Breaking Ground

Cleveland Greyhound Bus station: The ideal of streamline moderne style
Cleveland Masterworks: Louisville-based architect William Arrasmith established himself in the 1930s and 1940s by designing Greyhound Bus Stations across the country in a Art Deco Streamline Moderne design—using long, horizontal lines and curving forms with a somewhat nautical look to create a sleek, almost futuristic architectural style that was the hot trend for the time. The Cleveland Greyhound station is one of his most celebrated of the 60 Greyhound stations Arrasmith designed and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Who’s Hiring in the CLE: Fairfax Renaissance CDC, Journey Center, City of Cleveland
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, and how to apply.
How a city shapes its forests: Researchers look at 220 years of declining forests in the Forest City
Researchers at Baldwin Wallace University chronicled centuries of decline in the size and diversity of forests in Cuyahoga County. They used aerial photos and forest inventories from early land surveyors to determine the rate of decline and noted the current reforestation efforts to evaluate how the region can grow one-third of its remaining primary forests.
Nela Park: A century of lighting innovation and tradition
Cleveland Masterworks: East Cleveland's Nela Park is known as America's first industrial park, with its original 1913 Georgian Revival style buildings around a quad built for GE Lighting. The traditional holiday lighting display on the 93-acre campus continues for its 99th year through January 2.
Omega Psi Phi, local government officials hand out 500 gift baskets to fight food insecurity
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Zeta Omega Chapter partnered with Cleveland City Council president Blaine Griffin and other organizations last weekend for the organization's annual food basket giveaway at Ginn Academy. The group handed out 500 baskets to fight food insecurity.
Novel approach: Cuyahoga County brings services directly to the community
This fall, Cuyahoga County Executive Chis Ronayne initiated the Neighborhood Based Services program, partnering with Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Cuyahoga County Public Library, and Friendly Inn Settlement to bring services closer to residents and increase accessibility.
Catholic Charities prepares to deliver 13,000 free Christmas meals
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, is gearing up to prepare and distribute 13,000 holiday meals at St. Augustine Hunger Center and throughout the community. Find out how to help, or sign up to receive a meal.
Community West Foundation awards $765,500 in grants to 18 area nonprofits aimed at bettering lives
With a mission of advancing the health and well-being of the Northeast Ohio community, the Community West Foundation recently approved $765,500 in fourth-quarter grants to 18 local nonprofit agencies.
We have a winner! Marshmallow of the Month Club takes first in Chain Reaction
Fox 8 News' "Kickin' it With Kenny" was live this morning at the Ariel LaSalle Theatre, announcing the winners of the sixth season of Greater Cleveland Partnership's Cleveland Chain Reaction. Find out who took home the first, second, and third place wins, for a total of $70,000.
Public Auditorium: A century of history and entertainment
Cleveland Masterworks: Public Hall was the fourth building constructed as part of the 1903 Group Plan—a downtown design that included the Mall and seven Beaux Arts Neoclassical buildings. The 1922 building has hosted political conventions, exhibitions of all kinds, both classical and rock musicians, and other events for more than 100 years.
JACK Entertainment donates kitchen sets, utensils to Cleveland Food Bank’s Community Resource Center
JACK Entertainment recently donated more than 600 kitchen sets, utensils, and kitchenware to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank's new Community Resource Center to empower people with the tools they need to create healthy meals within their own homes.
St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church: A pillar of Civil Rights and community
Cleveland Masterworks: St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Central neighborhood is the oldest Black congregation in Cleveland. The 1908 church designed by Sydney Badgley's firm, the church is is known as a champion of community and Civil Rights.
Howling Heros: David Knott ensures retired K-9 first responders remain with their human partners
David Knott, founder of the Veterans and First Responders Foundation, is on a mission to give military and police dogs everything they need when they retire from duty—from staying with their handlers to healthcare—with his nonprofit Howling Heroes. The first five dogs were just honored last month.
Eternal fire: Ohio City’s Glass Bubble Project’s furnace has been burning for 25 Years
FreshWater contributor Katie McMenamin recently dropped by the Glass Bubble Project in Ohio City, where she got a lesson in the history of glassblowing, got to assist owner Mike Kaplan in creating a design, and learned what keeps Kaplan going after 25 years of blowing glass, teaching others the art, and sharing his passions.
Making choices, making history: Facing History mural prompts a look inward, a look forward
Facing History & Ourselves, the organization that uses the lessons of the past to create a better future by helping navigate student conversations about race, equity, justice, and citizenship, worked with LAND studio and artist Isaiah Williams to send its message through a mural on the side on their building on the Urban Community School campus.
Cleveland Terminal & Valley Railway Depot: A relic of 19th Century passenger rail travel
Cleveland Masterworks: In the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, the railroad industry was booming, for both freight transport and passenger rail. The abandoned Cleveland Terminal & Valley Railway depot in the Flats is a living relic of those past times.
Young guns: Three under-31 managers take charge at Cleveland digital marketing agency
In October VividFront founder Andrew Spott promoted three of his employees—all under the age of 31—to leadership positions. The 14-year-old company's future success is now in the hands of these three young guns.
St. Casimir Church blazing new paths in green infrastructure on its 130-year-old property
St. Casimir Catholic Church in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood is currently working on the second phase of its green infrastructure plan—installing permeable pavers and other systems to divert rainwater from the storm sewers to help keep Lake Erie clean—thanks to green infrastructure grants from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.
The Weizer Building: A 1928 testament to Cleveland’s Hungarian population in Buckeye
Cleveland Masterworks: Hungarian-born architect Henry Hradilek came to Cleveland in the early 1900s and wasted no time designing industrial buildings, apartments, and homes, including the building that is today's Don’s Lighthouse. His remarkable Beaux Arts design of the Weizer Building in Buckeye will soon be Providence House's new east side location.
Discussing diversity: Engage! Cleveland hosts DEI Conference
Engage! Cleveland recently held its inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference at the Cleveland Museum of Art. A sold-out crowd participated in conversations about diversity and listened to speakers discuss how to foster inclusive workplaces, address systemic barriers, promote equitable opportunities, and create a more just and inclusive society.