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Want to know what is on our minds? Find blog posts written here, by the City Club staff, members, and partners. Every week you can find a new edition of #FreeSpeech in the News — a collection of related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century that’s making the news. You’ll also find takes on current events, past forums, and issues surrounding Northeast Ohio. Read on for all things City Club.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Reflections on Mitchell J. Silver's Talk on Parks and Recreation at the City Club

Guest Author

by Nelson Beckford The Commissioner’s talk made me reflect on the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Foundation’s legacy in terms of recreation, public spaces, and parks. Here are a few of those watershed moments: • Mayor Tom Johnson (1901-1909) removing the 'Keep off the Grass' signs in the city parks, sending...

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Do We Want Presidents Who Break the Rules?

Guest Author

by Karen Leventhal This week’s ConstitutionALE explored the limits of the President’s power. There is much fear about Presidents overreaching their power and becoming dictatorial. It’s an understandable fear as Stalin and Hitler were strong executives and things didn’t go so well. On the other hand, they didn’t operate within the confines of a democratic republic, who’s...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New York City Shows Us How to Make Parks Matter

Guest Author

by Kim Smith Woodford, Journey on Yonder Outdoors Consulting As a child, parks without question were synonymous with playtime. And when we played, we played hard. On the swings we’d compete on who could swing the highest for the longest – while standing. The parks design included a basic wide open space with a playset made...

Monday, February 11, 2019


As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news – and what you should know about – in the past week. 1.) Oral Arguments Could Get...

Friday, February 08, 2019

Mitchell J. Silver Talks The Future of Parks and Public Spaces

Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

(Click image to view presentation) One of the nation’s most celebrated urban thinkers, Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver oversees management, planning, and operations of New York City’s nearly 30,000 acres of parkland, which includes parks, playgrounds, beaches, marinas, recreation centers, wilderness areas, and other assets. He also has helped guide a strategy that redefines the role of...

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Darling-Hammond Provides Food for Thought

Bill Lavezzi, Member, The City Club of Cleveland

Linda Darling-Hammond’s sold-out January 25 forum was inspiring, entertaining, and informative. She provided a steady stream of observations about what works and what doesn’t. She identified challenges in modern education that were of interest to an audience representing many parts of the education community. The world’s knowledge is increasing exponentially at a time when technology...

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