Learning from Trick or Treating

Trick-or-treating at Spirit Corner community green space in the Coventry Village neighborhood.
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In our Cleveland Heights neighborhoods, most of us live fairly close together.  And when we live close together, we will, for better or worse, be affected by the actions of our neighbors! So in Cleveland Heights, it’s particularly important that our neighborhoods function as communal places, where neighbors communicate and socialize and work together to […]

Share your ideas for creative place-making in the Heights

Bob Brown discusses historical foundations for place-making at the BottleHouse
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On October 10, FutureHeights held a public forum at the BottleHouse Brewery and Meadery on elevating areas of our community through creative place-making. Attendees enjoyed hearing from several presenters, each with a unique view on what place-making is and how it can be incorporated into our neighborhoods. Bob Brown discussed historical foundations of place-making and […]

Cleveland Hts v. Solon: Comparing cost and understanding value

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Now that we’re safely past the election season, maybe we can have a reasonable discussion about taxes. If you say taxes are high in the Heights, heads nod. But what does “taxes are high” mean? To find out, let’s compare some real estate listings from Cleveland Heights, a “taxes are high” place and Solon, a […]

Presented by Ken Goldberg at Preservation-Related Panel Discussion 5/7/2014

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The following are opening remarks I made at a Preservation Month 2014 panel discussion held at the Heights Main Library 5/7/2014 – one year ago today.  I am President of the Cleveland Heights Historical Society and on the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, but obviously these opinions don’t necessarily reflect those of the members of these two bodies.  ….Ken Goldberg […]

Safety, security and the secrets of improv

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First, some housekeeping. Do we have a approved safety plan, a Memorandum of Understanding between the district and a law enforcement body right now? No, we do not. The district meets with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office and UH Police Chief Steven Hammett on October 21st. Given that the City Engineer and the Fire Chief […]

Cleveland Heights City Hall is now a bank.

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I was very pleased to hear that Milliken School was sold to Mosdos. But, I am confused as to why the sale is contingent on the city of Cleveland Heights financing the purchase. What is the justification for Cleveland Heights City Council offering to finance this sale? (I imagine that the school board members were very happy that Cleveland […]

A tragic wakeup call for taking control of our own story

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We’re going to be OK. The June 30 murder of Jim Brennan was wrenching in so many ways, but within a couple days I knew, as I watched the community circle around those closest to the tragedy, this is still the kind of place I want to live. The impromptu memorial that formed immediately outside […]

The world of Crowdfunding: Local Interests and Beyond

Geek A Week © Len Peralta
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Today we have a trend in accessing funds from friends and other interested parties via the internet in the concept of crowdfunding.  Crowdfunding is where your friends are the capital.  You state your project and ask for their financial help in achieving your project goals.  I recently ventured into the crowfunding world and found three […]

Map, chart and Meadowbrook-Lee

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Is the proposed Meadowbrook-Lee tax abated project a good fit for that part of town? To help you decide for yourself, I am attaching a map of the foreclosures and postal vacancies in the Cedar-Lee area. This map was created by April Hirsh, Research Assistant at Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Policy and […]