So, me and my Toronto entourage are off for a weekend of fun in sunny Cleveland. Expect a couple of days of silence as we enjoy the hospitality of Jimsey as he squires us around The Metropolis of the Western Reserve.
In light of this, I thought it would nice to pass on a little Cleveland trivia:
- Cleveland boasts America’s first traffic light. It began on Aug. 5, 1914.
- Cleveland became the world’s first city to be lighted electrically in 1879.
- Babe Ruth hit his 500th career home run in Cleveland.
- Cleveland was the site of the first successful coronary by-pass surgery.
- Cleveland is named for Moses Cleaveland, a surveyor who settled the town in 1796.\
- Cleveland was originally called “Cleaveland”, but a newspaper editor changed the spelling so that it would fit in his masthead.
- One of Cleveland’s twenty sister cities is West Mayo, Ireland.
- Dorthy Dandridge and Ruby Dee are from Cleveland.
- Oh, and Paul Newman, too.
- In 1853, Cleveland had the first U.S. African American newspaper (The Aliened American).
- The gas mask was invented in Cleveland in 1916.
- In 1967, Carl Stokes became the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city.
- Cleveland had the first rapid transit service from the airport to downtown in 1968.
- Arsenio Hall was born in Cleveland.
- I know a guy who lives there.
See you at the Cuyahoga!
I thought I’d share a recent report from Joe Cortright (CEOs for Cities) titled Driven to the Brink: How the Gas Price Spike Popped the Housing Bubble and Devalued the Suburbs. Urban sprawl and transportation issues are one of my favorite topics, so this report was right up my alley.
You can find the full report here, but for those of you too lazy to click I’ll highlight some of the interesting bits.
Basically Cortright’s analysis find that the recent collapse of the U.S. housing market has partially obscured an even “tectonic shift in housing demand.” The report finds that housing price declines “are generally far more sever in far-flung suburbs and in metropolitan areas with weak close-in neighborhoods” and:
”Housing in cities and neighborhoods that require lengthy commutes and provide few transportation alternatives to the private vehicle are falling in value more precipitously than in more central, compact and accessible places.”
Basically, all you chumps who bought into the idea of living in the 5,000 sq ft house out in the suburbs are majorly screwed and cities that have good transit are better able to withstand the housing collapse.
The weather wasn’t necessarily Ideal, it was hazy, overcast and windy. But when you have access to the 41st floor and might I add there was outdoor access, you have to seize the opportunity to get snappin‘!
Last weekend I went out to the spooky old cemetery on the southern fringe of Cleveland’s downtown. Its old. Some headstones predating the Civil War, or the Antebellum era for all you english majors. Not sure how it got in such bad shape. Vandals, smog, soot and marmots have clearly taken their toll on the area.
Its famous gates. These are actually made from the remains of the old Superior Viaduct, which I snapped a few pics of in a previous post.
Huzah! Spring is here! And early in spring with cool evenings and low humidity usually makes for good nighttime photography. Here’s some snippets. I think I’m changing up my photo hosting away from picasa. These are hosted on flickr, and I’ll blog about that later.
For larger resolutions and a few alternative takes and edits, click here
My subject for the night was Cleveland’s bridges. More specifically my most favorite bridge of all, the Center Street Swing Bridge
Okay, As I write this I realize its 19F in Cleveland, but Baseball Spring training is underway! Pitchers and Catchers have reported, full team practices have started, and old people bemoan tourists in their happy little retirement communities.
With baseball underway, I’m excited to be a stone’s throw from the stadium, stroll about with my camera, pull the flip-flops out of storage, and most importantly enjoy my city without the aid of gloves, down parkas and crotch warmers.
So as I get excited for the trees to bloom and the baseballs to start flying I’m diving back into my photo archives from 2007 for a little buffet of baseball, sunny days and that ever elusive color, green.
A L.A. high school newspaper sparked “controversy” when they published their Valentine’s day edition (or a more corporate version here) under the title “Happy Vagina Day” and included a drawing of a vagina taken from an anatomy book.
The editor-in-chief of the paper, Richard Edmond, claimed he was “trying to raise awareness of violence against women with a lead story about playwright Eve Ensler’s ‘Vagina Monologues.’ “
The school’s administration has deemed the word “obscene.” This is an accreditation year for the school, which is why such a commotion is not surprising.
So, let me make sure I get this right. According to the school administration, the word “vagina” is obscene. So logically, “penis,” “breasts,” “labia,” and “testicles” would all be banned words, as well.
I guess the alternative will be that every anatomy course in L.A. schools will have to use “cooter,” “kootch,” “meat curtains” or “swimsuit area” in place of “vagina” and “wee wee,” “pee pee,” “one-eyed trouser snake” or “St. Ignace the Dragon Slayer” in place of “penis.”
Maybe the administration would find this site useful.
Yeah, because what high school kids really need is more confusion around sexual reproduction as they go through puberty and another means to stigmatize and repress sexuality in women. Brilliant.
Since I only have the power to look backwards in time, I’d like to share with you a montage of my photography from 2007. Two things:
1) I help run this website UrbanOhio. I’ll give it a proper introductions later, gotta space out my material.
2) I have never thought myself to be a “good” photographer (and no I’m not fishing for “woe is me” compliments.) I like photography because I do. The pictures included in the link below represent places I’ve been, memories, city’s, stories or just a laugh.
A few snippets:
I’ve got pacman fever!