Rust Belt Future

Benno Martens
A conversation about building community and developing vibrant places in the Rust Belt.
Created 16 Jan 2020
  • The Upper Limit
    02 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Photo by Ante Hamersmit on Unsplash In light of the historic heatwave that gripped North America over the past week, I started writing something about the importance of trees. Trees have a cooling eff...
  • The Definition of Insanity
    25 Jun 2021 • 3 min read
    image via Jasu Hu in The New Yorker “If you are defeated once and tell yourself you will overcome, but carry on as before, know in the end you'll be so ill and weakened that eventually you won't even ...
  • Lakes, Streets, and Neighbors
    18 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Cartoon via Andy Singer’s, Why We Drive Happy Friday, Grant deadline-related work really chewed up most of my week this week. But it has been submitted and the work is done for now. Fingers crossed th...
  • Look For The Funny
    11 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    image via Twitter Happy Friday, I’m on a grant application deadline this week, so I didn’t have quite as much time to devote to writing and reading as usual. This particular grant has been a process t...
  • Bikes - They're Just Like Cars!
    04 Jun 2021 • 3 min read
    image via Flickr Happy Friday, Last summer while I was furloughed from my job, I undertook what has become a quintessential American task: the cleaning out of a storage unit. There are few things in t...
  • It will never be easier than it is right now
    28 May 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    image via flickr Happy Friday, Summer is technically still a little less than a month way, though no one seems to have passed that information on to Mother Nature. Here on the shores of Lake Erie, it’...
  • Resume Transmission
    21 May 2021 • 3 min read
    Photo by DJ Johnson on Unsplash Happy Friday, It’s been a little while (okay, a loooong while) since I’ve sent one of these. The pandemic has really taken its toll, and has had me questioning whether ...
  • No Predictions, Just Observations
    27 May 2020 • 5 min read
    Photo by Hello! It’s been quite a while since this little newsletter has landed in your inbox. A whole lot of tragedy, confusion, and, quite frankly, callous behavior has been on displ...
  • Why America Must Rethink Public Goods
    31 Mar 2020 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Photo by Alex Simpson on Unsplash I didn’t write last week, and I was barely able to write this week. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has become so all-pervasive, it’s tough to think about anything el...
  • What COVID-19 Can Teach Us About Investing In The Community
    17 Mar 2020 • 5 min read
    Photo by "My Life Through A Lens" on Unsplash I was debating whether to write anything this week given what the world is encountering in the COVID-19 outbreak. We’ve all seen, in ways both major and m...
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