So I graduated last Saturday and I did this to the top of my cap. My degree is a Master of Urban Planning Design and Development. It’s pronounced Mupped for short. To quote the head of the program when he saw it “Very creative Kelly”.
I went and saw Snapcase in their hometown of Buffalo on Friday night in a 300 capacity club. I wanted to get super close and sing along but due to my “industrial accident” as the BWC is calling it, I stood towards the back and taped the set and sang along. It was a pretty awesome show (despite not paying Incarnation). I was hungry after the show but nothing was open except for bars. We actually got to the show so early my friend Adam and I were like the 6th and 7th people in line. The one thing that blows my mind is the lack of entertainment oriented development in planning. It would be similar to transit oriented development (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit-oriented_development) except for more heavy on commercial. This isn’t the only example of this in Buffalo, the Town Ballroom is similar but does have some food options within walking distance. Toledo is also guilty of this as well as Cleveland (see the area around the Agora). I expect nothing around DIY venues, but large venues that host shows at least 3 to 4 times a week (the Agora is not an example of this, thank you House of Blues) should have more development around them. As much as I’ve said I won’t get my Phd I’m really tempted to go to school more to research and write about this topic. I feel like I would know a lot about it given how often I go out of town for shows every year.
Sometimes I sound like I know that the hell I’m doing. 25 single spaced pages later including a bibliography, a ton of maps, and some tables and I’m done with one class.
Now to write a paper about reforming the American mortgage industry, which will be totally hard since I didn’t work almost 2 years for a non profit that dealt with foreclosures. End sarcasm.
Edward Glaeser has a lovely criticism of Richard Florida’s book: http://www.creativeclass.com/rfcgdb/articles/GlaeserReview.pdf
Ha ha, this is accurate. Although with society it is usually me getting a blank look when I tell people what I’m getting me degree in.
So I thought I was missing two pieces, then I thought I was missing closer to 10. Key word here being “thought”. I had done most of the southern part of the city (left of the river and above the lake) but I had gotten to a point where I couldn’t figure out why I was missing pieces in one point. I even went so far as to count the number of blocks on the map between the edge of the map and the river. It equaled six or seven, looking at my puzzle the pieces should have fit. I then began matching the pieces up with the top part of the puzzle. AND THAT’S WHERE I REALIZED I SUCK AT PUTTING PUZZLES TOGETHER! Turns out, I wasn’t missing any of the pieces, I had left a gap in the top and started connecting pieces so it looked like a big gap. What threw me off and took me so long to catch it was the fact that the I wasn’t missing a huge piece that went straight down the puzzle but rather a huge piece here and and there that went down the puzzle. Once I put the pieces in the right place on the frame everything else clicked. One could even say that the pieces began to fall into place :). Eventually, I finished the puzzle with the top left being the last few pieces to go into place which I figured.
I have more of the lake done then what I have picture. I just forgot to take a picture. The lake will probably be done in a day maybe two. You would think it would be super easy but there are many tiny boats in the water, as well as variations in the color of the water. I can’t wait to be done with this layer so I can move onto the others which hopefully will be must easier to complete.
I started the puzzle Friday night, which explains why I’m single. Friday night I basically got most of the frame, sans a few pieces and I attempted to do the water. that proved to be a bit difficult so I just did the logos and the lettering for Lake Michigan.
Saturday, started on the water again but realized that would have to be one of the last things I did. I was able to get part of the harbor, most of Navy Pier, and part of Lake Shore done. I also sorted out the pieces that looked like they would be part of Lake Shore since it is a wider road then the other roads and more curvy and also I sorted out any pieces that looked like they would be part of the river or the shore.
Sunday I really surprised myself and I did the puzzle for just over 3 hours straight. As you can see, it paid off considerably. I have most of Lake Shore and the Chicago River done with the exception of two or three more pieces, most of the Navy Pier area is done except one piece in the middle which you can’t see due to the flash, and the Grant Park area is close to being finished as well. By my guess I am missing three pieces to the frame. I know they aren’t in the two boxes that have pieces (one for the lake and one for the city) because I have gone through them at least 10 or 20 times. I also used the map and highlighted in yellow the buildings that are number and I have completed. This is just to make it easier on myself when I am trying to match up a piece to its proper place. I put the brown scribbles where the double sided tape will go as a reference point for myself.
Rancid “…and Out Come the Wolves”
I learned really quickly to stick with the more mellower stuff like U2. Rancid was just getting my adrenaline going which isn’t good when you are trying to sit and concentrate on a puzzle.
I received this as a Christmas gift from my parents. This was the one thing I REALLY wanted. I saw the New York version in a comic book and card shop over the summer and made a mental note to ask for it for Christmas, mainly because it was around 50 USD and I didn’t want to drop money like that on myself. I asked for the Chicago edition because there is no Cleveland edition and also because I have been to Chicago ton of times due to its proximity to Cleveland, having friends there, and also the Mega Bus (http://www.megabus.com) goes there. So I figured it’d be a bit easier since I’m somewhat familiar with the city. I’m documenting my building of it so that I don’t give up on it.
This puzzle is in FOUR DIMENSIONS (http://4dcityscape.com/). Basically, a standard 3D puzzle but the fourth dimension is TIME! The first layer is standard puzzle pieces, it should be noted that three days into this and I am missing at least two pieces. The second layer is a foam one which just from the looks of the bag it shouldn’t be as hard as the first layer and then the final layer is the buildings. I have no idea how they go up in order but I guess I’ll find out. School starts back up for me on Tuesday. This is going to be really interesting due to being in grad school, taking three classes, and working full time. I’m going to attempt to finish this by next weekendish since I shouldn’t have too much homework in the first week.
4D Soundtrack (so far):
Random Sleater-Kinney songs
Random Smashing Pumpkins songs
Go buy a megabus ticket to Chicago. Visit Millenium Park, the lakefront and Navy Pier. Come back to Cleveland and make our version better. Instant awesomeness.
PS This will never happen because Mayor Jackson would never do this: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/881192/posts which is actually kinda’ comforting to know he doesn’t have that much power.
I used to drive by that building all the time when I was an organizer. Slavic Village is starting to make a serious come back. I give it by 2020 it’ll be the new Tremont or Detroit Shoreway of Cleveland. I hope someone steps up and turns the building into something. It reminds me of the Tower Press development on West 7th in Tremont (http://www.tremontlofts.com/).
The Beachland is in trouble right now and needs YOUR help. The city of Cleveland began having venues charge an admissions tax. The problem with this is that the law is kinda’ vague and now they owe $400,000 when you factor in late fees, penalties, etc… This is inexcusable and it seems only Cleveland could cause this to happen. The Beachland has helped bring a ton of economic development to the North Collinwood area, specifically Waterloo Road. I remember going to shows there when they first opened and just seeing tons of vacant store fronts. Now it is a thriving area that many businesses are proud to call home. Instead of going on about how they are a very important anchor to this area I’ll just list off some of the bands that I have seen at the Beachland. I’m sure I’ll miss some but you’ll get the point:
- The Black Keys (before they got huge)
- The Gossip
- Le Tigre
- Nada Surf
- The Dead Boys (it was a reunion show on Halloween and it was awesome)
- The New Bomb Turks
- Reverend Peyton and His Big Damn Band
- Ugly Casanova (Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse’s solo)
- The Dismemberment Plan
- Tim Barry
REBLOG AND IF YOU’VE GONE TO THE BEACHLAND ADD BANDS YOU’VE SEEN!
I think the biggest problem that this video does not touch upon is that many of the homes that should be razed due to abandonment aren’t necessarily right in a row (although I can think of streets where literally half of the block all in a row could be torn down). Personally, I’d rather see community gardens in spaces where five lots or less were torn down in a row. You would help with the food desert problem facing many urban areas, especially in Cleveland.