Monday, November 14, 2011

Cleveland Planning Events

I just wanted to share with you all a couple of Cleveland Planning-related events coming up in the next week. I'll be attending and you should too!

Cleveland APA Zoning Workshop
Friday, November 18. 7:30am-5:00pm

LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility
25777 Detroit Rd.
Westlake, Ohio 44145

The workshop is $125, but if you volunteer you get in FREE. You can register for the workshop (to volunteer just register as a volunteer) here:

Brainstorming Brunch Hosted by Saving Cities
Saturday, November 19. 11:00am-1:00pm

Wexler's Tavern and Eatery
4555 State Rd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44109

"An open brunch event for all passionate Clevelanders to come and share ideas, meet new folks, and enjoy the delicious local food. No agendas, no specific topics; just a good time and really cool people hanging out on a Saturday morning." To learn more about the meeting, visit the event page on Facebook.

See you all there!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

How Do We See Cleveland?

I just began writing for a lovely publication by the name of the Urban Times, and my first piece explored how imagery is utilized and received within the Rust Belt. It features some photography of mine captured in the City of East Cleveland-- and continues a dialogue started at an event I attended hosted by Saving Cities and facilitated by Peter Kageyama (author of for the Love of Cities) focused on energizing cities like Cleveland, and what we can do to move citizens to action and get invested in place. Our discussion quickly went to the semantics used in the Rust Belt, and how the names of our organizations and the images we present help to expose the realities and nature of our region, or to reinforce a stigma that may be counterproductive to future revitalization.

So what's your take? Give the piece a read HERE and let me know how you feel. What do you want the message of NEO to speak?