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Tanya Holmes grandkids helping out at  Ka-La Healing Garden

A neighborhood in bloom: Kinsman residents plant the seeds for reinvention

The Kinsman/Central neighborhood on Cleveland’s east side has long been regarded as one of the poorest areas in the city—perhaps even the state—with little direction or hope for revival. But with the help of Burten, Bell, Carr Development (BBC), this once-thriving neighborhood is rediscovering its potential.


Mason’s Creamery vegan: Olive oil, blueberry, Thai tea, lulo, guava, strawberry jam sorbet

Hidden Cleveland: ice cream secrets

Is there an east/west divide when it comes to summer's top treat? What's the mystery behind a legendary local malt? Does a secret ice cream menu lurk in Ohio City? Fresh Water's got all the insider 411 on cool faves in the 216.  

Cleveland Asian Festival 2012

PHOTOS: the fun, festivities and colors of the Cleveland Asian Festival

To preview the much-anticipated 8th annual event this weekend, Fresh Water managing photographer Bob Perkoski offers up a host of dazzling images from previous festivals.

The Putzfrau

Q & A: Frank Samsel

The founder of Samsel Supply in the Flats chats about his days as a pioneer in the effort to clean up the Cuyahoga River.

Alan Glazen, Kenny Compton of Fox 8, Steve Millard and Jeff Kipp

Sparking a 'Chain Reaction' between business and community

Inspired by CNBC's Cleveland Hustles, Cleveland Chain Reaction aims to keep the economic development wave going with up to $1 million invested in five new businesses — all in one neighborhood.

"Neighbor Up Spotlight" host Carol Malone

Podcast: a Clevelander 'steps up' to University Hospitals — and a local jobs pipeline beefs up

This episode of "Neighbor Up Spotlight" welcomes Amanda Harris, who tells her successful employment story that was made possible by an innovative program — Step Up to UH. Also, Alicenne Passavanti explains how like opportunities are expanding into the hospitality industry.


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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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