Friday, August 29, 2014

Bunker Projects & Mr Roboto Host First Penn Ave, Performance Art Festival Tomorrow

Sorry, or the late heads up. This festival including performance artists from NYC, Philly, Chicago, DC, Virginia and The Burgh is right up m alley.

4-11 PM
5106 Penn Ave.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8/21- 8/27 2014 Weekly Arts & Urbanism Roundup


Essential Pittsburgh Radio looks at the 110 year old soda pop tradition at the Natrona Bottling Company

Toonseum and Pittsburgh's Holocaust museum bring true stories of 5 Pittsburgh Holocaust survivors into comic form. Story on Essential Pittsburgh

980 Liberty Partners rebuts Heinz Endowment opposition to August Wilson Center Hotel

Essential Pittsburgh looks at recent metro walkability rankings

Pittsburgh area schools being outfitted with prison design features.

Brian O'Neall in Post Gazette: Militarization of police has its hidden costs.

Pittsburgh included in National Geographic article: "Nine Cities that Love Their Trees".

Mass Mob aims to boost attendance at Pittsburgh area Catholic churches.


Planners consider making center of St. Clair Avenue into a Bicycle Expressway!

Cleveland is making progress in attracting highly skilled young people.

Western Reserve Historical Society hosts exhibit of last Cleveland Browns world championship- 50 years ago.

Downtown Willoughby, Ohio hosts first Pig and Whiskey festival this weekend.

The Cleveland Blues Society is looking for a few good bands. (Deadline)

8/31 Deadline for Cleveland International Film Festival entries


Akron's new downtown cinema showing hard to find films and Akron-centric concessions.


What Columbus is doing to try to control sprawl. (Seriously, the city now has a lot of infill development)

Architecture and Urbanism

Nine of the most beautiful buildings we ever tore down on Gizmodo: Including Pittsburgh's Wabash Terminal.

Seven excellent examples of repurposed bike infrastructure- Including Atlanta's Belt Line.

Is it time to get rid off parking minimums?

Real Clear Politics: Left behind in rural northwest Ohio.

Toll Roads once common in Northeast Pennsylvania

Nashville's lack of sidewalks sparks campaign

California state senator arrested for drunk driving hours after voting for bill limiting Uber car service.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Downtown Willoughby, Ohio hosts First Pig & Whiskey Festival

"The free "Pig & Whiskey" event will showcase some of the best barbecue restaurants from Ohio and beyond, while featuring the premium brands of whiskey, bourbon and scotch.
Visitors can also enjoy additional food and retail vendors, an exciting line-up of live music and other great entertainment. An extensive selection will be available in the beer tent and a special cocktail corner are will also be set-up to enjoy all day.

Whiskey samples, beer and cocktails are available through the purchase of drink tickets (ages 21 and over). The BBQ and other food items are available directly through the individual vendors."

Downtown Willoughby is a historic village east of Cleveland with many historic buildings.

For people who are really drunk (optimistic)- Cleveland Browns players will sign autographs.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Weekly Arts & Urbanism Roundup

I pretty much dropped doing weekly news roundups a few years ago. Likewise, the monthy regional arts preview took too much work. At least for now, I am trying to bring the roundup back.

 A selection of recent arts & urbanism news.


Pittsburgh CityLab creates a Tiny House in Garfield- documents the process on Tiny House Journal Blog.

Ex Steelers, Baron Batch  John Malecki create a Homestead Art Studio & Marketing company.

Artist, Alexandre Arrechia will speak about his 3 temporary public sculptures downtown & lead public art tour. I love these works and meant to do a post about them.

The Amazing Bicycle Heaven bike museum & store may be the subject of a reality show- ala American Pickers. Counting Cars, American Restoration.

Pittsburgh Comic Artist, Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree volume II hits the stores. Follow his twitter feed for updates on events and book signings.

Fight to save The Carrie Furnace Deer ramps up and gets some national press

City rolls out, Mighty Beautiful, national ad campaign.


Cleveland area considers Gay Games a huge success.

The fifth annual Weapons of Mass Creation festival draws more than 2000 creatives from around the world

Cleveland leaders look at Indianapolis's Cultural Tail bike path. (See NY Times article about the path)


The Ballyhoo Music Festival in Austintown, Ohio headlined by Bootsy Collins & Michael Stanley & The Resonators. (This could be a festival to watch)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pittsburgh is Mighty Beautiful: How bout we act like it?

No, doubt- the basic structure & setting of Pittsburgh is mighty beautiful. But does the city really act like a place that loves itself and protects its inherent beauty? Would a city that loved and valued itself build the kind of massive ugly highways along its north shore waterfront? Would it see garages and surface parking as the highest land use? A city has to live its brand. So, far the city only does an average to below average job of that. Be back with more thoughts and pictures of the ugly crap, the city still does to itself.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Georgia Teens Develop App to Rate Law Enforcement & Report Abuse

Few things can make or break a city like the quality of its law enforcement (formerly known as peace officers) "Crime Rate", data alone, assuming it is accurate doesn't fully measure how a place feels. Is there really peace? Three pretty amazing high school freshman in Georgia developed an app that allows people to log on and document interactions with officers, rate departments and report abuse. One can also find police stations & communicate with others about local law enforcement issues.
“We’d like to know which regions in the US provide horrible law enforcement services as well as highlight the agencies that are highly rated by their citizens. In addition to putting more power into the hands of citizens when interacting with law enforcement, we believe that highly rated police departments should be used as models for those that fail at providing quality law enforcement services”, says Co-founder and Parkview High School senior, Ima Christian.
Read about this fantastic concept here. Full roll out of the app is coming in days

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cleveland's Weapons Of Mass Creation Festival Starts Today

Don't have time for a long post, but here is a video giving some idea what WMC fest is about.

I love the free form, almost chaotic nature of the festival. Basically, if you consider yourself creative or interested in creativity in any way, come on down.

This policy maximizes the opportunities to cross pollinate ideas.
The model is basically South by Southwest- or what that festival once was.

I invited someone on the scene to post a report.