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2014 Gay Games - photo Bob Perkoski

If any word accurately describes Cleveland, it's diversity. By the late 19th century, 10 percent of the city's population was Irish. Next came the Germans, followed in successive waves by Italians, Poles, Hungarians, Slovenians and Slovakians. Today, the largest growth has been seen in the Asian and Hispanic communities. Cleveland has a history of welcoming the immigrant. Walk into the West Side Market on a busy morning and you might identify a dozen different tongues -- and we don't mean the kinds that come from tasty animals. Diversity is not only what defines a city; it's what makes a city great.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Uptown, University Circle in Cleveland

anchor districts are the new engines of job creation, and that's a good thing for cities

New research suggests that innovation districts, whose growth is fueled by anchor institutions, companies and startups working in close proximity to one another, may be growing faster than traditional downtowns.
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Diversity Founders

lynlee altman

lynlee altman

City: MidTown
Meet Lynlee Altman, founder of Pinnacle Construction, a general contractor that specializes in unique, complex and safety-critical construction.
debbie donley

debbie donley

City: Downtown
Meet Debbie Donley, founder of Vocon, an architectural firm with more than 120 employees in its Cleveland and New York offices.
ariane kirkpatrick

ariane kirkpatrick

City: Emerging Neighborhoods
Meet Ariane Kirkpatrick, founder of AKA Construction Management Team, Inc., a construction company and commercial cleaning company with 47 employees.
jill akins

jill akins

City: Downtown
Meet Jill Akins, founder of Van Auken Akins Architects LLC.
kazell pugh

kazell pugh

City: Bedford
Meet Kazell Pugh, founder of TLC Springwater.
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