An American City - Yinka Shonibare, at the Cleveland Public Library <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span> The 8th Annual International Ohio Burlesque Festival this weekend - Hazel Honeysuckle from last years fest <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span> Artist Tony Tasset: Judy's Hand Pavilion at MOCA in University Circle <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span> Yayoi Kusama - Infinity Mirrors at the Cleveland Museum of Art <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span> Taste of Tremont <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span>


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Portrait of a neighborhood: Old Brooklyn

Take an in-depth look at the past and present of Old Brooklyn, the site of FreshWater's first-ever On the Ground community reporting project.

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Happy trails: Euclid finally ready to break ground on game-changing waterfront trail

For Euclid residents, Lake Erie has always been something of a shimmering mirage: a beautiful resource always within sight, but perpetually just out of reach. After all, Euclid—one of six lakefront communities in Cuyahoga County—has four miles of shoreline, but 94 percent of that number is privately held by homeowners. However, that elusive status is about to change after the Euclid City Council’s vote to move forward with Phase II of its Waterfront Improvement Plan.

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FreshWater launches its first-ever On the Ground reporting project in Old Brooklyn

113 years after it was first annexed by the city of Cleveland, Old Brooklyn is becoming new again. With a steadily shifting population (including rapidly growing African-American and Latino demographics) and an equally changing economic landscape (with Chain Reaction bringing at least five new businesses into the area), Old Brooklyn is entering a new era. FreshWater Cleveland is excited to cover the neighborhood’s ongoing transformation in its first-ever On the Ground community reporting initiative.

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Five houses in eight days: Habitat for Humanity and Ply Gem transform blighted Buckeye homes

Yulonda Amey and her three children, Nayira, 16, Ni’Shawn, 13, and Richard, nine, will be moving in to one of five Buckeye neighborhood houses recently renovated by North Carolina-based Ply Gem, a leading manufacturer of exterior building products, and the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity as part of Ply Gem’s Home for Good project.

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Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for August 2018

Fresh Water's monthly "Free Stamp" feature rounds up the freshest free events in Cleveland.

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Beauty Shoppe opens coworking location in Ohio City’s historic Seymour Building

Cleveland's small business community is buzzing with the opening of Beauty Shoppe, a 24-hour coworking and office space designed to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses, and the accompanying Foyer coffee shop. Both entities are located in the burgeoning Seymour Building, which was originally constructed in 1876 and now springing back to life via the Snavely Group.

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Move over, Comic-Con: Cleveland is about to host the midwest's first-ever LGBTQIA+ geek convention

Not just a first for Cleveland, Flaming River Con is actually the inaugural LGBTQIA+ geek convention for the Midwest. (The only similar event takes place in New York City.) Like other comic cons, Flaming River Con includes panels, vendors and events highlighting geek-culture like comics, tabletop gaming, books, and arts and crafts—but with a focus on inclusivity, a trait that’s sometimes lacking at similar events.

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Who's Hiring in CLE: Benjamin Media, Hyland, Tri-C, WEWS, The Centers for Families and Children....

Welcome to the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply. This installment includes jobs from Benjamin Media, ioby, Hyland, Tri-C, WEWS, The Centers for Families and Children, and because I said I would. Click here for the freshest job opportunities fit to print.

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Chain Reaction update: Meet the businesses that might be setting up shop in Old Brooklyn

Now that Old Brooklyn has been chosen as the site for the second iteration of Cleveland Chain Reaction, who are the businesses that will set up shop on its streets? This week’s Business Pitch Showcase took Chain Reaction hopefuls one giant step closer to answering that question. With the field narrowed down from 107 initial applicants, the remaining 18 semi-finalists took center stage at COSE’s downtown headquarters to give their “Shark Tank”-style pitches for why they should be one of five businesses chosen to receive at least $100,000 of investment.

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PHOTOS: Inside the colorful catharsis of Rooms To Let 2018

Former FreshWater editor Erin O'Brien may have put it best when she said that Rooms to Let "is not dancing on a grave. It's leaving flowers on it." Held last weekend, this thought-provoking annual event enlists local artists to transform houses slated for demolition into meaningful, active art installations. Each year, Rooms to Let takes place in Slavic Village (which called "Ground Zero" for the foreclosure crisis). Take a deeper look into this evocative effort with Bob Perkoski's pictures taken on-site.

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Civics Essential: How landmark Ohio case gave birth to 'stop-and-frisk' rules

Civics Essential is a series and initiative to raise the civics knowledge of Ohio adults. Read the first in our series about how the 1967 Terry vs.Ohio case established the law for procedures that protect your Fourth Amendment right to be left alone, while also protecting the safety of police officers and the public. After you're done reading, take the quiz here.

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Ohio City Masonic Center ready to be reimagined as a rock climbing center, yoga hub, and maker space

A Lyndhurst native and St. Ignatius alum, Kevin Wojton left the Cleveland area for a technology career in New York and Hong Kong. But his true love is rock climbing, having even becoming a sponsored athlete in the sport—and his mission is to spread that love by bringing the ultimate rock climbing experience to Cleveland.

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