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Mayor Frank Jackson forgets where he came from

by Roldo Bartimole (Plain Press, December 2016)            Mayor Frank Jackson is soft putty in the hands of the corporate downtown plutocracy. The mayor, from the most deprived area of the city, has allowed and perpetuated for a decade Cleveland’s downtown to become a city within the city—pampered and showered with freebies. What downtown wants, … Continue reading

Effort underway to keep Fifth Third Bank from closing Ohio City branch

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, December 2016)            A petition drive is under way to collect signatures of people who would like to keep the Fifth Third Bank branch at 3500 Lorain Avenue in the neighborhood. Fifth Third bank recently announced it would be closing the branch by the beginning of next year. Working out … Continue reading

Residents urged to help maintain the historic nature of residential housing in Ohio City

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, December 2016) Ohio City resident Tim Barrett, an architectural historian and historic preservation advocate, made a presentation to the Fulton/Lorain/Bailey Block Club on Saturday, November 19th urging opposition to the zoning changes proposed by the City of Cleveland Planning Department for the Ohio City neighborhood.  If implemented, Barrett argued the … Continue reading

Menlo Park Academy breaks ground at Joseph & Feiss Clothing Company site

(Plain Press, December 2016)            On Wednesday, November 16, Menlo Park Academy, a school which specializes in serving gifted children, broke ground on its renovation of the historic Joseph & Feiss Clothing Company property on W. 53rd in the Stockyard neighborhood’s Fenwick area. When the renovation is completed, Menlo Park Academy plans to move the … Continue reading

December 2016 Plain Press – PDF