Rust Wire

As local officials claim that all is ready for work to begin on Cleveland's $330 million "Opportunity Corridor" road construction project, one writer critiques the plan's remaining shortcomings.
Mar 5, 2015   Rust Wire
Writing for Rust Wire, Angie Schmitt wonders about the odd-person out in a proposal to redesign Public Square in downtown Cleveland: bus riders.
Jul 17, 2014   Rust Wire
David Steel explains how Buffalo's zoning code not only makes it impossible to build the type of neighborhoods people love, but also guarantees that low density development pays less taxes.
Jun 29, 2012   Rust Wire
As public-private partnerships to invest in aged urban infrastructure gain in popularity in Chicago, and across the country, Christopher Weber asks who will fund the improvements unaligned with corporate interests.
May 9, 2012   Rust Wire
Richey Piiparinen examines the two, often antagonistic, worlds that he straddles as a mid-30′s native Rust Belt romantic, and finds fellowship with those in other legacy cities.
Mar 12, 2012   Rust Wire
In a guest editorial for <em>Rust Wire</em>, Nick Gurich examines the ways in which LEED discounts the environmental benefits of historic preservation and adaptive reuse
Feb 26, 2012   Rust Wire
As Cleveland takes on yet another effort in "rebranding", Richey Piiparinen looks at past schemes and finds it's better to keep it real.
Feb 16, 2012   Rust Wire
Richey Piiparinen weighs the good and bad aspects of a proposed casino which the developer says will be "integrated within the fabric" of Cleveland's downtown.
Nov 3, 2011   Rust Wire
Artists are using the vacant buildings of the Rust Belt to create their art, and to comment on possibilities and visions for the future.
Sep 12, 2011   Rust Wire
Vacancy has left parts of the Midwest shattered, resulting in an insecurity which invokes a diluted "fight or flight" response. Restoring the psychological landscape of cities is a difficult, but essential, first step, says Richey Piiparinen.
Aug 10, 2011   Rust Wire
The head of a patent law firm that employs 40 in suburban Detroit explains that his growing business may need to leave the state because it can't recruit talent to the region. Andrew Basile Jr. writes that the problem is "poor quality of place."
Apr 5, 2011   Rust Wire