Forest City

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 05/13/2010 - 20:07.

Another day on a bike in the City of Cleveland, Ohio....

Case student working on a robot


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Sounds vaguely pornographic...Cleveland-based...any feedback ?

Cleveland Bike Week May 15-23rd

Get out and be seen on your bike--I enjoyed the comraderie of several bikeheads along the way, yesterday. 

The waves, the winks, the nods--are you one of us??

Watch out for the bikers

Coming home, I realized that the biker in front of me had to either watch for the potholes or for the cars, so I watched out for him. The conditions of the roads of Cleveland are the worst that I can remember. Minimal patches are being done in some areas, but only the very worst. Tie rod breaking, rim bending holes abound, and cars weave all over the road to avoid them.

Cut the cyclist some slack. What bends the rim on our cars will throw him or her up in the air and into on coming traffic. 

Bikes on sidewalks

I don't even try to use the roads.  As much as possible, I ride very slowly on the sidewalks.  I know that I will incur the wrath of hardcore cyclists for saying it, but I have already had my brush with death cycling experience--I don't need to be hit by a truck, twice.

Especially now, the roads--as you point out DWebb--are an unbelievable obstacle course.  And, it is not just difficult for cyclists.  I try not to drive a car, but yesterday, I did-- and it was a hair-raising, nerve-wracking experience. 

I'd much rather throw my bike on the bus or the train to tool around University Circle--and head back on the Healthline (although bikes are not welcome on it) and hit the smaller streets to navigate my way home.

Here are some of the random shots I took on the way back:


"I have already had my brush with death cycling experience"


I'm in agreement with you here. Laura.

Its sort of a shame, it would take so little, but move Cleveland so far ahead.

Its an easy "progressive" "green" idea for struggling cities and apparently our "leaders" just don't get it.

nice pic of monroe cemetery archway!

Monroe Cemetery Arch

  Thanks--the gateway arch looks like the Monroe Cemetery arch, but it's actually the Erie St. Cemetery arch.  I wanted to stop by Monroe, but ran out of time--the arch there actually fell apart recently and collapsed.  I hope that the City of Cleveland will be able to repair it. 

I will post photos soon--I would also like to get photos from the City of Cleveland Cemetery on Woodland.  When I used to live near Lakeview Cemetery, I spent a lot of time there.  I got to know many great living and dead people.  One time, I ran across a young student taking photographs.  From Germany, she came here specifically to document migration from Germany.  She knew and appreciated the significance of our local cemeteries more than anyone else I have met to date.

Thanks Norm--for putting the photos in the header--

Keep the photos flowing

Keep the photos flowing - when I see them and can make them fit I'll post them to the header.

And I can teach you how, too, 100% for free...

Disrupt IT

broken arches

 oooh. I had no idea. Thats a shame - Monroe had a beautiful arch. I have an image I'll have to post.

Monroe Cemetery

The stone arches are still intact. It was the small stone house right inside the gate that has major problems. The west wall collapsed, and the roof is next to go. It has been temporarily shored up. The cost of fixing this is estimated to be over a third of a million dollars.

The City has long neglected the stone house, and a group was formed a few years ago to try to raise money for repairs, but nothing like this was in the repair budget.

Leonard Case Jr.

From Wikipedia:

In 1877 Leonard Case Jr. began laying the groundwork for the Case School of Applied Science by secretly donating valuable pieces of Cleveland real estate to a trust. He asked his confidential advisor, Henry Gilbert Abbey, to administer the trust and to keep it secret until after his death. The Case School of Applied Science was issued a charter by the state of Ohio in 1882-—just four short months after Case's death.

For the first four years of the school's existence, it was located in the Case family's home on Rockwell Street in downtown Cleveland. Classes were held in the family house, while the chemistry and physics laboratories were on the second floor of the barn.

Amasa Stone's gift to relocate Western Reserve College to Cleveland also included a provision for the purchase of land in the University Circle area, adjacent to Western Reserve University, for Case School of Applied Science. The school moved to University Circle in 1885.

Over time, the Case School of Applied Science grew to encompass a broader vision, adopting the name Case Institute of Technology in 1947 to reflect the institution's growing stature.[10]



Reply to @Bloomcat2018: It was Councilman Kevin Conwell, not Blaine Griffin, who was racially profiled.  Thomas Yatsko, 21, was fatally shot by a police officer at the Corner Alley bowling alley.  Real estate in and around University Circle is in play - a lot of folks don't know that the founder of Case,  Leonard Case dabbled in speculative real estate allowing him to set aside land in the area now known as "University Circle."     Similarly, East Cleveland is being staged for redevelopment with many planning to cash in on the depreciation that was intentionally put in motion with the sale of tax liens under the previous treasurer and deputy treasurer of Cuyahoga County. These two swindlers now control massive tracts of land in Cleveland through the Cuyahoga County Land Bank.  Nothing changes in Northeast Ohio.  The robber barons still rule the roost.

Pot Holes - Craters - Riddled Pavement

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Honorable Frank Jackson, Mayor
Cleveland City Hall

601 Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

In Re:  Street Conditions in Tremont
Mayor Jackson,
 Attached you will find photographs depicting the conditions of our public streets in Tremont.  As you can well see the road ways are riddled with big deep holes.  The streets have been in this condition for some time and the residents of this community deserve better.
There is absolutely no excuse for tax payers being forced to drive their vehicles over such broken, bumpy and jagged asphalt.  Most of the people own or would like to own nice, decent vehicles and put their hard earned money into paying for their cars and trucks which as you are aware is not by any means cheap.  The maintenance alone stresses the working man's pocketbook.
About a year or so ago, approximately two and one half (2 1/2) blocks of Professor Avenue
was grated up and re-paved.  This favoritism was only partialed out up and down the main strip of the Professor Retail District in front of the high-end galleries, bars and restaurants.
As you will note, in photo #4, the intersection of College and Professor, the new pavement passed right by leaving a series of rugged, barbed and destructive craters the entire width of the street.
What I find most perplexing is that during the period of time Professor Avenue was under construction, I saw signs which stated, "your tax dollars at work."  My bewilderment arose when I started to wonder what about other people's tax dollars - don't they work.
Now, the City of Cleveland seems to be able to find all kinds of money when it comes to something that our elected officials wants to fund yet, the tax-paying people have to cope with trying to maneuver over road surfaces that don't even meet the standards of a good wagon trail.
While most of this entire area suffers from this type of roadway neglect, at the disservice and disadvantage of the citizens of this fair city, I'm sure that you can appreciate the fact that these conditions can necessitate costly repairs such as broken axles, wheel bearings, ruptured or blown out tires as well as other mechanical problems and property damage not to mention the possibilities of serious personal injuries.
I thank you for your anticipated prompt attention to this matter as the residents of this community have tolerated these conditions to the extreme.
Jerleen Justus, Resident/President
Old South Side Community Coalition 

In an addition to my previous communication, I erroneously forgot to mention that there is a rumor being whispered about town that a Marathon will be coming through the Tremont Community and that as certain streets (namely West 11th)  are going to be re-paved complimentary to the runners which I think is all fine and good but there are other streets which NEED to be fixed first.  
What I also failed to mention was that the photos were taken only a few days ago at the intersection of West 7th and Collega Avenue, Jefferson, West 10th and the intersection of College and Professor Avenues.




Click here: Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon route being patched up just in time for the big race

About a week after writing the letter to Mayor Jackson, road crews were in Tremont with rollers, asphalt trucks and patching mixture.  They did a sort of hit and miss job at trying to patch up the worst of the holes.

I went out and spoke to a supervisor, who was driving up and down each street scouting what areas needed to be fixed, and I ask him what areas they planned on patching and he stated to me that they were to cover the entire neighborhood.

Even though I drove around after they finished and how much they had missed, I followed up with a thank you note.  

While I think it's great that the runners are coming through our community and think it's a fine thing to spruce up the running route, especially for safety purposes,   it really creates  a sore spot that tax payers and citizens who live here everyday have to drive their vehicles over such neglected roadways.  

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on our city government!!!