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Living and Working in Ohio City

Ohio City is home to over 10,000 residents and 5,000 daytime employees. Below are profiles of people that live and/or work in the neighborhood. 

Timothy Del Papa

    Why Ohio City: I chose to live in Ohio City for several reasons. First of all, I wanted a self-contained, accessible neighborhood with a rich history.  Secondly, I was young, working in a restaurant and the price point of Ohio City was attractive, especially south of Lorain Avenue.

    Favorite place in Ohio City: This may be a cop-out, but my favorite place in Ohio City is the West Side Market. 

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    Timothy Del Papa

      Why Ohio City: I chose to live in Ohio City for several reasons. First of all, I wanted a self-contained, accessible neighborhood with a rich history.  Secondly, I was young, working in a restaurant and the price point of Ohio City was attractive, especially south of Lorain Avenue.

      Favorite place in Ohio City: This may be a cop-out, but my favorite place in Ohio City is the West Side Market. 

      Favorite Season in Ohio City: Fall is my favorite season in Ohio City.  What could be more beautiful and tranquil than a stroll through the Monroe Street Cemetery, looking up at the glorious turning leaves, collecting buckeyes and watching the deer?

      In your opinion what are some best kept secrets about Ohio City:

        The hidden gardens behind many unassuming houses.  Ohio City residents are very creative when it come to utilizing small, confined spaces. 
        The many brick alleys that lend themselves quite well as shortcuts!
        There is PLENTY of parking in the neighborhood.  Park a few blocks from a restaurant or the market.....as you walk, admire the architecture, the gardens.  Think to yourself that Ohio City was built before cars, embracing the idea that this has always been a walking neighborhood!  Drink in the history of the homes, businesses, streets and alleys.
        There are still wonderful properties in the neighborhood waiting for  creative, loving people to buy them....they may not be on W. 25th or Jay, you just need to look deep into the neighborhood.

        What are your favorite West Side Market Stands:

          Vegetables:  DeCaro  (Melissa has not only dandelion greens, but an expressive and unique way of celebrating all of the year's holidays!)
          Meat: Pinzone (Great pork and beef......especially the staples for pasta sauce, like neck bones!)
          Fruit: Calabrese (A genuine "old school" stand, with a few contemporary surprises!)
          Dairy: Irene Dever (Along with great cheese, pierogies, eggs.....the most glowing, genuine smiles in the market!)
          Bakery: Christopher's  (No better breads....and delicious spinach/feta pies!)
          Specialty Items:  Mediterranean Imports (If Gus does not have it, you don't need it!  Make sure you tell him why the French feta is better than the Greek....see what happens!)

          Traditions: Of course, I always look forward to the Home Tour!  This is when all of us can proudly share all of our hard work, both inside and outside of the house.  It also gives us the opportunity to share our beautiful neighborhood with visitors and  catch up with old friends.  Some newer traditions like the Holiday event on Market Avenue is something to look forward to!  With the carriage rides, Christmas trees and cheerful crowds....the neighborhood really gets in the Holiday spirit, with some help from the Christmas Ale!

          Involvement: I am active in the South of Lorain Block Club, working on the Home Tour, working closely with OCI and the Councilman's office.  I think that one of the best ways to be involved and engaged with the neighbor is to support all of the local businesses, be a part of the many cultural offerings, know your neighbors, and  encourage visitors.  We should all gleam with pride that Ohio City is where we choose to live, shop and play!

          Katherine & Greg Zucca

          Why Ohio City? We enjoy living in a diverse community where we feel a sense of belonging in our neighborhood.  We moved here as newlyweds, and thought about moving out when we had children.  As we considered other communities, we quickly realized that we wanted to stay here because of the many benefits that living in a close-knit neighborhood brings.  We have met so many families who have raised children in Ohio City who truly were an example to us, and there are a variety of great school choices available here.

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          Katherine & Greg Zucca

          Why Ohio City? We enjoy living in a diverse community where we feel a sense of belonging in our neighborhood.  We moved here as newlyweds, and thought about moving out when we had children.  As we considered other communities, we quickly realized that we wanted to stay here because of the many benefits that living in a close-knit neighborhood brings.  We have met so many families who have raised children in Ohio City who truly were an example to us, and there are a variety of great school choices available here. The Ohio City Babysitting Coop, the Near West Family Network, St Pat’s, and Near West Recreation connected us to many of the families in the neighborhood. Ohio City has been a welcoming environment to us, and we aspire to be that welcoming to others. 

          What is your favorite season in Ohio City? Summer, when we get a chance to see many neighbors and friends at Ohio City Stages, ice cream nights at Fairview Park, and playground meet-ups. We love to hang out at Zone and Fairview splash parks or simply on our front porch and talk to neighbor as they pass by. Also, our involvement in Near West Rec sports allows us to meet many new kids and families over the summer.

          In your opinion, what is a best kept secret about Ohio City? The kind people who make up our neighborhood! – And the many institutions who serve them – from churches and shelters to the market and restaurants to schools and cultural centers.

          Favorite West Side Market Stands? Basketeria, the Mediterranean Mart, Maha’s, & DW Whitaker.

          Favorite Ohio City traditions? Brite Winter, Ohio City Stages, ice cream socials.

          Involvement in the Community: Greg is a t-ball and soccer coach for Near West Recreation, and a former council member at St. Pat’s.  Katie is a board member for the Near West Family Network, which is an organization to connect families living in the City of Cleveland.  In connection with NWFN, we plan playground meet-ups during the summer and library story-times during the winter, as well as many other neighborhood events.  Our kids attend Urban Community School and can be found most days in one of the area’s parks.

           

          Carrie Walker

          Why Ohio City? While visiting my daughter 14 years ago my husband and I fell in love with the laid back charm, walkability and conveniences of Ohio City.

          What is your favorite season in Ohio City? I love all the seasons in Ohio City and could not pick just one.

          In your opinion, what is a best kept secret about Ohio City? The Ohio City Farm. Since being there as the ambassador I find there are many that don't know about it. I really love telling people about the farm and watching their faces after they have walked through.

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          Carrie Walker

          Why Ohio City? While visiting my daughter 14 years ago my husband and I fell in love with the laid back charm, walkability and conveniences of Ohio City.

          What is your favorite season in Ohio City? I love all the seasons in Ohio City and could not pick just one.

          In your opinion, what is a best kept secret about Ohio City? The Ohio City Farm. Since being there as the ambassador I find there are many that don't know about it. I really love telling people about the farm and watching their faces after they have walked through.

          Favorite West Side Market Stands? All the stands at the West Side Market are great. The vendors are all so friendly.

          Favorite Ohio City traditions? The street fairs without a doubt.

          Involvement in the Community: 

          Ambassador for the Ohio City Farm

          Elder at Franklin Circle Christian Church

          Member of the Anti-Racism team at Franklin Circle Christian Church

          Healthy Strides participant at Lutheran Hospital

          Tai Chi Participant at Riverview Estates and also a resident

           

          Mike George & Amber Pompeii

          Why Ohio City?  We (my wife Amber and I) chose to live in Ohio City because of the diversity in our neighborhood and because of its walkability. We wanted to live close to our business (Cleveland Tea Revival) which is also in Ohio City. The sense of community is unmatched by anywhere else we have ever lived.

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          Mike George & Amber Pompeii

          Why Ohio City?  We (my wife Amber and I) chose to live in Ohio City because of the diversity in our neighborhood and because of its walkability. We wanted to live close to our business (Cleveland Tea Revival) which is also in Ohio City. The sense of community is unmatched by anywhere else we have ever lived.

          What is your favorite season in Ohio City? Summer! We live across the street from the Kentucky Gardens, so we get to see people from the neighborhood working on their beautiful gardens every day! Plus, we like to walk to Edgewater or have a beer on on patio somewhere, like Jukebox or Platform.

          In your opinion, what is a best kept secret about Ohio City? Cleveland Tea Revival of course. But seriously, its the B and G tavern on Lorain.  

          Favorite West Side Market Stands? Urban Herbs, Basketeria, and Rooted in Cleveland.  Those are not only my favorites stands, they are objectively the best stands.  

          Favorite Ohio City traditions?  Saying hello to Jeff, our UPS driver; he’s the best. Also, Johnny Mango’s makes an amazing soup called Laska that is only served for the month of December. We look forward to it all year.

          Involvement in the Community: We participate in community meetings and currently we have a basket in our store to collect school supplies for Urban Community School kids. 

           

          Hunter Harlor

          photo by Laura Watilo Blake

          Why Ohio City? There's such a great energy and sense of community in Ohio City that comes from the people who live here. There's a lot of awesome economic and cultural diversity that also feels really cohesive. As a family, we really value that.

          What is your favorite season in Ohio City? Fall! Walking the neighborhood when the air is a little crisp and the leaves are crunchy? Love it.

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          Hunter Harlor

          photo by Laura Watilo Blake

          Why Ohio City? There's such a great energy and sense of community in Ohio City that comes from the people who live here. There's a lot of awesome economic and cultural diversity that also feels really cohesive. As a family, we really value that.

          What is your favorite season in Ohio City? Fall! Walking the neighborhood when the air is a little crisp and the leaves are crunchy? Love it.

          In your opinion, what is a best kept secret about Ohio City? We really love the Kentucky Garden. We don't have a plot there this year, but my son Liam participates in the Garden Club (Wednesday nights in the summer). It's a beautiful space and provides a great opportunity for the neighborhood. Transformer Station, too. My wife and I actually had our wedding there! It's an awesome museum, it's free, and the featured artists are always worth checking out.

          Favorite West Side Market Stands? We love going to Bacha Produce. Emery is a great guy and his produce is first rate (plus he's always got a sucker for the kids.) And we always stop by to see Melissa at Decaro, even if we don't need anything. It's hard to narrow it down because there's so many vendors we love...

          Favorite Ohio City traditions? Ohio City Stages! Coolest block party ever. We haven't missed a show the last three years...the kids love it and it's a great show every time. 

          Involvement in the Community: My wife Anna and I live on John Ave with our two kids, two dogs, and kitty!

           

          Helen Qin

          Why Ohio City: I love the walkability, the many dining options, but most importantly, this is the first neighborhood I've lived in that's felt like a real neighborhood - our neighbors look out for us and vice versa, and it's easy to get to know everyone through the block clubs (or just walking around)!

          Favorite season in Ohio City: Summer! The longer daylight hours are great for walking the dog and exploring the neighborhood, and there's always a lot going on with all the outdoor events and being so close to the lake.

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          Helen Qin

          Why Ohio City: I love the walkability, the many dining options, but most importantly, this is the first neighborhood I've lived in that's felt like a real neighborhood - our neighbors look out for us and vice versa, and it's easy to get to know everyone through the block clubs (or just walking around)!

          Favorite season in Ohio City: Summer! The longer daylight hours are great for walking the dog and exploring the neighborhood, and there's always a lot going on with all the outdoor events and being so close to the lake.

          In your opinion what are some best kept secrets about Ohio City: The community gardens - I love that there's pretty much one on every street, and that these neighborhood farms will sell their produce for those of us without green thumbs!

          What are your favorite West Side Market Stands: Rooted in Cleveland, Ohio City Pasta 

          Favorite Ohio City traditions: Shivering at Brite Winter Fest, providing ice cream at Evening in Ohio City and watching people have a really good time.

          Involvement: Co-owner of Mason's Creamery on 44th & Bridge, part of Bridge block club