In early April of this year, I began reading John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, an account of his 1960 road trip from Long Island across and up the country to the West coast, and down through the deep south and [...]Read more
“Everything smells like a Polish Fiat that’s been out in the rain too long”: A Q&A With Gary Shteyngart
On October 6 at 7:00 p.m., Gary Shteyngart will be reading from his 2014 memoir, Little Failure, at the Beachwood branch of Cuyahoga County Library. Belt's Editor-in-Chief Anne Trubek talked to Shteyngart ... [...]Read more
Cities are organisms, whither Portland?, mortgages by race through the boom and bust, fly-over country and innovation, Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine growth, and Motor City West. [...]Read more
Colorblind and Rising: What’s Behind The Surprising success of Cleveland’s Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School?
Rich Osborne is slowly walking through the gym of Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s High School (VASJ), a Catholic school on the east side of Cleveland. Villa Angela-St. Joseph has been around for about 25 years now ... [...]Read more
When Belt Magazine launched one year ago, we did so for one basic reason: We felt that Cleveland and other cities in the Rust Belt were being defined by outside media that didn’t know us. We wanted to tell our [...]Read more
Down the street from my apartment there’s a community garden on a vacant lot owned by my landlord – although, of course, “vacant” is a bit misleading. It’s home to a dozen raised beds of flowers and vegetables. [...]Read more