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Hospital closings and what they mean to me

By: Taryn Gress

A month ago I had the opportunity to attend a tour of East Cleveland with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) donors, acting as a representative for students who have done work in and for East Cleveland. In the last...

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Reactive or proactive preservation?

By: Jason Russell

Historic preservation has its time and place. Such awareness helped save Grand Central Terminal from demolition and proposed towers to be built above. I have never been inside Grand Central Terminal, but I am sure glad they saved...

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Engagement and urban planning: Is there room for technology?

By: Jason Russell

Urban Planning is an evolving career field, transitioning from automobile to pedestrian-oriented development. Buzz words such walk-ability, new urbanism, sustainability, and connectivity are all the craze. With the changing...

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Building community through network organizing

By: Taryn Gress

In the vast arena of community and social development, community building through democratic participation is central and yet there is no singular method for building community. In its simplest form, place-based community organizing...

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All for one and one for all

By: Mike Shafarenko

Oftentimes when I share the Civic Commons with someone, they ask me if there is anything similar going on elsewhere.  The short answer is: sort of. Here I describe what some of those initiatives and organizations are and how we...

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