Friday, September 19, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

9/10- 9/17 2014 Weekly Arts and Urbanism Roundup


The Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates 25th chalk Art festival. (

The link between Northeast Ohio's flooding and its sprawl. (Streetsblog)


New loft apartments and Brew Pub planned for old Tire factory.

Other Ohio Arts and Urbanism News

Columbus Dispatch Writer cycling and blogging across Ohio.


Pittsburgh poet, Terrance Hayes named MacArthur fellow. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood celebrates 200 years!  (Essential Pittsburgh)

Does the city's high self-esteem create new problems?  (Essential Pittsburgh)

Pittsburgh cyclists concerned about redesign of Schenley Drive in Oakland (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Artists from Mattress Factory discuss making it in Pittsburgh. (Pitt News)

Kurt Shaw reviews 2014 Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors annual @ Panza Gallery. (Tribune Review)

Pennsylvania DEP estimates there are 40 active underground coal fires burning across the state- including one under Pittsburgh Airport. (PA Independent)

West Virginia

Five free things to do in West Virginia in the fall. (Houston Chronicle)

Other Arts and Urbanism News 

Indiana campus police acquire massive amounts of surplus military gear (JC online)

The Bronx is booming with boutique and luxury hotels (New York Daily News) 

The new donut - decline of the inner ring suburbs. (Urbanophile)

"We can't have density there because there's not enough transit." (Human Transit)

How Germany's ban on Uber hurts the poor. (Business Week)

Others see Toronto as a success. Why don't we?  (The Toronto Star)

Europe's big airlines no longer want to fly in Europe. (Business Week)

Wisconsin's famous Amish and Mennonite, Kolona, cheese "factory" closes due to government regulations.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rockin' Akron's Highland Square

Devo. Howard Hewett. Chrissie Hynde. James Ingram. The Black Keys. Akron, probably best known these days as the birthplace and home of NBA superstar LeBron James, also happens to be a wellspring of much musical talent and creativity. This weekend pays homage to these local and other performing legends, both established and aspiring, during the city's third annual Porch Rokr Music and Art Festival, hosted by its Highland Square community on September 20. More than 70 acts will be featured from dawn through dusk at points--many of them literally porches--throughout Highland Square.

On the eve of Porch Rokr Saturday, Friday, September 19, David Giffels, author of The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt will lead a film and panel discussion of new documentary It's Everything and Then It's Gone: History of Akron Rock. Film screening and panel session with crew and producers Phil Hoffman, Harvey Gold, Ralph Carney, Bob Ethington, Kurt Reed and Steve Felix will run from 8pm to 9:30pm at Akron's downtown Main Library. Tickets are available same day at the Main Library from 5:30pm to 6pm.

The Beatles: Cleveland Sheraton Hotel Press Conference, September 15, 1964

50 years and one day ago.

I doubt the films of many press conferences exist.

This Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of their only show in Pittsburgh.

There is also an exhibit of photos of their Cleveland show, which I should post about.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Canton Arts District

A genuine renaissance is taking place within the central business districts of Rust Belt cities large and small. The Pro Football Hall of Fame city of Canton is no exception.

While probably best known for hosting the NFL's annual Hall of Fame induction festivities and museum, the real story unfolding now in Canton is the success of its downtown Arts District. The special improvement district created to staunch the decline into obscurity of the city center has far exceeded expectations with a program focused on restoring Canton's civic spirit and cultural fabric through support and promotion of local art and artists, visual, performing, and culinary.

A few frequently occurring events showcase what Canton has to offer:

Each Saturday from this week up until October 18, 2014, between 8:00am and 11:30am, the downtown Farmer's Market located at Timken High School features 30 local vendors offering produce, bakery items, coffee, tea, and artisan goods, as well as live music. The Canton Farmer's Market typically begins its run in June.

On the first Friday of each month, year-round, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Canton hosts its First Friday downtown art walk. Take a tour of the unique exhibits, shops and galleries the Arts District hosts while enjoying a range of live music, performances and events that change to reflect each month's special artistic theme. Great food, coffee & tea, and beverages, too.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Gallery, BE2 opens Saturday in Lawrenceville

This is sort of an extension of Borelli Edwards Gallery. I think it will be run by long time Pittsburgh area curator, Vicky Clark.

Few people know more about regional art than Vicky- she also knows some good Cleveland area artists.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

9/5-9/10 Weekly Arts and Urbanism Roundup


Downtown finally gets bike lanes. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

New community ideas for the August Wilson Center (Essential Pittsburgh)

Meet the performance artist who "married Pittsburgh"  (Essential Pittsburgh)

Steeltown Anthem visits Carnegie Coffee Co.  (Steeltown Anthem)

National Forum in Pittsburgh focuses on art's role in improving education (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

In Pennsylvania, buying beer out of state makes you a bootlegger. (Pennsylvania Independent)


Beachland Ballroom and Space"ROCK Gallery celebrate 50th anniversary of Beatles landing with concert and photo exhibition.

RTA introduces Ohio City Connector, making it easier to travel between downtown and Ohio City. (Freshwater)

Northeast Ohio Skate Parks attract skaters and bike riders of all ages (Cleveland.Com)

Interview with owner of Cleveland's Upcycle Parts Shop (Cleveland Scene)

Johnny Manziel racks up 10th trademark filing with Johnny Cleveland. (Cleveland Scene)

Cleveland Rock and Roll half marathon cancelled. (Cleveland Scene)

The New York Daily News will no longer publish, The Cleveland Indian's Chief Wahoo logo.

Richmond Times Dispatch travel writer tours Cleveland's quirky side. (Richmond Times Dispatch)


Downtown's population growth slowly attracts restaurants and shops. (Columbus Dispatch)

Other Ohio News

Hocking Hills Zip Line makes USA Today list of best zip lines in America. (USA Today)

Storming the beach at Conneaut: (Belt Magazine)

West Virginia and Appalachia News

Will legal pot end Appalachia's biggest cash crop?  (The Revivalist)

Carrie Williams, West Virginia's little known civil rights hero (The Revivalist)

Other Arts, Architecture and Urbanism News

Extensive archive of avant-garde and modernist magazines available online.  (Open Culture)

Why walking helps us think (The New Yorker)

New Orleans' Afterschool scene has a transportation problem (Next City)

Are we approaching peak land use control?  (Planetizen)

It's OK to build transit oriented development before transit (Streetsblog)

Here's what Silicon Valley can learn from good old Midwestern Values.

Should you say you are from the city if you live in the suburbs? (article3)

What smart cities can learn from Denver. (Pop City)

Pinterest accidentally congratulates single women for getting married. (New York Magazine)

Saturday, September 06, 2014

More Cincinnati Posts on the way.

No, I did not love Cincy more than Pittsburgh, but it is a beautiful city with lots of untapped potential.

A few more posts on Cincinnati neighborhoods and history still on the way.