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local designer has shot to take it all in martha stewart maker awards

If you've shopped at Banyan Tree, CLE Clothing Co., Bizaare Bazaar or Native Cleveland -- and you have an eye for design -- than you doubtless have spotted the work of Brian Andrew Jasinski. His design-minded line of prints and social stationery, which are sold under the brand Grey Cardigan, feature an instantly recognizable aesthetic that is clean, modern and timeless.
For the past couple weeks, Jasinski has been on a social media blitz to drum up support for his participation in the American Made Audience Choice Awards, where Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers.
Well, it's worked, as the designer has made it to the finalist round, where he is one of just six, whittled down from a beginning pool of more than 2,000 nominees. His category, Design, joins Food, Style, Craft, Garden and Technology.
"To make it as one of six finalists in a competition with 2,000-plus nominees is an honor and an accomplishment," says Jasinski , a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art. "Friends and fans truly stepped up to the plate daily in their voting and promoting."
The final round of voting, which runs now through September 29, pits Jasinski up against the other five finalists. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 for their business, a feature spread in Martha Stewart Living, a feature on her popular radio show, and an audience with the Domestic Goddess herself.
"To win this competition would bring my work to an incredible spotlight that its connection with Martha Stewart would offer," says Jasinski.
To support Jasinski and his quest, vote up to six times a day right here.

ohio city selected as 'best old house neighborhood' in this old house

Ohio City continues to attract attention both locally, regionally, and nationally for a wealth of positive reasons. The latest praise comes from the editors of This Old House magazine.

In the latest issue, Ohio City was included in the magazine's annual "Best Old House Neighborhoods" issue. What's more, the west side hamlet was deemed an Editor's Choice thanks to its Victorian-era homes that range from simple vernacular worker cottages to Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Stick-style, and Italianate homes.
"This former shipbuilding center just west of downtown Cleveland had a growth spurt in the latter half of the 1800s, when workers and managers for the area's docks, distilleries, and mills settled there," the editors write.
Garnering specific attention was Ohio City's walkability.
Read the rest right here.

ny post promotes pair of cleveland art museums

In a New York Post feature titled “Hit up Ohio’s many art museums,” writer Jennifer Caesar highlights the wealth of masterpieces one can enjoy in the great state of Ohio, including those exhibited by The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and MOCA Cleveland.
"Ohio and the arts are not such strange bedfellows: Flush with cash in the early 20th century -- from industries like steel, rubber and soap -- Cleveland, Toledo, Akron and Cincinnati built grand museums, and acquired masterpieces to fill them."
Highlighted at CMA is the "stellar Islamic art, fine European paintings (JMW Turner, Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso among them) and excellent contemporary pieces by the likes of Christo, Gerhard Richter and Chuck Close."
Over at MOCA is, "a rotating series of cutting-edge contemporary art exhibitions (the museum does not have a permanent collection), which lean heavily toward video and performance art."
Check out the full story here.

ny times gives ink to new rust belt mag 'belt'

In a New York Times Arts Beat post titled “New Magazine Celebrates ‘Rust Belt Chic,’ With a Wink,” writer Jennifer Schuessler details her conversation with Belt magazine editor Anne Trubek about a new publication dedicated to fostering a new journalistic beat in Cleveland.
"The decaying cities of the post-industrial Midwest can sometimes seem like a museum of things America used to make: cars, refrigerators, steel, televisions. But if a start-up in Cleveland gets its way, the region may help rebuild the market for another endangered product -- long-form magazine journalism," Schuessler writes.
The magazine offers up a collection of essays and reporting that seeks to explore the regional identity that is known as the Rust Belt.
“I cringe at words like ‘authentic,’” Trubek says in the article. “But the rust belt aesthetic isn’t about the ephemeral global economy, it’s about boots on the ground and things hidden in grandma’s attic. We want to explore that.”
Check out the full interview here.

rta healthline praised for cost/benefit ratio in forbes

In a Forbes feature titled “Bus Rapid Transit Spurs Development Better Than Light Rail or Streetcars: Study,” contributor Jeff McMahon writes of an upcoming report by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy that explores the cost/benefit ratio of various types of urban transportation.
“For example, Cleveland’s Healthline, a BRT project completed on Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue in 2008, has generated $5.8 billion in development -- $114 for each transit dollar invested. Portland’s Blue Line, a light rail project completed in 1986, generated $3.74 per dollar invested.”
The report goes on to discuss the many variables going into the study and its relation to the urban environment.
Read the full piece here.

men's journal drops into cleveland for a visit

In a Men's Journal travel feature titled "Visiting Cleveland, on Purpose," writer Robert Reid manages to enjoy himself during an action-packed visit to town -- and also manages to trot out a few hackneyed affronts as well.
"Spread out on the south shore of Lake Erie, 'The Forest City' -- called the 'mistake by the lake' by the sort of people who talk like that -- is a pleasant surprise for visitors who actually make the trip," Reid writes. "Just the names of the neighborhoods, including Slavic Village, Little Italy, and Asiatown, are a tribute to the city’s melting-pot roots, which manifest in great fusion cuisine."

In the piece, Reid mentions Happy Dog, Beachland Ballroom, the Orchestra, Big Fun, MOCA, Melt and others.
Read the rest of the (back-handed) compliment here.

business traveler covers westin hotel and land studio's local art program

Business Traveler covers the Westin Cleveland Downtown innovative program to bring local art into the soon-to-open hotel. The hotel is partnering up with LAND studio, a local nonprofit, to select area artists.

"Artwork from established and emerging Cleveland artists will adorn the hotel’s 484 guestrooms, lobby and public spaces. The program’s main event will be a signature large scale artwork from local artist Sarah Kabot in the lobby. The piece is slated for a February 2014 installation."

LANDStudio is working with Sage Hospitality, which owns the Westin Cleveland Downtown.

Read the rest here.

symon empire expanding into metro detroit

In a Detroit Free Press story titled “Michael Symon’s B Spot Burgers coming to Rochester Hills in December,” restaurant critic Sylvia Rector writes of celebrity chef and Cleveland native Michael Symon’s decision to expand his culinary presence in the Detroit metropolitan area, where he already owns a restaurant, Roast, in the Detroit Westin Book Cadillac hotel.
“We are off and running, and we are very excited to be there,” Doug Petkovic, co-owner of the company with Michael and Liz Symon, was quoted as saying.
The company signed a lease in August and has been touring some of developer Dan Gilbert’s downtown Detroit buildings.
“We are a down and dirty burger joint,” Petkovic added. “Our concept is meat on meat. We do some interesting combinations. We’ll take our beef and top it with bologna or pastrami, or corned beef at times. We do some with pulled pork.”
Check out the full story here.

cleveland among top metros for college grads

In a The Atlantic report titled “The Best U.S. Metros for Recent College Grads Looking For Work,” writer Richard Florida shares a lengthy report on which areas in the United States offer the best opportunities for the newly minted young and educated looking to start life in the “real world.”
While the standard San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and Austin metros continue to receive high marks, others such as New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles leave much to be desired for they younger generation.
Cleveland may not have broken the Top 10 just yet, but it does place in the Top 20, and is on the move.
“The good news is that Rust Belt metros like Detroit, Pittsburgh and Cleveland appear to have turned the corner. These metros have a lot to offer highly educated recent grads: affordable housing, a low cost of living, authentic neighborhoods, and revitalizing cores, as well as a relatively high level of job openings for in fast-growing highly-educated fields.”
Enjoy the complete report here.

travel writer swoons over cleveland visit

In a Huffington Post travel feature titled "The American Grandeur of Cleveland," contributor Sally Fay was so smitten by our city that she writes, "There are many reasons to visit Cleveland, enough to swing the vote right into moving there!"
She writes that "Cleveland has a character that appreciates its past while embracing the renewal of the future. In 2013, the city has a different kind of American grandeur than it did in its industrial heyday of the early 20th century, but rather than get stuck in the past and not learn the lessons from it, Cleveland has aged well into a modern, global and down-to-earth city."
Stops on her exhaustive visit through town included Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland Cultural Gardens, Cleveland Art Museum, Severance Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Institute of Music, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, PlayhouseSquare, West Side Market and many other stops.
She closes out the piece with this resounding endorsement:
"If you are looking for opportunities, reasonably priced real estate, cultural diversity, high culture, top medicine, professional sports and mid-western charm, pack your bags and discover the American grandeur and quality of life of Cleveland has going for it!"
Read the rest right here.

clinic's cosgrove aims to improve health of residents and city

In a lengthy Forbes feature titled "City Surgeon: Can The Cleveland Clinic Save Its Hometown?" writer Matthew Herper reports on Delos “Toby” Cosgrove's tenure at the Cleveland Clinic and his efforts to leverage healthcare to improve the Clinic's neighborhood and the region's economy.
"The rough old neighborhood is a distant memory, replaced by a gleaming testament to modern medicine stretching out over 46 buildings and covering 167 acres. Protected by a dedicated 141-trooper force of state police, there is a conference center, a fancy hotel and a farmers’ market. Over Cosgrove’s tenure the clinic’s revenues have nearly doubled to $6.2 billion."
But Cosgrove's biggest brainstorm was to build a "giant mall for hospital buyers." 
"Think about the things that go into a hospital. Shades, televisions, chairs, tables, wall coverings, all the medical gear, the operating tables, you name it,” Cosgrove is quoted in the piece.
"What is emerging is an Epcot Center for med tech. GE Healthcare, Siemens, Philips Health Care and Cardinal Health are among the 22 confirmed tenants in the soon-to-be-completed center. Next door, Bennett has already booked conventions that will bring 89,395 attendees this year and 100,400 next. By the end of 2016, he says, bookings should be enough to pay back the $465 million it took to construct both buildings."
“It will begin to influence the city as it comes back and make it a destination medical city,” Cosgrove predicts.
Read the rest of the article here.

the atlantic praises new online rust-centric magazine

In The Atlantic, a story titled “A New Magazine Takes on Old Rust Belt Stereotypes” and written by Bonnie Tsui shares information on a new Cleveland-focused “Rust Belt Chic” online magazine titled Belt.
"Rust Belt Chic is a movement," the piece begins. "That’s according to a new online magazine out of Cleveland, Belt, that aims to address the highly specific and often superficial attention paid to a wide swath of deindustrialized America."
In a meaty interview, editor Anne Trubek says the publication will focus on what they can do consistently well: intensely and well-edited long-form journalism, commentary, and first-person essays.
“Our first issue is queued up and ready to go, and it’s fantastic," she explains. "We have a deep dive on the Anisfield-Wolf Awards, a 78-year-old Cleveland-based book award for works that address issues of racism, which has an incredibly high caliber of past and present awardees and famous jurors but an oddly low profile in town and the nation. And we have a hilarious essay, 'S&M in the CLE' by novelist Alissa Nutting, whose book 'Tampa' has been the talk of the literary world this summer.”
Check out the full piece here.

case nabs number four spot on prestigious college rankings list

In the 2013 edition of its annual National Universities Rankings, Washington Monthly awarded the number four spot to Case Western Reserve University. In fact, with an overall school of 93, Case shares the number three spot with Texas A&M.

The ratings are unique in that they rank schools not on various academic statistics but rather on their contribution to the public good.  Specifically, they look at three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Check out the complete rankings here.

cle painter's new york exhibit covered in the times

In a New York Times story titled “Bringing Some of the Rust Belt to Sag Harbor,” Erik Piepenburg writes of Cleveland artist Frank Oriti, whose work currently is on display at the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY, in an exhibit titled "Homeland."
“The paintings depict 20-somethings, mostly men, dressed casually in T-shirts and baseball caps, gazing out impassively, or with an edge of aggression. Mr. Oriti repeats motifs of the suburban homes like the ones his subjects grew up in, in gray-toned backgrounds, then paints over them in messy white acrylic. In many cases the subjects have returned not just to Cleveland, but also to their childhood houses. It is an unsettled homecoming, resignation etched on young faces.”
The rest of the piece is written in a Q&A format, in which Oriti goes into greater detail about his work, inspiration, and the financial differences between creating art in Brooklyn versus Cleveland.
Describing what it's like to work as a painter in Cleveland, the artist responds:

"I have a lot of studio to move around in. A friend told me the average rent for a Brooklyn art studio is like $1,200 a month for 500 square feet. I share 1,400 square feet and we each pay $400 a month. I couldn’t even come up with how much that would cost in Brooklyn."

Enjoy the full story here.

detroit transit draws more inspiration from rta health line

In a Detroit Free Press story titled “Metromode: From freeway to busway? The call for bus rapid transit,” writer Kim North Shine details Detroit’s M1 light-rail line, which is set to begin construction shortly.
Shine writes of the inspiration Detroit’s BRT drew from cities such as Denver, Las Vegas, Portland, and Cleveland.
“We were very impressed. We came away thinking if Cleveland can do it, so can we.” [Southeast Michigan Council of Governments transportation planner] Carmine Palombo says. “When you were on it, it felt like a bus, but it looks more like a rail vehicle. Most importantly, it ran quickly. Getting on or getting off was much different than a bus. There are much larger doors, no steps, curb boarding. You could see the economic development. It was clean. You sort of got the best of both worlds there. … You could see how it would work for us.”
Check out the complete article here.

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