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USA Today named Ohio City one of the top 10 up and coming neighborhoods in the country!

"Cleveland: Located across the Cuyahoga River, west of downtown Cleveland, Ohio City is home to the bustling West Side Market, a six-acre urban farm, a growing number of ethnic eateries and some of the city's trendiest nightlife. Its growing reputation as an outstanding brewery district, filled with local breweries and hipster-dwelling beer bars, earned it a coveted spot on USA Today's list of the "10 great places to bar hop around the world."

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Starting with the Launch Lorain design charette in 2011, Ohio City Incoproated, in partnership with Councilman Cimperman, Councilman Zone and Detroit Shoreway, is planning for Lorain Avenue's future. In December of 2013, a bike-friendly plan was revealed for Lorain inclduing a cycletrack or protected bike lane. Steven Litt of the Plain Dealer covered the plan

The new Mitchell's Ice Cream is set to open this March! The facilities will offer a storefront, ice cream factory and the Mitchell's Ice Cream headquarters right on West 25th Street.

The old Rialto Theatre, which dates back to 1919 has served as a variety of businesses over the years. The building has been sustainably renovated and features solar panels and a reuse rainwater system. The updated theatre marquee signage on the front will proudly display Mitchell's flavors and farm partners. The alley on the south side of the building, Gould Court will be closed to traffic and will become a patio and serve as a community space.

The Music Settlement, the 101 year old music institution from University Circle will broaden its reach as it plans to come to Ohio City, specifically Detroit Avenue, in 2014. The owners of the Cleveland Bop Stop donated their building to the Music Settlement to enable educational programming and a performance space in the 4,000 square foot concert space. The Bop Stop previously operated as a jazz concert venue. The organization serves 4,500 with classes and programs for infants, preschoolers, junior and high school students and adults. At their new west side location they will offer after school programs, music therapy and concerts.

The new energy at the Bop Stop will add to the exciting momentum on Detroit Avenue and in the the neighborhood. It complements the surrounding Transformer Station Gallery, ICA Art Conservation and other creative businesses nearby.

If Ohio City is an artisan neighborhood, then Mike Kaplan and Chris McGillicutty of the Glass Bubble Project are its original artisans.

Established in 1998, the Glass Bubble Project pre-dates most of trendy bars and restaurants that have become the lifeblood of the West 25th nightlife corridor. Built around 1920, the building formerly housed Diamond Welding, and later became a band practice space. It wasn’t a particularly welcoming location, which was just fine for a couple of artists looking to set up shop. “When we got here,” said Chris, “the place was full of old tires.”

The entrepreneurs behind Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt, who opened their first location in the old Grog Shop on Coventry Road less than a year ago, will open their second location in Ohio City this fall.

Adrian and Cosmin Bota, Romanian-born brothers who grew up in Parma, both worked at the West Side Market as teenagers. They intend to source as many ingredients as possible from the market and other local vendors.

The Ohio City location is a slender, 1,100-square-foot storefront that’s sandwiched between Crop and Bonbon Cafe in the 2500 block of Lorain Avenue. Adrian Bota says the location, which will offer the same organic, self-serve frozen yogurt that’s available in the Coventry store, is perfect for the urban-oriented company.

When deciding what to do with property on its campus no longer needed for growth, Providence House CEO and President, Natalie Leek-Nelson, said the organization looked for a solution that would create an “empowered zone for kids that will be respectful to our children and the surrounding residents.”

The answer came in a unique partnership with St. Ignatius that allowed the two organizations to create a campus oriented towards kids’ well-being in Ohio City.

Tim Del Papa recently rennovated a historic home on West 26th Street. The following is a history of the building that shines light on family life in Ohio City  over 100 years ago.

Technically, it was a subdivision. Not the cul-de-sac, winding streets of the 21st  century, but land allotted for sale by former Ohio City Mayors Josiah Barber and Richard Lord. I bought the North half of the West half of Lot 95 in Barber and Lord’s subdivision. Funny, how the “legalese” of 1855 and 2013 are the same!

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s successful Ohio City Stages program, which debuted this summer with a series of free outdoor concerts at the Transformer Station at West 29th and Church, continues this fall with a new series of performances. 

“The Transformer Station will be a space for adventurous music as much as adventurous visual art,” says Tom Welsh, Associate Director of Music Programming at CMA. “This is the museum’s great strength and role to play – this is something different, I think, a pretty terrific series of first-class international artists.”

The concerts, which will be held inside the Transformer Station, are intimate, mostly solo performances with limited seating. They are intended to showcase artists that typically do not appear in Cleveland, especially ones whose work is not easily categorized. Tickets cost $20 ($18 for members) and concerts begin at 7:30 pm.

“If you build it, they will come.” That’s true of baseball but certainly true if the building involves LEGO, that is. This fall, the Near West Recreation League expands from athletics into Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL).  David Hovis, an Ohio City resident, father, & materials engineer (and my husband), is overseeing the program in addition to coaching. Spurred by his sons’ love of all things LEGO and his own passion for STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) activities, starting a Junior FLL seemed only natural. The initial response has been strong, with four teams of six children each.