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RTA cuts? Who cares, it serves working people

by Roldo Bartimole (Plain Press, February 2018)        The fact that there has been little public hysteria—as there usually is when something the corporate establishment values feels hurt—tells you all you need to know about our priorities here. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) faces a fiscal strangulation. It’s due to a change in the … Continue reading

Lorain Avenue Cycle Track receives funding

(Plain Press, January 2018)                      The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) awarded $47 million in federal transportation dollars to transportation improvement projects in December of 2017. The Lorain Avenue Cycle Track was one of the recipients of funding. The project is slated to receive $6.119 million to “construct a cycle track and other enhancements … Continue reading

NOBLE urges action on State budget issues

(Plain Press, September 2017)     Northern Ohioans for Budget Legislation Equality (NOBLE) urges Ohioans to call state officials to tell them to keep Medicaid expansion in place in Ohio, and to protect transit agencies and county governments from major cuts in revenue. Medicaid Expansion:  Your action is urgently needed TODAY! The Fight for Medicaid Expansion is … Continue reading

Clark Avenue rehabilitation project will begin soon

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2017)        At a January 5th meeting at Clark Recreation Center, City of Cleveland officials revealed plans for the rehabilitation of Clark Avenue from where Clark meets Lorain Avenue eastward to W. 41st Street. Plans call for the $7.9 million project to be done in two phases. The western … Continue reading

Clevelanders for Public Transit petitions Cleveland City Council to force reopening of Superior Avenue to buses

(Plain Press, February 2017)        A group of Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) riders attended the Cleveland City Council meeting all during January to convince Cleveland City Council that Public Transit belongs in Public Square. The group, Clevelanders for Public Transit plans to continue to attend Cleveland City Council meetings on February 6th and … Continue reading

Mayor Frank Jackson forgets where he came from

by Roldo Bartimole (Plain Press, December 2016)            Mayor Frank Jackson is soft putty in the hands of the corporate downtown plutocracy. The mayor, from the most deprived area of the city, has allowed and perpetuated for a decade Cleveland’s downtown to become a city within the city—pampered and showered with freebies. What downtown wants, … Continue reading

ODOT tackles pedestrian and vehicle safety issues near Shoreway ramps on W. 25th and W. 28th

(Plain Press, November 2016)    At an October 6th meeting at Lakeview Towers, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), officials and contractors involved with the Lakefront West Project offered an update on construction work related to the turning of the West Shoreway into a Boulevard. The focus of the meeting was on concerns expressed by residents … Continue reading

November 2016 Issue of the Plain Press – PDF


In Our Back Yards (IOBY) crowdfunding campaign hopes to improve experience of Cleveland bus commuters

(Plain Press, September 2016)   Two Cleveland residents have designed projects that received a boost from the second annual In Our Backyards (ioby) “Trick out my Trip” crowdfunding competition. Last year, no Cleveland projects were involved in the competition, so this is the first year that residents will have an opportunity to help raise funds that … Continue reading

Board of Zoning Appeals allows Detroit & W. 65th business plans to go forward on condition that owners sign parking agreements

(Plain Press, September 2016)   At the City of Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals hearing on August 22, Board members had some reservations about allowing variances for two businesses at W. 65th and Detroit asking relief from parking requirements. Board Member Carol Johnson said Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization needs to get a copy of its … Continue reading