President Obama pays a visit to the West Side Market.

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The Music Settlement, a century-old nonprofit that provides early childhood and music education, has announced its expansion to Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. The mission of the institution revolves around creating a community of growth and artistic expression. The school will be located on the ground floor of a 194-unit appartment building that is also set to feature a local grocery store and a swimming pool. 

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The West Side Market has appointed Felicia Hall, former Director of Administration at the Cleveland Restoration Society, to begin serving as the market manager starting August 17th, 2015. After a year of operating without a manager, the West Side Market welcomes Hall as tenants are eager to address issues pertaining to the management of the building and the future of the Market. 

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The Ohio City neighborhood continues to evolve as the South of Lorain (SoLo) district welcomes a wide array of new businesses. From neighborhood amenitites to night-life attractions, the district is becoming a revitalized destination point. 

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Rendering Credit: Bialosky Partners Architects

On Friday, October 16th 2015, Cleveland's planning commission unanimously approved plans for the proposed Lorain Avenue Bikeway. The plans for this project, which have been in the works for over three years, include restructuring 2.25 miles of what is currently a four-lane street into a multi-modal avenue. Lorain Avenue between West 20th Streett and West 65th Street would be converted into a route that includes two lanes for vehicles, a lane for parking and bus stops, and a 10ft. traffic-protected lane for bicycles. 

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The Ohio City Safety Camera Initiative is designed to deter crime by installing, and identifying through signage, safety cameras in strategic locations throughout the neighborhood. Priority will be given to areas in the neighborhood with the highest incidents of crime according to Cleveland Police statistics, with the long-range goal of placing safety cameras throughout the neighborhood. Similar safety camera initiatives in other neighborhoods in the City of Cleveland have resulted in a reduction in crime through deterrence and positive feedback from residents. In other instances, safety cameras have documented crimes being committed and led to the successful prosecutions of the perpetrators.

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A long-discussed and oft-delayed apartment project in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood got the green light last week, as money finally fell into place to transform a vacant cluster of buildings on West 25th Street.

Developers Rick Foran and Chris Smythe closed Wednesday on financing for a $27.4 million project that will turn the old Exhibit Builders property into 83 residences and commercial space. Construction, starting with interior preparations, is scheduled to start this week. The apartments could open in September 2016.

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Girding itself for controversy, the city of Cleveland is pushing ahead with a series of potential changes in and around the West Side Market, the venerable public shopping hall that celebrated its 100thbirthday in 2012.

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One section of Mario Batali's new book focuses on Cleveland's Ohio City Farm. Batali created four recipes in honor of the farm, including three of them we have permission to publish: Fried Okra with Gumbo MustardPanelle (chickpea flour cakes) with Zucchini and Corn Salsa and Zucchini Fries with Tomato Aioli.

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In a deal with big implications for the city’s cultural scene, art collectors and philanthropists Fred and Laura Bidwell of Peninsula have purchased the historic Van Roy Building at 2900 Detroit Ave. in Ohio City from developer Michael Chesler. The Bidwells plan to live on the third floor and rent the lower two floors of this 19th century building to cultural nonprofits.


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Ohio City Farm was recently recognized as a national model for urban architecture everywhere by the US Department of Agriculture!

"'The Ohio City Farm is one of the largest contiguous urban farms in the United States. It sets a standard for revitalizing neighborhoods by repurposing underutilized land, fostering local food production and consumption, improving nutrition and increasing health food accessibility for low-income residents', (deputy under secretary for USDA's research, Ann) Bartuska said."

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