• Transit Equity Day Rally

    PHOTO BY ERIK AULT Saturday, February 4, 2023; Transit Equity Day Rally in Public Square: Akshai Singh rallying supporters of better public transit. Transit supporters chanted, “No Rider Left Behind!” and “Fix it! Fund it! Make it fair!” to make passersby aware of the problems plaguing public transit, which is a lifeline for so many…


  • City Planning Commission votes to approve MetroHealth’s plan for a 3-acre park

    by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, June 2022)          The Cleveland Planning Commission voted unanimously on May 20th to approve the final plans for a 3-acre park on the MetroHealth Campus. The park, expected to be completed by the end of this year, will be located between W. 25th and Scranton Road on land that now has a 250-car surface parking…


  • Equity is on the (Transit) line: Two transit riders nominated to RTA board

    Equity is on the (Transit) line: Two transit riders nominated to RTA board by Aja Hannah Plain Press, May 2022             Leaning into the street, a resident flags down her bus. She wears thick gloves as she holds onto the bus stop sign. A light rain falls, washing old salt and snow down a nearby drain.       There…


  • Four area schools slated for renovation or new construction

    PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Thursday, March 17, 2022; Marion Champlin Seltzer Elementary School Building, 1468 W. 98th Street: The Cleveland Metropolitan School District plans to build a new school next to the current building on land that sits behind Cudell Recreation Center. Once the new school is completed, plans call for the current building to be…


  • Transit advocates want to decriminalize fare evasion on RTA buses and trains

    Transit advocates want to decriminalize fare evasion on RTA buses and trains by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, April 2022)         In 2017, two transit police officers boarded a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) HealthLine bus and demanded passengers show proof of payment. When Ronnie Williams could not produce a fare card, he was removed from the bus and…




  • Why Did Cleveland’s RTA Shut Down Its Entire Rapid Rail System?

    All Aboard Ohio Asks: Is this willful neglect? To the editor: (Plain Press, February 2022) Cleveland’s first snowstorm of 2022 brought something more troubling than just snow. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) shut down the “Rapid”, its rail-based transit service, even while snow-clogged streets forced the suspension of bus service on January 17th. LETTER…



  • Clark-Fulton leaders pitch ambitious vision for neighborhood development

    Clark-Fulton leaders pitch ambitious vision for neighborhood development by Lee Chilcote (Plain Press, November 2021) After two years of planning amidst the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic, stakeholders in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood on the west side have unveiled the fruits of their labor: a master plan that is aimed at guiding equitable development in the neighborhood.  “Together, residents,…