Cleveland Heights Chronicles – Part 2

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Our arrival in Cleveland Heights at 3157 Kensington Road took place in the summer of 1969. We moved from the Park Lane Villa in University Circle, where we’d been for three years. The Park Lane was a wonderful old building, recently remodeled, and we had an apartment on the 5th floor overlooking E. 105. We […]

Photo essay and thoughts on Coventry Village

Photos by Robert N. Brown
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Robert Brown is a city planning consultant of note. Named a Fellow of the American Institute of City Planners (FAIP) and recipient of APA’s national award for excellence in comprehensive planning, he served for a decade as the Director of Planning for the City of Cleveland. During that time he prepared Cleveland’s Civic Vision 2000 Citywide Plan […]

Sycamore Trees

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The side streets in my part of the Heights were developed in the early 20th century and lined with sycamore trees – notable for their sloughing bark and brittle wood. In winter, their trunks are classic winter camo – a mix of white and heather and brown. In fall, they still wear the olive version. […]

A tragic wakeup call for taking control of our own story

Photo Jul 03, 9 04 32 AM (HDR)
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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 problem isn’t really winter walking; it’s lack of commitment to public safety

As bad as walking conditions have been, the real problem isn't snow removal; it's lack of commitment to public safety. Photo by Jim Miller.
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Social media has been filled over the past few weeks with complaints about walking throughout Cleveland Heights as the snow piles up. This Facebook post by Jim Miller sums up the frustration, but – to use the appropriate cliche – it’s only the tip of the iceberg. While I continue to clear boulders of ice […]

Millikin should not be sold. It is valuable public property and should remain public property.

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The CH-UH School Board recently released a statement about Millikin School. Their complete statement is at the end of this blog. The short version is that Mosdos says it does not want to follow through with their plan to lease the building for 30 years for $1 a year and to put $1.5 million in […]

Golden Hour: A Wine and Sign evening at Luna Bakery

Author Bridget Thibeault signs books at Luna Bakery
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This past evening or ‘golden hour’* I found myself sampling the most amazing new cupcake flavor – caramelized apple  with blue cheese frosting, topped with crushed walnuts. Yes, it was a multi-layered experience. Delightful and yes,  you have to try them. Luna Bakery owner Bridget Thibeault joined forces with local foods expert Kari Moore of […]

Do Heights residents have the right to an opinion about the Cuyahoga County Public Library?

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Based on tax dollars–yes. As you can see from the attached documents, anyone who pays state taxes has a right to an opinion about the Cuyahoga County Public Library system. The Library Board decided unilaterally to sell Telling Mansion, the current home of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library. It is on the market. The Telling Mansion […]

From a far, a musical musing

A quiet observer like myself watches the nightly show.
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There is always one person up front who thinks they are at a Phish or Grateful Dead concert, and I thank God they are there. They are the first one, often the only one, to start swaying to the beats and rhythm of the song.   This past weekend I sat behind the free spirit and […]

Tommy Talks

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Yes, that Tommy. The owner of 40-year-old Tommy’s Restaurant doesn’t say “no” to very many reasonable requests. He’s just that kind of guy; it seems like he’ll help out with just about anything the community needs. But I’ve never heard him talk about himself, until I saw this video, posted on the Friends of Coventry […]