Rust Wire

March 5, 2015, 1pm PST
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.
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July 17, 2014, 10am PDT
Writing for Rust Wire, Angie Schmitt wonders about the odd-person out in a proposal to redesign Public Square in downtown Cleveland: bus riders.
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June 29, 2012, 9am PDT
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.
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May 9, 2012, 6am PDT
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.
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March 12, 2012, 10am PDT
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.
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February 26, 2012, 9am PST
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
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February 16, 2012, 6am PST
As Cleveland takes on yet another effort in "rebranding", Richey Piiparinen looks at past schemes and finds it's better to keep it real.
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November 3, 2011, 9am PDT
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.
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September 12, 2011, 1pm PDT
Artists are using the vacant buildings of the Rust Belt to create their art, and to comment on possibilities and visions for the future.
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August 10, 2011, 1pm PDT
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.
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April 5, 2011, 9am PDT
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."
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February 15, 2011, 11am PST
Urban-boosters in Cleveland and other Rust Belt locales are fierce defenders of their much-maligned cities. But does civic boosterism gloss over the region's very real problems? Worse, does it serve to protect the dysfunctional status quo?
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