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Downtown Cleveland

During the day, downtown Cleveland functions as the governmental, commercial and legal nucleus of Cuyahoga County. Daily, tens of thousands of people commute here to work at law firms, banks, insurance companies and in municipal offices. At the end of the day, many of those people get in cars or hop on trains and return home to far-flung suburbs. But not all of them. More and more, people are choosing to call downtown home, taking up residence in warehouse lofts, sleek new condos and apartments carved out of former office buildings. Hovering at 98-percent occupancy, the residential market in downtown Cleveland is at its highest point in 60 years. 

Features

RNC Protesters

Five takeaways from the RNC protests

Fresh Water managing editor Erin O'Brien was downtown most every day from July 14 until the RNC concluded on July 21. In this roundup, she gives a street-level view of the protests, large and small.  

An Indiana officer runs with a local child through the fountain in Public Square

PHOTOS: Capturing the essence of the RNC

From patriots in Daniel Boone hats to police in prayer circles, Fresh Water's managing photographer Bob Perkoski caught all the myriad sights amid the RNC.

Gilligan the Magician: Let's Make America Magical Again

First person: the greatest sleight of hand

In this riveting essay, Fresh Water contributor Mark Oprea offers up a sweeping insider's view of the RNC.

"Unafraid and Unashamed" mural by Julian Raven

First Person: a thin glass line between Chris Christie and Alex Jones

During last week's Republican National Convention, Downtown Cleveland was a veritable flea market of ideologies and beliefs, with Public Square serving as the epicenter.  

A tight security plan in Public Square

First Person: reflecting on a successful RNC in Cleveland

There was a lot to take in during the RNC last week, from unique participants to a party-like atmosphere. Senior Fresh Water contributor Karin Connelly Rice shares her impressions of the event and how it played out in the 216.
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Downtown Founders

lynde vespoli

lynde vespoli

City: Cleveland
Meet Lynde Vespoli, founder of Discover My Cleveland, a destination management company with nine part-time tour directors and one fulltime employee.
fred geis

fred geis

City: Streetsboro
Meet Fred Geis, founder of Geis Companies, a northeast Ohio design/build company with 140 employees.
lauren steiner

lauren steiner

City: Downtown
Meet Lauren Steiner, founder of Grants Plus, a fundraising consulting firm with 14 employees.
kurt rote

kurt rote

City: Downtown
Meet Kurt Rote, founder of Western Oncolytics, a developer of novel cancer therapies.
mark kohoot

mark kohoot

City: Downtown
Meet Mark Kohoot, founder of Aeroscena LLC, a Cleveland company with three employees that develops Ascents clinical aromatherapy.
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