University Circle Incorporated growing function, context and identity

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 04/23/2006 - 22:20.



For so many reasons, University Circle and its institutions and the surrounding neighborhood are core to what I value in NEO, and I look forward to seeing all that continually expand in significance to me, the region and world. But, University Circle is a small geographic domain, which must be optimized for 21 organizational stakeholders, and their 1,000,000s of stakeholders, including everyone associated with Case, University Hospitals, the VA, CIA, Cleveland Museum(s), Institute of Music, Orchestra, etc., and all others in the community.

In visioning for a better region and future here, consider a broader interpretation of University Circle from the small cultural, healthcare and university center of Cleveland to the center of the entire University Community of NEO.



Submitted by Zebra Mussel on Thu, 04/20/2006 - 21:23.

Please keep everyone injured in your hearts and prayers.  Let us learn from our mistakes....and keep in mind it could have been worse.  The river could have caught on fire.

Sustainable construction

Submitted by Martha Eakin on Wed, 04/19/2006 - 18:03.


As we launch multimillion dollar building projects around Cleveland, from the Art Museum to MOCA, to a reworked freeway and “signature bridge”, to new developments in the Flats, Cleveland might learn something about sustainable development by checking out the award winners of the first construction competition held by The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 04/18/2006 - 14:54.

Turbine home


Now it is pretty easy – and sort of sporting fun -  to be critical of what we think are other people’s hair brained schemes and plans, but  every now and then, to balance out one’s cynicism, one needs to come up with a radical plan to supply a target for every other sporting cynic.   This is the dynamic that creates the basis for stimulating conversation.  And it is how bold ideas get shaken out.

So one of the past posts on this blog  concerned architect Gehry and the extent to which his designs were or were not “moral”.  While I was sniping at Gehry and his clients for the extremely high cost of the Gehry buildings, I hadn’t proffered any alternative designs which were visually interesting and novel, and which might be able to expand the “shelter” envelope more than Gehry’s twisting and turning the facades of office and school buildings. 


Here goes: 

Case Book Sale

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Tue, 04/18/2006 - 13:05.
06/03/2006 - 10:00
06/06/2006 - 13:00

Used books are the best, so don't miss the best used book sale in Cleveland!

60th Anniversary Case Book Sale 2006, sponsored by The Association for Continuiing Education

Saturday, June 3rd 10 am -12 noon Preview ($20 Fee), 12 noon - 6 pm Free admission Begins


Adelbert Gym, South Campus of Case Western Reserve university
2128 Adelbert Road
Cleveland, OH
United States

Special Savings for Fundraiser May 4th for Digital Media Industry

Submitted by prelude2cinema on Sun, 04/16/2006 - 21:37.
05/04/2006 - 17:00
05/04/2006 - 19:00

As Spider-Man 3 swings into town, Film Czar Alex P. Michaels is currently developing a new industry that will consistently produce movies and TV series here. To celebrate the creation of this new industry, the Film Czar and his company Prelude2Cinema are holding special event fundraisers at the Velvet Dog on April 27th and Massimo da Milano on May 4th.


Massimo da Milano
1400 West 25th Street
Cleveland, OH
United States


Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Fri, 04/14/2006 - 11:22.
04/18/2006 - 11:00
04/18/2006 - 16:00

Sustain-a-palooza - April 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Adelbert Gym – will highlight what Case and others in Cleveland are doing to create a more sustainable environment on campus and in the area. A central component of the event will be spotlighting faculty and student work and research. Bring your old cell phones, ink jet cartridges and eyeglasses for recycling, and enjoy food, entertainment and door prizes. Those interested in volunteering should contact susan [dot] woolf [at] case [dot] edu or call 368-4330 by the end of today.


Case Western Reserve University, Adelbert Gym
Adelbert Rd.
Cleveland, OH
United States

2006.04.21 City Club: Peter Garforth on Building a Green Community in Northeast Ohio

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 04/07/2006 - 23:28.
04/21/2006 - 12:00
04/21/2006 - 13:30

Peter Garforth at The City Club of Cleveland


City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH
United States

Dr. Gregory Eastwood Named Interim President of Case Western Reserve University

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Fri, 04/07/2006 - 10:48.

The Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University announced today that it has elected Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood, MED '66, to become Interim President of the University effective June 2, 2006. Eastwood has been President of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York since January 1993. "As an alum and member of the Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University, I am eager to assist the University during this transition period. I look forward to working with the faculty, students, staff, our alumni, and the Cleveland community" Eastwood said.

NEO Central - Media Arts Center for North East Ohio

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 04/06/2006 - 01:04.


Northeast Ohio is about to see an explosive, high profile, living, learning and enlightening force hit the scene and landscape, as area filmmakers, learning institutions and the public come together to create NEO Central - a bleeding-edge collaborative media arts center for NEO now and the future.The center will be based on like-minded initiatives around the world, and will provide shared film/media education, incubation, production, distribution, business and technology resources, and facilities, which are currently located in the historic landmark Gillota Building at 300 Central Viaduct (Carnegie) and will be expanded significantly as part of an area economic development plan. More on all of this is found in the links below, which will grow...


Submitted by johnmcgovern on Wed, 04/05/2006 - 15:03.

Improve Bicyling in Cleveland by voting on priorities for City Hall.


If you are a cyclist, answer the poll questions at clevelandbikes.org , our local cycling advocacy organization.


Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 04/04/2006 - 15:13.

A series of important events, held at the City Club on 05.04.2006, brought to the attention of 100s of community leaders the realities of the "silent epidemic" of lead poisoning in America and NEO today. The highlight was Dr. Lanphear's presentation of important research findings surfacing such shocking insight as:

  • the average I.Q.s of American adults (and you reading this) were most certainly diminished from past lead exposure (especially if you lived in the days of leaded gas)... average I.Q in America is going up, as we eradicate lead
  • 1,000s of NEO children are exposed to hazardous levels of lead in their daily lives today
    • Low income people are most adversely impacted but children in all socio-economic classes are poisoned
    • Often affluent homeowners poison their own families by renovating while living at home, or not properly cleaning after renovations
  • Children pay for lead exposure through diminished productivity throughout life - in very high doses, victims lose their lives (there was a case of this in the past few weeks).
  • Over the past century, American society and government have not addressed lead  effectively, so Americans and our society today must accept responsibilty for the diminished capacities of untold 100,000s of victims and we must pay a $multi-biillion cost for remediation, as well as suffer lead-poison related societal problems like high crime and failing education systems, to say the least.
  • Most tragic, the overall problem was largely avoidable (Europe outlawed lead in the early 1900s), and most individual cases of lead poisoning today are avoidable. If you have or care about kids, you need to read more...

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Green Roof System - GreenGrid

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 04/04/2006 - 13:46.

Here's a posting from a friend at Tribe.net interested in green roof development, and I wonder how hard can this really be, and how much of this goes on in NEO?

From Georgie's Tribe blog...http://people.tribe.net/terraverde: 

...I'm helping James Kalin prototype the Green Roof on the LBOW (LEEDS Building On Wheels) project. In my system, run-off water will fall into the Slow Sand Filter. I'll have to check with a structural engineer to make sure I can support the additional weight.

James showed me the GreenGrid (www.greengridroofs.com) trays going on the LBOW roof. It's basically a recycled-content HDPE tray that holds your plantings. 

There are three depths (2.5", 4", 8") that allow you to either go with surface plantings or edibles. Pick between 2'x2' or 2'x4' modules, throw on a root barrier, soil, plants and mulch. Again, these are just plastic trays with a root barrier laid on top. Definitely DIY'able.

The manufacturer highlights the following benefits:
• Reduced Energy Costs
• Reduced Urban "Heat Island" Effect
• Sound Insulation
• Extended Roof Life
• Stormwater Management

This is a good primer on GreenRoofs:

Excellence Roundtable invites you to City Club Forum Tuesday on Raising Healthy Kids in NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 04/03/2006 - 02:06.

  Come together with leaders of the fight for public health, at the start of National Public Health Week - "Designing Healthy Communities - Raising Healthy Kids", for a globally important program at the City Club, April 4th, featuring Dr. Bruce Lanphear, who will review new data on the adverse health effects of childhood lead exposure. Considering the criticality of lead poisoning in our community, and the huge implications in NEO of the sudden escalation of legal activity around lead poisoning nationwide, it is time to become as informed as possible on this subject. Dr. Lanphear is a world expert on many aspects of this topic, and the City Club will be the place Tuesday for the cutting edge insight on raising healthy kids in NEO.

GCLAC & Eradicating Lead Poisoning in Greater Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 04/03/2006 - 01:54.

Greater Cleveland has a higher percentage of elevated blood level children than the national average, and many neighborhoods have significant lead poison problems. This book shares insight generated in the effort to eradicate lead poisoning in NEO, including initiative of the Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council... GCLAC.

Breaking News on Diesel!

Submitted by Waiting for Carnot on Fri, 03/31/2006 - 22:59.

The EPA will rule by June 12th on whether diesel fuel is a hazardous air pollutant. On that day, check the price at the pump. Hopefully, that pump will be a biodiesel blend like E.55th and Payne.

Research Showcase

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Thu, 03/30/2006 - 17:05.
04/05/2006 - 18:00
04/06/2006 - 14:00

Something for everyone! Research Showcase showcases what people are doing in University Circle; CASE students and faculty, UH, and the museums are all involved. Veale Center, CASE's huge gymnasium will be filled with 100s of people with displays of their research. Please check out the Website for a list of events and presenters.


Veale Center, CASE
Cleveland, OH
United States

yellow crocus

Submitted by Martha Eakin on Wed, 03/22/2006 - 20:25.

Norm, this is exasperating. Once I figure out step by step directions for posting pictures, I will put those on line and you can put them on that "how to" page we were talking about.

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yellow crocus

Submitted by Martha Eakin on Wed, 03/22/2006 - 19:47.
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Compost Workshop

Submitted by Victoria Mills on Mon, 03/20/2006 - 16:23.
06/06/2006 - 19:00
06/06/2006 - 20:00
Recycling the organic waste of a household into compost allows us to return badly needed organic matter to the soil. In this way, we participate in nature's cycle, and cut down on garbage going into burgeoning landfills.  Worm composting is a method for recycling food waste into a rich, dark, earth-smelling soil conditioner. The great advantage of worm composting is that this can be done indoors and outdoors, thus allowing year round composting. It also provides apartment dwellers with a means of composting.  Contact Tori Mills at 216-321-5935, x234 to register or go to www.shakerlakes.org to order your composter.


The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
2600 South Park Blvd
shaker and cleveland hts, OH
United States
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Volunteer Stream Monitoring Workshop

Submitted by Victoria Mills on Mon, 03/20/2006 - 16:18.
04/07/2006 - 14:00
04/07/2006 - 16:00

Throughout the neighborhoods of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights, volunteers have begun to monitor the quality of our local waterway, the Doan Brook.  People are rolling up their sleeves, donning hip-waders and delving into the brook’s substrate in search of aquatic insects for a myriad of reasons.  Some wish to take individual action to augment data that isn’t collected by local and regional agencies.  Others find it a meaningful and educational way to spend time with their children.  And still others are just curious about the natural world around us. At our training workshop you will learn about:


The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
2600 South Park Bvd.
Shaker Heights, OH
United States
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Native Plant Sale

Submitted by Victoria Mills on Mon, 03/20/2006 - 16:15.
05/13/2006 - 11:00

Benefit Native Plant Sale at the Nature Center at Shake Lakes, including Columbine, Milkweed, Butterflyweed, Asters, False Indigo, Wild Sienna, Turtlehead, Coneflowers, Joe Pye Weed, Bottle Gentian, Wild Iris, Blazing Star, Cardinal Flower, Lobelia, Foxglove Penstemon, Obedient Plant, Stonecrop, Royal Catchfly, Fire Pink, Goldenrod and Blue Vervain.


The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
2600 South Park Blvd
Shaker Hts and Cleveland Hts, OH
United States
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Rain Barrel Workshop

Submitted by Victoria Mills on Mon, 03/20/2006 - 16:02.
04/29/2006 - 12:00
04/29/2006 - 14:00
Rain Barrel Workshop: The Nature Center and the Cleveland Botanical Garden will teach you how to make your own rain barrel, $25 for members and $32 for non members. To Register call Tori Mills at 216-321-5935, x234.  Materials provided. 


The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
2600 South Park Blvd
Shaker Hts, OH
United States
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Make Your Own Rain Barrel

Submitted by Victoria Mills on Mon, 03/20/2006 - 15:58.
04/08/2006 - 12:00
04/08/2006 - 14:00
Rain Barrel Workshop: The Nature Center and the Cleveland Botanical Garden will teach you how to make your own, $25 to Register call Kristin Ciofani at 216-707-2832.  Materials provided. 


Cleveland Botanical Garden
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Three Federal Grant Opportunity for those trying to get rid of lead paint in homes

Submitted by William on Thu, 03/16/2006 - 21:01.

Hello all,

I found these three grant opportunities surfing the web.  There has been some talk on RealNeo in the past about lead paint.  Hope someone can utilize this information.

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