Lee Chilcote
Lee Chilcote

Stories by: Lee Chilcote

Lee Chilcote is founder and editor of The Land. He is the author of the poetry chapbooks The Shape of Home and How to Live in Ruins. His writing has been published by Vanity Fair, Next City, Belt and many literary journals as well as in The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook, The Cleveland Anthology and A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City. He is a founder and former executive director of Literary Cleveland. He lives in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland with his family.
Catching a lift: Church van program helps give workers a boost out of poverty
One of the more intractable problems facing manufacturers is the mismatch between the location of jobs and where entry-level workers live. Many low-income and Black workers live in Cleveland and don’t own cars, but many jobs are in the suburbs, far from public transportation. 
What you need to know about Cleveland’s new opt-in recycling program
After a year-and-a-half hiatus, curbside recycling is coming back to  Cleveland and residents have until October to opt in to the program.
Nourishing bodies and minds: Local colleges fight student hunger during the coronavirus pandemic

As local colleges reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve expanded efforts to provide food and emergency aid to students who are impacted by COVID-19—especially those who don't have family support.

Old school still rules: Lee-Harvard’s high census response rate could teach others a few tricks
Cleveland's Lee-Harvard neighborhood has seen an impressive response rate to the U.S. Census—as high as 70%. What can other areas learn from this east side neighborhood?
Making it count: Community groups get creative in collecting census data during a pandemic
Cleveland is lagging in responses to the 2020 U.S. Census, so community groups are taking some creative measures to encourage traditionally hard-to-reach groups to be counted—and it's working.
LatinUS Theater speaks Clark-Fulton’s language — literally
LatinUS Theater, Ohio’s first independent Latino theater company, is staging their fifth Spanish-language production this month and plans to open in their own space next year in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood.
#GivingTuesdayCLE takes the competition out of charitable giving
Wish Cleveland brings Giving Tuesday back for a second year with a more ambitious campaign to help nonprofits citywide.
Cleveland Clinic doctor leads effort to reduce health disparities among black men
Dr. Charles Modlin once again is at the forefront of efforts to address glaring health disparities among African-American men, spearheading the Cleveland Clinic's launch of the Multicultural Health Center of Excellence.
Slavic Village turns the corner with affordable rehabbed housing
The epicenter of the housing crisis a decade ago, Slavic Village is bouncing back with fully rehabbed homes selling for less than $100,000.
Centennial Trail 5K showcases stunning downtown views
There's no better way to experience the stunning downtown views along the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail than during a 5K walk/run sponsored by the Cleveland Metroparks. This year's event takes place Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Flats.
One World Day keeps growing in Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Changes are in store for the annual One World Day on Aug. 25 in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, including a new Children's Village, enhanced transportation options and new activities, as well as three new gardens.
5 up-and-coming artists to watch in Cleveland
From a dynamic duo bringing back Glenville to a Sudanese designer working on a welcome center for Irishtown Bend, these artists are changing the city's creative landscape.
Is Lorain Avenue the new ‘heart’ of Ohio City? These urban entrepreneurs seem to think so
A decade after Ohio City leaders began trying to capitalize on the success of West 25th St. by luring new businesses to Lorain Avenue, local entrepreneurs are moving to this funky west side main street to take advantage of affordable rents and a newly emerging restaurant, retail, and nightlife scene.
Riding the rails of the (future) Red Line Greenway
The proposed three-mile trail and linear park along the rapid tracks could be one of the most transformational projects the city has seen in years.
#FredTalksCLE: Arts mastery teaches kids success
When kids commit themselves to an art form, they gain self-confidence and set high expectations for themselves. How do we create more access to arts education for youth in urban neighborhoods? 
Cleveland's once-fragile arts sector is shaping the future
A few years ago, local arts groups faced declining audiences. Today, many of these organizations have reinvented themselves and begun to thrive -- or at least turned the corner.
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.
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.