Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pittsburgh, PA

After visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial we drove into Pittsburgh to catch a Pirates game. We roamed around the area near PNC Park for a while, snapping photos, and having a few drinks before heading into the game. I've always enjoyed visiting this city - I wish we had a little more time here.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Flight 93 National Memorial

Flight 93 National Memorial
Last Friday my family and I visited the Flight 93 National Memorial with students from Green Schools who are involved in the 93 Cents for Flight 93 program that has raises money for the memorial. There were also two buses of students from Washington D.C. there for the day. Todd Beamer's parents spoke to the students, Todd was one of the heroes on the plane on September 11th. The rangers also gave a detailed account of everything we know about what happened that day on the flight. Walking the memorial and reading the names of the crew and passengers on the wall made me think about if I would have had the guts to do what those passengers did - most likely save the Capitol Building and possibly hundreds of lives - at the expense of their own.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Food Truck Friday

Food Truck Friday
If you work in the downtown Akron area you should stop by Child Guidance and Family Solutions' "Food Truck Friday" - which kicked off its Summer season last week. Every Friday from 11am until 1:30pm there will be roughly 5-10 food trucks to choose from. A portion of the profits benefit CG&FS so you are eating for a great cause. The event is located at 18 N Forge Street(You'll see it from Market Street) and they update the weekly truck participants on their face book page. See you there!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Open Streets Akron

Another Knight Foundation event took place over the weekend in Akron - The Open Streets Project had Main street shut down to motorized traffic between Bartges Street and the Cuyahoga Falls Ave(where the Better Block was taking place). The event was proposed my soon-to-be-mayor Gary Moneypenny who said, "....I am really excited for this event and I can’t wait to walk across the Y-bridge with fellow walkers, bikers, skaters, and runners, and take in the City from this unique perspective.” There were different activity stations set-up along the way - miniature golf, yoga, chalk drawing, food trucks, performances and more. I rode with a group of Better Block organizers and we spent a couple of hours riding and taking it all in. The weather cleared up and it was an awesome afternoon.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Akron Better Block

In Temple Square (Cuyahoga Falls Ave. and North Main area of North Hill) over the weekend the Knight Foundation sponsored the Akron Better Block. Better Block is an organization that helps select and set up areas to showcase what they could be like(usually for two days). Temple Square was made bike and pedestrian friendly, vacant store fronts were filled with local "pop-up" shops, there was outdoor seating, musical acts, a craft fair/farmers market, beer garden and more. There was definitely a festival atmosphere. North Hill's large immigrant community gave the event a cultural vibe - it looked more like something you would see in NYC. To me though it was more than a great weekend - it was a chance for some permanent change - AMATS has already recommended a road diet for North Main and protected bike lanes. I've heard that some of the pop-up shops may become brick and mortar businesses.

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Wild Flowers

Spring Wildflowers
The spring wild flowers along creeks, the apple blossoms blowing in the breeze, the greening of the trees, the birds chirping - it is Springtime in Akron.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Gritty and Grainy(Expired Film)

Hamad's Tire
I had this roll of film sitting on my desk for a while now - I finally remembered to get it developed the other day. It was some long expired Kodak Gold 400 that I picked up an estate sale. I ran it through my trusty Nikon L35AF, Nikon's first point & shoot auto-focus camera.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Blue Heron Homecoming

Blue Heron Homecoming
On Saturday the Akron’s Water Reclamation Facility(which I believe used to be called a "wastewater treatment plant"(everything has a brand these days)) was open to the public for a festival. The parks, zoo, Canalway, schools and more had interesting and educational booths set up. There was free lunch and shuttles to the Heron rookery. ReWorks was there and set up to make it a zero waste event. The highlight, though, was the tour of the facility itself. I was impressed at the large turnout - basically so many people interested in what happens when you flush.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Jane's Walk Four

Jane's Walk
On Sunday afternoon I took part in my last Jane's Walk of the weekend - this time it was Portage Lakes led by Kaley Foster. The tour was shorter on walking than many - which demonstrated one of the challenges of the area - that it is not particularly pedestrian(or bike) friendly. The walk was long on information and discussion though - and finished with a trolley ride through the beautiful Lakes on a perfect day.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Jane's Walk Three

Jane's Walk ArtWalk
The third Jan'e walk I participated in took place on Saturday evening - it followed in the footsteps of the ArtWalk and was led by Suzie Graham. The ArtWalk takes place the first Saturday of each month. We started at the Summit ArtSpace, walked down Market to the Historic Cultural District, and then to Northside.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Jane's Walk Two

Kenmore Jane's Walk
On Saturday afternoon I went on my second Jane's Walk - this time Kenmore - led by Greg Burke and Nolan James. Greg is a lifelong Kenmore resident and we joked that he made it the, "Kenmore Dad Joke Comedy Tour". Great leaders and neighborhood champions - not to mention the other longtime residents who showed up and could answer any question about Kenmore history you had. This "walk" was a little different as we took a trolley around the area and then would get off and stroll. This was a Jane's Walk that truly changed my perception of an area of the city. Yes, Kenmore has its challenges, but it is not that place that many believe it is. I really thought that parts of Summit Lake were a no go zone - they turned out to be one of the most beautiful parts of Akron.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Jane's Walk One

Downtown Jane's Walk
On Friday at Noon I went on the first of 15 Jane's Walks happening in Akron this weekend. This walk was about the city's infrastructure and engineering - led by Renee Whittenberger and Christine Jonke. We learned about some of the things people rarely think about - the underground utilities and drainage, bridges, and the history of it all. As with every neighbor walking tour(Jane's walk and Akron2Akron) I've come away with some interesting facts I never knew about Akron and met a few interesting people I wouldn't have otherwise.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Barberton Ride

Bike Ride My friend, Wes, and I met at the dog park on Memorial, rode the Towpath south, and then detoured into Barberton on Wednesday evening. We left around 5:45PM and it was absolutely gorgeous out. Riding along Summit Lake was a highlight. We were riding pretty hard but I still managed to get my camera out and snap a few photos - it was the kind of light where just about any photo looked good - even from a moving bike.