Don’t miss these incredible events that will take place in the city’s neighborhoods this month. From attending festivals and art walks to participating in farmers’ markets and neighborhood 5ks, there’s no better way to learn about the culture of each unique city neighborhood. Check out LiveCleveland.org/calendar for a complete listing of neighborhood events.
CLE NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE NEWS
CITY LIFE: MEET YOUR NEIGHBORSLilah Zautner Detroit Shoreway
Born right here in Cleveland, Lilah has lived in the region most of her life and in Cleveland proper for the past five years. Formerly the Sustainability manager at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and Project Director for DSCDO, Lilah now works at the Cuyahoga Land Bank. She assists with special projects, economic development, creative land reuse, and greening programs. She is a lifelong blood donor, occasional neighborhood volunteer for DSCDO and has self-organized along with neighbors to develop and host activities and training around interrupting racism and building racial equity in the neighborhood. Lately, she has been playing in the snow, renovating her house, raising her 19 month old daughter, planning neighborhood racial equity activities, and participating in the Climate Action Planning process with the City of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability.
“I love our neighborhood. We know each other, we care about each other and we have fun. Living in a changing neighborhood, especially when you work in Community Development, can be challenging. It’s challenging to know that with neighborhood wins often come much quieter losses. I am proud of my neighbors and friends for recognizing and tackling these challenges head on. I could not ask for a more inspiring, creative and caring village to raise my family in.”
Montana Henderson St.Clair-Superior Montana Henderson is known in her community as “The Mayor”. Born in Cleveland and living in her home in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood since 1991, Montana is now retired from her job at the Veterans Administration. Nowadays, Montana takes it upon herself to beautify her street and surrounding area. This grandmother has been featured in the Plain Dealer for her efforts. She picks up trash on her street to help improve the appearance of the place she calls home. Communities owe a lot to residents like Montana. Her efforts cleaning up after others and creating a welcoming environment through her neighborly demeanor have helped transform St. Clair-Superior. “I’m grateful to live on a street like mine. With rental property around me I get to meet a lot of different people who come and go. I believe my neighborhood is on its way to a comeback and I like being a part of that comeback.”
Kira Hennessey Downtown Kira Hennessey was born and raised in the Cleveland area and has lived in the city proper for 12 years. Kira loves investing her time with organizations that make an impact where she lives. She serves on two different boards making a difference in Downtown Cleveland – Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corp. and Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA). While on the Historic Gateway neighborhood’s board, Kira worked to save historic buildings; this effort helped lay the groundwork for the housing boom in adaptive reuse buildings throughout the district. She also serves as a guide on Gateway neighborhood hikes to see some of these buildings. Lately with DCA, she has been working with the City Advocates, folks who are eager to roll up their sleeves and make great things happen Downtown. This year’s graduating class has been promoting Cleveland Dog Park and activated a pop-up playground that pops up around Cleveland to test the best location for a new, permanent playground. “Cleveland is a place where you can get involved and make a difference in a way that’s much harder to accomplish in larger cities. Everything is accessible – you can see Broadway theater, professional sports teams, world-class art as well as up-and-coming music and comedy acts without ever leaving the city limits. Plus, we’ve got a fantastic restaurant scene.”
CITY LIFE: WHERE TO LIVE
Ohio City – 2168 West 29th St – Listed by Cuyahoga Land Bank
This brand new, modern single-family home stands on West 29th Street. The 2-bedroom 3-bath home in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood is a joint venture between the Cuyahoga Land Bank (CLB) and Civic Builders. While this unit is no longer for sale, it is the first of two homes to be built on the site. Construction of the second single-family home on an adjacent lot began in December and is currently for sale. Since 2009, the non-profit Cuyahoga Land Bank has facilitated the renovation of more than 1,600 homes in Cuyahoga County.This one is a beautiful example of CLB’s ongoing work to transform Cleveland properties into amazing new places to live and improve our city’s neighborhoods for all!Slavic Village – 7005 Ottawa Rd – Listed by Slavic Village Development This Slavic Village residence boasts 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms on a quaint, tree-lined brick street. The house is 1,508 sq ft on a lot of over 8,000 sq ft. Built in 1919, this charming home offers fantastic original woodwork, a private back yard and spacious front porch. It includes forced air heat and a paved driveway leading to a detached garage. This wonderful property is a great place to call home and start the next chapter of your life in a neighborhood full of rich, ethnic history.
NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: CLARK FULTON
This culturally diverse neighborhood is conveniently situated just southwest of Downtown, and its variety of large and affordable housing boasts excellent access to all of the city’s west side attractions and destinations. The family-friendly Metroparks Zoo, West Side Market, and the MetroHealth main campus are just a short walk, drive, or public transit ride away. The area’s Hispanic, Italian and Mediterranean heritages contribute to the vibrant mix of ethnic restaurants, historic churches and community events.
For more information on the neighborhood, please visit http://livecleveland.org/neighborhoods/clarkfulton/