Mark Byrnes

Bringing Ohio's Rust Belt Industries Into the 21st Century

A regional organization helps old commodities industries find new niches for their products

Courtesy: Matthew Christopher

The Psychology of Ruin Porn

Why we can't take our eyes off images of old buildings and decrepit interiors

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Fixing the Rust Belt by Shrinking It

New studies suggest that we can revitalize the Rust Belt by increasing core density

The Best Of 'Best Ofs' of 2011

A round-up of the strangest city highlights from alternative weeklies around the country


The Folly of Corporate Relocation Incentives

When cities compete to lure big companies, no one wins


Cleveland Lays Out the Welcome Mat

Global Cleveland hopes to use the city's economic growth and downtown development to lure 100,000 new residents

Courtesy Interboro

Is Blotting the Best Solution for Shrinking Cities?

In places like Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago, homeowners are being encouraged to expand the footprint of their properties

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Cleveland's New Deal-Era Public Housing Posters

The Midwest city's approach was much friendlier than New York's


Another Reason to Stop Building New Homes: Job Creation

Repairing existing residential buildings produces about 50 percent more jobs than building new ones


The Death Row of Urban Highways

10 roads whose days cutting through cities are nearly numbered

Courtesy Broadway Commons District Study

Reimagining the Downtown Casino

Cincinnati's first casino will incorporate a consciously urban design

Courtesy Progressive Field

Keeping Stadium Neighborhoods Alive in the Off-Season

Cleveland finds a way to embrace winter at Progressive Field


Desperately Seeking Stability in Cleveland's Fragile Housing Market

The threat of foreclosure still looms large in metropolitan Cleveland

A Grassroots Guide to Saving the Rust Belt

Jack Storey of the group Saving Cities on their new film, 'Red, White & Blueprints'

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The Big Cities of a Child's Imagination

Recollections of what the wider urban world seemed like as a kid growing up in a small Southern city

Courtesy of the Community Design Collaborative

Redeveloping Former Industrial Sites Doesn't Mean Giving Up on Industry

Brownfield projects in Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Toledo aim to reimagine what manufacturing means in America

Courtesy Cleveland Department of Waste Disposal

Cleveland Doubles Down on Mandatory Recycling

Despite criticism, all city households will have garbage bins with tracking devices by 2015

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Is Bicycle Commuting Really Catching On? And if So, Where?

A survey of 55 major U.S. cities shows big gains in many places, but plenty of regional variation