President Obama pays a visit to the West Side Market.

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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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Ohio City Incorporated received a Community Impact Award from Dominion and Inside Business Magazine for the home safety audit program. In 2014, Ohio City Incorporated conducted 28 safety audits with Cleveland Police at residents' homes. Up to 50%, and up to $250, was reimbursed for updates made regarding safety. So far, Ohio City Incorporated has reimbursed $7,000 for these improvements.

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The Snavely Group has deals to buy the historic Forest City Bank Building and the Seymour Block building on the southwest corner of West 25th Street and Detroit in Ohio City. The developer is planning to fill the buildings with low-income apartments and build a new complex across the street, creating a high-profile gateway between downtown Cleveland and the West Side.

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Tom McNair was named Executive Director by the Ohio City Incorporated Board of Trustees. For the past four years Tom has served as the organization's Director of Economic Development and Planning. Check out the article on

long-planned mason's creamery approaching its ohio city debut

By Lee Chilcote for Freshwater Cleveland

Coming soon! Helen Qin and Jesse Mason are transforming the former Ohio City Ice Cream shop into their first brick-and-morter location!

Full story here.

Photo by Doug Perkoski

The Ohio City Merchant's Association featured in Crain's Cleveland: "Merchants join forces in Ohio City."

Platform Beer Co. set to open doors with creative approach to brewing, business
By Marc Bona, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood adds yet another brewery to its mix officially Friday, when Platform Beer Co. opens its doors at noon. It has a very unique approach to brewing and business, serving both customers while cultivating and guiding brewers. Here's what it's about:

What and where it is

Platform is at 4125 Lorain Ave., just west of Randall Road.

Giant front windows at the long, narrow, brick-lined space swing open so customers at communal picnic tables inside can enjoy a breeze. Capacity is about 100 people, including a 38-seat bar but not including a fenced-in patio space that has room for hop bines to grow. American-made products like the tap handles are used throughout the space.

And it's draft-only - no liquor, no wine, no bottled beer.