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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.

Features

Commissioner Pete Gerken

Six Ohio cities to share immigrant-attracting best practices

An immigration proposal with local ties has connected groups statewide in the battle for brainpower.

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.

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.
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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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