Downtown

Downtown ClevelandBob PerkoskiDowntown Cleveland

During the day, downtown Cleveland functions as the governmental, commercial and legal nucleus of Cuyahoga County. Daily, tens of thousands of people commute here to work at law firms, banks, insurance companies and in municipal offices. At the end of the day, many of those people get in cars or hop on trains and return home to far-flung suburbs. But not all of them. More and more, people are choosing to call downtown home, taking up residence in warehouse lofts, sleek new condos and apartments carved out of former office buildings. Hovering at 98-percent occupancy, the residential market in downtown Cleveland is at its highest point in 60 years. 

Inkling of Summer: Celebrate Summer Solstice with Zygote Press
Zygote Press, the largest fine art printmaking studio and gallery space between Chicago and New York and the only green nonprofit studio of its kind, will celebrate the Summer Solstice with its Inkling of Summer fundraising event on Thursday, June 20. The deadline to buy tickets is this Saturday, June 15.
FreshWater Cleveland earns four awards at Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Awards
Three FreshWater Cleveland writers and managing photographer Bob Perkoski were honored last week at the Press Club of Cleveland's annual All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards at House of Blues Cleveland. Read about the stories and Perkoski's photo essay here.
Empire Builders: Local author documents the architectural impact of the Van Sweringen brothers
Architectural photographer and Shaker Heights resident Lauren Pacini this week published “Empire Builders: An Illustrated History of the Rise and Fall of Cleveland's Van Sweringen Brothers,” the story of the eccentric Van Sweringen brothers' successes and failures in developing Shaker Heights as an exclusive residential garden community and their eventual demise during the Great Depression.
Make way! Davis High School students board Flotsam & Jetsam to clean the Cuyahoga
Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School students who are interested in maritime careers were on the Cuyahoga River and Inner Harbor last week, helping the Port of Cleveland and Argonaut clean debris out of the Cuyahoga River and the Inner Harbor.
Pride in the CLE in photos
People came by the thousands to celebrate Pride in the CLE on Saturday, June 1, hosted by the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland. FreshWater managing photographer caught the events of the day to share with our readers.
A century of hosting: 100 years of Republican National Conventions in Cleveland
This coming June will mark 100 years since Cleveland hosted the first of three Republican National Conventions—in June 1924, 1936, and 2016. The city has yet to host a Democratic National Convention. FreshWater contributing editor Grant Segall takes a look back at how Cleveland welcomed guests during each of the three historic events.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Chester 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.
Cosmic dining: Welcome aboard The Astro Restaurant at Tower City
The Astro Restaurant owners invite guests to take a cosmic voyage at their new outer space and alien-themed eatery at Towner City Center. From the creators of the Haunted House Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, The Astro gives a nod to sci-fi classics like Men in Black, Star Wars, The Jetsons, Star Trek, and more in an out-of-this world atmosphere.
Press Club to recognize Freshwater Cleveland in upcoming Excellence in Journalism awards
The Press Club of Cleveland will recognize several FreshWater writers and managing photographer Bob Perkoski for their 2023 stories at its annual All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, held at the House of Blues in June.
#Streets of CLE: Snapshot on Ontario 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.
Photos: Bouncing around Tourney Town
The thousands of people who descended on downtown Cleveland last weekend for the NCAA Women's Final Four were also treated to two free events: Bounce and Tourney Town, where Bob Perkoski caught all the fun.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Superior 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.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day downtown, extend the Irish fun at Kimpton Schofield Hotel
St. Patrick's Day is less than a week away. The annual parade—one of the largest in the country—kicks off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. The Kimpton Schofield Hotel is offering food and room specials to ensure downtown visitors can plan for a safe holiday.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on the Veterans Memorial Bridge
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.
Woof Woof: Destination Cleveland’s ‘Dog’s Day Off’ spot touted the city during Puppy Bowl
During the Puppy Bowl 2024 yesterday—a highlight for many during Super Bowl LVIII between San Francisco and Kansas City—Destination Cleveland aired its 30-second sport "Dog’s Day Off” to promote Cleveland as a great place to live, play, and visit. The ad featured places like North Coast Harbor, Studio West 117, East 4th Street, Grog Shop, and the Capitol Theatre in the Gordon Square Arts District.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day marked with public vigilance and education
The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, Community West Foundation, Cuyahoga County officials, and the community observed Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Cleveland Public Library last week, emphasizing the importance of collective efforts in raising awareness, educating the public, and supporting survivors of human trafficking.
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.
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.
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.
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.