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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.

Diversity Features

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.

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.

Ronn Richard - Centennial Meeting

q&a: ronn richard, president of the cleveland foundation

In this candid, wide-ranging interview, the leader of the Cleveland Foundation discusses its centennial gifts, the Greater University Circle Initiative, the Transformation Plan and more.

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.
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Diversity

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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