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Custom orders: MAGNET tailors its services to bring Cleveland builders to market
When MAGNET hosts its annual Mspire pitch competition—Ohio's only pitch challenge exclusively for manufacturing-focused entrepreneurs—the organization adapts to its individual entrepreneurs to offer the services they need to scale up and get to market. 
A place to call home: The quest to create safe, affordable housing options
In this second part of our two part series on affordable housing and racism, we look at the efforts the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, nonprofits, and neighborhood CDCs are making to improve affordable housing options and how to ensure safe and affordable housing is not discriminatory.
A place to call home: Cleveland's Black community is hit hardest in affordable housing search
Affordable housing is one of the most critical basic needs of everyone. But Cleveland is lacking in affordable, quality housing, experts say, and the Black population is most impacted. While Cleveland and many neighborhood CDCs are working to improve affordable housing options, the need—especially in Black communities—is still great.
Head of the Cuyahoga: Proof of progress, more activity on a thriving river
The 26th Head of the Cuyahoga takes place this weekend, with more than 2,000 people from 15 states and Canada descending upon the Flats. It seems like a good time to reflect on the river's progress in the past 53 years, as rowing and other water recreation, business, and environmental stewardship grows. 
City lines: The landscape of downtown buildings
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski gives us a bird's eye view of Cleveland's skyline, from an entirely different angle than we're used to seeing it.
Film’s big fall: A look at upcoming CLE film festivals and their thought-provoking content
As fall approaches, the season is ripe for upcoming film festivals. Three festivals that focus on unique and timely topics are already beginning. 
Photo essay: The best of the 2022 FRONT Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
The 2022 FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is in full swing, with 100 world renowned artists at 30 sites in three NEO cities. Here are some don't miss highlights that FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski captured while attending FRONT.
A man with a mission: Rev. Stephen Blonder Adams has big plans for the Old Stone Church
The Rev. Stephen C. Blonder Adams has a history with the Old Stone Church. Now, as the new head pastor, he wants to make sure everyone knows the church is open and welcoming to all, and is the heart of the Cleveland community.
Innovation Square set to bring jobs, housing, and a bright future to Fairfax
The Innovation Square project is set to bring a mixed-use, mixed-income district along the Opportunity Corridor on Cleveland’s southeast side. Along with the new Meijer grocery story, neighborhood residents, business owners, and officials see potential for Fairfax to become an emerging, thriving neighborhood.
Help Wanted: Shortage of mental health workers stresses agencies, patients
Unprecedented demand for mental health workers and a sparse employee pipeline are adding stress to Ohio’s already strained behavioral health system—potentially putting pressure on other health systems or having detrimental effects on those needing services. The experts have some solutions.
Hip-hop hits Severance Hall this weekend when Lords of the Land take to the streets
Lords of the Land II Hip-Hop and Street Dance Festival returns for the second year, this time at Severance Hall, to elevate the culture, comradery, and history of street dance.
Central ripple: One year later, Central residents still await full effects of Central Surge
It’s been more than a year since Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish announced a “surge” of support to lift up the Central neighborhood in Cleveland. Some residents say they’ve noticed little material change. Where does the surge plan go from here?
Food desert: Central residents long for a grocery store as negotiations drag on
Many Cleveland neighborhoods—almost 60% according to one estimate—are not in close proximity to a grocery store, effectively stranding people access to fresh and healthy food. The Central neighborhood is no different. What’s being done about it?
Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows: A week into the FRONT Triennial, a photo essay
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski has been out at all 2022 FRONT Triennial Cleveland sites this week, capturing the art and the awe of the massive show. Check out what you're in store for! 
Bouncing back through Arts & Culture: CAC annual report highlights resilience in the arts
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in July released its 2021 annual report, showing resilience, support, and hope for arts and cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County—despite the struggles during the ongoing pandemic. 
First phase of six-year Woodhill Homes project starts with 120-unit apartments
CMHA, Cleveland, The Community Builders, and Marous Brothers Construction have officially started construction on Woodhill Station West—the first phase of the new Woodhill Homes, a six-phase, six-year $250 million development project that is part of the Buckeye-Woodhill Transformation Plan.
Two Ohio House bills threaten Cleveland’s only LGBTQ+ public school
Ohio’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and a second bill that restricts access to LGBTQ+ healthcare are looming in the state legislature. 
The FRONT Triennial returns to NEO for a summer-long artistic experience
The 2022 FRONT Triennial, delayed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, opens this Saturday with the themes of healing and transformation. Here is your guide to navigating the works of 100 world renowned artists working in a variety of media at 30 sites in three Northeast Ohio cities.
Parade of Sail: Tall Ships arrive in Cleveland
The 2022 Cleveland Tall Ships Festival, presented by Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA), hit the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland last week, and FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski caught the entire fleet on parade as they made their grand entrance. 
Rally on the River: A photo essay of last week's Canalway Cuyahoga River Rally
Last week, Canalway celebrated a “river renewed” by looking at how far the Cuyahoga River has come, the river’s history, and the lifestyle enhancements clean water provides at Cuyahoga River Rally in the Flats. FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski caught all the fun.