Some of the Best of 2017

Some of the Best of 2017: Long Form Essays of Note (plus other content)


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What’s really behind GCRTA’s falling ridership levels (12/17/2017) Tim Kovach

The Cosgrove era comes to a close (12/11/2017) Crain’s Cleveland Business

How a Cleveland City Council Campaign Fund Rewards Allies and Stifles Dissent (12/6/2017) Cleveland Scene

In Today’s Ohio, ‘Home Rule’ Is Not About Cities Being Self-Governed; It’s Cover For State Officials Moving Economic Growth To The Exurbs by Tom Bier (12/5/2017) Belt

Ohio is watching a “transit death spiral” unfold (12/4/2017) Mark Lefkowitz Green City Blue Lake

A historic look at Cleveland’s settlement houses (11/16/2017) Cleveland.com

From Desegregation to School Choice: How the Civil Rights Era Influenced the Cleveland Schools of Today (11/15/2017) Ideastream

43 photos honoring the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes election as Mayor of Cleveland (11/9/2017) Cleveland.com

Why a Cleveland Church Group Challenged Big Stadium Money by Daniel J. McGraw (9/26/2017) Next City

How to Save a Dying Suburb (9/19/2017) CityLab

How the Group Plan of 1903 molded Cleveland (9/7/2017) Plain Dealer

There’s Something the Matter With Ohio Too (8/29/2017) Bloomberg

Burning river reborn: How Cleveland saved the Cuyahoga – and itself (8/8/2017) Christian Science Monitor

105th and Euclid: The Winston Willis Story (8/3/2017) Medium

What the History of One Cleveland Neighborhood Can Teach Us About Race and Housing Inequality (8/2/2017) Cleveland Scene

What the Cuyahoga River means to Cleveland (8/1/2017) Cleveland Magazine

The history of Cleveland Day

Meet William Stinchcomb, the visionary behind creating the Cleveland Metroparks-Video (7/20/2017) Cleveland.com

The unforgettable Judge Jean Murrell Capers: editorial (7/20/2017) Cleveland.com

How the Cleveland Clinic grows healthier while its neighbors stay sick (7/17/2017) Politico

Carl Stokes-Promises Now Sadly Faded (July 10, 2017) Roldo Bartimole

The Time Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons to Disastrous Effects (7/3/2017) Cleveland Scene

Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter and author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, delivers the annual State of the Great Lakes address. (6/9/2017) City Club of Cleveland

Cleveland’s maritime muscle: Vintage photos of the city’s docks and port (6/6/2017) Cleveland.com

Nor Any Drop to Drink?: Why the Great Lakes Face a Murky Future (5/23/2017) New York Times

Why is Cleveland different than Cincinnati? It all comes down to history (5/17/2017) Cleveland.com

From Outhwaite to Advocate – Public Housing & the Stokes Legacy (video) May 2017 Ideastream

In Cleveland, co-op model finds hope in employers rooted in the city (4/27/2017) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Our costly addiction to healthcare jobs (4/22/2017) New York Times

When Larry Doby broke the American League color barrier in Cleveland: Nicolaus Mills (4/12/2017) Cleveland.com

Thousands of Ohio soldiers fought and died ‘over there’ in World War I -part two of series (4/3/2017) Plain Dealer

100 years ago, U.S. entry into bloody World War I changed everything (4/2/2017) Plain Dealer

Building the bridges of Cuyahoga County (vintage photos) (3/30/2017)

The History of Irish Town Bend-Video (3/15/2017) Cleveland.com

Reissuing a special 1961 magazine celebrating Cleveland’s first 165 years (3/7/2017) Cleveland.com

Transit alone cannot solve the systemic problems behind job inaccessibility (3/7/2017) a two part essay by Tim Kovach  Part 2 is here

Women’s History Month: Cleveland suffragettes, protests and parades since 1869 (3/2/2017) Cleveland.com

John D. Rockefeller Was the Richest Person To Ever Live. Period (January 2017) Smithsonian

The Symbol of the City – The Cleveland Flag (1/9/17) Tom Horsman

175 years of telling Cleveland’s story-special anniversary issue (1/8/17) Plain Dealer

A Year That Can Never Be Taken From Cleveland (1/1/2017) New York Times

“The Nuts and Bolts of Ohio Campaign Finance” Thursday October 26, 2017

Thursday October 26, 2017
“The Nuts and Bolts of Ohio Campaign Finance”
Flyer here

Video here

  
Donald C. Brey                                        Donald J. McTigue

Session #1: Ohio Campaign Spending/Finance Laws
▪ Donald C. Brey, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
▪ Donald J. McTigue, McTigue and Colombo

 
Catherine Turcer                  Cyndra Miller-Cole

Session #2: Alternative Campaign Funding Models Current Used in Other States and Communities
▪ Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio
▪ Cyndra Miller-Cole,  The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, The University of Akron

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Moot Court Room,
1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115
9:30am-11:30am Free and Open to the Public.
CLE credit available for $30. Register for CLE here with CMBA

Program cosponsored by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland

“A look at the political crystal ball for 2018” forum on Thurs Nov 16, 2017

“A look at the political crystal ball for 2018”
a forum moderated by Andrew Tobias, Cleveland.com
Thursday November 16, 2017
Parma Snow Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library
2121 Snow Road, Parma 44134
7-8:30 p.m. Free & Open to the Public
The flyer is here

The preview is here

The forum summary is here

The video is here

Panelists:

Matthew R. Cox, lobbyist, attorney, political operative, founder and President of Capitol Partners

Michael F. Curtin,
former Columbus Dispatch Columnist, publisher, author of “Ohio
Political Almanac, former member of Ohio House of Rep (D)

Mary Anne Sharkey,
Political consultant, former politics editor, Plain Dealer

Moderator: Andrew Tobias, Reporter, Cleveland.com


Andrew Tobias

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com, Plain Dealer plus Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems
Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

Teaching Cleveland Stories

Cleveland 1912: Civitas Triumphant By Dr. John Grabowski

Mark Hanna: The Clevelander Who Made a President By Joe Frolik

Rockefeller’s Right-Hand Man: Henry Flagler By Michael D. Roberts

Cleveland’s Original Black Leader: John O. Holly By Mansfield Frazier

The Heart of Amasa Stone By John Vacha

Frederic C. Howe:  Making Cleveland the City Beautiful (Or At Least Trying) by Marian Morton

Bill Veeck: The Man Who Conquered Cleveland and Changed Baseball Forever By Bill Lubinger

When Cleveland Saw Red By John Vacha

Maurice Maschke: The Gentleman Boss of Cleveland by Brent Larkin

Inventor Garrett Morgan, Cleveland’s Fierce Bootstrapper  by Margaret Bernstein

How Cleveland Women Got the Vote and What They Did With It  by Marian Morton

One Man Can Make a Difference by Roldo Bartimole

The Election That Changed Cleveland Forever by Michael D Roberts

Deferring Dreams: Racial and Religious Covenants in Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland, 1925 to 1970 By Marian Morton

Cyrus Eaton: Khruschev’s Favorite Capitalist By Jay Miller

Ray Shepardson: The Man Who Relit Playhouse Square By John Vacha

Bertha Josephine Blue By Debbi Snook

The Scourge of Corrupt and Inefficient Politician: The Citizens League of Greater Cleveland By Marian Morton

The Man Who Saved Cleveland By Michael Roberts and Margaret Gulley

“Home Rule for NE Ohio Communities. Should it be stronger or weaker?” October 17, 2017 @ Lakewood Main Library

“Home Rule for NE Ohio Communities.
Should it be stronger or weaker?”
Tuesday October 17, 2017
moderated by Tom Beres/WKYC-TV emeritus
Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH
6:30-8:00 p.m. Free & Open to the Public
Tom Bier, Ph.D, Senior Fellow, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Barbara
A. Langhenry, Director of Law, City of Cleveland
Gary Singletary, Chief Counsel, City of Cleveland

Thomas Suddes, Columnist, Cleveland.com/Columbus Dispatch/Dayton Daily News
Michael Summers, Mayor, City of Lakewood
 
This forum will cover the pros and cons of an issue that impacts Northeast Ohio communities almost every day. Who has the right to control laws regarding Gun Control, Fracking, Police, Schools, and many other issues. Should it be local communities? Or should the Ohio legislature set the laws for your city. 

In addition, some have argued that strong Home Rule laws in Ohio have contributed to sprawl and other public policy that may be damaging to Northeast Ohio as a whole

Tom Beres
Cosponsored by Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland.com/Plain Dealer, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning
Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.
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What’s New on Teaching Cleveland Digital

Frank C. Cain, Cleveland Heights, and the Suburban Vision by Marian J. Morton

“Is Northeast Ohio a Sanctuary Region?” a forum on Jan 17, 2018 (Video)

“A look at the political crystal ball for 2018” forum on Thurs Nov 16, 2017 (Video)

“The Nuts and Bolts of Ohio Campaign Finance” Thursday October 26, 2017 (Video)

“Home Rule for NE Ohio Communities. Should it be stronger or weaker?” October 17, 2017 @ Lakewood Main Library

The Election for Mayor: A discussion about the future of Cleveland, a forum moderated by Leila Atassi, Plain Dealer Aug 29, 2017 (Video)

“Shaker Square: Its past, present and future” forum moderated by Steven Litt, Plain Dealer July 25, 2017 (Video)

Cleveland Day (July 22)

Jean Murrell Capers (1913-2017)

Local Public Policy Issue Forums 2015-2017 (Video)

A brief history of the Ohio income tax by Michael F. Curtin 2/15/2017

“Wildlife in Northeast Ohio: why can’t we all just get along?” forum moderated by Jim McCarty, Plain Dealer July 17, 2017 (Video)

The Best of 2016

“Voter Registration in Ohio” by Michael Curtin

“Fracking and the Impact of the Utica Shale on Ohio” a forum on May 16, 2017

Two “Northeast Ohio Regionalism” Forums:
Regionalism on the Westside 11.15.16 (video)

Regionalism on the Eastside 8.18.2016 (video)

“Water Quality of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River” a panel moderated by Jim McCarty 9.15.16 (video)

“Redistricting and Voting Rights in Ohio” a panel moderated by Thomas Suddes 8.25.2016 (video)

Her Father’s Daughter: Flora Stone Mather and Her Gifts to Cleveland by Dr. Marian Morton

“The Paradox of Progress in Tremont, Ohio” by Dawn Ellis

“The Western Reserve’s Self-Made President” by Grant Segall

Video From the Regionalism Forum with County Executive Armond Budish, Regional Coordinator Eddy Kraus and Moderator Tom Beres (6.17.15)

“The President From Canton” by Grant Segall

“Gerrymandering. The Art of Fixing Elections” by Michael F. Curtin

Video From The Newton D. Baker Symposium (April 19, 2015)

Remarks By Thomas F. Campbell @ Newton D. Baker’s Induction Into The City Club’s Hall of Fame (5.18.87)

A Rebel With A Cause: Norm Krumholz and “Equity Planning” in Cleveland by Robert Brown

“Drawing the Line on Politics” – Political Cartoons in Cleveland History” written by John Vacha; web design by Alan Luntz

Residual Neighbors: Jewish-African American Interactions in Cleveland From 1900-1970 by John Baden
Part 1: “Getting By Together 1900-1938”

Part 2: “Neighbors Then Strangers Postwar-1970”

“Why Political Debates Matter” by Michael F. Curtain

“The Scourge of Corrupt and Inefficient Politicians: The Citizens League of Great Cleveland” by Marian Morton

Interview With Louis Stokes, Former U.S. Congressman 1969-1999 (Video)

“How Reform is Changing Healthcare in Northeast Ohio: a Panel Discussion” (Video)

“The Civic Awakening of Beachwood” by Mark Naymik

Interview With Senator George Voinovich, Cleveland Mayor From 1980 – 1989 (Video)

“A Time of Transition and Challenge: The Gilded Age in Cleveland” by Dr. John J. Grabowski

Interview With George L. Forbes, Cleveland City Council President From 1973 – 1989 (Video)

Newton D. Baker: Cleveland’s Greatest Mayor by Thomas Suddes

They Also Ran: The Women Who Would Be Mayor, 1961 to 1997″ By Dr. Marian Morton

“The Election That Changed Cleveland Forever” by Michael D. Roberts

Mayor Michael R. White Interview – Cleveland Mayor From 1990 – 2002 (video)

“The Best Barber in America” by John Vacha

“Cleveland: City on a Schedule” Remarkable Documentary Made in 1957 and Hosted at Cleveland Memory (video)

“Annexation and Mayor Sensenbrenner: How Columbus Grew to be the Largest City in Ohio” by Alexander Tebben

“The History of Term Limits in Ohio” By Michael F. Curtin

“Race and infant mortality in Northeast Ohio” forum moderated by Brie Zeltner, Plain Dealer Sept 27, 2017

“Race and infant mortality in NE Ohio:
why are black babies dying more and what can be done”

Wednesday September 27, 2017
moderated by: Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer
Heights Library Main Branch
2345 Lee Road 44118
7-8:30 p.m. Free & Open to the Public

Event link here   Event flyer here   Preview story

The video is here

Panelists:
Christin Farmer, Executive Director, Birthing Beautiful Communities

Kentra Harris, Parent/Mother and Client

Dr. Arthur R. James, The Ohio State Univ., Interim Exec Director Kirwin Institute, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Cancelled)

Angela Newman White, Supervisor, Maternal and Child Health Program, Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Moderator:
Brie Zeltner, Reporter, The Plain Dealer


Brie Zeltner, Plain Dealer

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com plus Cleveland Hts/University Hts Library System

Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.
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THE OHIO BOARD OF EDUCATION aka The State School Board a forum on Monday Sept 25

 

THE OHIO BOARD OF EDUCATION
aka The State School Board
How can they help us? How can we help them?

NEW DATE: Monday, September 25, 2017 7–8:30 pm (formerly Aug 22)
Free & Open to the Public Shaker Heights Main Library
16500 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120

The flyer is here   Library link is here

Video from forum is here:

Panelists:
Meryl Johnson, Member, Board of Education

Peggy Lehner, Ohio Senator (R-6) Chair, Senate Standing Committee on Education

Mary Rose Oakar, Former Member, Board of Education

The purpose of this program is to let parents and the entire community know what the State Board of Education does, its relationship to the Ohio legislature and most importantly, how the public can help our elected officials, on both the State School Board and the legislature be more effective.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and Shaker Heights Public Library
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“Ohio Drug Price Relief Act” ballot issue. A look at both sides. forum on Sept 19

“Ohio Drug Price Relief Act” ballot issue. A look at both sides
forum moderated by Jeremy Pelzer, Cleveland.com

Tuesday September 19, 2017 7-8:30pm
Free & open to the public
Bay Village Branch, Cuyahoga County Library System
502 Cahoon Rd. 44140

RSVP here   Forum flyer is here
Preview is here
Post forum summary is here
The video is here

Panelists
Scott Knoer, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Cleveland Clinic (WITHDREW FROM PANEL)

J. B. Silvers, Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management and School of Medicine

Matt Borges, Campaign Manager, Ohio Taxpayers for Lower Drug Prices

Dale Butland, Communications Director, Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue

Moderator: Jeremy Pelzer, Cleveland.com

The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act, a citizen-initiated statute slated for the November ballot, would require the state of Ohio to pay no more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. And, regardless of how you plan to vote, it could end up being the state’s most expensive ballot-issue campaign ever, according to political analysts and observers.

This forum will have arguments on both sides of this ballot issue and a representative from CWRU Weatherhead/Medical School to further debate this complicated subject.


Jeremy Pelzer

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com and Plain Dealer and the Cuyahoga County Public Library System

Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd. 

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The Election for Mayor: A discussion about the future of Cleveland, a forum on August 29, 2017

The Election for Mayor: 
A discussion about the future of Cleveland
a forum moderated by Leila Atassi, The Plain Dealer

Tuesday August 29, 2017  7-8:30p.m.
Cost: Free & Open to the Public
Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus
11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland OH

RSVP here  Forum flyer is here   Forum recap article
Forum Video

Panelists:
Tom Beres, Reporter, WKYC-TV (retired)

James L. Hardiman, Civil Rights Attorney and First Vice President-NAACP Cleveland Chapter

Chris Quinn, Editor and President, Advance Ohio

Moderator: Leila Atassi, Reporter, The Plain Dealer


Leila Atassi

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com and Plain Dealer

Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd. 

For more information, email: teachingcleveland@earthlink.net