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Republican National Convention 2016

Five straightforward strategies the Cleveland Police used during the RNC

Five straightforward strategies that added up to a stunningly successful policing story for the Cleveland Police Department and it's extended team during the Republican National Convention.

Sun sets as the end of the RNC draws near

A quiet ending to the 2016 RNC

The final day of the RNC in Cleveland brought soaring temperatures yet a mellower crowd to Public Square and East 4th Street.

Protesters light a flag on fire, causing chaos on E. 4th

Chaos on the street, cat calls in the crowd at Q on night three

After tensions escalated, then fell, last night at the Q provided its own kind of controlled chaos. The Fresh Water team witnessed  it all.

Kerchiefed Cleveland RNC Occupation Forces activists marching down E9th on day two of RNC

Tempers rise as flag burns

Once again, a quiet start to Wednesday at the RNC. But as the temperatures rose so did tempers, resulting police orders to disperse.

Voting Trump in begins

Last night was full of tension, excitement on the streets and in the Q

Tensions between protest groups and police rose to a new level last night, but everything was brought under control. Fresh Water was on the streets and in the Q as voting Trump in as the republican candidate started.


A moody Tuesday at the RNC

Tuesday morning, people were mingling about and enjoying the entertainment. By Tuesday afternoon, many protest groups had taken over Public Square. All is now calm again.

Police use their bikes are barricadesades

A busy RNC day in Cleveland

There was a lot going on in Cleveland today with thousands of visitors, protesters and business people all going about their causes.

The Bikers for Trump rally in the Flats

Bikers for Trump rally, visitors celebrate as RNC gets underway

30-50 Bikers for Trump members rally in the Flats while office workers report a quiet start to the RNC. 

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Sunday at the RNC

Cleveland is humming with good vibes the weekend before the RNC kicks off, and security is in full force.

RNC bridge

Saturday at the RNC

Today, managing editor @erin__obrien heads to downtown to see what's happening; the latest links to road closures and security; live music at RTA stations; and options for those avoiding downtown this week.

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Today's RNC observations

Managing editor Erin O'Brien is already roaming downtown's streets, looking for signs the Republican National Convention is in town.

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Fresh Water Cleveland's RNC coverage

Fresh Water Cleveland will be live and on the ground during the Republican National Convention.

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Cleveland's 10 best oddities: the ultimate RNC scavenger hunt

Fresh Water uncovers the weird, the overlooked, the hidden, the has-been and even the naked in this rollicking roundup.

Cracking Art Group installation near the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Ahead of the RNC, art blooms across the 216

From an army of giant snails invading the Cleveland Public Library's Downtown branch to colorful murals lining RTA's Red Line, the 216 is alive with new eye-popping art to welcome RNC visitors.

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The Slavic Village area of Cleveland was hardly similar to its Eastern European namesake in terms of demographics and overall prosperity following the national housing depression in 2008. However, six years later, the locale is slowly improving itself with the help of the remaining residents as well as with the organization Slavic Village Development. The main section of Slavic Village is Historic Warszawa, which has Fleet Avenue running right through it. Some may think of it as a “Little Poland” for Clevelanders. Slavic Village Development is currently working on a variety of restorative projects for the populace, which include the bettering of Fleet Avenue and the Historic Broadway District.