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Round Table: Race & Criminal Justice

Friday, December 05, 2014

The decision not to indict in New York and Ferguson, and the shooting of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, has left the nation grappling with race and criminal justice. 

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Cleveland's Puerto Rican Community Reacts to Kidnappings

Friday, May 10, 2013

As a member of Cleveland's Puerto Rican community, Arielle M. Rios distinctly remembers the day of Gina DeJesus's disappearance. She describes the community's reaction DeJesus's release, and learning that Ariel Castro, who hung a Puerto Rican flag on the porch of the home where he kept the three victims, is the lead suspect in this kidnapping case.

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American Sentenced in North Korea, Isabella Rossellini's 'Mammas', Cleveland's Puerto Rican Community Reacts to Kidnappings

Friday, May 10, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on the Boston Marathon Attack and Investigation | Cleveland's Puerto Rican Community Reacts to Kidnappings | American Sentenced in North Korea | Movie Date: 'Peeples' and 'The Great Gatsby' | The Drama and Lasting Influence of 'The Great Gatsby' | Isabella Rossellini's 'Mammas'

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Cleveland Alarmed After Abduction Case

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Cleveland is feeling a mix of emotions this week after the discovery and rescue of three young women who were kidnapped 9, 10, and 11 years ago and held captive in a residential home for years. The community is celebrating their safe return, but there are also questions and alarm. Connie Schultz, syndicated columnist and Cleveland resident, says the community is reeling.

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Cleveland Alarmed After Abduction Case, The Most Average Place in America, Mark Sanford Headed for Congress

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Genetically Engineering Glowing Plants | Revisiting Benghazi | What is the Most Perfectly Average City in America? | Karen Peetz on Breaking the Glass Ceiling | South Carolina Elects Ex-Governor Mark Sanford to Congress | Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Master, Dies at 92 | Cleveland Alarmed After Abduction Case | Secretary of State Kerry in Moscow for Talks on Syria | The Syrian Conflict According to Assad's Prisoners

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Three Cleveland Women Missing for Years Found Alive

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Yesterday, three missing women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, missing since 2003, 2004 and 2002, respectively, were found alive in a house on Cleveland's West Side. The women were apparently kidnapped and held for years as prisoners.

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The Takeaway

Cleveland Plain Dealer Launches Campaign Against Cuts

Monday, November 12, 2012

The "Save The Plain Dealer" campaign began this weekend in Cleveland as journalists react to rumors about staff cuts and reduced publication of the paper which, like many newspapers, has fallen on difficult times.

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Transportation Nation

Texas Big Winner in Transit Ridership Sweepstakes

Monday, March 12, 2012

Austin, TX, got a new commuter rail in 2010.

Okay, so its not really a sweepstakes, but Texas -- yes, Texas -- home to much of the the US oil and gas industry saw some of the biggest spikes in transit ridership in 2011, according to an American Public Transportation Report released Monday.

The report found transit ridership at 10.4 billion trips annually, the second highest ridership since 1957.  Only 2008, which had some of the highest gas prices in history and -- until October -- a relatively strong economy -- had higher transit ridership.

Also during 2011, nationally, driving declined 1.2 percent.

Austin, which built  a new rail extension that opened in 2010, saw a 169 percent increase in ridership.   Dallas, which is undergoing an aggressive transit expansion saw a 31.2 percent increase in light rail ridership.

Other areas with notable hikes:  Seattle saw a 37.2 percent increase in light rail ridership.  Cleveland saw the biggest jump in subway ridership (12.3 percent) and Nashville saw a 33 percent rise in commuter rail.

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Transportation Nation

Report: Transit Ridership Up For Third Quarter in a Row

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Cleveland Red Line

The American Public Transit Association released figures today showing transit ridership has risen for the third quarter in a row.  That's the first time that's happened since 2008, when gas prices shot up over $5 a gallon in some areas.

According to APTA, nearly 2.6 billion trips were taken on public transportation between July and September, a 2.0 percent increase over the same quarter last year.  APTA attributes the rise to high gas prices, improved real time passenger information, and "a recovering economy."

*Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco showed the highest increase in use of heavy rail (subways and elevated trains).

*Dallas, Seattle, and Salt Lake saw double digit hikes in light rail use.

The complete report is here.


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Features

Just in Time for Meat Week: What's Your Favorite Burger?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

WNYC

I'm still on the hunt for the perfect burger. Got any recommendations?

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Features

What's Your Favorite Foodie Paradise? For Me, Cleveland's West Side Market

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

WNYC

Every place has its food institutions, its "bests" (best pizza, best tacos, best cheesecake, best chicken feet). What are your food institutions? Tell us where you like to shop, and why ... especially if it's in Cleveland. 

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The Takeaway

Dispatch from Cleveland: Occupy Wall Street Moves to the Midwest

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement is now in its fourth week, and has spread to cities and towns across the country. Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, and even Cleveland, Ohio have seen their own protests. Mark Whitaker, correspondent for the BBC, sat down with one Cleveland protester, Kyle DeForest, a songwriter, to explore the motivations of one man confronting corporate greed in America.

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Transportation Nation

SERIES: BRT (as in Bus Rapid Transit)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

BRT in Colombia (photo by Gabriel Mendoza Ardila)

Folks, these aren't new, but a reader requested the WNYC series on BRT from 2009.  And if you're interested in transit models from around the world, the stories still hold.

Bogota, Cleveland, Los AngelesThe Bronx

And: a bonus interview with Enrique Penalosa.

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Transportation Nation

SERIES: Is Bus Rapid Transit The Solution to Transit's Fiscal Woes?

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The HealthLine rapid transit bus in Cleveland.

Demand for public transportation is rising, but transit authorities across the nation are facing budget cuts. Many cities are testing rapid transit buses, which are hundreds of millions of dollars cheaper than rail lines. Reporter Dan Bobkoff takes a ride on Cleveland's HealthLine Rapid Transit Bus.  The story is here.

And you can see and hear the whole Marketplace series on the Future of Transportation here.

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The Takeaway

Living Cities Aims to Stretch Philanthropic Dollars

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Later today, a philanthropic collaborative called Living Cities will announce $80 million in grants, loans and investments that it will split among five cities: Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Newark, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Considering the size of major American city budgets, an average of $15 million isn't actually a ton of money, considering some of the systemic problems facing each of those cities. Living Cities hopes to use the cash as seed money, aiming to to stimulate self-sustaining urban renewal projects that will help each area for years to come.  

So has Living Cities found a way to get the most ameliorative bang for their philanthropic buck?

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Transit Cuts Edition:

WNYC: NJ Transit Cuts Started Sunday

Jesse Jacksons rallies with transit workers in Cleveland to protest 12 percent service cuts and 80 layoffs.... (Plain Dealer)

...but Detroit had him first! He was there protest that city's 100 layoffs. (Free Press)

The Times chronicles the social death that occurs when a bus line stops.  Kinda like when "Cheers" closed...

And In Houston, Mayor Annise Parker's criticisms of transit agency become fodder for Republican Governor Rick Perry in his re-election campaign. (American Statesman)

But, hey, the Olympics helped transit: Ridership up almost 20 percent in post-Olympics Vancouver. (The Province)

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The Takeaway

Anthony Sowell: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Yesterday, 50-year-old registered sex offender Anthony Sowell was formally charged with murder and rape in Ohio's Cuyahoga County Court. The story of Sowell's arrest and arraignment on charges of killing 11 victims and living with their corpses has stunned Cleveland residents. Dan Moulthrop, host of WCPN's Sound of Ideas, joins us to discuss Cleveland's reactions to their own home-grown serial killer.

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WNYC News

Cleveland's Health Line: A Boost for Transit and for Business?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Reported by Dan Moulthrop

As American cities increasingly look to expand their transit options -- but keep costs low -- many planners are looking at Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT. The city of Cleveland, Ohio, launched a BRT, called the Health Line, about six months ago with two promises. The first: better, more efficient public transit on an important city artery. The second promise was more nebulous: that the BRT would provide an economic boost to the city's depressed downtown. In WNYC's look at BRTs around the world, Reporter Dan Moulthrop takes a look at how it's going in Cleveland.

Let's start with the buses.

CALABRESE: The vehicles we use are not buses, they're Rapid Transit Vehicles.

And the difference?

CALABRESE: A couple hundred thousand dollars.

Joe Calabrese is the CEO of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. And, he's really proud of the new BRT system. So proud, he still cherishes last year’s bus-of-the-month calendar from a manufacturer that featured Cleveland’s new vehicle.

CALABRESE: The uniqueness is the rail-like design and the rail-like operation. We really designed, built and are operating this as if it were a rail system. The only difference is that they’re operating on rubber tires.

Cleveland’s Bus Rapid Transit line has been running since last October. Euclid Avenue wasn’t supposed to be serviced by fancy buses. In the early 1990s, city leaders pushed for a surface rail line, but the cost for the four-mile line would have been close to a billion dollars. Like New York, perhaps, only more so, Cleveland couldn’t afford that. So the city leaders put their hope in what they saw as the next best much cheaper thing. And they said—and privately hoped—it would spur the economic development the same way light rail has in Portland, Oregon, and other cities.

The downtown end of Euclid Avenue is lined with tall historic buildings—mostly empty. This part of the city stood in for New York in parts of the movie Spiderman Three. Here, it’s not difficult to understand the need for economic development.

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Studio 360

Design for the Real World: Ballpark

Saturday, April 19, 2003

Baseball season has just begun. Designer and Cleveland Indians loyalist Michael Bierut is a huge fan of the game and a connoisseur of the ballpark. He looks at what separates the mid-century monstrosity from the field of dreams. Produced by David Krasnow.

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