as potential sites for a new convention center and Medical Mart. The GCP's site selection committee plans to recommend a location by early June.

The Chicago Tribune looked at how the Medical Mart could pose a challenge to Chicago's McCormick Place and other popular sites for medical conventions.

The Great Lakes Urban Exchange Cleveland chapter held its second monthly meeting yesterday. The group will hold its first of four community web launches on June 21 in Buffalo.

The From Rust Belt to Artist Belt symposium will be held next Wednesday. WCPN reported on the event and discussed it on yesterday's Around Noon show.

This year's Richard Shatten Public Policy Case Competition looked at the future of the former Coast Guard station at Whiskey Island. Cleveland officials have been discussing the possibility of turning the station into an environmental history interpretive center with a small restaurant.

Last week, developers Doug Price, Scott Wolstein, and Nathan Zaremba spoke (MP3, 55.0 MB) at a City Club panel discussion titled "Cleveland Plus: Turning the Corner in Downtown Cleveland". It was the first talk in the four-part "Cleveland Plus: Turning the Corner" series. The next event will be a panel discussion about University Circle developments on July 23.

Christopher Leinberger, a self-described land use strategist and developer, will be the featured speaker at this years's Historic Downtown Cleveland Luncheon Forum . His May 13 talk is titled "Why the Downtown Turnaround is Essential to Metro Cleveland's Future".

North Olmsted residents packed a recent meeting to see a presentation (PDF) about the City's recreation facilities. Residents may be asked to approve an income tax increase to fund a redesign of the recreation center and other improvements.

Reminder: WVIZ will air the documentary film The Return of the Cuyahoga on Tuesday, April 22 at 9:00 p.m., in conjunction with Earth Day 2008.

James Darr, administrator of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Bond Accountability Commission, urges Cleveland residents to attend community forums (PDF) on Thursday about the District's school construction plans.

Saturday's Plain Dealer included an exploration of the Gordon Square Arts District in Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. The initial quarterly Gordon Square Experience, a collaborative effort by the district, will be held this Friday and Saturday.

Harvard economics professor Ed Glaeser was the keynote speaker yesterday at a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He said that local leaders need to attract skilled residents to the urban core.

Case's Baker Nord Center for the Humanities continues its explorations of the cityscapes theme at this year's Humanities Week, which runs March 24-29. It includes a film series at the Cinematheque, lectures, and a National Cityscapes Conference on March 27-29.

The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture will hold a day-long event titled "From Rust Belt to Artist Belt" on May 14 at CSU's Levin College of Urban Affairs. It will be an opportunity for community development professionals to "discuss how we can re-position our region as an ideal environment for artists." The keynote speaker will be Jeremy Nowak, President and CEO of The Reinvestment Fund.

(via Art Addict)

Representatives of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama attended Cleveland City Council's Fighting Foreclosure Forum yesterday. Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland also announced that it received $600,000 to advertise and to hire more counselors.

Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, presented a speech titled "Homeownership and America's Future" at the City Club on Friday. His talk is available as a podcast (MP3, 52.8 MB).

At a public meeting yesterday, prominent Cleveland municipal and business leaders backed the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's proposed move to new facilities.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District will hold community meetings today and tomorrow about the remaining stages of the district's school construction program. The meetings (PDF) tonight will be held at all high schools, and the meeting tomorrow evening will be at prekindergarten-8 schools.

Reminder: at a public meeting this evening, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority will present plans to relocate the port from downtown Cleveland to a man-made site north of East 55th Street. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Community Center.

On February 19, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority will hold a public meeting about the Port's proposed move to a new facility north of East 55th Street.

The City of Parma will host a public meeting on February 14 as part of the Day Drive Corridor Enhancement Study.

A group of roughly 50 activists affiliated with the Great Lakes Urban Exchange met this week in Buffalo to discuss and develop an agenda for improving the region.

River Network will hold its National River Rally 2008 on May 2-5 in Huron, Ohio.

As part of its Pop Up City program, the Urban Design Center of Northeast Ohio will conduct a workshop on temporary uses for vacant buildings and sites on February 27. Registration is $10 and limited to the first 68 participants.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold a free half-day workshop on best local land-use practices on March 12 in Valley View.

The Chester Master Plan Steering Committee will hold a series of public meetings beginning in mid-February. If there is sufficient public interest, consultants may be hired to lead workshops and update the zoning code.

The Ohio EPA intends to designate Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties as nonattainment areas under the US EPA's new fine particulate standard. The designation may require new pollution controls to be enacted in order to lower soot levels. The Ohio EPA will accept public comments through January 25, and will hold a public hearing in Columbus on January 22.

A group of port authority and municipal officials met in Mentor to discuss the proposed Cleveland to Port Stanley ferry and the proposed Fairport Harbor to Port Burwell ferry. A working group will assess possible collaborations on several issues.

(via Brewed Fresh Daily)

CSU's Levin College Forum continues its examination of creating and sustaining communities of choice with a forum titled "Greening Northeast Ohio's Neighborhoods" on February 6. The event will include a talk by Tom Hicks, Vice President, LEED, of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan will hold three day-long community workshops for local officials and residents. The first, on January 19, will be on the Brandywine Creek watershed. Workshops on the Mud Brook and Furnace Run watersheds will follow on February 16 and March 1. All will be held at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Happy Days Visitors Center.

The Akron Beacon Journal looked at the status of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact in Ohio. Obtaining approval for the Compact from the Ohio Legislature is expected to be a priority for Governor Strickland in 2008. State Rep. Matt Dolan of Novelty will discuss the Compact on January 8 at a quarterly meeting of the Northeast Ohio Watershed Council.

The redevelopment of downtown Cleveland's East 4th Street was the subject of a talk at the City Club yesterday. The speakers were Deb Janik of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Mary Lessick of The Corner Alley, and Ari Maron of MRN Ltd.

Update: the discussion is now available as a podcast (MP3, 26.7 MB).

Cleveland Chief of Regional Development Chris Warren presented Mayor Jackson's regional economic development platform. Speaking before a City Club audience, he said that the keys to a strong region are a supporting a strong central city, helping cities cooperate for economic growth, making certain not to overlook individual talents, and protecting the environment. Channel 3 has video of the event.

Update: the City Club posted a podcast of the talk (MP3, 24.2 MB).

The Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold public meetings today and tomorrow to discuss the results of recently completed environmental assessments of Dike 14 in Cleveland.

The Northeast Ohio network of the United Nations Global Compact held an introductory meeting last week at Case Western Reserve University to bring together "the leaders of the NEO region with other corporate leaders from N. America in order to solidify sustainability as the region's core strategy."

This year's Emerging Cleveland tours will be held on December 26 and 27. The tours "highlight the best of what's happening in the City -- from new development to off-the-beaten track gems."

(via GreenCityBlueLake)

Chris Warren, the City of Cleveland's Chief of Regional Development, will speak at the City Club on December 4 about the Jackson administration's platform for development.

About 50 people attended a Master Plan Steering Committee meeting in Chester. The Committee hopes to make the town center area more pedestrian and bike-friendly.

Michael Gill reviewed the Cleveland Artists Foundation's "Cleveland Goes Modern" exhibit in this week's Free Times. It "shows an architectural movement that was just a little too adventurous in its abandonment of nostalgia, a little too new for Northeast Ohio, and indeed most of the United States." It's on display at the Beck Center for the Arts through November 24.

(Update: Steven Litt also reviewed the show, calling it "the first word on the subject, and hopefully not the last.")

With Enterprise Community Partners holding its annual conference in Cleveland this week, co-founder Patricia Rouse wrote about the importance of affordable housing, saying, "Permanent affordable housing is the life blood of any movement to end poverty."

The Village of Brooklyn Heights will hold a public meeting about the proposed $25 million retail development along Granger Road, but the time and place have not yet been determined.

The Levin College Forum at CSU will continue its Our Place in the Urban Age series with a forum titled "Creating and Sustaining Communities of Choice" on November 29 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The speakers will include Mark McDermott of Enterprise Community Partners, Chris Warren of the City of Cleveland, and Ben Hecht of Living Cities.

Mayor Sutherland's Friday City Club talk about regionalism is available for download as a podcast (MP3, 26.2 MB).

Panelists at the City Club on Thursday said that Cleveland needs a regional approach to address its homelessness problem. Audio of the event (MP3, 26.7 MB) is available online.

A series of events will be held this month about modernist architecture, its reuse and preservation, and the Breuer Tower.

The Urban Landscape Ecology Program at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center is hosting an Ecological Landscaping Conference this week at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Cleveland.

On November 2, Mayor Deborah Sutherland of Bay Village will speak about regionalism at the City Club. Her talk is titled "Realistic Regionalism for a More Vibrant Economy".

At his lecture at Case Western Reserve yesterday, Robert Bruegmann said that urban sprawl is neither new nor bad. He was also optimistic about Cleveland's future, saying, "Unless the opportunity is squandered, unless the remarkable investment in assets is squandered, Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are poised to do very remarkable things in the 21st century."

The 2008 Northeast Ohio Stormwater Conference will be held on May 21 and 22 at the Tri-C Eastern Campus in Highland Hills. Conference organizers are currently accepting abstracts (PDF) from people interested in speaking at the event.

The Cleveland Section of the Ohio Planning Conference continues its sponsorship of American Planning Association web conferences with a program on LEED for neighborhoods on October 3 at NOACA. It is free for OPC members and guests. Information about additional web conferences can be found on the OPC events calendar.

Cleveland will host a satellite Bioneers conference at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University on October 19-21. The event, which focuses on sustainability, will feature satellite feeds of speakers and several tours of local environmental highlights.

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher will speak to the Cuyahoga Affordable Housing Alliance on October 1 at 1:30 p.m. at US Bank Center on Euclid Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Robert Bruegmann will give a free public lecture titled "Cleveland and Sprawl: A Global Perspective" on September 27 at 4:30 p.m. in the Thwing Center ballroom at Case Western Reserve University. His most recent book, Sprawl: A Compact History, offers a contrarian view of urban sprawl.

The new Towpath Trail segment through Steelyard Commons in Cleveland was formally dedicated yesterday. Steelyard Commons will hold a grand opening celebration (PDF) on Thursday.

(Update: The West Side Sun News offers additional details about the dedication and the grand opening.)

At a public forum in Elyria last night, consultants for NOACA presented preliminary results of their impact analysis of the proposed I-90 interchange at Nagel Road in Avon. They said that the interchange (PDF) would benefit Avon and have no material impacts on surrounding areas. Officials from Cuyahoga County communities disagreed, and said that it would hasten urban sprawl. A Morning Journal editorial again portrayed Cuyahoga County leaders as obstructionists.

The 19th annual OPC Cleveland Planning & Zoning Workshop (PDF) will be held on November 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at LaCentre in Westlake.

The Cleveland Heights Historical Society and the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission will host a discussion about the Shaker Lakes (PDF) on August 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Superior Schoolhouse.

On August 22, the City of Brecksville will hold a public meeting to gather input about proposed retail developments at the Crow property and the Veterans Administration site. Mayor Hruby would like to see about 400,000 square feet of retail built on the VA property, but opposes building a big box store.

Broadview Heights City Council's Stormwater Committee is preparing for a public hearing on proposed fees to fund stormwater projects. It will be held on August 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Broadview Heights City Hall.

On Friday, NOACA consultants presented a progress report (PDF) on the economic impact assessment for the proposed I-90 interchange at Nagel Road in Avon. The Cleveland Clinic announced their support of the controversial interchange, and unveiled plans for a nearby 170,000 square foot facility. NOACA will hold a public meeting about the interchange on August 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spitzer Conference Center in Elyria, and approval of the proposal is on the August 17th agenda of the NOACA Transportation Advisory Committee.

Northeast Ohio mayors promoted regionalism at yesterday's Professionals in the City event. "We can no longer compete within the region, because this is a global economy. That means we have to compete nationally and internationally in order for us to survive," said Frank Jackson.

NOACA posted video of the speakers at their 2007 Summit at YouTube. The speakers at the June event were Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, lobbyist Virginia Ainslie, NEORSD Executive Director Erwin Odeal, and ODOT District 12 Deputy Director Bonnie Teeuwen.

Yesterday, the Cuyahoga County Commissioners held a second public hearing on the proposed sales tax increase to fund the construction of a new convention center to compliment the proposed Medical Mart. Following the meeting, the Commissioners voted 2-1 to raise the sales tax by a quarter percent for 20 years. A group of politicians and citizens responded by starting a petition drive to force a voter referendum on the increase. Cleveland.com compiled some reactions from area bloggers, while a Plain Dealer editorial says that the Commissioners "made the correct but politically difficult vote".

Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones says that the proposed Cleveland Medical Mart and convention center "clearly offers great promise", but he does not support raising the sales tax to pay for their construction. Cleveland Councilman Brian Cummins also endorses the concept, but would like to explore the reuse of the existing convention center site and "less burdensome" tax options. The second public hearing on the proposed sales tax increase will be held tomorrow morning, and following the hearing, the Cuyahoga County Commissioners plan to vote on the proposal.

Only three people testified at the public hearing held yesterday by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on the strategies for bringing Greater Cleveland into compliance with ozone standards.

The Ohio EPA's interim proposal for reducing ozone levels in Greater Cleveland includes a set of control strategies that calls for lowering emissions from industry and power plants. The agency will accept public comment at a meeting tomorrow afternoon at its Twinsburg office.

(Update: WKSU has additional details.)

Proponents of a Cleveland arts district described their visions at the City Club yesterday.

(Update: Audio of the session (MP3, 20.4 MB) is now available.)

The first of two public hearings on the proposed Cuyahoga County sales tax increase is being held this morning, and the Plain Dealer took a quick look at some of the County's other taxation options. The second hearing will be held on July 26.

An exhibit showcasing the entries in the "What Would you do with the Breuer Building?" design competition will open tomorrow as part of the Ingenuity festival. Steven Litt reviews the exhibit, and GreenCityBlueLake provides an overview and a gallery of the entries.

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will show Radiant City, a Canadian documentary about urban sprawl on August 30 and September 2.

Cleveland.com and Roger Bundy cataloged the questions asked at yesterday's Cool Cleveland forum on the proposed Cuyahoga County sales tax increase (PDF). Photographs of the event are available at Cool Cleveland.

(Update: Meet the Bloggers provided audio of the session.)

(via Brewed Fresh Daily)

In his talk at the City Club yesterday, University Circle Incorporated President Chris Ronayne outlined the organization's 7 campaigns for 2007.

(Update: the talk is now available online (MP3, 20.4 MB))

The City Club will host a two part series titled "The Changing Face of Cleveland". The first talk, on July 11, will be about University Circle and will feature Chris Ronayne. The second talk will be about arts districts and will be held one week later. The speakers will be Dan Cuffaro, Ned Hill, and Matt Zone.

A forum titled "Partnering to Preserve Farmland in Hiram Township with Transfer of Development Rights" will be held tomorrow at the Hiram College Kennedy Center Ballroom from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Bentleyville officials will hold a public meeting where residents can share their thoughts about the Village's proposed master plan. It will be held on June 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Village Hall.

On June 27, the City Club will host a panel discussion about plans to bring the Towpath Trail to downtown Cleveland. It will be held at the CanalWay Center in the Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation.

A free public screening of the Lincoln Institute documentary on Cleveland will be held at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Auditorium on June 27 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

(Update: The Brooklyn Sun Journal has more details.)

The repaired Euclid Beach Park Gateway Arch was rededicated this morning.

At a public meeting last week, Shaker Heights residents offered their opinions about potential improvements to the rapid transit station at Van Aken Boulevard and Lee Road. The feedback will be incorporated into a plan for transit-oriented development around the station. The final meeting in the series will be held in July.

In anticipation of the National Solar Energy Conference that will be held in Cleveland next month, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will install a small wind turbine at its Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant near Edgewater Park.

If the Cleveland City Planning Commission refuses to grant a demolition permit for the Cleveland Trust Tower, the Cuyahoga County Commissioners may be able to demolish it under a clause in Cleveland's charter that gives them the power to overrule the Planning Commission.

Also, an architecture competition titled "What Would you do with the Breuer Building?" (PDF) is being held as part of this year's Ingenuity Festival.

At his talk on Tuesday, architect William McDonough suggested that Cleveland should make itself a capital of renewable energy. "The only massive job-creation possibilities I see that have a completely game-changing quality to them would be in the world of renewables."

On June 18, Doris Koo of Enterprise Community Partners will speak at Cleveland State University about "Creating and Sustaining Communities of Choice".

The Great Lakes Areas of Concern conference, titled "Achieving Restoration Targets and Sustaining Stewardship", will be held in Cleveland on June 28 and 29. The registration (PDF) deadline is June 22.

Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution spoke about the new Restoring Prosperity report at the City Club this afternoon, and said, "If we want to grow sustainably, we need (state government) to connect the dots between transportation, land-use, and economic development."

(Update: at the same talk, Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher said that major cities and inner-ring suburbs will be given the first opportunities in Ohio's economic development programs.)

The most recent Regionally Speaking podcasts are interviews with Anne Helmreich (Part 1, Part 2) and Latisha James (Part 1, Part 2). Anne Helmreich, Associate Professor of Art History at CWRU and Associate Director of the Baker-Nord Center for Humanities, spoke about the Center's role and the 2007 Baker-Nord Seminar, titled Cityscapes. Latisha James of the Center for Community Partnerships talked about the ways the University influences the quality of life in University Circle and other nearby neighborhoods.

MOCA will host OPEN: new designs for public space from June 1 through August 19. The exhibit presents innovative public space projects from around the world. Architect Farshid Moussavi of Foreign Office Architects, the firm designing MOCA's new building, will speak at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on May 31 at 6:00 p.m.

(via Rockitecture)

The City of Bedford Heights will hold a public hearing on Monday at 6:30 p.m. about the controversial senior housing proposal for land west of Holy Trinity Church on Columbus Road. The Planning Commission will have a special meeting on Tuesday at at 5:30 p.m. to vote on the plans.

Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution and Ohio Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher will speak at the City Club on May 29 at noon. They will talk about "Restoring Prosperity: The State Role in Revitalizing America's Older Industrial Cities", an economic study of 65 cities that will be released on May 20. On May 29 at 2:00, Bruce Katz will speak at a Levin College Forum on the same subject, which will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ned Hill.

GreenCityBlueLake recaps the Shrinking Cities Symposium held on Friday at Josaphat Arts Hall.

The City of Cleveland Heights posted the market analysis and feasibility study (PDF) that was prepared to assess land use alternatives for the Top of the Hill property at Cedar Hill. The study will be presented at two public meetings next month.

(via FutureHeights)

Michael Gill of the Free Times reviews the Shrinking Cities exhibit, as does the Plain Dealer's Dan Tranberg. The next Shrinking Cities event will be music and movies on May 18 at Hyacinth Park.

Architect and sustainable development expert William McDonough will speak at the Cleveland Clinic on May 29 at 5:00 p.m. as part of the Ideas for Tomorrow series. The talk is free, but registration is required.

(via Rockitecture)

Heartland Developers posted a video (Windows Media) of urban evangelist Kyle Ezell's recent talk about urban living.

GreenCityBlueLake provides more details about the Shrinking Cities symposium, exhibition, and events taking place this month and next.

On weekends in May, members of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society will lead tours of the damaged historic B&O Roundhouse on West 3rd Street in Cleveland.

Demolition teams were only able to implode two of the six arches of the Fulton Road Bridge on Saturday. It took three attempts to implode the sections of the 75 year old Cleveland bridge. Workers blamed a faulty charge line, and ODOT is working to schedule a time when the implosion can be completed. Cleveland.com presents video, a time-lapse animation, and a photo gallery. Channel 3 and Channel 5 also covered the event.

(Update: the incomplete implosion will not cost taxpayers additional money. Crews will attempt to bring down the rest of the bridge at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday)

The Cuyahoga County Department of Development will hold a free training session on the Ohio Historic Tax Credit program on May 8 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Tri-C's Corporate College East. The seminar is free, but registration (PDF) is required.

In the latest installment of their Making Change series, WCPN reports on an eminent domain forum held yesterday at CSU, which featured keynote speaker Jeff Finkle of the International Economic Development Council.

The partially demolished Fulton Road Bridge in Cleveland will be imploded on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Spectators can watch the blast from Cleveland Metroparks Brookside Reservation football field. The $46.4 million replacement bridge is scheduled to be completed in late 2009.

GreenCityBlueLake recaps one of the community workshops led by the Project for Public Spaces earlier this week on plans for the redesigned and relocated East 120th rapid station in Little Italy.

As part of the Ideas for Tomorrow series, Peter B. Lewis and Frank Gehry will speak at the Cleveland Clinic on April 25 at 5:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required.

Governing Executive Editor Alan Ehrenhalt was "surprisingly optimistic" in his talk at Cleveland State yesterday about the future of downtowns. "The single most important development in American cities in the last five years is downtown living."

The international Shrinking Cities program will come to Cleveland beginning on April 20, when their exhibition opens at SPACES Gallery and at the Cleveland Urban Design Center. Nicole Minten-Jung, Shrinking Cities Assistant Curator, will speak at the UDC before the gallery opening on the 20th, and a symposium will be held on May 11 at Josaphat Arts Hall. Additional events and lectures are planned. It will run through June 8.

Six developers spoke to a crowd of around 1,000 young professionals at the House of Blues last night in a Professionals in the City event. The event generated mixed reviews.

Erin Aleman summarizes David Morganthaler's recent talk at Cleveland State's Levin College Forum. "The bottom line is we must create jobs that are high paying value-added jobs."

Advance Northeast Ohio, a regional economic action plan that is an outgrowth of the Voices & Choices project, will be officially unveiled at a kickoff meeting on Friday morning at the Knight Center in Akron. It will focus on four areas: growing businesses, preparing the work force, improving opportunities for minority-owned companies, and making government more efficient.

(via Brewed Fresh Daily)

Project for Public Spaces Vice President Cynthia Nikitin will speak about placemaking and revitalizing neighborhood commercial corridors on May 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Forest Hill Church in Cleveland Heights. The session is free and open to the public.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett will attend a Northeast Ohio listening session as part of the National Park Service's Centennial Initiative. The Park Service wants public input in "shaping the future of America's national parks." The session will be held on March 26 from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Happy Days Visitor Center in Peninsula.

CSU's Levin College Forum will host "Our Place in the Urban Age: The Downtown Comeback: Myths and Realities" on April 11, featuring Alan Ehrenhalt, the Executive Editor of Governing. On April 13, the Forum will host "Transfer of Development Rights: A Demonstration Study". Keynote speaker Rick Pruetz will present the findings of a study that examined the economic feasibility of TDRs.

The Plain Dealer provides more details about the proposed arts districts in Lakewood that will be the subject of a forum on Tuesday evening.

The student leadership program Look Up To Cleveland is seeking planning, urban design, and community development experts to serve as technical advisors (MS Word) to student teams from high schools across Cuyahoga County. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the interest form (MS Word).

A series half-day Best Local Land Use Workshops will be held around Greater Cleveland this month. The first training session will be held in Kirtland on March 8. Later workshops will be in Valley View on March 14 and in Medina on March 29. Registration is free, but space is limited.

LakewoodAlive will host a forum on the idea of a Lakewood arts district on March 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Beck Center Armory. The panelists will be Art Falco of the Playhouse Square Association, Tom Schorgl of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, Daniel Cuffaro of the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Kathleen Cerveny of the Cleveland Foundation.

The Cedar Lee Special Improvement District is sponsoring a Cedar Lee streetscape community design charrette (PDF) on Saturday from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Main Library on Lee Road. On March 8 at 7:00 p.m., the City of Shaker Heights will host a public meeting about transit-oriented development and the Van Aken-Lee area.

The Fund for Our Economic Future will hold a series of public meetings across Northeast Ohio to gather public input on ways to address the priorities identified by the Voices & Choices project.

On February 14, NOACA will host the first in a series of APA web conferences. The session on complete streets is free to APA members and $5 for non-members. Additional web conferences will be held in March, April, and May.

Angela Glover Blackwell, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of PolicyLink, will speak at the City Club on February 23 about equitable development.

From 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on February 22, the CSU Levin College of Urban Affairs will host a forum on RTA's transit oriented development planning efforts.

Developers of the Terraces at Meadowbrook (the project formerly known as Domain on Lee) will unveil their designs for the mixed-use development on Tuesday evening at Cleveland Heights City Hall. The $25.7 million project in the Cedar-Lee district will include condominiums, retail, and a parking garage.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will host a public meeting (PDF) where Cudell and Edgewater residents can discuss design options associated with the planned West Shoreway redesign. It will be held at St. Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church on January 25 starting at 5:00.

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