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Kayaking the Cuyahoga / Jul 17

Oooh, I’m excited. Next weekend I’ll be kayaking the whole length of the Cuyahoga from Kent, Ohio to Downtown Cleveland — a length of 50 miles in two days, with an overnight camp in between. The trip is organized by the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, “to promote the river as a shared regional asset for education, […]


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Exploring: Hartford, Connecticut / Jul 14

Hartford (founded 1637) doesn’t show up on too many people’s “must-see” lists. Heck, as I discovered during a recent stay with relatives near there, it doesn’t even rate very highly among Connecticuters. (Cuter than what? I’m not sure!) “There’s the Wadsworth Atheneum,” my uncle told me, referring to one of the country’s oldest art museums. […]


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Creative Placemaking: What Is the Dream That Is Big Enough?

Creative Placemaking: What Is the Dream That Is Big Enough? / Jul 01

With my friend and colleague, Seth Beattie, I’ve been thinking about new ways of doing urban planning. We’ve been testing out our ideas in weekly meetings and by preparing a response to an RFP. The RFP is to do a strategic planning process for Karamu House, on Cleveland’s East Side, along with the neighborhood that […]


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Mayors’ Caucuses as Regional Planning Tool

Mayors’ Caucuses as Regional Planning Tool / Jun 19

I attended the opening session of the CEOs for Cities Connected City conference this morning. The conference is being held in my hometown of Cleveland, at the new Ernst & Young tower and Aloft hotel. The shimmering waters of Lake Erie beyond a window full of mayflies provided the dramatic backdrop. The most exciting part […]


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