Listen, play and read


Ted Auch, Ph.D. of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens will deliver a free lecture at the YWCA, 375 North Park Avenue on Tuesday February 28th @ 6:00 p.m. on the topic of “Scientific perspective on vacant land repurposing.” One might be tempted to make  little joke about such a title but I won’t because I think it sounds highly relevant to Warren’s situation and pretty interesting in light of the gregg’s garden project.

Unfortunately I’ll be out of town that day. I hope many of you will attend and someone will send me a report.

DR. AUCH’S PRESENTATION and Q & A session will emphasize the opportunity to utilize vacant land repurposing to create jobs, remedy storm water and sewer problems and generate ecosystem services such as pollination and pollution control. The discussion will focus on the ecology, physics, and chemistry of vacant land repurposing, and what we can do with vacant properties in the future to benefit a city’s bottom-line and improve urban ecosystems.

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Did you know Warren has a chess club? The All-City Chess Club meets every Saturday at the Mocha House, 467 High Street. Adult play begins at 8:00 a.m. and there are lessons for kids at 10:00 a.m. Chess is well known to have a positive effect on children’s problem-solving and math skills. If you’d like more information send an email to:

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I strongly recommend the Washington Post article “When the best way to save a neighborhood is to tear it down” by former Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis for anyone who want a quick but thorough overview of the vacant house crisis endemic in many American cities, including Warren.

Posted Sunday, February 19th, 2012 under Life in Warren, Vacant homes, Wildflower gardens.


  1. I am glad I was able to attend and will be keeping tabs on Mr. Auch’s progress. Many thanks to TNP for setting up this informative lecture.

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