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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

Ohio City Farm’s workers from The Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program

Innovations from Cleveland's urban farms are taking root around the world

One wouldn't guess by its industrial past, but Cleveland has surprising ties to the roots of urban farming in America—and they're on full display at these local farms, which were spotlighted recently at the global Meeting of the Minds conference. See why Chateau Hough, Green City Growers, Rid-All Green Partnership, and Ohio City Farm are now serving as a blueprint for MOTM experts to apply in their own cities.

Meeting of the Minds 2013 in Toronto, Canada

350 global thought leaders set to converge on Cleveland for Meeting of the Minds

If past Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) confabs are any indication, the eleventh installment of the annual conference is sure to be an inspiring conversation-starter about all things urban innovation—especially since this year's chosen setting is Cleveland.

CMA Chalk Festival

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture seeks diversity and equity in next decade

As CAC enters its second decade, the organization is taking an in-depth look at how it invests nearly $15 million annually to make Cuyahoga County a more vibrant place to work, live, and play.

Sue Wadden presenting Sherwin-Williams ColorMix

Cloudy with a chance of mermaids: Sherwin-Williams sets the tone with its Color of the Year

Before hunkering down to hibernate, redecorating may be in order—especially if your walls reflect those increasingly gray skies. Though gray has been popular for the past five or six years, the tide is turning, says Sherwin-Williams’ director of color marketing Sue Wadden, who recently announced that the vibrant blue Oceanside (SW 6496) is Color of the Year 2018.

Public Square Protest - LAND studio’s Landform public art series

Future so bright: Five public art projects brightening Cleveland's landscape

Fresh Water scoured the city in search of public art. It didn't take us long to find five new public art installments that add a little character and color to the skyline. Check them out here.
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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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