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. 

No place like home: Cleveland Restoration Society Celebration of Preservation honors 13 projects
The 2024 Celebration of Preservation, hosted by the Cleveland Restoration Society and the American Institute of Architects Cleveland, will highlight some of the best restoration and historical architecture projects in the past year at the Ariel LaSalle Theater on May 22. The event will honor projects like the West Side Market clock tower, the conversion of the former Henry W. Longfellow Elementary School in Collinwood into affordable senior apartments, and the Ford Hessler Apartments.
Exploring grief: CIA student copes with loss through her paintings
Maddie Cantrell a painting major and rising senior at the Cleveland Institute of Art, lost both of her grandparents suddenly. This week, she opens her exhibit "Living with Grief” at Hospice of the Western Reserve's bereavement center as part of a project through the CIA Creativity Works—a self-initiated internship for visual art and craft + design majors designed to support professional development.
The Big Clean: Volunteers haul away nearly three tons of trash in neighborhood competition
Now in its seventh year of friendly competition, The Big Clean between volunteers in the City of Euclid and the Collinwood neighborhood spent last Saturday picking up trash and debris in a massive spring cleaning. Read on to find out which community won and how much total trash was collected.
The Cardalians: Not bragging, just saying, Cleveland is home
In the conclusion of his series "The Cardalians," Ralph Horner reflects on his experiences with his friends from Cardale, Pennsylvania who settled in Glenville and Collinwood in the 1950s. Horner then wraps the series up with a personal note.
The Cardalians: The characters and mischief in Otto’s Bar
Ralph Horner recalls his time as a young man in the 1950s, spending time with Glenville residents from Cardale, Pennsylvania at Otto's Bar and the Bowl-a-Rama in Collinwood.
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.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on East 185th 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.
The Cardalians: Antics at Otto’s Bar and the Bowl-a-Rama
Ralph Horner recalls his time as a young man in the 1950s, spending time with Glenville residents from Cardale, Pennsylvania at Otto's Bar and the Bowl-a-Rama in Collinwood.
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.
The Cardalians: The Pennsylvania migration
"The Cardalians" is Ralph Horner’s third series of essays, recalling his days in the 1950s as a young man near Cleveland’s Glenville and Collinwood neighborhoods, and the large population of residents who came to Cleveland from Cardale, Pennsylvania.
Full service: Food Bank goes beyond hunger with its new community resource Center
Phase two in the Greater Cleveland Food Bank's three-phase plan to create food stability in Northeast Ohio was completed this month with its Collinwood Community Resource Center—with 16 organizations offering their services on-site.
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.