President Obama pays a visit to the West Side Market.

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As a foot and ankle expert, Brian Donley, MD, is used to putting his best foot forward in the practice of medicine. And now, as the president of Lutheran Hospital, he is putting his best effort into continuing to offer top-notch health care services to the Ohio City community.

“Our mission at Lutheran Hospital is to provide the highest quality care that meets the specific needs of the populations we serve,” says Dr. Donley. “Toward this end, we work hard to identify what health care services are required and then we secure the best staff and most advanced equipment and technologies available to fulfill those needs.”

Ohio City has an enormous asset in its 100 nonprofit and community organizations, with missions ranging from education to social service to healthcare to the arts.  Combined, they employ 3000 individuals and have a collective budget totaling several hundred million dollars.  It is through the Ohio City Dialogue, which includes all of our community organizations, that we can create a healthier, more vibrant, and sustainable community through agglomeration and collaboration.  The goal is to maximize the impact, efficiency, and innovations of the services provided, build a stronger community, and increase understanding and acceptance of the nonprofit sector both internally and externally. 

Thanks to critical funding from Charter One Bank, Ohio City residents that live south of Lorain Avenue have seen sorely needed improvements to their neighborhood in recent months.  These include the repair and beautification of ten homes, expansion of the ever–popular Ohio City “Pie Slice” street signs, and rejuvenation of two bountiful community gardens. 

 There is no question as to why these new cleanup and beautification efforts have been focused in the South of Lorain neighborhood initially with the hopes of expanding neighborhood-wide.  The affordable historic housing stock as well as the proximity to the Market District, RTA and other amenities make SoLo a desirable neighborhood on the rise.  Recent news that the Monroe Cemetery is receiving funds for a major renovation only adds to this excitement. 

Northeast Ohio has been granted somewhat of a reprieve from frigid temps and blustery snow showers this season, but that did not stop the organizers of Brite Winter Fest from celebrating the region’s least celebrated season. Residents and visitors of Ohio City collected around bonfires near Market Square, drawing together in the spirit of community but also for warmth, to listen to local bands and down their fair share of hot chocolate or libations from hip plastic mugs.

 The temperatures dipped below the freezing mark, but luckily folks could duck into myriad establishments along W. 25 to thaw. For a place like Johnnyville Slugger, maybe it was their first time or maybe they had been there before, but everything felt new and fresh.

Ohio City, like its neighbors Detroit Shoreway, Tremont and Downtown Cleveland, has had unprecedented growth in the last two years. While the growth has centered around the Market District, there is both a need and a desire to “turn the corner” onto Lorain Avenue for investment and growth. This past fall, we partnered with Ohio City Incorporated to lead a community engagement process designed to accomplish that goal by focusing our attention on Lorain Avenue as Ohio City’s Main Street.

Councilman Joe Cimperman’s voice echoed through the West Side Market.

“Let’s get this party started,” he enthusiastically bellowed during the launch of the Market’s Centennial Celebration – a yearlong series of events that will honor the past 100 years of Cleveland’s grande dame, and celebrate the limitless future of this unique Cleveland icon.

I was born and raised in the City of Chicago, but after attending graduate school, I moved to Cleveland to work for the Federal Reserve. I chose to live in Ohio City.

Part of the reason why I moved here is because I knew I wouldn’t be alone. Ohio City has become home to a “power cohort,” as the term is used within academic literature.

I first learned about the idea of power cohorts while studying neighborhoods and their effects on urban growth in graduate school. Power cohorts specifically refer to people between the ages of 25 and 34 who possess a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.

Power cohorts are important because attracting smart, young people to metropolitan regions is one way to boost their economies. Educated young people fill talent gaps in the workforce, support businesses, pay taxes, and rent or buy houses in the area. 

On Sunday, October 7, thousands of visitors gathered around Market Square in Ohio City, sending well wishes to one of Cleveland’s most beloved landmarks, the West Side Market.

A drastic departure from Ohio City’s typical Sunday sleepiness, the sidewalks and streets swelled with people. The inclement weather brought ponchos and umbrellas but failed to dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm. Around five p.m. the sky cleared just in time for GE Lighting’s historic relighting of the market’s clock tower.

Undeterred by wet weather, Clevelanders came out in droves, sampling food from local vendors such as Souper Market, Kate’s Fish and SOHO Kitchen & Bar who set up in tents on the West 25th Street. They ran into old friends, made new ones, and gathered beneath the awnings at U.S. Bank and the soon-to-be Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream Headquarters to stay dry.

If you have walked down West 32nd Street lately, there is no mistaking the fact that there is a lot of action happening at Providence House, a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter and care to babies and children at risk of abuse and neglect.

The expansion to the campus is nearing completion and will allow Providence House to care for more children in need, up to 20 at a time. But things haven’t just been busy on the Ohio City campus that Providence House has called home for over 30 years; out in the community the PHriends Executive Committee is helping to spread the word about Providence House. Yes, you read that right, friends with a “PH.”

Urban Community School

In a hallway at Urban Community School, there is an array of silver stars hanging from the ceiling that represents the high school graduates the school has sent into the world.

What’s more impressive is that the school has provided high-quality education to near west side families under extraordinarily adverse conditions. Eighty percent of students here are low-income, yet they go on to attend some of Cleveland’s finest high schools.

Since1968, when a group of nuns created a new, independent school to serve the near west side neighborhood, Urban Community School has proved an anchor for Ohio City by providing a great educational option to neighborhood families without other choices.