Thursday, October 4, 2012

Shout out to Cleveland. . .

Cleveland's new MoCA. . . AMAZING! and I can't wait to see it!

Read a great article about re-vitalization, the arts, and my old stomping ground here

However, I have to disagree with the author (Mark Byrnes') comment: 
"In fact, it’s understood by most locals that once you’ve reached the railroad underpass and the "Gas USA" station just before E 123rd, you’ve gone too far for your own good. When I visited earlier this year, my friend, a University Circle resident, insisted we turn around once we reached the underpass. On the walk back, he regaled me with a series of crime stories passed around among his Case Western peers."

This is exactly the kind of bias that hurts cities everywhere. That block of E. 123rd is home to The Sculpture Center & the Artists Archive of the Western Reserve, two organizations founded by Romanian-born sculptor, David E. Davis. That corner also butts up against LakeView Cemetery, established in 1869, a Cleveland landmark where John D. Rockefeller, President James A. Garfield, noted sculptor Joseph Carabelli, philanthropist Jeptha Wade, and many others are buried. And, it's adjacent to Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood. Cities are thriving places and have lots to offer to everyone - let's not bash them!

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