Old Brooklyn

With a steadily shifting population (including rapidly growing African-American and Latino demographics) and an equally changing economic landscape (with Chain Reaction slated to bring at least five new businesses into the area), Old Brooklyn is entering a new era. FreshWater Cleveland is excited to cover the neighborhood’s ongoing transformation in its first-ever On the Ground community reporting initiative.

For 10 weeks, FreshWater Cleveland will practice embedded journalism in Old Brooklyn—uncovering the people, places, and projects that are shaping and driving its future. Along with reported stories, content will include photo essays and multimedia, as well as a live event.

The On the Ground initiative is being made possible by partnerships with the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cleveland Development Advisors, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Explore one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods—and newest hotspots—with us.

Breaking Ground 25-acres of landfill in Old Brooklyn to be used for a proposed park
Breaking Ground Will Sanchez’ mural "Angel of 2003" in La Villa Hispana, by his gallery
Special Report journalism
Buzz Old Brooklyn South Hills neighborhood

VIDEO: Why I Chose Old Brooklyn

Feature Story Left to right: Vern Recker, Lou Goodwin, Connie Ewazen (seated), Jill Riegelmayer-Kolodny
Feature Story Pearl Road 2
Street Level Old Brooklyn Families Group 4
Feature Story Ronald Kasper with an Eggplant growing at Orchard Grove
Breaking Ground CLE Chain Reaction - Old Brooklyn Winners 3
Feature Story Ben Franklin Community Garden

Old Brooklyn sparks "Health in Action" with a groundbreaking new report

Street Level Jesse Owens Tree at James Ford Rhodes High School in Old Brooklyn

A tree grows in Old Brooklyn (and it's the stuff of legends).

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