Social Consciousness

Walk, ride and get out

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 12/16/2012 - 20:54.

Life goes on.  The city continues to move.  Yesterday,  it was sunny and warm.  I was able to take the train to University Circle, and to swim at CWRU.  And, then I walked along the empty bike lane that runs up Fairhill through the Doan Brook watershed.  Flags were at half-staff at the Baldwin Water Plant.  Shaker Square was decked out for the holidays. 

Losing Genius

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 09:05.


Please CUT and PASTE

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 10/19/2012 - 08:36.
Photo of "new" Paul Dunbar School under construction
Photo above shows construction standards for "new" Paul L. Dunbar school just south of St. Ignatius--see posts at REALNEO on Buhrer School for the insanity of this construction and gross waste of taxpayer $$$--carpetbaggers...

Michelle Alexander Author of the New Jim Crow at Olivet Bapitist Church

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 10/14/2012 - 08:20.
10/25/2012 - 18:00
10/25/2012 - 20:00

Seating is FREE but registration required at

October 25, 2012 Cleveland, OH: Olivet Institutional Baptist Church 8712 Quincy Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106 Time: TBA Contact: Rev. Leah C. K. Lewis, lcarol [dot] leewis [at] gmail [dot] com


Olivet Baptist Church
8712 Quincy Avenue
Cleveland , OH 44016
United States

BBC-World Have Your Say at Nighttown Oct 19th

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 13:14.
10/19/2012 - 17:00
10/19/2012 - 20:00

World Have Your Say--the popular BBC radio show will broadcast from Nighttown on Friday, October 19th. 
Stay tuned on

Norm Roulet captured the last visit in 2007:


12387 Cedar
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
United States

Journalism or Propaganda ??? Your $$$

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 10/03/2012 - 17:33.

In a rare show of common sense, the Plain Dealer actually heeded the comments posted to a story:

When this came out--I felt the usual nausea: the Plain Dealer printing propaganda to support the Land Bank, though the numbers were so obviously bogus.  I have been banned at the PD, so I rarely comment anymore.  I chocked it up to the same old...

Bioregional Quiz: Where are you?

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 09/22/2012 - 19:24.

Urban Homesteading by Rachel Kaplan offers some invaluable advice for neighbors who want to improve their community:

Work to answer these questions for yourself and your family-

TAX LEVY TROUNCED: 7 TO 3! -Satinder Puri

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 08:39.

The above shows how the results of the vote at the August 30, 2012 debate, organized by the Imperial Women Coalition, were reported on the Facebook page of the SAVE JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL campaign. 

Independence Day

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:10.

I will post more photos soon--I am compiling images from my neighborhood for a Brooklyn Centre bicentennial celebration 1812-2012.  The little girl above may not appreciate the significance of Independence Day until she is older--her family emigrated from Burundi.  It has been very typical for new Americans to arrive via the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood.

A More Perfect Union-Woodland Cemetery June 2012

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/24/2012 - 15:44.

Thank you today for a beautiful ceremony and a great family event. For all history buffs--Woodland Cemetery is a must visit destination. The Woodland Cemetery Foundation and today's volunteers put together a very special and touching family event.

Citi refused to accept mortgage payments, scheduled auction BUT

Submitted by Oldroser on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 23:08.

The woman's activist son had been helping others fight to keep their homes, possibly the bank was retaliating, the auction was scheduled even though she'd been told an executive would work with her, but the community rallied behind her; and lo and behold, they changed their mind. Even worked out new payment arrangement so she pays less.

Year of Local Food

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 06/12/2012 - 03:11.

We live on this body of water.

It's beautiful and blue and inviting, but I am afraid of it. Do I really want to eat fish out of Lake Erie?  (The answer is NO).

At the same time, I am definitely fooling myself, if I think that the fish or other food sold to me at the West Side market or even by a higher end purveyor has any better provenance.

REAL Food -and the myth of Urban Agriculture

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 07:28.

The re-imagining hype towards promoting local food, healthy living and reversing "food deserts" looks like a huge ruse to me (a tax strategy for land holding and covering up failed real estate investment schemes). Sure--it all sounds hunky-dory and idealistic, and there are some elements of the "vision" that have merit, but large-scale food production in NEO is not feasible. 

Republicans scrutinized

Submitted by Lee Batdorff on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 00:07.

Repubicans worth reading about: Washington Post OpEd as syndicated by Detroit News.  Hopefully Plain Dealer will pick up on this OpEd.

Facebook comments about this story:

Good Fortune

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 02/26/2012 - 08:05.

Taking a break from the usual fare here--I will share a book with REALNEO.  At the recommendation of a young girl, I ordered Good Fortune by Noni Carter through the library.  I was hesistant at first.  I'll admit that I am weary of the recently popular, go-to thematic choices for young adult literature--vampires, gangs, and slavery.

St. Olaf at Mary Queen of Peace

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 05:06.

A beautiful night for CLE--as the heavenly choir of St. Olaf performed for a capacity crowd of 700+ at Mary Queen of Peace (formerly Our Lady of Good Counsel) in Old Brooklyn.  For Old Brooklyn and Brooklyn Centre residents--getting there was as easy as a brisk winter's walk.

Save John Marshall High School!

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 19:05.



Please watch this video and witness the stupidity of our Landmark Commission and Council representatives:

Ohio EPA Extends Public Comment Period for Cleveland Public Power’s Proposed Gasification Plant

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 19:13.
02/23/2012 - 13:00
02/23/2012 - 13:59

Ohio EPA Extends Public Comment Period Regarding Draft Air Permit for
Cleveland Public Power’s Proposed Gasification Plant

The public comment period concerning a draft air permit for a proposed municipal solid waste gasification plant in Cleveland has been extended to February 23, 2012.

Claude Cornett's testimony at Estabrook Rec Center 1.9.2012

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 03:55.

The public testimony of the Ohio EPA hearing held at Estabrook included exhaustive research by Claude Cornett.  This testimony is available here:

Other comments submitted for the record will be updated to this site once the Ohio EPA mails the testimony to me.


Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 01/01/2012 - 19:42.

Bed time by Charles Sallee

The exhibit ended on January 1st, 2012--Hardship to Hope: African American Art from
the Karamu Workshop.

Cleveland Metroparks in 2012

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 01/01/2012 - 13:39.

 Laura McShane
I live very close to Brookside Park, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park--I can walk to all of  these great public amenities, which in my mind, makes my neighborhood an appealing and liveable place. 

Ohio EPA Hearing for City of Cleveland Incinerator--Monday, January 9th 2012 at 6 p.m.

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 12/20/2011 - 11:46.
01/09/2012 - 18:00
01/09/2012 - 21:00

Cleveland Public Power is requesting an Air Pollution Permit from the Ohio EPA to construct an INCINERATOR at 3723 Ridge Rd. --it will impact entire region including suburban areas of already toxic and polluted Northeast Ohio airshed.

See attachments

 or click link below and enter permit P0107767 and click GO--50 page pdf is attached here.


Estabrook Recreation Center
4125 Fulton Rd
Cleveland , OH 44144
United States