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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

El Sistema at Rainey

join a #fredtalkscle discussion about arts education

Arts education programs that teach mastery have the greatest potential to impact child development, yet many urban youth lack access to them. Learn why these programs work and how we can cultivate them in Cleveland.

Belinda's Nightclub

the art of social dancing is not dead

Social dancing is a great way to meet new people, get exercise and explore Cleveland. From Brazilian capoeira to contra dancing, here are four local places to get your groove on.

Rick Semersky

two east side neighborhoods spark retail rejuvenation

Game-changing projects will soon launch in St. Clair Superior and North Collinwood: Hub 55, a new fresh market, cafe and incubator, and ActiVacant, which will draw new retailers to E. 185th.

Minneapolis skyline

what smart cities can learn from minneapolis, capital of 'the north'

Downtown Minneapolis is booming with new residents, and growth is spilling into outlying neighborhoods. Now plans are in the works to ensure that existing residents and artists have a seat at the table. 

Arts and Music Festival

welcome to shaker heights, the city of immigrants and entrepreneurs

Built as an elite garden suburb, Shaker Heights has reinvented itself through attracting startups, nourishing small businesses and welcoming international families.
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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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