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Bridges of Cleveland

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The Flats area of Cleveland features several bridges over the Cuyahoga River.

Many carry or once carried railroad tracks that served industries in this traditional industrial district.

But many of the industries are gone, although not all of them, and some of the tracks are gone, too.

Shown are two angles of a drawbridge that once carried the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad over a branch of the river.

The rail line went to Whiskey Island but has since been abandoned.

So the bridge is frozen in the up position as a living monument of bygone era.

The building next to the bridge is Shooters restaurant and bar. The bust is of Leif Ericson, although I’m not sure what he had to do with Cleveland.

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A City and its Lake

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Cleveland is one of a handful of large cities situated on one of the Great Lakes, in this case Lake Erie.

Although the city sometimes has acted as though the lake wasn’t there, particularly in downtown Cleveland,  it did establish a lakefront park just to the west of the central city area.

Edgewater Park is known for its beach, but at the western end of the park is a bluff overlooking the lake.

It also affords a sweeping view of the downtown city skyline and the lake.

The Edgewater Park beach can be seen to the right. With temperatures on this late September day soaring into the 90s, it was a popular place to be.

One Way to Move ’em

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We were taking a break during a visit to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore when I spotted this out of the ordinary means of propelling a stroller.

I suppose, though, that riding a unicycle will get parent and child there faster than walking and pushing.

Hey Indy!

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Many people hardly look out the window when they fly, but I make it a point to request a window seat and watch the landscape below as we cruise along.

I want to know where I am an I enjoy seeing places where I once lived and/or know.

I was en route from Cleveland to Phoenix aboard a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 when the captain said we were over Muncie, Indiana.

At the time, there was a cloud cover so I couldn’t see anything.  But I kept looking and soon the clouds parted and I was able to pick out Indianapolis, a city where I lived in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

That is the White River meandering just west of downtown.

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June 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Beauty Along the Flint River

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The Flint River water crisis was still nearly three years into the future when I made these images of the Flint River in downtown Flint, Michigan.

For years the Flint River has been one of the most polluted in the state as a result of decades of dumping industrial waste into it.

Then the waterway made national news in 2014 when Flint began drawing its drinking water from the river. News stories told of high levels of lead in the blood of children and residents were given bottled water to drink.

The top photograph shows Riverfront Center, which is now part of the University of Michigan-Flint complex along on the Flint River.

The 16-story building has academic space, student housing and banquet/conference facilities. Owned by the Upton Reinvestment Corporation, it was donated to UM in 2015.

Prior to that UM had been using the building, which houses the business school. Upton had purchased the building in 2009. It had been built in 1981 as a Hyatt Regency Hotel and soon became a landmark building in downtown Flint.

The bottom photograph shows the Garland Street-Beach Street bridge over the river in downtown. The building in the distance is the Northbank Center on the UM campus.

Roots of General Motors

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This building in Flint, Michigan, is part of the heritage of General Motors. Built in 1896, it served as the headquarters of the Durant-Dort Carriage Company.

Although the company ceased making carriages in 1917, it transitioned into making automobiles and became the Dort Motor Car Company

This building was its headquarters until 1925. A historical marker notes that many decisions were made here that led to the forming of General Motors.

Nearby, is a statue of William “Billy” Durant and J. Dallas Dort, the founders of the carriage company known initially as the Flint Road Cart Company.

That company went out of the carriage business in 1917, but Durant and Dort went on into the business of making automobiles.

This statue of the two men stands next to the Flint River in the area where their manufacturing plants were located. Dort’s plaque had been removed at the time of my visit in October 2011.

Do You Like Your Cities Wide, Medium or Close Up?

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Photojournalism textbooks often talk about wide angle, medium and telephoto shots. Each has its own pros and cons, but ultimately the reason for doing one or the other depends on what you are trying to show.

Shown here are three different views of essentially the same thing. I’m standing on A Mountain overlooking Tucson, Arizona.

My focal point is the city’s downtown. In sequence, the images are progressively becoming wider in scope.

By zooming out, the perspective changes as the frame becomes narrower on the focal point. It becomes a tradeoff between detail and a wider sense of place.