Next exit … brick wall
As long as those in charge of Cleveland’s destiny continue to believe that a wall around the city would have prevented its decay, its decay will never be stopped. I cannot believe that you allowed Michael Roberts’ article (“You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide,” September 2007) to be published, unless you also believe that the Berlin Wall really worked for the betterment of East Berliners. I will not say why Cleveland has decayed, but to blame individuals who have sought a better life for their families by moving to a safer, less expensive place to live, is wrong. As long as that idea is embraced, the problem will never be properly addressed.
Ken and Lois Kodger
While I’m happy you attended Taste of Tremont and sent a photographer to cover the event, I can’t believe that in such an interesting neighborhood, the photographer took a photo of the ridiculous “Simpsons” exhibit (“The Agenda,” September 2007). Dozens of restaurants, artists, cultural groups and churches to choose from, and you run a photo of “The Simpsons.” Give me a break.
Editor’s Note: The Taste of Tremont photos were supplied by event organizers.
On a positive note
Bravo to the August issue’s “Hidden Cleveland” article. I have lived in Cleveland all my life and was not aware of most of its hidden treasures. Thank you for enlightening us. Whoever thought to create this feature and organize it into enjoyable, as well as informative, reading is to be commended.
One man’s activist is another man’s criminal
After reading “Fighting Whale Hunters in the Antarctic” (“The Experience,” August 2007), I was disappointed to see Cleveland Magazine give such credence to this sort of eco-fanaticism. The notion that esoteric terms such as “pirate” or even “eco-terrorist” apply to him is nonsense. He and his ilk are merely common criminals breaking the laws of many countries. And, Mr. Rittenhouse need not go so far away to perpetrate his misdeeds. The Alaskan natives and the Makah tribe in Washington State kill whales despite intense protests from animal-rights groups. However, one law pertaining to pirates should be applied to Mr. Rittenhouse. He should be made to walk the plank — made of recycled wood, of course.
I was delighted to read in your “Hidden Cleveland” issue that the schvitz is still in existence. As a young gal in the ’60s, I frequented the schvitz on Wednesdays, which were ladies’ days. No men were allowed on the premises except for the guard. Occasionally, a deliveryman was seen in the kitchen, which was not a problem because etiquette demanded that sheets be worn while dining. The simplicity and Old World ambiance of the schvitz could not be duplicated in modern times. I suspect that it has survived because of the largesse of a few of Cleveland’s Jewish patriarchs, who appreciate the camaraderie engendered through the shared adversity provided by searing steam.
Proud sister of the month
I just re-read your “Action! Figures” article (August 2007) and had to tell you that I appreciate your efforts to highlight Clevelanders in filmmaking. Sometimes I feel the people of Cleveland don’t realize how much talent we produce here and what phenomenal resources for the arts Cleveland provides. My brother, Jozo (Joe) Zovko, began taking classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art when he was in elementary school. The phenomenal teachers he had there helped him grow his passion for art, photography and film. He went on to the Pittsburgh Institute of Art and has been working in Los Angeles for many years. He just won the International Cinematographer Guild’s “Emerging Cinematographer’s Award” this past month. Continue the great work. I love my Cleveland Magazine.
More Garden Avenue memories
Thank you for the wonderful article about our family home (“Welcome to Foreclosure Central,” July 2007). The article was very well written and appreciated by all of our family.