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Greenway threatened by shortsighted RTA development plans

Greenway threatened by shortsighted RTA development plans by Lennie Stover (Plain Press, April 2019)    A rare and vital urban forest on Cleveland’s near west side could soon give way to chainsaws if the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) approves plans being draw up by a Westlake developer to build a project between Columbus Road … Continue reading

Metro West celebrates at its annual meeting

(Plain Press, March 2019)Metro West Community Development Organization held its annual meeting on February 6that the Family Ministry Center on Fulton Road. The meeting included the distribution of its annual report, presentation of awards, and comments from Board Members, Managing Director Ricardo León, Ward 14 Council Representative Jasmin Santana, Ward 3 City Council Representative Kerry … Continue reading

Cleveland Board of Education celebrates Say Yes to Education, and hears concerns of citizens

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2019)          At the Cleveland Municipal School District Board of Education meeting on January 22, 2019 at George Washington Carter School, Cleveland Metropolitan School District Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon noted that January was School Board Recognition month and thanked the Board for their dedication and hard work. Monyka … Continue reading

Cleveland Metropolitan School District Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon shares Say Yes to Education details

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2019)          The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is making a major effort to get the word out about the scholarships and social services that will be available to Cleveland students as a result of Cleveland becoming the fourth city in the nation to partner with the Say Yes … Continue reading

West Side Market losing vendors, leaving many market stands empty

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2019)          A shopper visiting the West Side Market on Saturday, January 19thwould have found many empty stands. Just a few short years ago, it would have been unheard of for there to be empty stands on a Saturday. Many of the empty stands are a result of merchants … Continue reading

Property tax abatements need re-examination in light of impact on property tax valuations

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2019)          Residents of neighborhoods with a large number of new and substantially rehabbed houses, like Tremont (Southside) and Ohio City say they have been particularly hard hit by recent property valuations that have substantially increased their property tax bills. For many low-or-moderate income homeowners, the increases will cause … Continue reading

Proposed development stirs disagreement over voting rights at Lincoln Heights Block Club Meeting

by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, February 2019)          Josh Rosen, a partner in Sustainable Community Associates, wanted tostay on message when he presented plans for a new residential housingdevelopment at 1633 Auburn Avenue across the street from the WagnerAwing Building in Tremont. Seated at a large round table in the basement of St. Augustine Churchon … Continue reading

City of Cleveland presents plans for Fulton Road reconstruction from Clark Avenue to Lorain Avenue

by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, February 2019)          With the smell of hops in the air, residents of the Fulton/Lorain neighborhood gathered at the Platform Beer production facility Lesly Building on Vega Avenue on January 23rd to hear Councilman Kerry McCormack introduce guest speakers for the evening. Final plans for Phase I of the Fulton … Continue reading

Market Plaza slated for demolition to make way for new development

Can our Cleveland neighborhoods find a way to have both amenities and economic diversity?

by Chuck Hoven (January 2019, Plain Press)           Residents of Ohio City, gathered to share their vision for the future of the neighborhood, made it clear they would like to see their neighborhood serve as a home for people of all income groupings. They also readily listed the amenities they like in their neighborhood and what … Continue reading

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