Whew! It’s been quite a year. 2021 began with hope that the end was in sight for the COVID-19 pandemic
. Instead, we're rounding out the year with the Omicron variant and struggles to recover—physically, emotionally, and economically.
But 2021 also brought us some noteworthy positive accomplishments, celebrated unique ways to take advantage of all the arts and culture offerings
we have, and we have a lot to look forward to in the next year.
As we move into 2022, we have a new Mayor coming on board next week and we say goodbye to 16-year Mayor Frank Jackson; we anticipate new projects coming online; we look forward to celebrating some of the city’s milestones; and we continue to look at the city’s past as markers for our future.
In the past year, FreshWater Cleveland has covered so many of the positive people, places, and projects that make this city great. As members of the Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism Collaborative
(NEO SoJo) for the past two years, we’ve also delved into the problems—and potential solutions
—many of us are facing in this time of economic recovery.
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski has chronicled the city’s moments with grace and beauty, and documented our residents with his #StreetsofCLE
series and photo essays
And FreshWater contributor Tom Matowitz continuously takes us through Cleveland’s fascinating architectural history with his Cleveland Masterworks
In this issue, the FreshWater staff members share their reflections on 2021, their hopes and predictions for 2022, and some of their dream assignments for the coming year.
We've divided the essays into four New Year segments:
Looking back; looking forward
Arts and Culture
A new mayor; more of everything good
Thank you for reading and supporting FreshWater Cleveland. We look forward to sharing more great stories in 2022!