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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.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cleveland: 10 Things Politico Should Know

This was originally published on Huffington Post (7/8/14) Yesterday, after the Republican National Committee named Cleveland as its 2016 convention site, a writer for Politico added his two cents to the national narrative about Cleveland. "Cleveland: 10 things to know" obviously meant well but started with something that happened 45 years ago and had all the hallmarks of a hastily cobbled...

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Three Thoughts for Every Urban Developer

When Ron Ratner spoke to the City Club of Cleveland on May 23 as part of the Business Leaders Series, his remarks offered three critical insights into Cleveland’s future development and the conventional wisdom of urban planning: First, Ratner said, “community buy-in in a shared vision is absolutely critical” to the success of development projects....

Friday, June 27, 2014

How to Create a Sustainable Future

David Orr took center stage at the Cleveland City Club on May 16th, 2014. His position at Oberlin College as Professor of Environmental Studies gave weight to his words about how to fix the ever-worsening problem of climate change. Mr. Orr began by focusing on the Oberlin campus where he pioneered  “one of thirty milestone...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The State of the Great Lakes? Is that a thing?

You know that enormous body of water you drive by on the shoreway? We've got an annual forum devoted to it and its comrades. Here are three reasons you should join us. You'll want to hear Chris Korleski. Chris Korleski runs the Great Lakes Program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If it's about conservation...

Monday, May 12, 2014

What's American and what's not?

What if most of what you thought was commonly understood wisdom actually wasn't? What if our basic definitions of what it means to be American, to be patriotic, to walk in the footsteps of the founding fathers turn out to be complete misreadings of what the founders actually believed?  Last Friday's forum speaker asked essentially...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

There is common ground in the gun debate

I'm writing this on a Tuesday in March. I don't know when I'll publish this, but I know that eventually, I will, because there will be the right news hook, another moment when suddenly, we're all talking about guns again, because someone has died or many people have died and the killer was someone with...

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