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Story Club South Side in Chicago

the art of ordinary life: why storytelling nights are suddenly everywhere

In our hyperconnected, digital age, people hunger for real stories. In Cleveland and across the country, storytelling nights are growing thanks to the popularity of The Moth, This American Life and other programs that elevate life into art.

Gabe Fedor

what it will take to bring millennials like me back home

Young people born in Cleveland in the 90s don't feel a sense of nostalgia for the city's heyday. Instead, they see an increasingly vibrant city as a place of opportunity, provided we stay on our current path.

Gary Fingerhut, Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations

local innovators in the spotlight at cleveland clinic medical innovation summit

The premier healthcare gathering in the country takes place this week at the Cleveland Convention Center. Here are four Cleveland healthcare innovators being featured at the conference.

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video: hundreds find new ideas for their cities at inaugural urban innovation exchange

In September, innovators from around the country convened in Detroit to exchange their ideas for building better cities and stronger communities. For three days, Detroit was transformed into a marketplace for ideas for cities.

Brewnuts owners Shelley Fasulko and John Pippin

four companies compete as finalists in cose's business pitch competition

The Shark Tank style competition, now in its second year, is designed to give new businesses financial assistance and expert advice to get off the ground.

Alicia Candelario and Brittany Gonzalez of La Banana Frita

7 craft food startups that are making it in the 216

Using the local food scene as a launch pad, craft food startups are growing quickly. We caught up with a fresh batch to learn the recipes behind their success.

The Power House

how public art builds safer, stronger neighborhoods

Forget your ideas about giant abstract sculptures on museum lawns. In Detroit, public art is an essential part of community life.

Tawnee McCluskey

want to get people back to work? fill the basic skills gap

Low-income workers often lack the basic skills needed to find a good job. To bridge the gap, experts says it's essential to invest in training. Yet despite millions of people out of work, programs are hard to find.

View of the city from Riverbed along the planned Lake Link Trail

the flats are back: five big and small projects reshaping the city's oldest neighborhood

After a decade of standing still, the Flats are on the move. Check out some of the newest developments changing this mixed-use neighborhood, from the Lake Link Trail to plans for a new boathouse on the Cuyahoga River.

Justin Carson, Sam McNulty and Justin Beretelone riding on Zagster in Ohio City

wheels up: bike share plan aiming to make inroads throughout cleveland

When it comes to the new Zagster bike share system, the excitement is only just beginning. Three more stations are being rolled out before the end of October, a crowdfunding campaign is underway, and organizers say the system could expand further in the spring.

Bethesda at the Bottlehouse Brewery

the house is a-rockin': heights music hop is set for saturday

This Saturday, hop on over to the Heights Music Hop to check out a full lineup of bands in the Cedar-Lee District. There will be 30 bands playing at 16 different venues. Did we mention it's free?

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13 ideas for your city from the first-ever Urban Innovation Exchange

Last week, a group of innovators behind small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit and talked about what works in their cities, sharing stories of success, failure, hard work and creativity.


Zev Siegl (center) with John Johnson and Kim Jenkins of Rising Star

visit to cleveland 'lit my fire,' says starbucks co-founder

Zev Siegl came to Cleveland last week to speak to early-stage and student entrepreneurs at Bizdom and Blackstone Launchpad. Fresh Water gave him a tour and asked him about a lifetime of working with startups.

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fresh water turns four years old with new look, new editor

What's next for Cleveland? That's the question we've explored for the past four years. Recently, Fresh Water introduced a new, more contemporary design, began covering news more frequently and hired Lee Chilcote to manage the publication.
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