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Mention Little Italy to a Clevelander and you are likely to be regaled with stories of Neapolitan-style pizza, veal parmesan and creamy gelato. That's expected as this historic neighborhood has been home to Italian immigrants for generations – and, well, we all have to eat!
But dig a little deeper, past the cheese and meatballs, and you'll discover a lively borough where students, artists, families and visitors peaceably coexist. Second only to the restaurants in popularity are the area's eclectic art galleries and studios. Nearly two dozen art galleries can be found along the charming brick lanes, with the highest concentration taking up residence in a converted brick schoolhouse. Artwalks are a frequent and favored form of weekend entertainment.
Close to University Circle and its medical, cultural and educational institutions, Little Italy is a natural choice for students and staffers of those institutions to live, eat and play. Visit nearby Lake View Cemetery, a 300-acre cemetery that doubles as the neighborhood's Central Park, and you'll discover all the trappings of a residential community. Dog parks, picnics and casual strolls are all common sights at this 140-year-old gem.
Little Italy Features
the big game: how marquee sporting events improve bottom line, visitor perception
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The 2014 Gay Games kick off August 9th with an expected 8,000 to 10,000 participants competing in some 40 sports. The comprehensive event will serve as the latest memo to the world that Cleveland is a sought-after host for large-scale events that add millions to the local economy.
stack the deck: tips from the pros on what makes a great sales pitch
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Thanks to a bevy of new accelerators and incubators -- all grooming startups to be the Next Big Thing -- the art of the pitch is more important now than ever. Whether it’s a casual elevator pitch or an intense 20-minute address to potential investors, there are some definite dos and don’ts to giving an effective pitch.
best face forward: storefront renovation programs add sparkle to streets
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Some storefronts sparkle with inviting merchandise, while others languish behind a layer of dust. For the latter, Cleveland's Storefront Renovation Program has been lending a helping hand to entrepreneurs for almost two decades with financial assistance for exterior improvements and signage.
all aboard: urban transit stations redeveloped as neighborhood amenities
Rachel Kaufman and Joe Baur
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Even as the economy recovers, Americans are driving less and taking public transit more. With all that demand comes congestion and backups at major rail hubs. But smart cities are anticipating and adapting so that the transit station of tomorrow is a true neighborhood amenity.
pay it forward: how shopping small reaps big rewards for the local community
Thursday, November 21, 2013
It's a fact that $68 of every $100 spent locally returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. We all know that shopping small is good for the local community, but what are the real and tangible benefits behind the movement? A closer look reveals how buying local feeds our region in ways both obvious and subtle.
Murray Hill Bolt & Spool
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