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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.


katie holmes in cleveland garnering media buzz

In a RadioTimes item called "Katie Holmes shoots new movie in Cleveland," the media outlet writes that the actress has had a busy summer shooting multiple films.
 
"Katie Holmes has snuck into Cleveland to film low budget Hollywood indie movie Tootaloo. The Dawson’s Creek star has had a busy summer, filming Paul Dalio's Mania Days in New York, with co-star Luke Kirby, about two depressed lovers, who meet in a psychiatric hospital."
 
The Tootaloo crew has been spotted in and around University Circle, including at Judson Manor and at United Methodist Church.
 
Read all about it here.


classical pianist tickles every ivory in town

In an ArtsJournal blog post titled “I played every piano around the town,” Norman Lebrecht writes of classical pianist Zsolt Bognar and his visit to every piano installed around town as part of the International Piano Competition taking place this summer in University Circle.
 
“On the shores of America’s so-called North Coast of Lake Erie, at the heart of a recent Rustbelt cultural renaissance fueled by ingenuity in education, medicine, food, and the arts -- has placed 25 pianos outside around the city.”
 
"Construction workers, mothers, fathers, children, friends, coworkers on break -- all seemed to have a tune to sit and play in solo or duet performances, and I added my own throughout the day on various pianos."
 
Lebricht continues, writing about an impromptu mini-concert at ABC Tavern by Bognar followed by recognition from a construction worker while walking through Little Italy the following day.
 
Enjoy the full story here.


usa today writer praises noodlecat

In a USA Today feature titled “Great American Bites: Top-notch Asian flavors sourced from Ohio,” writer Larry Olmsted praises Cleveland chef Jonathon Sawyer and the two-year-old Noodlecat, inspired by Tokyo and New York noodle houses.
 
Olmsted opens discussing the unique atmosphere and its popularity in the community, but like all food writers, focuses much of his attention on the important aspects: the food.
 
"A former downtown pizzeria has been turned into one of Cleveland's hippest casual eateries. Two-year-old Noodlecat, inspired by Tokyo and New York noodle houses, is the work of beloved Cleveland chef Jonathan Sawyer, renowned for his focus on local and sustainable ingredients, food sourcing and extensive in-house, from-scratch preparation."
 
“While there are a handful of dinner entrees, the bulk of the menu is small plates and noodle dishes, each of which is available as a large full portion ($11) or a half order ($6). This makes Noodlecat great for grazing or tapas-style dining, though the entrees are quite good as well.”
 
Check out the full travel piece here.


classical mag says cleveland is place to be this october

In a San Francisco Classical Voice feature titled "The Place to Be in October: Cleveland," writer Janos Gereben highlights the unique and compelling program that is taking place this fall in Severance Hall.
 
"Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will lead a fascinating five-day Cleveland Orchestra program in Severance Hall, Oct. 22-26. Fate and Freedom: Music of Beethoven and Shostakovich is an orchestral festival, in partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, including concerts, film screenings, pre-film and pre-concert talks, and a chamber music performance by members of the orchestra."
 
On tap for this very special event is a Cinematheque screening of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, which features music from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and a Cleveland Museum of Art screening of The New Babylon, a revolutionary 1929 silent film featuring Shostakovich’s first film score.
 
Read the rest of the article here.


atlantic tells story of maron family and east fourth

In a recent The Atlantic piece titled “If You Build It, They Will Come: How Cleveland Lured Young Professionals Downtown,” writer Sophie Quinton tells the story of how the Maron family transformed a vision into the East Fourth Street Clevelanders know and love today.
 
"When the Maron family decided to redevelop an entire city block in downtown Cleveland, the area was so blighted no restaurateur would lease space there. A decade later, the East Fourth neighborhood is home to Food Network personalities, a House of Blues, and free Saturday yoga classes. Café-style seating spills into the pedestrian-only street. Apartments on the block are fully leased, and a 100-unit building under construction across the street has already reached full capacity."
 
The article discusses at length the history of the Maron family and the work it took to get the project off paper and onto the street. All the hard work has paid off as East Fourth Street has become a major attraction, with quality restaurants, store fronts, activities, and downtown living that is luring young professionals who want to live and work in the middle of all the action.
 
Enjoy the full piece here.


west side market defying trend of waning markets

In a Salon article titled “Fight the farmers market backlash!” Henry Grabar outlines the fate of traditional central markets, which sadly are becoming a dying breed.
 
Long the heart, soul and larder for every great city on the planet, central marketplaces are vanishing from modern life.
 
"As wholesale markets were reimagined, a parallel shift occurred in retail food delivery, as one-stop-shops replaced butchers and bakers, and supermarkets absorbed the customer base of traditional markets. Now, online shopping in turn is eroding the support of brick-and-mortar groceries. Urbanites have fewer encounters with the food supply today than at any point in history.
 
Bucking that trend is the West Side Market.
 
“That’s not to say that permanent, public markets are a thing of the past. Those that have survived, like Cleveland’s West Side Market, have ridden the current wave of popularity through financial difficulties.”
 
Read the complete article here.


artvoice explores downtown population growth in rust belt cities

In an ArtVoice article titled "A Good Mystery," writer Bruce Fisher explores the trend of downtown population growth in Rust Belt cities like Cleveland, Buffalo and Detroit.
 
"The key to Cleveland’s micro-rebound is a spike in the number of people between 22 and 34 who are choosing to live there. Downtown Cleveland leads the inner core’s “brain gain” movement -- even though that age group is declining in metro Cleveland, just as it’s declining in metro Buffalo. But that’s not the story in downtown, which is a net importer of young adults."
 
"This is the phenomenon that is also occurring in Detroit, and in Buffalo, and in other Rust Belt cities that are experiencing varying degrees of central-city rebound."

Read it all right here.


young companies and startups aid both local and state economies

In a Techli story titled “Greater Cleveland Startups Improve Ohio With Jobs, Tax Dollars and Impact,” writer Annie Zaleski explores how important startups and young companies are to the success of a region’s economy.
 
In a study from Cleveland State University, a report found that 127 young companies generated $270 million in economic benefits for Ohio in 2012 alone.
 
“The companies in the report -- a group comprised of businesses that successfully leveraged things such as business assistance or seed capital -- helped create and retain 1,100 in-state direct jobs (with a total Ohio employment impact of 2,140). In the last three years, these very young companies are already contributing significantly -- more than $688 million -- to Ohio’s economy.”
 
The story goes on to discuss that the figures only represent a small portion of development in the region and do not encompass all of Northeast Ohio. Taking that into account, the importance of startups and young companies on the economy becomes even more significant.
 
Enjoy the full piece here.

npr takes close look at cleveland's image

In an NPR story titled “Making Sense Of Cleveland’s Good And Bad News,” Nick Castele writes of the national attention Cleveland has gotten due to its recent high-profile crimes.
 
Castele shares Colette Jones of Positively Cleveland’s thoughts on our fair city as she states, "I think most people have outdated perceptions of Cleveland. Most people don't really know much about the city. I think the things they see typically relate back to what they see on television, whether it has to do with our sports teams or something else like that."
 
While some feel a changed image will be the entire fix Cleveland needs to become a booming town again, others are not so optimistic.  Focus still needs to be placed on poverty, vacancy, and dwindling populations.
 
Check out the full feature here.

weekend escape plan for cleveland

In its regularly occurring travel feature "The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan," New York magazine highlighted a contemporary arts-focused trip to Cleveland. Titled "See Cutting-Edge Contemporary Art in Cleveland," the article touches on where to stay, where to eat, what to do and other insider tips.
 
"This Rust Belt city is transforming into a thriving art hub thanks to two stunning new museum openings and a growing number of galleries," the article states.
 
Featured within is the Cleveland Hostel: "which feels more like a hipster haven than a grungy dorm."
 
Ginko: "Be wowed by extra-large cuts of exotic sushi."
 
The Transformer Station: "The original brickwork and chains contrast with a new addition made of dark-gray polished concrete, providing an industrial-chic setting for shows."
 
Steve's Lunch, "a 24-hour greasy spoon opened in 1953."
 
Explore the rest of the itinerary here.


huffpo calls attention to cle-area national park

In a Huffington Post travel feature titled “America’s Best Secret National Parks,” writer Alex Pasquariello explores the top national parks not named Yosemetie, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and the Great Smoky Mountains. 
 
“While the masses migrate to the most popular destinations, smart travelers can have the lesser-known (not necessarily smaller: Wrangell-St. Elias is bigger than Switzerland) parks all to themselves. Many offer comparable scenery, and you can avoid traffic, lines and other impediments to enjoyment.”
 
Cuyahoga Valley National Park ranks among the top parks in the country due to its scenic hiking trails, 15-foot waterfall, and 20,339 acres that follow along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron.
 
Enjoy the full story here.


university circle development praised in ny times

In a New York Times travel story titled “Culture Blooms in Cleveland,” Ceil Miller Bouchet writes of Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood and how it is experiencing a “cultural renaissance” of sorts. 
 
“More art-centric expansion is to come, with the Cleveland Institute of Art breaking ground last month on the 80,000-square-foot George Gund Building, which will house the Cinematheque art-house film theater as well as galleries and classrooms.”
 
Bouchet goes on to explain it is not just large-scale expansion that is causing this revival but also a thriving business district and refurbished galleries mixed in with city icons such as the Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Botanical Garden, and Severance Hall.
 
Check out the full tribute to the neighborhood here.

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