Breaking Ground Conceptual design of the new Ubuntu Gathering Space in Cleveland

Powerful connections: $75K grant launches the start of Ubuntu Gathering Space in Buckeye-Woodhill

A group of partners later this year will break ground on The Ubuntu Gathering Place, a park next door to the East End Neighborhood House to bring greenspace and a sense of place to the Buckeye-Woodland community.

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Editorial: What does diversity look like? It’s a personal thing

A Mexican-American woman with ancestors in two Native American tribes ponders the use of Latinx as a broad descriptor for Latino/a and Hispanic peoples.

Buzz For the first NEO SoJo listening event, we’ll be asking people about what difference the child tax credits will make for NE Ohio families, like Leah Hudnall’s. Hudnall (right) is seen here adjusting her son Dom’s mask at her grandfather Miles Hackney

Bouncing back: What should Northeast Ohio’s economic recovery look like? Come tell us on July 29

Come join the NEO SoJo group for our Common Ground listening event to talk about the region's economic recovery and the child tax credit.

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on East 17th Street

FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.

Feature Story Kevin Scheuring, the manager at Coit Road Farmers Market in East Cleveland, stands in front of the 100-year-old market where residents buy fresh produce from urban farmers. About half of the sales coming into the market are from incentive programs, w

Farmers markets, nutrition assistance programs serve as oases in Cleveland's food deserts

Many Northeast Ohio farmers’ markets not only stayed open last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also expanded access to Produce Perks, EBT and other nutrition assistance programs. Their aim is to help those in need while gaining customers at the same time.

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Light it up: Whiskey Island Boat Club plans for Parade of Lights on Saturday

The Whiskey Island Boat Club will host its 11th annual Parade of Lights this weekend, with decorated boats parading up and down the Cuyahoga River.

Feature Story Theater artist Chris Szajbert

The big idea: City Club’s archives inspire one artist to create a video series on important moments

When theater artist Chris Szajbert found herself out of work during the pandemic, she got creative and found a unique way to embark on a new video series.

Breaking Ground The ironwork for the main span of the Detroit-Superior (Veterans' Memorial) High-Level Bridge ca. 1915.

Zenas King: Built the bridges that connect Cleveland’s east and west sides

Zenas King first came to Cleveland to become a building contractor. He went on to construct three innovative bridges and create the country's largest manufacturer of highway bridges.

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On the bubble: Local bubbleologist Dr. U.R. Awesome to go for 12th world record on Sunday

Gary Pearlman bounces through life as bubbleologist Dr. U.R. Awesome—blowing his way to 11 Guinness World Records titles and hoping for a 12th this weekend.

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Happy birthday Cleveland: Answers to Cleveland’s 225th birthday quiz

Yesterday, we tested your knowledge of Cleveland history to mark the city’s 225th birthday. Today, we give you the answers.

Feature Story Moses Cleveland statue in Public Square

Happy Birthday Cleveland: In 225 years, we’ve had our moments

Cleveland celebrates it 225th birthday on Thursday. Things have changed a lot in the city since 1796, so Grant Segall takes a look at some of the milestone moments throughout our history.

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Cleveland's Birthday: Here’s a quiz you’ve had 225 years to study for

Think you know about Cleveland's 225-year history? Take this quiz and find out how much you know. 

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Cleveland's event scene comes alive again with the debut of BLDG17 CLE in St. Clair-Superior

As event planner Kattie Cool sees it, there is no better way to celebrate the ability to gather in large groups again than with an all-new event space serving Cleveland—and that's where BLDG17 CLE comes in.

Breaking Ground Langston Hughes showcasing the original plans for the Karamu House building in 1945,

Karamu House receives $75K grant to restore residence of poet and playwright Langston Hughes

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund last week awarded Karamu House $75,000 to restore the apartment where poet and playwright Langston Hughes once wrote.

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Get out! Haunted House Restaurant offers good food, a thrilling experience for the family

The Haunted House Restaurant, which pays homage to the classic horror and thriller movies, is now open in Cleveland Heights.

Breaking Ground Jimmy’s Treehouse - Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Up a tree: Nature Center at Shaker Lakes opens Jimmy’s Treehouse

There’s yet another fun way to get out and enjoy the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes this summer with the opening of Jimmy's Treehouse on the Stearns Woodland Trail.

Street Level Bobby Sanabria on drums performing his recent Grammy nominated West Side Story Reimagined score at Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Live jazz returns to Cleveland this week with free concert from the Roberto Ocasio Foundation

The Roberto Ocasio Foundation is celebrating the return of live music with a free jazz concert in University Circle this week. 

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Lorain Avenue

FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.

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Forum: What questions do you have for Cleveland’s next mayor?

Cleveland will elect its first new mayor in 16 years. What issues do the mayoral candidates need to pay attention to? Submit your questions and ideastream may ask them at its City Club mayoral forum on July 22.

Feature Story St. Luke's Foundation wants neighborhood residents to have a voice in grantmaking with the Lift Every Voice platform.

Lift Every Voice: St. Luke’s Foundation launches platform to measure impact, give residents power

The St. Luke's Foundation is giving residents in the Woodhill, Buckeye-Shaker, and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods a voice in grantmaking and neighborhood services with its Lift Every Voice platform.

Breaking Ground Cleveland Hotel 1930s

Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White: The firm that designed three notable CLE landmarks

Cleveland Masterworks: The Chicago-based firm Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White designed three of Cleveland's most notable buildings.

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Checks and Balances: Join us for this important Civics Essential virtual discussion

The virtual panel will cover the biggest issue yet: How do we balance power?

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The search for public records: Digging around in the archives

The City of Cleveland’s Public Records Center is the hub to get access to city government records, including police reports, orders from the mayor’s office, employee salaries, building permits, and crime stats. Find out how to easily find what you're digging for. 

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Karamu House to complete renovations, add community spaces, and return to live theater

Karamu House is about to complete the third and final phase of its renovations and return to live performances, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

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HELP is planting the seed for a hydroponic greenhouse in downtown Euclid

Euclid's HELP Harvest Greenhouse will teach life and employment skills by providing both paid employment and on-the-job training in growing hydroponic crops and fresh produce.

Buzz The new "Lindsey Family Play Space" playground at Upper Edgewater

Child’s Play: Cleveland Metroparks opens its largest family play space at Edgewater Park

Edgewater Park became a whole lot more fun for kids of all ages and abilities last week when the Cleveland Metroparks and the Lindsey family on Friday, July 9 opened the Lindsey Family Place Space.

Street Level One of many teens featured in this year’s Lake Erie Ink’s teen anthology, “On the Other Side.”

On the Other Side: Teen writers and editors produce their fifth Lake Erie Ink writing anthology

A group of about a dozen teen editors have produced the fifth edition of Lake Erie Ink's Teen Anthology "On the Other Side," featuring the poetry, prose, and visual art by 60 teen creators. 

Breaking Ground Who's Hiring

Who’s Hiring in CLE: Cleveland Play House, Tremont West, Salvation Army, and more

Need a job? Check out the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for.    

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot in University Circle

FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.

Breaking Ground Denesha Moses sits on her porch in the Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood. Moses received help from the Cleveland right to counsel program last year after her former landlord filed an eviction against her.

Cleveland Right to Counsel shows promising early results for tenants, and some landlords

Cleveland is one of seven cities in the U.S. that has enacted a right to counsel program that provides free legal representation to tenants facing eviction. Early statistics from the program’s first year of operation show promising results—dozens of evictions prevented despite a federal moratorium on evictions - but what will happen when that moratorium ends?

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