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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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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