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Phlebotomy Technician Program instructor Tenia Lee at NewBridge

Building bridges: connecting citizens to leading local employers

NewBridge Cleveland's adult job training programs have taken off since the center for arts and technology's 2010 opening, expanding offerings and tripling enrollment in its health-tech programming.

CIFF Perspectives

Cutting edge: CIFF doubles down on virtual reality

Expanding its virtual reality series amid this year's 'Perspectives' offerings, Cleveland’s largest film fest aims to foster a technology still trying to find its footing in Hollywood.


Neuroscience

Innovative projects can be a statewide catalyst for research dollars and jobs

Throughout Ohio, 18 projects in the first rounds of the Ohio Federal Research Network's Centers of Excellence offer more than $200 million in growth opportunities.

Chef Eric Rogers

Local Chef fires up brand, gives back to communities

From Cajun-Creole eats to fresh juices, chef entrepreneur Eric Rogers is taking his "Fix" brand to the next level and beyond while keeping it all in the 216.

The top prize, CIA Board of Trustees Grand Purchase Prize, by junior Sculpture + Expanded Media student Sage Byham for “Perception,” a work that includes a painting and metal sculpture

PHOTOS: award-winning student art at CIA

Managing photographer Bob Perkoski gives Fresh Water readers a peek inside the Cleveland Institute of Art's 71st annual Student Independent Exhibition.

Owner Debbie Brink of Pure Enchantment

Local: seven all natural beauty product lines

Beard balms, sugar scrubs, essential oils and bath bombs — that's just for starters in this go-to roundup of handcrafted personal care products developed, made and sold in Northeast Ohio.  

The 925 Building

Rising: seven projects that will change the face of Cleveland

From an elaborate renovation of Quicken Loans Arena to a series of residential construction projects, Fresh Water checks in on a handful of ambitious proposed and ongoing development efforts.

Old City Libations

Cleveland insider: the real story behind Old City Libations

While Cleveland Hustles rocked the little screen, what played out behind the scenes as Old City Libations rose in Gordon Square was a story long in the making and not always soft as soda pop.  

CAC street team

Street level 'Voices and Vision' inform Cuyahoga Arts and Culture's next 10 years

The organization intends to prioritize programming accessibility and ensure that people across all races, incomes and education levels feel included in its programming and funding.  

First-prize Donnelly Eber Architects, out of New York City and Cleveland-based Simcon Homes

Architectural offerings evoke loft-like feel, nod to traditional and row housing

Three architect-builder teams—ranging from international to local—have risen to the top in a design competition that focused on three lots in Shaker Heights' Moreland district. The prize-winning results are innovative, energy-efficient and appropriate for middle-income housing.

Tracey Halvorsen and Amy Goldberg at graduation 1993

A look back: two CIA grads reflect on their time in Cleveland – a 'well made place'

Two Cleveland Institute of Art graduates took the lessons they learned in the 216, became pioneers in web design and now helm one of Inc.'s fastest growing companies.

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Northeast Ohio agencies prepare for booming 'silver tsunami'

As some 76 million baby boomers retire, they are stirring a “silver tsunami” across the country, testing public and nonprofit agencies as well as the housing market. Fresh Water checks in to see how Northeast Ohio is preparing for the trend.

Marija Pomagaj - A shrine traditionally found in Slovenian churches. Featured on the west side of the church

Four cornerstones: historic ethnic churches thrive in a modern world

Fresh Water explores a quartet of Cleveland's ethnic houses of worship that endure in traditions of faith, history and culture.

Ja’Ovvoni Garrison

Ramping up the odds: an underdog rolls in as candidate for mayor

A 27-year-old skateboarding organizer is running for City Hall chief despite tough competition. Does he have a chance?

Women's March on Cleveland

PHOTOS: Women's March

Fresh Water managing photographer Bob Perkoski was on hand to capture these evocative images from last Saturday's demonstration in Downtown Cleveland, which was attended by some 15,000 people.

OFRN’s network of universities, researchers and businesses are creating jobs and meeting the needs of the Federal U.S. laboratories like NASA

State-funded research network creates enriching collaborations in Ohio

The Ohio Federal Research Network brings colleges and universities together to increase research funding, industry collaboration, and technology commercialization for job growth and economic development.
OFRN 

Slavic Village Recovery Project - after image

Cleveland insider: a clear solution in the war against blight

Ridding the city streets of zombies—long abandoned vacant properties—has become one local entrepreneur's ongoing battle. His fiercest weapon is a product that literally changes the face of foreclosure.

social security

Closer look: the local impact of Social Security reform

While Congress floats a proposal to raise the full Social Security retirement age to 69, the impact will hit hardest in Cleveland's urban neighborhoods, where life expectancy is as low as 70—nearly nine years shorter than the national average.

William G. Mather

Five old school places that rock the Rust Belt

While the Cleveland Renaissance rises all around us in gleaming fashion, Fresh Water takes a steely look inside five spots that evoke the Rust Belt's hey day.

Jumar Newell of LaunchArts

From minding the ledgers to urban farming: The Dealership is where businesses go to grow

Fresh Water pulled into the funky co-working space on Lee Road and met up with four of the resident businesses to get their stories and hear about what motivates and excites them.

As his MIG welder whirrs, a masked Mazurowski is enveloped in a halo of sparks

Meet the ironman behind Cleveland's food trucks

The man inside Cleveland Custom Trucks has a story that stretches far beyond the rolling kitchens he creates.  

Deborah Wade and Darrick Wade with a photo of their son Demetrius

Lead in Cleveland: confronting a silent killer

Children living in Cuyahoga County have some of the highest lead blood-levels in the Ohio. Public entities, nonprofits such as Neighborhood Connections and – most importantly – residents on the ground are tackling the broad and complex problem.

Blizzard Vortex at Castle Noel

Five alt holiday haps

For those willing to venture over hill and dale, Fresh Water offers up a host of unique holiday activities, from a life-sized Candy Land game to gliding down a not-so-ominous Christmas Story slide.

Dawn Arrington and her family conduct a Food and Amenity Exchange on her front porch

New podcast focuses on ordinary Clevelanders doing extraordinary work

“Neighbor Up Spotlight” focuses on members of Neighbor Up, a network of approximately 2,000 Greater Cleveland residents making positive change in their own backyards.

Circle the City with Love movement last July

Circle the City with Love goes international ahead of presidential inauguration

Sr. Rita Petruziello, organizer of the hugely successful Circle the City with Love event last July, is organizing another gathering to celebrate unity on a grand scale.

Cleveland Print Room

From flaming history to art therapy, grants foster eclectic projects

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture will invest more than $14.5 million in grants to 241 nonprofits across the county in 2017. Fresh Water takes an inside look at four of the associated projects.

Takasha Netall, Policy Researcher

Street level: Clevelanders react to the 2016 Election

Fresh Water checks in with supporters of Trump, Clinton and Johnson as well as those that did not vote.

Christmas Carolers in Ohio City

PHOTOS: 20 holiday postcards, Cleveland style

An image roundup from points across the 216 full up with Santas and skaters and sparkling holiday finery as captured by Fresh Water's managing photographer Bob Perkoski.

The Zoarville Station Fink Through-Truss Bridge

100 miles of the Towpath Trail - one step at a time

Walking the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail reveals the details of fascinating sights, from stunning infrastructure and industry to magical cities and even a ghostly wetland.

A photo of Hotz Cafe from the 30's

In search of Cleveland's oldest bars

Ending the day with a cold draft is a long-standing Cleveland tradition, but where, exactly, has it been going on the longest? Fresh Water set out to find out.

The Garden Store - Cleveland Botanical Garden

Holiday shopping with a side of culture

This roundup of unique gift shops on the doorsteps of your favorite museums and cultural centers is perfect for those seeking a truly alt-holiday shopping excursion.

Todd Kennedy, a member of the Grant Making Committee, and Cynthia Lewis, grants manager, promote Neighborhood Connections at a neighborhood festival

Small grants lend big support to residents' art and culture projects

Seventy-two diverse projects are set to bloom across Cleveland and East Cleveland courtesy of more than $200,000 in grants from Neighborhood Connections and partner organization Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Christopher Johnston with cast of The Mighty Scarabs by Cornell Calhoun III at Karamu House, March 2015

First person: A playwright's tale

Fresh off his success of "Selfies at the Clown Motel," Cleveland playwright Christopher Johnston recounts 25 years inside the local indie theatre scene and gives newbies tips on how to break into it.  

CIA associate professor, Douglas Paige observing nature's design in the Metorparks

Biomimicry: nature meets industrial design at CIA

Cleveland Institute of Art professor Doug Paige is showing students how to take a page out of Mother Nature's playbook when it comes to industrial design.

Ronnie Collins

I Live Here (now): Ronnie Collins, Hilton Cleveland Downtown

After initial reluctance to becoming director of sales and marketing at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Ronnie Collins now sees what the city has to offer and has become a vocal advocate for all things 216.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy land conservation work around the region

Quiet Land Conservancy tackles blight, spreads green throughout Northern Ohio

From the reclamation of the Henninger Landfill to saving a Russell Township farm, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy fosters thriving urban centers, green space and more by preserving some 5,000 acres annually.  

Bruce Smith, Broderick Johnson and Gracie Riggins

Cleveland insider: meet three stalwart volunteers

Three long-time area volunteers reveal what drives them to give so generously, how they've soldiered through the tough times and the ways in which their efforts pay back – and then some.

Día de Muertos 2015 in the Gordon Square Arts District

PHOTOS: Dia de Muertos

Dazzling images captured by Fresh Water managing photographer Bob Perkoski from "Day of the Dead" celebrations in Gordon Square.

Kids from Kinsman planting trees

Climate Ambassadors: street-level environmental activism

Orchestrated by regional organizations and led by residents, this grassroots initiative tackles climate change where it has a disproportionate impact: amid lower income citizens.  

Duck Island Murals

Grassroots success: residents unite to brighten Duck Island

The Duck Island Block Club, with the help of residents, a local small business and Neighborhood Connections, is bringing new life to its neck of the woods.

MOCA Cleveland senior curator Andria Hickey

New curator brings New York sophistication, public art experience to MOCA

Andria Hickey, MOCA's new senior curator, has "hit the ground running," coordinating an event apropos of the swirling political season - with a host of other exhibits to follow in 2017.

Class of 2006 alum Mark Reigelman's Rock Box installation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Five things: little known facts from inside the Cleveland Institute of Art

From an anthropomorphic aardvark to a golden guy named Oscar, the venerable CIA is brimming with surprises of fine art, pop culture and a heaping helping of quirk.

The Chelton Park Mural project

With cutting-edge architecture and creations by locals, art is rising in the Moreland district

Whether it's a national design competition, kids making their own space or locals splashing color amid an active greenspace, Shaker Heights' Moreland district is alive with art and community collaboration.

Lisa Marie Reed owner of Garden of Flavor (left) and Ha San juicing wheatgrass

Local entrepreneurs find the clean and green side of healthy eats

These local food entrepreneurs have found the sweet spot between 'clean-labeling' and good taste. The results are flavored with success.

Seth Chwast

Artist finds his voice in art, builds an international reputation

With a new show at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Heights artist Seth Chwast further establishes himself in the local art scene. That he was diagnosed with autism when he was a toddler only underscores his achievements.

This is Cleveland

How big is Cleveland's heart?

In this special op-ed for Fresh Water, Brandon Chrostowski, founder of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, gives Clevelanders powerful and sobering reminders on the heels of the city's remarkable summer of 2016.  

La Placita

La Villa Hispana: an economic and cultural Latino hub

Years in the making, plans for La Villa Hispana – a center celebrating Latino heritage and commerce in the Clark Fulton neighborhood – will be unveiled next month at a City Planning Commission meeting.

Cleveland School of the Arts

PHOTOS: 21 Cleveland hot spots born after Fresh Water

This week marks Fresh Water's sixth birthday and to celebrate, managing photographer Bob Perkoski visually catalogs a few things that came along after our humble inception.  

The 1310 Bandits Film Group

Immersive "idea lab" celebrates artists as community leaders

Artspace's annual Breaking Ground event evolves this year from one dynamic evening of speakers and performances to an immersive, two-day "idea lab" on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Gary and Laura Dumm

Gary and Laura Dumm: Here There Be Monsters

Local artists Gary and Laura Dumm mix the likes of Frankenstein and vampires with pesticides and global warming - along with a side of humor - in an evocative new show.

Lara Mielcarek directing inmates at Cleveland's Northeast Reintegration Center

Artist Rehabilitation Coalition leverages the Bard to inspire inmates

Cleveland actor Lara Mielcarek's fledgling coalition is bringing Shakespeare – and a new dimension of life – to area inmates.  

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VIDEO: Take a stand against poverty in Cleveland

This effort from the Sisters of Charity Health System invites Clevelanders to join the conversation and #SpeakUpCLE.

SAS Center veternarians perform an annual check up on Metroparks Ranger K-9 officer Logan

Cleveland insider: Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine

Tigers, flamingos and elephants aside, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is also home to the world-class Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine – a mecca of animal care, science, conservation, education and research.

Derf Backderf

Q & A: Derf Backderf

The internationally recognized creator of 'My Friend Dahmer' reveals his complex relationship with the story – from how it saved his life to taking on one of its own in a forthcoming film.

Oluremi Ann Oliver

Meet Oluremi Ann Oliver

Oluremi Ann Oliver is an early childhood consultant, storyteller and member of the committee that awards grants through Neighborhood Connections.

Step Up to UH Info Session at NewBridge

Innovative job program helps community members Step Up

As part of our Grassroots Success series, Fresh Water takes a closer look at the "Step Up to UH" program, which aims to connect prospective local employees to jobs at University Hospitals

Heather Gmucs and Sarah Barker of Wax Mage

Waxing Poetic

Two local record manufacturers are advancing the vinyl renaissance with dazzling multicolored discs. They’re also redefining just what a record can be.  

Artur Fulan, Gustavo Nogueira, Carla Batista and Matt Quinn of Ipanema Market

Ipanema Market to offer up imports, a taste of Brazil on Larchmere

With the help of local Brazilian community members, the owners of Batuqui are set to open Ipanema Market, featuring Brazilian and Portuguese imports amid seasonal products from area farmers, butchers, and cheese makers.

Executive Director Rick Kemm of The May Dugan Center

Q & A: Rick Kemm

The executive director of the May Dugan Center chats about his passion for health and human services and what ignited his decades of work in the nonprofit sector.

Grand Opening of El Barrio

How affordable artist housing can help cultural communities "celebrate themselves"

Artspace enjoys a long history of working with culturally distinct groups in the development of affordable artist live/work housing and community spaces. From El Barrio in NY to Honolulu, HI, these projects allow artists to celebrate themselves.

Erika Woodrum, FES Center Staff (CIA Biomedical Art 2014) discusses with Liz Heald (Case BME Graduate Student) the illustration developed for a novel FES Center neuroprosthetic system

Cleveland Institute of Art: quiet champion of biomedical arts

Cleveland Institute of Art's Biomedical Arts program provides a unique and critically important component to healthcare institutes both local and national.

Leena Allure from Detroit, Michigan

PHOTOS: 6th Annual Ohio Burlesque Festival

For those who missed the 6th Annual Ohio Burlesque Festival last weekend at the Beachland Ballroom, Fresh Water's managing photographer Bob Perkoski offers this photo recap.  

Van Aken District

Placemaking puts Shaker residents in the mix of Van Aken District plans

The City of Shaker Heights turned to its residents for input on how the forthcoming Van Aken District development will take shape and appropriately reflect the rest of the iconic city.

Welcome to Glenville

VIDEO: From Superman to Superfly & Beyond!

From fascinating historical details to today's green shoots, this delightful short from Neighborhood Connections and the Famicos Foundation trains the spotlight on a classic Cleveland neighborhood – Glenville.

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.

Republican National Convention 2016

Five strategies the Cleveland Police used to win the RNC

These straightforward tactics contributed to a stunningly successful policing story for the Cleveland Police Department and its extended team during the Republican National Convention.

Sun sets as the end of the RNC draws near

A quiet ending to the 2016 RNC

Social media roundup: 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

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

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.

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.

Horses

A moody Tuesday at the RNC

Social media roundup: Tuesday morning, people were mingling about and enjoying the entertainment. By the afternoon, many protest groups had taken over Public Square. Then calm resumed.

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. 

Police use their bikes are barricadesades

A busy RNC day in Cleveland

Social media roundup: there was a lot going on in Cleveland on the first day of the RNC with thousands of visitors, protesters and business people all going about their causes.

U Matter

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.

RNC 2016 Cleveland

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.

Close up of one of the album cover guitars

Lackey Guitars puts a new spin on vintage boxes, vinyl art

From vintage Springsteen covers to old cigar boxes, David Lackey reanimates objects by transforming them into handcrafted one-of-a-kind guitars.

Cleveland Velodrome

A perfect slice of Cleveland: Slavic Village

Fresh Water contributor Kaylyn Hlavaty offers up a perfect slice of Cleveland with an insider's tour of Slavic Village.

RNC 2016 Cleveland

Fresh Water Cleveland's RNC coverage

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

Norton Furniture

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.

Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA Championship Parade and Rally

PHOTOS: King James and his royal subjects

For this week's Fresh Water, managing photographer Bob Perkoski chronicles the dazzling aftermath of the Cavaliers' historic championship win - with a royal narrative by Erin O'Brien.

Luke Visnic of Drew Anderson of Cleveland Kraut

From bones to 'buch: Culinary Kitchen launches local success

In just three years, the Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen has produced a wealth of successful food businesses, some of which have outgrown the incubator and moved on to their own locations.

Indian Head Chief Shaka Zulu from New Orleans performs at the Rock Hall reception

Forward Cities convenes in Cleveland

Last week in Cleveland, some 200 Forward Cities attendees from across the nation explored strategies that foster entrepreneurship and social innovation in minority communities.

The BottleHouse Brewery

A perfect slice of Cleveland: Cedar-Lee

Fresh Water contributor Nikki Delamotte offers up a perfect slice of Cleveland with an insider's tour of the Cedar-Lee neighborhood.

Italo Gonzalez

Hardcore commuters fuel Cleveland's two-wheeled renaissance

Meet Italo Gonzalez. He rides 6.6 miles to work most every day – including those marked by rain, sleet and snow. And he's not alone.

Cleveland Metroparks Go Ape Treetop Adventure course'

First person: going ape

Despite a fear of heights, Fresh Water contributor Hollie Gibbs took to the Go Ape Treetop Adventure course in the Cleveland Metroparks' Mill Stream Run Reservation and lived to tell about it.

Carlos Jones diplaying Positive Vibrations at On Air Studio in the Flats

Local reggae legend offers 'Positive Vibrations' via chord and cuppa

Carlos Jones of I–tal, First Light and the PLUS Band is now serving up a steaming cup of joe alongside his legendary reggae efforts.

Nicole McGee

Upcycle Parts Shop engages the community though creative reuse

A conversation with Nicole McGee about the Upcycle Parts Shop and her work as a community organizer, fundraiser, and creative reuse artist.  

Mark Mothersbaugh's Myopia

From Jocko Homo to Pee-wee's Playhouse: it's a beautiful world

This summer, Mark Mothersbaugh's Myopia will enchant Clevelanders and Akronites alike with a host of surreal characters, giant graphics and all things DEVO.  

Si Señor - Quesadilla Chipotle

New Cleveland eats, international flair

Handmade sausage returns to Slavic Village, a success story from Guanajuato to Cleveland and the rebirth of the Cleveland Grill's Mediterranean soul round out this plate of local culinary delights.  

Rooms To Let - Bubble Palace

PHOTOS: Rooms to Let 2016

From a bathtub full of balloons to a stained glass cathedral, Fresh Water managing photographer Bob Perkoski has curated the funky, heartbreaking and purely Cleveland event in this collection of photos.

Kelly Reinhold, student at May Dugan Center's Education and Resource Center

Turning back from the edge

Fresh Water contributor Brandon Baker uncovers compelling success stories from Clevelanders who have overcome untold challenges and crises.

Asian Festival

A perfect slice of Cleveland: AsiaTown

Fresh Water contributor Rebecca Groynom offers up a perfect slice of Cleveland with an insider's tour of AsiaTown.

Gary Horvath owner of the Old Angle Boxing Gym

The Pope of West 25th Street

The story behind a mini documentary produced by Justin Glanville and Paul Vogelsang about the man behind the Old Angle Boxing Gym on West 25th Street.

Tanya Holmes grandkids helping out at  Ka-La Healing Garden

Urban farms: small but mighty

Tucked into unlikely corners across the city, small urban farmers aim to turn food deserts into oases of fresh produce and community engagement.

Ballot Box project voting at the Slovenian Workmen's Home

Collinwood Ballot Box projects got out the vote, now get underway

In an unusual community vote, some 520 Collinwood residents chose nine Ballot Box art projects from a field of more than 30. The eclectic efforts will begin unfurling in the north coast neighborhood as soon as this month.

Keith Sutton of Sutton Development Group (left) with business partner Dave Territo (right) and Adam Davenport, head of EcoVillage Development (center)

Tiny Homes Take Shape in EcoVillage

A tiny home project in Detroit Shoreway's EcoVillage sparks controversy, attracts admirers.


Design for Cleveland Cyclewerks by CIA student  Hsuan Fu Wan

Cleveland muscle: art on wheels

From screamin' sports cars to towering monster trucks, Cleveland is host to unique design stories born on the wings of transportation.


The Fixers

"The Fixers" will offer contrast amid RNC preparations

The Fixers, a series of short films that will be presented in SPACES next month, offers street-level tours Clevelanders would give RNC delegates if given the chance.

Hilton Cleveland Downtown

Five alive: A handful of projects set to show off Cleveland's boom to RNC visitors

Fresh Water updates five major development projects that will prove to conventioneers this July that Cleveland is a city on the move.

1930s bungalow on Chelton with colonial detailing at front porch

The next must-live Greater Cleveland neighborhood is...

With affordable housing stock, easy access to amenities and a friendly atmosphere for artists and entrepreneurs, the Moreland district in Shaker Heights is a tiny grid of streets that's poised to take off.

Sean Ammirati

New book, "The Science of Growth," models startup success

Venture capitalist and Cleveland native Sean Ammirati's new book from St. Martin's Press delves into Facebook's success over Friendster, McDonald's Golden Arches towering over White Castle and how Gmail smashed Hotmail.

Gregory Peckham

One on one with LAND Studio's Gregory Peckham

Meet Gregory Peckham, managing director of LAND Studio, a nonprofit with the mission to connect people through public art, sustainable building and design, collaborative planning, and dynamic programming.

St. Michael the Archangel Church, Scranton Road

PHOTOS: 25 angels, fantastical beasts and stone-faced observers

Fresh Water invites readers to enjoy this unique round-up of neighbors that you've likely never met even though they've been around longer than the oldest Clevelander you know.

W65th & Detroit

A perfect slice of Cleveland: Detroit Shoreway

Fresh Water contributor Kim Palmer offers up a perfect slice of Cleveland as she gives you an insider's tour of her corner of the world: Detroit Shoreway.

Rethink Labels

The Diversity Center invites viewers to "Rethink Labels"

This short hard-hitting film aims to help young people develop empathy and see the world through other peoples' eyes.

Megan Lykins Reich, deputy director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

MOCA: Cleveland cosmopolitan

MOCA's cosmopolitan flair is rooted in its commitment to connect Cleveland to points across the globe via art and people.

Mansfield Frazier of Vineyards of Chateau Hough

Trending: urban wineries

Meet urban winemakers and visit a vineyard in an unlikely corner of the city in this closer look at NEO's fledgling winemaking movement.

EntrovationCLE

Student entrepreneurs, organizers ignite EntrovationCLE

A group of high school seniors will light up Beachwood High School on April 30 with fun, food trucks and 200 vendors ranging from international giants and local businesses to student entrepreneurs at EntrovationCLE.

Edgardo Padin-Rivera, PhD chief of Psychology Services at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

Building bridges for veterans with PTSD

At the Louis Stokes VA Center in University Circle, the most effective help for vets suffering from PTSD comes from other vets who know the difficult road to coping with the disorder all too well.

Cleveland video

A little video that's big on Cleveland

A whirlwind tour of Cleveland with zip lines, sailboats, and bicycles; uptown, downtown and midtown - all packed into a wee two and a half minutes!

Carolina Kane

World-class programs immerse teens in the artist's life

Three programs in Northeast Ohio that attract high school students from across the globe offer an intense and realistic preview of life in a college arts program.

Little Italy

A perfect slice of Cleveland: Little Italy

In this series, Fresh Water gives an insider's tour of CLE's storied neighborhoods. This week, Fresh Water contributor Mark Oprea offers up the first perfect slice of Cleveland as he shows you around his corner of the world: Little Italy.  

Brandyn Armstrong inventor of the Studio Stick

Young inventor offers up promising portable studio, leaves behind difficult past

A young local entrepreneur is on the verge of introducing a unique portable studio to the world and giving everyone a chance to be a professional recording artist, wherever they may be.  

Robert Putka at the Capitol Theater where Mad will premire for CIFF40

Welcome Home: Cleveland International Film Festival shines a spotlight on local stories

Fresh Water takes a closer look at CIFF's local offerings and finds a field of sunflowers, two opposite sisters and the man behind Melt's flying grilled cheese sammie.

Chorusline Luminaries sculptural array is cast after the image of a Broadway chorus line

Cleveland insider: the stories behind CLE's quirkiest public art

Stephen Manka has installed public art throughout the city. His subtle methods, however, reveal myriad connections between Clevelanders, their spaces and their history.

May Dugan and friends (back left, with her daughter, Rita Reynolds Kiousis)

The very Irish history of Cleveland's west side philanthropy

The colorful history of May Dugan and how she embodied West Side philanthropy shimmers with the emerald green of her family's heritage.

Terry Schwarz

Terry Schwarz

Terry Schwarz is the Director of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, a combined urban design graduate program and urban design practice nonprofit that uses planning and design to address social issues in neighborhoods throughout Northeast Ohio. 

Artwork on the Cheerio Bldg in the Detroit Shoreway 2011

PHOTOS: Eighteen images of places around town that are gone but not forgotten

Fresh Water managing photographer Bob Perkoski rarely lets a Cleveland icon go unrecorded no matter how humble it may be.

Pre-Kindergarten at Riverside School

Tethering Cleveland's charter and district schools to bring quality education to all

Cross-pollinating Cleveland's charter and CMSD schools by transferring educators between them - along with their experience and ideas - helps advance the Cleveland Plan's goal of ensuring quality education for all students.

Liz Ferro - Girls With Sole

Girls With Sole on a marathon to wellness

Liz Ferro, founder of Girls With Sole, is on a mission to help girls turn to fitness for healing in the long run.

Birchwood School

Diversity, curriculum set West Park's Birchwood School apart

The Birchwood School offers area families a unique educational opportunity for the Pre-K through middle school set, with an energized curriculum and a keen focus on character and hard work.

Filmmaker Darryl Dickenson

Motion Picture Tax Credit translates into box office hit for local economy

The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit has created the equivalent of 1,729 full-time jobs since 2011 and generated more than $400 million in economic impact - and Northeast Ohio has had a starring role in all of it.

Cleveland highway Rt 2

New images reveal true impact of freeways on Cleveland's neighborhoods

While Interstate highways connected Cleveland proper with points across the county and beyond, the street-level impact on dense urban neighborhoods was profound and enduring. Guest contributor Tim Kovach reveals this topic with a sobering bird's eye view.

Fresh Water editor Erin O'Brien

Fresh Water taps Erin O'Brien as new managing editor

Long-time Fresh Water contributor Erin O'Brien will now helm the publication.

Valdivieso - acrylic on canvas

An artistic journey from Ecuador to Cleveland Heights

Growing up in Ecuador, Rafael Valdivieso went against his family's tradition of embarking on a career in politics to pursue his love of the arts.

Entrance To Glenveagh by Eileen Dorsey

March to come in like a lion - at least culturally speaking

It may still be February, but March is set to come in like a lion, with a bevy of short alt films, a celebration of Leonard Bernstein and a glittering green art opening.

Darrell Branch of Heights Music Shop

Cleveland insiders: the secrets to keeping it local

From lumber to antique books and vintage guitars, local businesses share their secrets to success amid big box competition, financial pressures and changing times.

Food's up at The Rib Cage

Dive into Cleveland's culinary consciousness with five ethnic hot spots

Fresh Water toured some of Cleveland's lesser-known places for authentic ethnic eats at an affordable price and found bibimbap, tandoori chicken and smoked brisket, just to name a few.

L to R: Sam Vaughn, Neighborhood Change Agent; Rohnell Robinson, Peacemaker Ambassador; and Devone Boggan

Devone Boggan

Devone Boggan is the Director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety in Richmond, California, a non-law enforcement government agency with a specific focus to reduce firearm assaults and associated death by engaging the very people most at-risk. 

We Can Code IT holds coding boot camps aimed at getting women and minorities careers in high-paying IT fields

Coding boot camps are helping to fill open computer jobs in Cleveland

Boot-camp style computer coding courses are rapidly growing alongside Northeast Ohio's tech sector. 

Case Manager Shelly Bishop workis with Erik Wells, trainee in the Vocational Training Center program in Cornucopia's state-of-the-art commercial kitchen

In the Interest of good: Social enterprises that make an impact, inspire community change

Social enterprises strive to not only raise money, but to also make a change in the communities and the people's lives they serve.

It’s Time to Talk Forum on Race 2014

Enter YWCA's It's Time to Talk Forum on Race essay contest

Deadline extended! Write an essay about why an open and honest discussion about race is important for the YMCA Greater Cleveland's Time to Talk Forum on Race.

Amy Martin

Why I won't write emails like a man

Amy Martin posted an essay on LinkedIn, which quickly went viral.

Graffiti Garages at Spang Mountain

Grassroots crowdfunding platform ioby makes Cleveland its new backyard

The non-profit ioby will open offices in Cleveland this March to help grassroots community improvement efforts get off the ground.

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Stay informed with Republican National Convention news

Sign up for the Commmunity Update to stay informed with the Republican National Convention Host Committee.

Alta House

Renovation of Little Italy's historic Alta House is a win-win for all involved

Alta House needed a new social mission and Cleveland Montessori needed a new home. The two came up with the perfect solution.

taxes

Ask a CPA your really dumb tax questions

With tax season looming, CWRU research associate Amar Desai bugs his wife Deval, a CPA, with some questions.

Rock Hard Guitar Pics

Rock Hard featured on WKYC

Last May, Fresh Water published a story on Jerry Mearini and the Rock Hard Guitar Picks he developed, combining his love of rock and roll with his physics knowledge. Our media partner WKYC Channel 3 picked up the story.

Joe Cimperman

Q & A with Joe Cimperman, new president of Global Cleveland

As he transitions from 18 years on city council to president of Global Cleveland, Fresh Water asks Joe Cimperman about his tenure, his vision and his love of Cleveland..

Lindsay on a desert safari outside of Dubai in United Arab Emirates

Small World Project documents stories from one woman's 11 month trip around the globe

Lindsay Marissa Osborne traveled the world to find the good in other people and cultures for her Small World Project.

Winter sledding in the Cleveland Metroparks

Metroparks' Emerald Necklace glitters with activity the year round

Whether the mild winter continues or Jack Frost breathes chilly air over us and lays a snowy blanket beneath us, the Cleveland Metroparks offers a host of activities for people of all ages and abilities throughout the winter months.  

W. 73rd St underpass grand opening

W. 73rd Street underpass brings new access to the city's greatest asset: Lake Erie

A long time in the planning, the W. 73rd Street underpass gives Detroit Shoreway residents east access to lakefront gems.

Volunteers at The Greater Cleveland Food Bank packing lunches for After School Programs

Five ways to help this holiday season

It's the season of giving, but these organizations need folks to give all year long.

The La Salle Theater on 185th Street

From guitar picks to pop-ups: the top Fresh Water stories of 2015

A lot has happened this year in Cleveland. From new businesses to innovative ideas,  Fresh Water looks back at the top 10 stories of 2015.

2014

Reflecting on five years

In September, Fresh Water marked its five-year anniversary. Photographer Bob Perkoski captures the time in this slide show.

Chakaia Booker - Acid Rain

Sculptor Chakaia Booker's exhibit opens CIA Reinberger Gallery

The Reinberger Gallery kicks off its visiting artist series with internationally acclaimed sculptor Chakaia Booker's Take the Highway exhibit.

Willey Ave looking North near the Fairmont Creamery

A road less traveled: The attempted revival of Willey Avenue

Willey Avenue connects Tremont and Ohio City, but the often-forgotten street needs repairs and renovations to keep up with the demands of a growing residential neighborhood.

CWRU students and Inmates hold conversations and discussions amid breakout groups

Inmates and CWRU students become colleagues in unique course

Inmates from the Lorain Correctional Institution and CWRU students come together in a course aimed at tackling racism, oppression and the implication of mass incarceration.

Working on Stoop Slides at Britt Oval

Video: They made their own spaces

Making Our Own Space summer project ends with satisfaction and life lessons for area teens.

Aeneas Alldredge's drum class at John F. Kennedy High School’s E³agle Academy

Taking Root: Five new residents share how they came, or came back, to CLE and why they love it

Whether they grew up here and left or are just experiencing Cleveland for the first time, five residents share why they came here and what they love about the city.

The Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art

MOCA: enduring vanguard

MOCA, Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art, continually stretches art far beyond the canvas, but the internationally revered icon started out as a tiny bastion of counterculture during the tumultuous 60s.

Severance Town Center today

Cleveland Heights residents voice their ideas for a city landmark

Partially abandoned, Cleveland Heights' Severance Town Center sits in foreclosure with no plans for redevelopment of the property. Residents have some ideas on what should be done.

The Cleveland Flea Holiday Kick-Off Market

This weekend in Cleveland: Lit Cleveland Mixer, Holiday Kickoff Market & More

This weekend, check out the Lit Cleveland mixer at Platform Beer Company, shop early at The Flea’s Holiday Kick-Off Market, get some food for thought at Creative Mornings and attend 78th St. Studio’s Third Fridays.


Chris Bond, Farm Horticulturist at CWRU Squire Valleevue Farm empties the waste brought in for composting

Giving food scraps a new purpose

The concept of saving compostable food from landfills, and instead putting it to good use, is a notion that is starting to catch on in Northeast Ohio.

Breakwaters will be used as an erosion control measure along the waterfront trail

Euclid waterfront trail to give public increased access

The finished lakefront trail project will help spur investment and development along the lakeshore portion of the city, supporters say   

Mike Kaplan of The Glass Bubble Project

The Glass Bubble's Mike Kaplan shares his love of art, nature, recycling and Ohio City

Ohio City has come a long way since Mike Kaplan first opened The Glass Bubble Project in Ohio City. Today, Kaplan shares his love of glass blowing with other artists, and the community.

The Flat East Bank Apartments

Urban living at its finest: New apartments create a neighborly feel, embrace the city's assets

The latest apartments and lofts in Tremont, Flats East Bank and Detroit Shoreway each offer the expected high-end amenities and a modern yet industrial feel. But developers like to emphasize how they are helping to create new neighborhoods and celebrating the city and waterfront. 

The Cleveland Tree Plan

Replanting the Forest City

Cleveland's tree canopy has declined significantly since it was dubbed The Forest City in the 1820s. Slowly, but surely, area activists are working to once again bring the city true to its nickname.

The Sun Ra Arkestra

This Weekend in Cleveland: The Sun Ra Arkestra, SPACES Benefit & More

This weekend, Space is the place: take a cosmic journey with The Sun Ra Arkestra and visit SPACES for their out-of-this-world Galaxy Annual Benefit. Don’t miss flower-infused fun at CMA’s MIX, a live broadcasted podcast with Belt at the Beachland and more. 

Downtown Cleveland

A visitor's take on Cleveland's redevelopment

Matthew Jackson traveled to Cleveland from the UK this past summer to get an idea of US cities' economic redevelopment efforts. He shares his impressions and compares Cleveland to the UK.

Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts

Three CMSD high schools take unique approaches to learning

As CMSD looks to improve education options under the Cleveland Plan, three public high schools have just opened, presenting unique options for students -- including a chance to earn a college degree.

Euclid Railroad-Green Creek Corridor after a recent cleanup

From railroad to classroom: Euclid works to preserve Green Creek ravine

A unique preservation project aims to transform nine acres of green space into an outdoor learning lab. 

Gordon Square's Dia de Muertos celebration

This weekend in Cleveland: Dia de Muertos, WCSB Masquerade Ball and more

Happy Halloween! Here's a rundown of spooky events for all ages this weekend in Cleveland.

Randy McShepard

Urban Innovator: Randy McShepard

Randy McShepard is the VP of Public Affairs for RPM International Inc. He's also the co-founder of Policy Bridge, a nonprofit public policy think tank, and Rid-All Green Partnership, an urban farm that focuses on community building and youth education.

Cleveland Clinic’s 2014 Medical Innovation Summit

Three hot topics to catch at the Medical Innovation Summit

Doctors, researchers, pharmaceutical companies and the public will gather to discuss major issues around disorders of the brain and nervous system at Cleveland Clinic Innovations' Medical Innovation Summit October 25th-28th.

The Hildebrandt Provisions Company bldg

New life for old haunts: How historic buildings are adapting to modern concepts

For small business owners reclaiming historic space, the path is different but the goal is the same: to use the foundation of antiquity as building blocks for modern ventures.

Paragon Wine Bar

Euclid entities making plans for downtown redevelopment

Downtown Euclid has been undergoing a transformation, say observers, thanks to a burgeoning culinary scene, new business investments, and property owners dedicated to reinvestment in their own ongoing enterprises.

Cleveland view from Ohio City

Cleveland's millennial brain gain fuels its national resurgence

While Cleveland's urban core is seeing an increase in educated young professionals, neighborhoods are also diversifying and families are moving to the suburbs.


Executive director and founding voice of TheNotMom is Karen Malone Wright

First NotMom Summit aimed at women without children

One in five American women have no children. The NotMom Summit brings these women together for bonding, information and empowerment.

Photo credit: the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland

Reshaping the Rust Belt through immigrant talent

America's former industrial heartland, which includes Cleveland and nearby cities like Detroit, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, looks to reclaim its past through the attraction of foreign-born residents. 

Max Hayes instructor Anthony Kazel, a 40-year veteran of the school's machine shop with student Devonta Edmonds

Area groups strive to produce the next generation of skilled laborers

As shop class disappears from American classrooms, local efforts to build a pipeline of young manufacturing talent remain strong. 

Ingenuity Fest 2014

This weekend in Cleveland: Ingenuity Festival and more

This weekend, explore IngenuityFest, check out Walk All Over Waterloo, get cultured at International Cleveland Community Day at CMA, view short films at Ohio City Film Festival and more. 

Yo-Yo champ Colin Beckford

International yo-yo champion calls Cleveland home

At just 15 years old, Colin Beckford has the moves when it comes to his yo-yo. In fact, he is an international champion in the sport.

Night Market

Night Market Cleveland brings the nighttime culture of Taiwan and China to Cleveland

Along with promoting Asiatown and Asian culture in Cleveland, Night Market Cleveland is helping launch the careers of a small army of entrepreneurs and artists.

One of the reading rooms at CPL

Seven wonders of the Cleveland Public Library

Marking its 90th birthday, the Cleveland Public Library consistently ranks as one of the top rated libraries in the nation as a place that is both innovative and inviting.

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This weekend in Cleveland: Heights Music Hop and more

This weekend, hop on a trolly at SPARX City Hop and visit events throughout downtown, Ohio City and Tremont, check out local music at Heights Music Hop, get inspired at Creative Mornings and more.

Mike Pistorino

This is Mikey from the Bronx

A survivor of childhood rape and molestation, Mike Pistorino has shared his story of triumph and survival with advocates and other survivors.

The Eastside Greenway Project

Eastside Greenway envisions future connections

The ambitious Eastside Greenway project will take years to accomplish, but leaders are taking small steps to connect Cleveland's eastern suburbs through trails and corridors.

The Year of Clean Water Kickoff held on January 23rd, 2015

Social entrepreneurs making waves in Northeast Ohio

Now in its seventh year, Sustainable Cleveland 2019 held its annual summit this week with the Year of Water. These social innovators are taking the theme seriously.

CIA PRISM convocation ceremony 2015 welcoming new students

CIA celebrates campus unification in vibrant Uptown district

For the first time in four decades, CIA is united under one roof, opening a whole new set of possibilities for the innovative art school.

StartMart

Taking Cleveland's entrepreneurial community to a higher level

StartMart, the vision of serial entrepreneur Charles Stack, aims to create the kind of environment that will propel startups to success.

The under-construction Hilton Cleveland Downtown

Building Cleveland's hotel industry for the RNC and beyond

Hoteliers and tourism officials recently convened at Tri-C to discuss best practices in workforce development as Cleveland heads toward next summer's Republican convention.

Beachland Ballroom - Photo Bob Perkoski

This Weekend in Cleveland: Salute to Summer and more

The dog days of summer are here. Get all your last hurrahs. This weekend, explore the newest happenings on Waterloo Road, celebrate Guide to Kulchur’s expanded location, soak up the late summer sun at MIX and more!



The May Dugan Center

In gentrifying Ohio City, helping the ones who need it most

Not everyone's feeling the craft food boom in Ohio City. The nonprofit May Dugan Center has anchored the corner of Fulton and Bridge for 46 years, helping poor residents meet their basic needs.

Mimeo Revolution

This weekend in Cleveland: Mimeo Revolution Artist Book + Zine Fair and more

This weekend, check out the zine scene at MOCA, drop in at Night Market Cleveland, attend Pecha Kucha Volume 26, support the nonprofit CAN Journal and more.

Go Ape treetop and zipline course, Mill Stream Run Reservation

From high-flying adventure to hidden secrets: the Metroparks' top 10 discoveries

An obstacle course amid the treetops, miles of mountain bike trail and a mysterious 130-year-old rock? We've got that and then some: Fresh Water Cleveland has rounded up ten of the Metroparks' best hidden gems, quirky trails and thrilling courses.

Blue Arrow Records and Boutique

Cleveland area record stores hitting their groove

It's no secret that vinyl sales are on the rise across the country, fueled by disenchantment with digital listening. Cleveland is a vinyl hotbed, boasting an impressive 11 record stores.

Mohammad Noormal

Afghan refugee leads game-changing urban farm

Mohammad Noormal, who resettled in Cleveland in 2014, now leads the Learning Garden and Production Farm at Urban Community School.


One World Festival at the Curtural Gardens

This weekend in Cleveland: World Festival, Inkubator and more

This weekend, celebrate the cultures that make up Northeast Ohio at Cleveland World Festival, experience a fusion of Asian food and culture at Night Market, embrace the power of writing at Cleveland Inkubator and more.

Cleveland State University in the Campus District

The next must-live Cleveland neighborhood is...

Urban, connected and on the move, the Campus District is poised to take off with more than $260 million pouring into this scant square mile of diverse territory.

Johnathan Streeter and Zoe McClain-Ferrell checking out  the Stoop Slides constructed by MOOS

Playing for keeps: 'Making Our Own Space' initiative puts design in the hands of youth

Parks and other play spaces are designed for young people, yet youth are seldom asked for their input. A new initiative engages Cleveland kids in design and encourages them to consider careers in this area.


The Rage On crew taking a break

Making the move from startup to scaleup

Local entrepreneurs and experts share the pinnacles and pitfalls of transitioning from startup mode to growth mode.

University Circle - photo Bob Perkoski

This weekend in Cleveland: Circle Trek walking tour and more

This weekend, take a historic walking tour of University Circle, support cancer research at the VeloSano Bike to Cure, compete for cash prizes at The American Institute of Architects sandcastle and volleyball competition, relax with Sunday yoga at Edgewater Beach and more.

James Levin working with a client in his office at the Famicos Foundation

Legal clinic helps people expunge criminal pasts

Entrepreneur James Levin, who has always balanced his arts and cultural impresario endeavors with a law career defending the poor and disenfranchised, has opened a legal clinic in Glenville.

Cleveland Clinic’s 2014 Medical Innovation Summit

This year's Medical Innovation Summit will highlight neurosciences innovation

Now in its 13th year, Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovation Summit brings together inventors, investors and medical industry representatives to spur learning and collaboration.

Fresh Brewed Tees

This weekend In Cleveland: Cain Park Arts Festival and more

This weekend, shop arts and crafts from all over the country at the Cain Park Arts Festival, attend a free swing dance under the Playhouse chandelier, check out the Cleveland Flea and more.

St. Augustine Child Enrichment Center students in the Pre4CLE program

PRE4CLE aims to close preschool gap

The PRE4CLE program, which was recently recognized by the White House, is halfway to its goal of enrolling 2,000 additional four-year-olds in high-quality preschools in Cleveland.

The Asian Town Center

Asian-born developer promotes cuisine, culture and entrepreneurship

Eric Duong, an entrepreneur born in Vietnam, opened the Asian Town Center with just three tenants in the midst of the recession. Yet today, the development houses 20 businesses with more on the way.

Platform Beer Co

This weekend in Cleveland: Lakewood's front porch concert series and more

This holiday weekend, go on a hot date to Mahall's for music, food and cocktails, visit Platform Brewing in celebration of their first anniversary, enjoy reggae by Carlos Jones at the kickoff of Lakewood’s porch concert series and more.

Edgewater Park Beach

Summertime in the city and by the lake: one in the same in the 216

Now under the wing of the Metroparks, Cleveland's lakefront and riverside green spaces are home to an array of outdoor programs, activities and entertainment options that abound from Edgewater Beach to Wildwood Marina.  

Hyland Software

Cleveland tech companies search for creative ways to fill talent gap

While there are thousands of software development jobs available in Northeast Ohio, skilled code wranglers are not so easy to find. Local firms are finding other means to find and keep new programmers.  

Cleveland Pride Parade

This weekend in Cleveland: Night Market, Pride, Waterloo Arts Fest and more

This weekend, feast on authentic Asian cuisine at the first-ever Night Market, celebrate LGBTQQA progress at Cleveland Pride, explore Waterloo Arts Fest, play free pinball in Coventry and more. 

Detroit skyline

Four cities come together in Detroit to learn & take lessons home

Leaders from Cleveland, Detroit, New Orleans and Durham are meeting this week in Detroit for a second of four meetings to discuss how to increase entrepreneurial activity and connectivity in distressed neighborhoods. The last meeting will occur in Cleveland in June 2016.

Campus International School

Choosing the right school can spell success

A key component of the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools is helping families choose the right school. Neighborhood ambassadors are charged with informing the community about school choices.

Startup Scaleup in Gordon Square

Startup Scaleup brings 1,200 entrepreneurs to Gordon Square

JumpStart's inaugural Startup Scaleup offered talks, networking and resources in a day-long event at Gordon Square.

Waterloo

How artists kept 33 Cleveland businesses open through construction chaos

Inspired by a project in the Twin Cities, Waterloo Arts District leaders used art projects to draw new customers and keep businesses alive.

PorchFest 2011 - Photo Patrick Shepherd

This weekend In Cleveland: Wade Oval Wednesday, PorchFest and more

This weekend, enjoy the kickoff of WOW’s free summer concert series, view 30 bands on 30 porches at PorchFest and dust off your dancing shoes for free vinyl dance parties at Beachland and B Side.


La Placita

La Placita offers testing ground for Hispanic entrepreneurs

The monthly open-air market, which is set for this weekend, brings together over 30 eclectic local makers and food purveyors.


Parade the Circle

This weekend in Cleveland: Parade the Circle and more

This weekend, hold onto your humanity at MOCA’s summer exhibition opening, witness the vibrant beauty of Parade the Circle, watch Prince’s Purple Rain under the stars at a free movie night, shop the Flea and more.

Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute students

Babes on the boards: A guide to summer theatre camps

Northeast Ohio is still a mega manufacturing center for one thing: theatre arts. And when it comes to summer theatre opportunities, parents are spoiled for choice.



Stiv Bators

This weekend In Cleveland: Never-seen photos of rock icon Stiv Bators and more

This weekend, view a never-before-seen slice of Cleveland rock history, laugh with the Angry Ladies of Improv, hit the dance floor at Sanctuary, celebrate Praxis Fiber Workshop’s grand opening and more.

View of Downtown from the RTA bridge

Riding the rails of the (future) Red Line Greenway

The proposed three-mile trail and linear park along the rapid tracks could be one of the most transformational projects the city has seen in years.


The Cleveland Flea

This weekend in Cleveland: Greek Fest, East Meets West and more

This weekend, enjoy authentic Greek food at Tremont Greek Fest, indulge in brunch at Hingetown’s May Market, tear it up at East Meets West's 2015 Game of S-K-A-T-E and more.



Gadi Zamir of Negative Space Gallery

Israeli-born artist provokes and inspires through Negative Space Studio and Gallery

Wood burning artist Gadi Zamir uses the space as his own studio as well as a place to host events and display many prominent artists.

Kara Cox

Three ways to keep housing affordable for artists

First, help policy makers understand the role of the artist in urban vitality.

Rooms to Let

This Weekend In Cleveland: Rooms to Let, Sunday Funday and more

This weekend, explore art in unexpected places at Rooms To Let, soak up the vibe at Hessler Street Fair, pump life into the Flats West Bank at Sunday Funday and more.


Jessica Pinsky of Praxis Fiber Workshop

Women-led arts ventures bringing new life to Waterloo

Three new creative studios, BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio, Praxis Fiber Workshop and Ink House Annex, are set to open just in time for the summer season.

Cleveland Public Theater - Station Hope

This weekend In Cleveland: Station Hope, Bowlectivo and more

This weekend, celebrate history and social justice at Station Hope, bowl with Clevelanders that have big ideas at Bowlectivo, relive the dream of the ‘90s at Mahall’s MTV Spring Break Dance Party, run four miles to support clean water and more.

Ioana Missits, Jesse McCormick, David Alan Harrell and Yun-Ting Lee at Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Cleveland Orchestra makes itself 'At Home' in Slavic Village

The orchestra's residency, which continues through May, is an amalgamation of free concerts, community service efforts, educational collaborations in local schools and health and wellness events over a three-month period.

Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center

Cleveland Clinic Innovations creates thriving companies out of research

Through turning inventors' ideas into medical products and services, CCI has created 73 spinoff companies in the past 15 years, including some that have become recognizable entities in Cleveland and worldwide.

Cleveland Museum of Art - Photo Bob Perkoski

This weekend in Cleveland: BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio grand opening and more

This weekend, celebrate the opening of BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio, clean up Euclid Park with Erie Art Treasures Kid’s Adventures, check out CMA’s MIX: Design, learn the history of your favorite University Circle pub and more.


Rustbelt Reclamation offices

Rustbelt Reclamation brings new life to salvaged materials

As vacant factories, schools and homes are torn down or remodeled, Rustbelt Reclamation is saving materials that would otherwise be thrown out and using them to build sleek, new furniture.

Rising Star Coffee Roasters east side location in Little Italy

This week in Cleveland: Kafaya's Kitchen Lunch Mob, Belt Bar Crawl and more

This week, taste traditional Somali fare at Kafaya’s Kitchen, support independent journalism at Belt’s bar crawl, take a moonlit bike ride on the Towpath, learn to construct a pinhole camera and more.



Music Saves

This weekend in Cleveland: Women to Watch -- Ohio, Record Store Day and more

This weekend, celebrate creative women at Women to Watch — Ohio, show your mother some love at EarthFest2015, get carried away with Cleveland Ballet, rock out at Record Store Day and more. 

Nikiko Masumoto

5 ways to support artists in your community

You may have read that the rise of the creative entrepreneur is leading to the death of the artist. That’s not our experience. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with people in communities all across the United States, and there are artists everywhere.

Green Mile

Postcards from the edge: The enterprising pioneers of Denver's legalized pot industry

As the first city in the world to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana, Denver is facing a rush of entrepreneurialism, gentrification, and -- in some sectors -- controversy. An in-depth look into how the budding pot industry is affecting the city's economic and social landscape.

South Asian Grocery  on W. 127th Street and Lorain Ave

Refugees build new lives and businesses in Cleveland

While it is not easy to move to a new country and a new city full of different cultures, languages and traditions, refugees not only make it work, they become some of Cleveland’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Fresh Brewed Tees

This Weekend in Cleveland: April Flea, Danceworks & more

Gear up for an action-packed weekend! Shop the Cleveland Flea’s April Market, enjoy Danceworks at Cleveland Public Theatre, run a 5K to benefit colon cancer, learn tips for maintaining a beautiful yard without chemicals and more.  

Stonebridge Plaza

Baby boomers are flocking to downtown for amenities, community

It's not just millennials who are looking to ditch the suburban doldrums and get in on the urban excitement. Baby boomers have become the fastest-growing group of people migrating to downtown.

Gordon Square

Gordon Square Arts District looks to future after completing $30m capital campaign

Improvements being planned for Gordon Square include a $2 million streetscape extension, redevelopment of Detroit Avenue as an arts corridor, and greater connectivity to the lake and surrounding neighborhoods. 

The Cleveland Institute of Art

This weekend in Cleveland: Roadkill Comedy Tour and more

This weekend, laugh with the women of Roadkill Comedy Tour, go for a ride with Critical Mass, embrace your inner animal lover at Alley Cat Project’s fundraiser, boogie with Secret Soul Club and attend a conference at CIA on art and community.


Master Artist and retired professor Ed Parker of Snickerfritz Cultural Workshop for the Arts

Amidst the blight, organizations, citizens fight for future of East Cleveland

News stories about the once prosperous inner-ring suburb and home of Rockefeller have focused on the city’s financial struggles. As it continues to grapple with a reduced revenue stream and funding shortfalls, people and organizations are filling a void. 

cultural gardens

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens: Hidden in plain sight

You've likely driven by the Cultural Gardens many times, but have you stopped and experienced them? Here's the story of one person's discovery of what the Gardens mean, to him and possibly the rest of us too. 

CIFF

This weekend in Cleveland: CIFF, Fashion Week and more

This weekend, spend the day at the Cleveland International Film Festival, express your style at Cleveland Fashion Week, sip a glass of bubbly at the Week of Wine, and party at Near West Theatre’s annual benefit gala.

Andrew Webster of Swagelok

Cleveland institutions dipping into local talent pool to fill workforce gaps

Schools and businesses are aiming to boost the economy through a regionally-bred pipeline of skilled workers.


Volunteer Group Photo CIFF 2014

Movies, movies, everywhere: A guide to surviving and thriving at the film fest

Cracking open this year's film fest guide can feel like a commitment on par with starting a particularly complex novel. How do you manage the abundance without giving up? Never fear! We've got tips. 

Gadi Zamir artwork at Negative Space Gallery

This weekend in Cleveland: Positive Vibes at Negative Space Gallery and more

This weekend, attend Positive Vibes at Negative Space Gallery, hear Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony at Severance Hall, learn about maple sugaring with the Metroparks and join a conversation about gender and identity at Waterloo Arts. 


Welcome Hub at Heights Libraries Noble Branch

Welcome hubs provide foreign-born with a Cleveland connection

An alliance of local groups are creating one-stop meeting points for refugees and immigrants new to the city.

Teatro Publico de Cleveland's "A Recipe Para La Vida"  CPT production

this weekend in cleveland: teatro publico and much more

This weekend, check out Teatro Publico at CPT, view films by a Swedish master at the Cinematheque, ruminate on Cleveland “then” and “now” at Heights Arts and join the community in brainstorming ways to enhance the Jim Mahon Green in Ohio City. 

El Sistema at Rainey

Join a #FredTalksCLE discussion about arts education

Arts education programs that teach mastery have the greatest potential to impact child development, yet many urban youth lack access to them. Learn why these programs work and how we can cultivate them in Cleveland.

Belinda's Nightclub

the art of social dancing is not dead

Social dancing is a great way to meet new people, get exercise and explore Cleveland. From Brazilian capoeira to contra dancing, here are four local places to get your groove on.

Explorys

investments in cleveland biomed companies on the rise

Ohio is no longer flyover country when it comes to attracting venture capital for biotech companies. In 2014, Cleveland had $398 million in investments among 40 companies, ranking second in major Midwest cities behind Minneapolis. Yet access to local capital remains a concern.

old stone church

this week in cleveland: hope for the city and much more

This week, join Sustainable Cleveland at Old Stone Church for the kickoff of the Hope for the City series, see Booker T. Jones at the Music Box, view three versions of Blade Runner at the Cinematheque, and sample local brews.

The Cleveland Institute of Art

cleveland institute of art unifies with new uptown building

The new George Gund Building at the Cleveland Institute of Art is the perfect complement to the Uptown district, and a place where students can collaborate and create.

Rick Semersky

two east side neighborhoods spark retail rejuvenation

Game-changing projects will soon launch in St. Clair Superior and North Collinwood: Hub 55, a new fresh market, cafe and incubator, and ActiVacant, which will draw new retailers to E. 185th.

Brite Winter

this weekend in cleveland: brite winter fest and much more

This weekend, check out the hot lineup at Brite Winter, celebrate comics at Comic Con, view “The Lives of a Poet” at CPT's Big Box and follow life, liberty and the pursuit of style all the way to Playhouse Square.

Minneapolis skyline

what smart cities can learn from minneapolis, capital of 'the north'

Downtown Minneapolis is booming with new residents, and growth is spilling into outlying neighborhoods. Now plans are in the works to ensure that existing residents and artists have a seat at the table. 

Shaker Hts. Arts and Music Festival

welcome to shaker heights, the city of immigrants and entrepreneurs

Built as an elite garden suburb, Shaker Heights has reinvented itself through attracting startups, nourishing small businesses and welcoming international families.


Capitol Theater

fresh water guide to valentine's weekend

Take your sweetheart to a ‘90s dance party, ward off winter at the Kurentovanje Festival, see a $1 family movie, and keep up the romance on Fat Tuesday by eating a Paczki with your Valentine.

Cleveland HeartLab

health-tech corridor vision is becoming a reality

The Health-Tech Corridor was once a forgotten stretch of Euclid Avenue. Today the three-mile stretch between downtown and University Circle has become a hub of growing biotech and startup companies, with another round of development on the way.

CLE Clothing Company

cleveland apparel companies spread the city's brand worldwide

Today, more and more local apparel brands are celebrating, promoting and even poking fun at what is means to be in “The Land.” With growing sales and media attention, they're also changing the city's national reputation.

Hingetown

four events that will get you all fired up this week

Got cabin fever? Well, here are some excuses to get out of the house this week. Warm yourself by a community campfire at Ohio City’s first-ever Hingetown Hygge, listen to the city's best storytellers at Keep Talking, and much more.

Annual Cleveland Pride Celebration, Parade, Rally and Festival

cleveland is increasingly gay-friendly, yet challenges remain

Six months after Cleveland hosted the Gay Games, and with a dramatic national shift toward greater acceptance, it’s more comfortable than ever before to be an LGBTQ person in Northeast Ohio. Yet obstacles remain -- especially for those who are less economically and socially connected.

Brendan Ring and the Nighttown Limo

happy 50th anniversary, nighttown (you figure it out!)

Fresh Water's inveterate barfly looks through the bottom of her pint glass at the history of Nighttown, one of Cleveland's oldest and most celebrated bars, restaurants and music clubs.

east side greenway

this weekend, bop till you drop, smell the flowers and more

Help plan the Eastside Greenway, check out a show at the Bop Stop, view thousands of new flowers on display at Orchid Mania and meet Lake Erie Eddie.

CityBreaks Studio

on the rise: four young hispanic entrepreneurs making their mark

Entrepreneurial growth in Cleveland has drawn aspiring business owners to the city. Hispanic business owners face added challenges, yet efforts are underway to bolster their success.

The fate of historic Watterson Lake School hangs in limbo

school's out forever: the challenge and opportunity of surplus schools

Cleveland and other cities have struggled for years with vacant schools. As empty buildings hang in limbo, they deteriorate, increasing the likelihood that they'll be torn down. Adaptive reuse, while challenging, can be a tool for preservation.

Uptown, University Circle in Cleveland

fire, ice, dogs and dancing this weekend in cleveland

It's an eclectic weekend in Cleveland: check out ice carving at Uptown, learn about sustainability at city hall, dance to the music in your head at the Grog Shop and celebrate the life of Balto.

Todd Kennedy's tumbling class at Franklin Circle Christian Church

igniting the fire: social innovators spark cleveland's neighborhoods, kids

From a team of cyclists turning trash into earthen gold, to one man who helps kids tumble into a brighter future, Cleveland's social innovators kindle projects that are illuminating people and places across the city.

Dwellworks Interns

start of something: internships can give both students and employers an edge

Today's internships are about more than making coffee and copies. They connect employers with a pipeline of talent, help students obtain real-world skills and attract talent to Cleveland.

Museum of Contemporary Art

four unique events new to cleveland

This weekend, kick off the first-ever Cleveland chapter of Creative Mornings, view light through a news lens at Heights Arts, groove to some live classic Cleveland soul and celebrate Martin Luther King day.

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brite

brite winter is bigger & brighter than ever with 60-band lineup

Bundle up, hold a beer in your mitten and it’s really not so bad. Brite Winter is dedicated to embracing the winter season with 60 bands and a strong focus on local music.

KnotProfit founders Kritika and Josh Cerreta

off and running: six startups to watch in 2015

Cleveland's entrepreneurial scene is increasingly vibrant, with new small businesses and technology startups being launched at a fast clip. Here are six companies started in the last year that are poised for rapid growth.

big box '15

fulfill your new year's resolution by trying something new this weekend

Learn to swing dance, check out cutting-edge local theatre or participate in a conversation about social justice.


Cleveland Rocks nye 2015

fresh water guide to new year's

It's been a big year, Cleveland, and that calls for a celebration. There are plenty of parties worth checking out around town. Here's our list, plus the inside story behind Cleveland Rocks NYE.

Small Box in the Warehouse District

stepping up efforts to create a more liveable, connected downtown

Downtown's residential population has doubled over the last 15 years. Now a new report is serving as a guide for Cleveland's growth, with an emphasis on investments -- from mini-parks to signage to massive mixed-use developments -- aiming to better connect residents with downtown.

The suspension bridge option for cleveland’s planned pedestrian connection between downtown and the lakefront.

dca seeks to forge key connections throughout cleveland

Downtown is booming with new development, but getting around can sometimes be a challenge. Now key investments are in the works that will make it a much more livable, inviting place.

This is CLE

filling gaps will be city's ongoing challenge

The millennials and baby boomers driving a resurgence in downtown living are seeking an amenity-rich environment with retail options. Getting to that point won't be easy, but plans are already well underway.



thunder::tech

fast-growing companies creating jobs in northeast ohio

Northeast Ohio has emerged from the recession with a much stronger economy, yet we must accelerate the pace of job creation. Here are five Cleveland companies leading the charge.

Beachland Ballroom and Tavern

this weekend in cleveland: makers markets galore & much more

Check out a local holiday market, let Lolly the Trolley be your designated driver or join a book binding workshop. Your weekend, planned.


Browns Backers in Chicago

home is where the football-hungry heart is

The Browns have one of the largest fan bases in the NFL, with Backers groups spread across the globe. It's a vast pigskin-loving Cleveland diaspora out there, one that's found something to cheer about this season.

Lee Rd

cedar lee merchants say despite recent tragedies, community is stable, strong

Rocked by a pair of senseless tragedies, Cedar Lee merchants say they can't remember a sadder year. Yet they say their community has been painted in an unfair light. Crime is down overall, many merchants are thriving and street improvements are in the works.

Cedar Lee Theatre

what's next for cedar lee? city aims to support new and established entrepreneurs

Cleveland Heights is working to attract new businesses to the city and provide established merchants with resources and loans so that they succeed.

cleveland heights police car

ch police partner with cedar lee businesses, focus on community policing

The Cleveland Heights Police Department has long had a reputation for doling out too many speeding and parking tickets, but new leadership is partnering with businesses and making community policing a focus.

Nicole McGee of Collective Upcycle

five can't miss events in five cleveland neighborhoods

Whether you life on the east side or west side, there are plenty of opportunities this weekend to explore new neighborhoods and try new things. Learn to swing dance, try a new beer and visit a museum you’ve never been to for free -- it's all within an arm's reach.

Happy Thanksgiving

happy thanksgiving and hanukkah

Fresh Water is taking a break next week to give our staff time off to celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. We are grateful for all of our devoted readers and wish you all a wonderful holiday. We'll be back with a new issue December 4.

Playhouse Square - photo Bob Perkoski

celebrate local: five can't-miss events this thanksgiving weekend

After you've celebrated with family and friends and had your feast, enjoy these local shopping events and holiday festivals taking place around town.

Rumi's Market

the diverse language of food: a guide to ethnic markets

Cleveland's ethnic diversity is represented in the city's markets. Replete with dazzling items and intriguing people, they offer a taste of home for newcomers and exotic flavors for the rest of us.

The Cleveland Flea

the cleveland flea thrives as small business incubator

Since its launch 18 months ago, the Flea has helped dozens of new businesses to flourish. Perhaps its greatest success is the tight knit and supportive community of makers that it has cultivated.

november flea guide

home for the holidays: a guide to the november flea

Our friends at the Cleveland Flea created this November market guide full of beautiful imagery showcasing the event's artisan vendors. Check it out, then stop by this weekend for the real thing!

Rising Star Coffee Roasters east side location in Little Italy

east meets west: a new generation of businesses bridging the old divide

Ask a millennial about the east-west divide and their eyebrows usually rise and knit over their black frame glasses. These days, west side shops are popping up on the east side, while east side institutions are making inroads west.

thinkbox

university circle a powerful player in the innovation economy (video)

University Circle Inc.'s recent annual meeting highlighted examples of successful innovation within the district, from Piccadilly Artisan Creamery's liquid nitrogen-fueled ice cream to healthcare startups spinning out of BioEnterprise.

Happy Dog west and east

what do east and west siders want? (reader poll)

As local businesses and institutions seek to establish an east-west presence, which ones would you most like to see cross the river? Take our poll, tell us what you think!

UNIDOS programming chair Sara Gonzalez

forest city resource group aims to unite hispanic workers

UNIDOS is a Hispanic resource group that strives to foster a diverse and welcoming workplace culture. The group aims to be the vehicle to pull in Hispanic talent from colleges and job fairs, a cogent point considering diversity is among Forest City's core values.

Cesar Sandoval of EthnicQuest.com

cleveland must get moving in the race to attract immigrants

According to 2010 census figures, the city's population is just 5 percent foreign-born, less than half the nationwide average. This decade also witnessed our city's population slip below 400,000, a decline that advocates believe can be reversed by attracting newcomers, including immigrants.

Richey Piiparinen

'cluster economy' can create a critical mass of expertise in cleveland

Greater Cleveland's workforce is highly educated, with 17 percent of its workforce boasting a graduate or professional degree. Demographer and urban planner Richey Piiparinen believes Cleveland can take advantage of those big brains through creation of high-density areas of expertise.

East Blvd

east boulevard is a hidden gem among cleveland neighborhoods

Tucked away behind Rockefeller Park lies a historic neighborhood filled with stately, brick homes built at the turn of the last century. It has remained stable despite Glenville's struggles, and now rising interest in University Circle is propelling early signs of growth.

Daniel Gray-Kontar with CSA student Anthony Bennett (standing)

i live here (now): daniel gray-kontar, teacher and artist

Cleveland almost lost native son Daniel Gray-Kontar to California's charms. But this writer, poet, performer and father has come home and into his own as an educator and stalwart youth advocate.

Namaste! One Night for One World

local nonprofit celebrates 40th anniversary of building hope, peace and justice abroad

The Cleveland-based nonprofit International Partners in Mission has worked on projects in more than 40 countries around the world. Last month, it held a weeklong series of events to celebrate its milestone anniversary.

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.

UIXDET video list

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?

TAP620

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.

Boxer Sarah Judy training with Joe Santa Maria

boxing gyms offer a rich -- if incomplete -- refuge from inner-city struggles

The Make Them Pay/Old Angle Boxing Gym in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood offers young people and adults a sense of community and a place to blow off steam. Across the city, other boxing gyms serve a similar purpose.

Artist Dana Depew at HGR

secondhand to first rate: 10 upcycling shops worth checking out

Cleveland is full of hole-in-the-wall second hand stores. From vintage two-wheelers to hulking industrial-age machines and bins of repurposed art supplies, we take you on a tour of the coolest trash-to-treasure finds in the city.  

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin

q&a with the pittsburgh filmmakers behind 'the rise and rise of bitcoin'

On Friday, October 3rd, Bitcoin Boulevard U.S. businesses along Lee Road will host the release of the documentary The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin at the Cedar Lee Theater. Check out this interview with the filmmakers that originally appeared in our sister publication Pop City.

Cleveland Clothing Co T-shirt

cleveland's commercial real estate market: a heat check

Brain gain, urbanization and increased development has created a demand in downtown living space. Historically, vacant buildings in need of change are targeted for this purpose. Lately, however, buildings with office tenants are being adapted or proposed for residential.

Dennis Joyce (left) career development specialist - Plus 50 Encore Completion program

a new age: local groups provide resources, advocacy for cleveland's older workers

Workers aged 40 and over might not fit the typical hip innovator profile, but they are often undervalued. Some may be former CEOs of large companies, arriving with particular skill sets that mesh with growth industries like biomedicine or advanced materials.

Roosevelt Park

can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

Crooked River Skate Park

but wait, there's more! 10 huge projects clevelanders are eagerly anticipating

A fresh energy is crackling all across the 216, from ambitious new developments taking shape downtown and in University Circle, to bike-friendly avenues and the transformation of blight into pedestrian-friendly green space. But the fun’s just getting started. We rounded up 10 of the most exciting projects on the horizon that have us shaking with anticipation.

Pandemonium 2014 at CPT

cpt's pandemonium, a visual recap

Pandemonium, Cleveland Public Theatre’s annual benefit and art party, is known as one of the wildest, most spectacular events in the city. That description certainly captured the spirit and tone of this year’s festivities. Here is a visual recap courtesy of Fresh Water photographer Bob Perkoski.

Medical Center Company's one megawatt solar farm

making sustainability in cleveland the new business-as-usual

In the past five years, Cleveland has made significant progress towards becoming a “green city on a blue lake.” This year’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit will focus on leveraging those successes. But how sustainable are we? A new report examines key indicators and highlights some of the newest, greenest projects across the city. 

Dante Centuori with moon rock

insider's guide to cleveland museums: curators show off their favorite artifacts

For every well-regarded artifact on display in Cleveland’s world-class museums there are countless more that fly under the radar. Fresh Water tagged along with curators from area museums as they showed off their favorite hidden gems, sharing often untold stories and behind-the-scenes peeks at choice treasures. 

Tri-C Western Campus’ Convocation one of several components that comprise the First Year Experience

tri-c year-one program a 'campus support system' for new students

Cuyahoga Community College's stated mission is to provide an affordable, high-quality learning experience for its diverse enrollment. Considering the amount of freshmen arriving on its doorstep each year, Tri-C has created an initiative to guide incoming students past the higher education threshold as painlessly as possible.   First Year Experience (FYE) is a multi-faceted, comprehensive introduction to Tri-C, says Dr. Michael Schoop, president of the school's Metropolitan Campus. The "campus support system" for new students folds the college's ordinary orientation procedures into a systematic, larger-scale effort meant to focus freshmen on long-term career and academic goals.   "Tri-C has long been interested in anything that can help more of our students become successful," says Schoop. "With so many of them new to the college experience, we needed a more structured approach." Read the rest of the story here.  

Karen Miller, vice president for access and completion at Cuyahoga Community College

planning ahead eases the transition from tri-c to bachelor's degree

Community college is a viable option for students seeking to save money while preparing to continue their studies at a four-year college. However, many undergraduates make costly and time-consuming mistakes before even getting to the transfer process. This potential nightmare can be avoided with careful planning done at the earliest stage of a student's academic career. Tri-C is not just streamlining this process to make transfer easier, it's promoting the importance of setting a direction the moment a student enters the institution.

Tri-C Westshore Campus

opening up: tri-c expands service model with school-wide initiative

In June, Cuyahoga Community College received a $650,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation to help finance its One Door -- Many Options for Success initiative. The college-wide effort going into effect this year will expand Tri-C's service model, providing structured support services through student-centric college success teams and other programming.

Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts

how the arts inspire change in detroit

In Detroit, art isn’t just something to look at. The city’s rich artistic tradition has been an essential ingredient for cultivating community resilience, engagement and vitality.

SOUP Cleveland

SOUP's on: meal-based micro-grant program for creative projects takes root in cleveland

Based on the dinner-party model, Cleveland SOUP provides financial support for innovative, locally based initiatives that touch on sustainability, public art and diversity. As garnering funds can often be one of the tallest hurdles for independent upstarts, SOUP has helped offset those costs in more than 60 cities.

Republican National Covention in Tampa

reps from prior convention host cities offer tips on how best to leverage the big show

Tampa Bay successfully hosted the Republicans in 2012, and Denver hosted the Democrats four years before that. Fresh Water decided to reach out to representatives from each city to see if our fair city could glean some best practices on how to pull off a successful -- and inclusive -- convention.

A Beer Four All Seasons

how local is your beer? craft brewers increasingly employing local, seasonal ingredients

Despite our obsession with locally brewed craft beer, many of the ingredients that go into those suds are anything but local. But that is quickly changing as area brewmasters increasingly seek out ways to tap into the local ‘farm-to-pint’ movement by adding more and more fresh ingredients.

Denver at dusk

what cities like cleveland can learn from denver

Fueled by collaboration, the Mile High City is investing in transit-oriented development while also preserving its historic neighborhoods. Denver has gained 50,000 new residents in the past four years, outpacing its suburbs and most other metro areas.

The Terminal Tower

new life for a grand old dame: terminal tower steps into the 21st century

Once among the tallest buildings in the world, the Terminal Tower remains the signature landmark of the Cleveland skyline. Following a massive top-to-bottom, inside-out renovation in 2005, the iconic structure is welcoming a host of new commercial tenants, including start-ups looking for co-working space. 

UIX

small-scale, big deal: UIX invites urban innovators to exchange ideas in detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange September 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

Gay Games 2014

while sports are fun, gay games will leave a positive legacy long after closing ceremony

As the 2014 Gay Games play out with eclectic events all over town, it becomes clear how they will leave a lasting positive effect on the host city of Cleveland. Uniting beneath a banner of inclusion, collaboration and unity, participants and sponsors establish a spirit that will endure long after the lights have dimmed and the last athlete has left the track.

Gay Games 9

gay games + aha! light up downtown landscape

Last weekend, downtown Cleveland literally was glowing. Thanks to the coinciding of a handful of marquee events like the Gay Games Opening Ceremonies and AHA! festival of lights and art, downtown was percolating with energy. Fresh Water photographer Bob Perkoski was there to record all the colorful action.

The Forty-O-Five Place

as the number of visitors to cleveland rises, so too does the number of local airbnb hosts

As the number of travelers with their sights set on Cleveland rises, so too does the number of entrepreneurs willing to rent those visitors a place to crash via Airbnb. From a spare room in one’s home to the entire home itself, the number of available short-term rentals in the area is spiking. 

Jason Estremera working with Amber and Rachel of Pink Java at the Hispanic Business Center

what's working: agencies boost prospects of cleveland's rising number of latino entrepreneurs

Northeast Ohio has a number of resources available for an expanding Latino populace searching for work and business opportunities. These services, say their providers, can keep immigrant brainpower in the area while acting as a talent magnet for the Latino and Spanish-speaking diaspora. 

Scranton Flats - photo Bob Perkoski

parks 2.0: focus now shifting from developments to green space in between

As urban neighborhoods become more vibrant, planners are turning their attention to creating world-class public spaces to complement the latest flurry of development. Three new or improved parks have just been unveiled this year: Scranton Flats, the marina at North Coast Harbor and Rivergate.

r. Mohamed Abazeed, MD, PhD.

lab chat: discussing personalized treatments for cancer with the clinic's dr. mohamed abazeed

Welcome to the latest round of Lab Chat, in which our resident Post-Doctoral Research Associate attempts to demystify the complex world of biomedical research. Today, our writer takes on the roadblocks to diagnosing and treating cancer -- and how improvements in medical technology are offering avenues to better results.

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fresh water/burning river photo contest slideshow

In collaboration with the Burning River Foundation, Fresh Water sponsored a photo contest in honor of the 45th Anniversary of the last burning of the Cuyahoga River. In anticipation of this weekend's Burning River Fest, we asked to see your best water-themed photos. Here are the top entries.

The Hard Way on Purpose

reading cleveland: a summer reading list by locals for locals

Getting out of Dodge? Need a good page-turner for the flight or beach? Don’t grab the latest bestseller from the rack of overpriced paperbacks at the airport. Instead, check out Fresh Water’s local-author reading list. Here are 5 sizzling summer reads that we invite you to check out.    

Working on Browns banners at Morgan Litho

groundbreaking from the start: how local companies helped shape the world

From Charles F. Brush to John D. Rockefeller, Cleveland has been home to entrepreneurs with innovations that helped shape the world. We take a look at some of Cleveland’s ground breaking companies -- some old, some new -- to see what makes the company unique, how it achieved its success, and where they stand today. 

Whole Foods in downtown Minneapolis

with historic influx of urban residents, cities are seeing a rise in amenities

After decades of population loss, cities like Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Pittsburgh are now growing faster than the rest of their metro areas. Urban developers are trying to attract the right amenities to support the new wave of urbanites. So what’s needed to sustain a dense and vibrant city? The answers might surprise you.

Patricia McCorkle, working toward an associate degree, wants to be a sound engineer

for those about to rock, tri-c's music curriculum prepares you for a music-filled career

Any teenager with a smartphone and some ingenuity can record a song and download it to SoundCloud or YouTube. But Cuyahoga Community College’s recording arts and technology program prepares students for all types of positions within the audio industry.

Up the Cuyahoga

fresh water and burning river fest team up for water-themed photo contest

Burning River Foundation and Fresh Water are sponsoring a photo contest in honor of the 45th Anniversary of the last burning of the Cuyahoga River. In anticipation of the upcoming Burning River Fest, we want to see your best water-themed photos -- from the winding Cuyahoga River to majestic Lake Erie -- that show how far we’ve come since that fateful summer of 1969.

Orrin Evans and Cecile McLorin Salvant at JazzFest 2013

a departure from tradition means a fresh start for tri-c jazzfest

Terri Pontremoli has a vision for the Tri-C JazzFest's first foray into summer. The event director imagines thousands of Clevelanders gathered in the newly chandeliered U.S. Bank Plaza, enjoying the early evening sunshine and a host of free outdoor music events. Close by, Playhouse Square's multiple indoor venues are packed with genre enthusiasts whose finger-snapping exuberance has helped make JazzFest the must-attend extravaganza that it has been for the last 34 years.   Whether this vision comes to life or not will be determined when the festival's 35th installment hits its first note later this week, marking an official shift from an annual 10-day event in April to a single summer weekend, June 26-28.   The new schedule is an experiment for the annual affair by Cuyahoga Community College, one made necessary by practical reasons and a desire to help transform downtown into a warm weather music destination.   "We think Cleveland is ready for it," says Pontremoli.   Read the rest of the JazzFest feature here.

Designs by student Ashley-Bojc for Susan G. Komen

a thousand words: tri-c's graphic design program gives students a story to tell

Graphic design is a form of visual storytelling, where a few well-crafted images can speak to the viewer in a language more powerful than words. Cuyahoga Community College's graphic design program helps students to harness that power for themselves, with the story they're telling going straight into their portfolios. 

The Hinterlands at Play House

putting art at the heart of neighborhood redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move out when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine their neighborhoods.

Dr. Stanley Samuel of OcuSano Inc.

national roundup: detroit's wind economy, memphis' startup symphony, toronto's silicon valley

Issue Media Group publications such as 83 Degrees in Tampa, Confluence in Denver and Model D in Detroit cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from across our national network of publications.

Fran DiDonato

fresh water welcomes new local publisher fran didonato

Prior to accepting the publisher position at Fresh Water, DiDonato spent several years helping to develop new orginaztions like the Cleveland Water Alliance. DiDonato will be looking at new ways that this publication can interact with the community, boost its marketing presence and do an even better job of drawing out story ideas from our readers and stakeholders.

Cleveland Bagel Co.

from bust to boom: how the city's brand is on the rise, within our borders and beyond

There has been a flood of new businesses that tout the city through an assortment of Cleveland-themed apparel and products or by integrating the city name right into the company’s branding. Many point to the recent recession as the dawn of this entrepreneurial movement, which coincided with a newfound pride of place.

Amanda Dempsey, manager of the West Side Market

amid growing debate, west side market's new manager makes customer outreach a priority

As the West Side Market’s new manager, Amanda Dempsey is stepping in at a time when the treasured public market is receiving unprecedented attention -- both good and unwanted. But throughout it all, she says, the focus must remain on the bond between the century-old icon and the city that embraces it.

A game of ping pong at  ONOSYS

job satisfaction: employee perks pay off with loyal staff that works as hard as they play

Everybody has those days when they just don’t feel like going to work. But some employers offer perks that make coming to work a little less painful. From all-you-can-eat snack bars to pursuing outside interests on company time -- and free beer! -- these companies help make coming to the office a little easier to swallow.

Anne Lopez and Kylie Walker of Romeo Delivers at AlphaLab

the battle for talent: what cities are doing to attract urban professionals

For today's top talent, the job market is only one thing to consider when choosing a place to live. Young professionals increasingly desire a vibrant city to plug into, a creative place where they can network with like-minded people, and a dynamic place where they can land their next job.

Westin Hotel Cleveland

slideshow: local art adorns inside, out of the new westin hotel

The new Westin Hotel downtown features more than 1,500 works of art by local artists. The exterior boasts a 30-foot mural of the Cuyahoga River Valley, while the lobby contains a large art installation by artist Olga Ziemska. In this slideshow, Fresh Water photographer Bob Perkoski offers a visual tour of some of the artwork.

Downtown Pittsburgh

what smart cities can learn from pittsburgh

With a culture of collaboration, a willingness to adapt and a focus on creating the kind of urban environment that attracts creative talent, the Steel City has moved from gritty to green and is now poised for the next wave of growth.

Amar Desai

lab chat: why the heck does drug development take so long?

Welcome to the latest round of Lab Chat, in which we try to demystify the often complex field of biomedical research. Today, our well informed post-doc takes on commercial drug development, specifically, why the heck does it take so long for prescription drugs to move from lab to local pharmacy?  

St. Ignatius High School student Ryan Linker

early adopters: how teaching entrepreneurship at a tender age pays off down the road

Area schools are offering entrepreneurship education to high school, middle school and even elementary school students. Aside from the extra cash, entrepreneurship teaches skills that will last a lifetime, including self confidence, time management, problem solving and creative thinking.

Cleveland Museum of Art ARTLens

rediscovering your hometown? there's an app for that

Sometimes, even the most adventurous resident can grow a little too comfortable living in the same city after a while. But one can always find something new to discover if we just dig a little deeper. Lucky for us, a number of smartphone apps will help the explorer in all of us get reacquainted with the city we call home.

Moon Cleveland 2nd Edition

fresh water managing editor pens cleveland guidebook for visitors, residents

It's been four and a half years since the first edition of "Moon Handbooks: Cleveland" was published. Considering all that has taken place in Cleveland during that time, author and Fresh Water managing editor Douglas Trattner says that for the second edition, which was released this week, he went back to the starting gate.

Ride On Cleveland Pedicabs

we've got options: alternative transportation takes root in cleveland

There's more than one way to get around Cleveland. As more and more alternative transportation options like Lyft, Uber and pedicabs enter the local market, residents are discovering that it's increasingly becoming easier to leave the wheels at home. Fresh Water took them for a test drive.

View from the roof deck of a Cleveland loft

national roundup: washington's 'high line,' cleveland's coolest digs, denver's downtown boom

Issue Media Group publications such as Pop City in Pittsburgh, The Line in Minneapolis and Soapbox in Cincinnati cover "what's next" in urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from across our national network.

A big game of Jenga at Five Points Alley in Cincy

around the country, urban alleys are becoming pathways to revitalization

From Seattle to Washington D.C., forgotten alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly places. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages to become havens for pedestrians, public art and small business.

Lakewood Arts Fest

summer arts fest preview: the must-hit events of the season

Each summer, throngs of people flock to the streets to partake in arts festivals, art walks and marquee arts events. Many are free and no two are exactly alike. With art mediums that include paintings, sculpture, glassware, photography, leather, jewelry and performance art, there’s something for everybody.

City Life tour hosted by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

relocation station: how one bus tour exposes potential new residents to the joys of urban living

If you're considering a move to Cleveland, there might be no better means to examine the broad range of residential options than by hopping aboard a City Life tour hosted by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. In a few short hours, participants enjoy an immersive dive into a number of Cleveland's most in-demand neighborhoods.  

Iron Printmaker 2014

slideshow of recent zygote benefit big show/iron printmaker

For its recent fundraiser, Zygote Press decided to merge both visual and culinary artists in a unique double billing called The Big Show and Iron Printmaker. The "Iron Chef" style competition featured teams of chefs and artists using "mystery" ingredients to create prints. Fresh Water photographer Bob Perkoski captured all the action.  

Fresh Water Managing Photographer, Bob Perkoski

fresh water wins scene magazine best of cleveland award for photography

In Scene magazine's recent 'Best of Cleveland' awards, Fresh Water was voted by readers as having the Best Photo Content. All of that credit falls on the shoulders of Bob Perkoski, managing photographer since the online magazine's inception. Here we ask the man behind the lens a few questions.

Garlic Festival

bizarro land: cleveland's weird, wacky and wholly unexpected delights

Now that we've emerged from our respective huts, it's time to stop squinting towards the sky and go do something. Sure, the usual line-up of outdoor activities awaits -- but aren't there any surprises left in CLE? You bet there are, and we're about to point you in the right direction.

Best Hikes Near Cleveland, available online and in regional bookstores

excerpt from 'best hikes near cleveland,' penned by fresh water contributor joe baur

In the recently released Best Hikes Near Cleveland, Fresh Water contributor Joe Baur offers readers a deep dive into some of the best local hikes Mother Nature has to offer. Seven of those hikes are urban, taking readers through Downtown, Ohio City, Tremont, Forest Hill and elsewhere. Here's an excerpt -- and an introduction by the author.

Global Cleveland

inside out: global cle's talent attraction campaign aimed at filling jobs, repopulating city core

On Thursday, May 1, Global Cleveland will officially launch its talent attraction campaign at a major event at the Cleveland Convention Center. The event -- like the organization hosting it -- is focused on increasing the population while strengthening the local economy.

Gina Prodan and Ryan Kelly

follow you, follow me: the social media mavens we can't get enough of

In Cleveland’s ever-evolving social media community, there is a wide variety of contributors to the civic dialogue. We've complied a list of some of our favorite voices -- a mix of up-and-comers and seasoned vets from different corners of the web who are using their blogs, podcasts and Twitter feeds to give the city a voice.

Chick Holtkamp & Niki Zmij on the roof deck of their home in Tremont

the urban dwelling: for those building nests in the city, creativity is the theme

Creativity is a unifying theme for many who elect to make their home in the city. From an airy Tremont loft with city views to what just might be the greenest home in Cleveland, Fresh Water takes a look at some of the coolest dwellings to pop up in urban 'hoods.

Dr. Stanton L. Gerson

lab chat: conversations with the smartest people in the cleveland biomed community

We live in one of the most important cities for biomedical research in the country, and yet it often feels as though the general public has no clue about what's going on behind the doors of research labs at the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University. This new column is an attempt to change that.

The "This Is We" mural, created during a revitalization project

what cities like cleveland can learn from memphis

The City of Memphis is on the rise thanks to a growing startup community, investments in bike lanes, a burgeoning arts district and people moving back to the city. Through it all, the city has listened to its residents and embraced "lean urbanism." Cleveland should take heed.

Bike Arch by Tylur French at Overton Park

national roundup: cincy's beer boom, cleveland's new leaders, toronto's female founders

Issue Media Group publications such as Yonge Street in Toronto, High Ground in Memphis and Model D in Detroit cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from all across our national network.

Edgewater Hill Blue Birds - courtesy of LAND

small projects, big impact: how ventures small in scale can reap big rewards

Sometimes a single effort makes a thousand-fold difference. The theory holds true across the North Coast: From one small business that transformed Cleveland's image on the international stage to a silent flock of gleaming blue birds, the 216 is home to projects that while small in scale reap big rewards.

Instructor, Simone Barros and curriculum director, Lee Will  - Film Crew Tech Training at Tri-C

if you build it: area advocates work to get cameras rolling on cleveland film industry

Watching Cleveland getting rocked for two hours in Captain America is great, but when the rush fades and reality creeps in, we're left with no guarantee Hollywood is ever going to return. A group of area stakeholders is advocating for changes that would attract more film projects, or even a prestige TV drama, to the North Coast.

Mike Croley and Dave Lucas

q and a with the guys behind brews + prose

Meet Michael Croley, Jeff Draeger, Dave Lucas and Matthew Stipe, founders of Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery, a monthly literary series featuring readings by established and emerging authors in one of Cleveland’s most popular places to eat and drink.

Positively Cleveland's Annual Meeting at the Cleveland Convention Center

no 'mistake' about it: cleveland launches new rebranding effort

Northeast Ohio's convention and visitors bureau wants to change the conversation about Cleveland. The multifaceted branding enterprise is designed to bridge a communications gap that ideally will be crossed by millions of business and leisure visitors over the next few years.

Mark Wright, Corporate Communications Manager at Cleveland Cavaliers - Photo Bob Perkoski

on the rise: four emerging african-american leaders in cleveland

Those among us that emerge to the forefront of their professions and community have been honing their leadership skills for some time. Here are a few young African-Americans making waves around town through advocacy, talent and so much more.

Brian Doyle, chef at the Beachland Ballroom and owner of SowFood catering

trending: how the paleo crowd is grazing the north coast

Mention the phrase "Paleolithic diet" and many will conjure the image of Fred Flintstone gnawing on a giant dinosaur leg. But nothing could be further from the truth, say adherents. The culinary movement is thoughtful, green, healthy and spreading like wildfire across Northeast Ohio.

2013 Volunteer of the Year and poet, Vladimir Swirynsky

festival insiders, fans and volunteers offer their take on cultural event of the year

To say the Cleveland International Film Festival -- now in its 38th year -- has staying power is an understatement. In order to get a street level view of the event, Fresh Water sat down with some true insiders to get the skinny on what makes the CIFF tick and how to make the most of it.

Photo Bob Perkoski

grrl power: encouraging more female riders key to city's cycling health

If women indeed are the barometer of a healthy cycling city, then making women feel safe while cycling in Cleveland must be a priority, say local biking advocates. Female riders are less likely to cycle without infrastructure that makes them feel safe, including separated bike paths and physical barriers on roads that divide bikes and cars.

Loganberry Books

the next must-live cleveland neighborhood is...

Larchmere Boulevard might just be Cleveland’s best-kept secret. This classic commercial strip has never earned the attention of Coventry, W. 25th Street or East 4th Street, but it offers one of the best examples of a “complete” neighborhood in the region, chock full of retail and residential within a walkable, transit-friendly neighborhood.

Riding the Healthline in Cleveland

bus rapid transit in cleveland: no mistake by the lake

Detroit-based writer Matthew Lewis travels to Cleveland to check out the RTA HealthLine, one of the premier BRT systems in the nation. As his city debates its public transportation future, leaders can look to Cleveland as a beacon of hope, a place that has embraced transit and is now enjoying the benefits of its investments.

La Femme: Week 4 Feature at CPT

big box week 4: la femme, a slideshow

Since 2001, Cleveland Public Theatre's Big Box program has been fostering original work by independent Northeast Ohio artists by providing access to CPT's resources. Next up for the program is "La Femme," which runs in the James Levin Theatre this weekend. Here's slideshow preview.

2014 Gay Games

the big game: how marquee sporting events improve bottom line, visitor perception

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.

Pizza-themed bike racks outside Kermit’s Pizzeria on Washington Ave. West

national roundup: pitt's young entrepreneurs, denver's new breweries, tampa's next hot hood

Fresh Water Cleveland is one of 22 publications run by Issue Media Group. Week in and week out, our sister sites cover all the latest news in urban innovation and development. This is the first in a new monthly series that will aggregate top news stories from around our network and profile "What’s Next" for cities.