Waterloo & Collinwood

Waterloo - Collinwood - Photo Bob PerkoskiWaterloo - Collinwood - Photo Bob Perkoski

This former blue-collar and ethnic neighborhood is emerging as one of Cleveland's latest comeback stories. Anchored by one of the country's top live-music venues, the Beachland Ballroom, and one of the city's most robust arts organizations, Arts Collinwood, this lakeside community is experiencing a resurgence. The combination of affordable housing, a burgeoning arts community, and easy access to downtown Cleveland has been attracting out-of-state artists hungry for a higher quality of life. A flush of new businesses are expected to open en masse in late 2014 and early 2015. 

Chain Reaction: Applications open for sixth season of small business pitch competition
Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Council of Smaller Enterprises announced that applications are now open for the sixth season of Cleveland Chain Reaction—the small business pitch competition.
Preservation celebration: Historic preservation projects honored by Restoration Society, AIA
The Cleveland Restoration Society and the American Institute of Architects will host the annual Celebration of Preservation to honor local restoration projects in Northeast Ohio. Read about some of the honorees here.
New purpose: Longfellow Elementary gets new life as affordable housing
CMSD's 1924 Longfellow Elementary School in Collinwood, designed by Cleveland schools architect Walter McCornack, was saved from demolition by the Cleveland Restoration Society and has been repurposed as affordable senior housing.
The fate of Euclid Beach Motor Home Park
After more than a year of planning and community meetings on the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park, Western Reserve Land Conservancy in February told the residents they must move out and the property will become a part of the Cleveland Metroparks and a larger revitalization project for North Collinwood and Lakeshore Avenue.
Beyerle Park: Trendsetter in late 19th Century resort amusement parks on the Interurban rail lines
Cleveland Masterworks: The 1883 opening of Beyerle Park in Slavic Village marked the beginning of Cleveland amusement parks geared toward attracting guests to rides, entertainment, and relaxation by the water.
The Salvation Army opens three new preschools in the Cleveland area
In response to the needs of three Cleveland neighborhoods, the Salvation Army Greater Cleveland in January opened Learning Zone preschools in Ohio City, Collinwood, and West Park.
Greater Cleveland Food Bank completes first phase of its expansion plan
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank yesterday opened the doors to its new 197,00-square-foot Partner Distribution Hub—the first step in the Food Bank’s long-term plan to serve more people in its coverage area and make sure those in need have a full range of services. 
Food Justice: Many Clevelanders struggle for healthy, affordable food
There are many efforts are underway at farms, community gardens, markets, social service organizations, and public agencies to nourish communities like Cleveland—the nation’s poorest big city—where food deserts are common and healthy foods are not the cheapest, most affordable, or most accessible options. 
#CLEative Groove: Meet Krista Tomorowitz, creator of Selvage Garments
Our #CLEative Groove series puts the spotlight on our city’s creative makers and shakers! Read on for our next installment with Krista Tomorowitz, creator of Selvage Garments.
Improvement plan: New CDC Neighborhood Platform outlines community needs to Bibb administration
A new Neighborhood Platform, launched by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, centers on working with Mayor Justin Bibb on improving housing stock, encouraging equitable neighborhood investments, and fostering renewed public confidence in municipal operations.
Fluorescent exploration: Waterloo Arts hosts DayGloLAB before annual DayGloSho
In preparation for it's annual DayGloSho—works of 40 regional and national artists using pigments made by Cleveland-based DayGlo Color Corp.—Waterloo Arts has created DayGloLAB for experimentation and hands-on activities with the medium.
#CLEative Groove: Meet Robert Gatewood of Master Collective and Gatewood Home/Share
Our #CLEative Groove series puts the spotlight on our city’s creative makers and shakers! Read on for our next installment with Robert Gatewood, founder of Master Collective and program director for Gatewood Home/Share.
Purchase of Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park spurs plans for Collinwood lakefront’s potential
Western Reserve Land Conservancy just announced it has purchased the 28.5-acre Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park on Lake Erie in the North Shore Collinwood neighborhood. Now the planning begins.
Deeply engaged: How CDCs are knocking down barriers to voting on Tuesday
With less than one week until election day, Community Development Corporations  are pulling out all the stops to get voters to the polls—from translating voting guides and hosting candidates forums, to voter registration and education drives and even free rides to the polls.
CPL Collinwood teams up with groups to give away free hotspots and internet
The Collinwood branch of the Cleveland Public Library, in partnership with Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice's Youth Council and PCs for People, will give away free hotspots this weekend.
Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Venues: Author celebrates new book this weekend at the Beachland
Plenty of local music industry pros will be at the Beachland Ballroom this weekend to celebrate the launch of Deanna Adams' newest book, "Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Venues."
What did residents think of Cleveland mayoral candidates’ responses to their questions?
Northeast Ohio residents got the opportunity to question seven candidates for Cleveland mayor about their priorities on public safety, racial equity, and more last week during a mayoral debate coordinated by Ideastream Public Media and the City Club of Cleveland. Read what these residents thought. 

The Big Clean: Euclid, Collinwood residents stage friendly cleanup competition
It may be a friendly competition, but whichever neighborhood gathers the most trash and debris this weekend wins. Will Euclid keep it's undefeated title? Will Collinwood sweep in for its first win?
Wardrobe Replay brings a fresh approach to secondhand shopping to Collinwood
What’s old is new again at 774 E. 185th St., where Antoinette Teasley has set up shop as Wardrobe Replay.
Painting the town: Waterloo Arts launches Green Palette community art project
Waterloo Arts has come up with an artistic way to drench Waterloo Road in color and greenery while also bringing the neighborhood together.