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City Club hosts Clevelanders for Public Comment in a forum and a mock public comments session

City Club hosts Clevelanders for Public Comment in a forum and a mock public comments session by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, May 2021)      The resident led movement, Clevelanders for Public Comment, now has a majority of Cleveland City Council — nine members — committed to passing legislation written by Near West Side activist Jessica Trivisonno that … Continue reading

Members of Cudell Improvement and Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization vote on merger

Members of Cudell Improvement and Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization vote on merger (Plain Press, May 2021)    Members of Cudell Improvement and Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization received a packet of information about the proposed merger of the two community development corporations. Members were asked to cast a ballot either for or against the merger during … Continue reading

Capitol Theatre Centennial Celebration

Ohio City and Tremont respond to calls for more affordable housing

Ohio City and Tremont respond to calls for more affordable housing by Marc Lefkowitz, The Land  (Plain Press, April 2021)        A new land trust on Cleveland’s near west side has a mission to increase permanent, affordable housing in the midst of a hot housing market. Ohio City and Tremont West Development Corporation have teamed up to form … Continue reading

The Repair Company celebrates 50 years on Madison Avenue

The Repair Company celebrates 50 years on Madison Avenue Plain Press, March 2021         In February, Sandy Bozak, owner of The Repair Company at W. 103rd and Madison, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of her company. At a February 4th ceremony, Ward 15 Cleveland City Council Representative Jenny Spencer presented Sandy Bozak with a Council Resolution of … Continue reading

Cleveland City Council’s three women share their reflections on politics and public policy

by Jack Barnes Plain Press, March 2021      On January 26th the Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus organized a “Conversation with Cleveland City Councilwomen” via Zoom hosted by its Chair, Cynthia Demsey. The hour-long event featured all three of the women on the 17-person Cleveland City Council reflecting on their paths to public service; on being women in … Continue reading

City Council Health and Human Services Committee seeks information about the status of City of Cleveland’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution

City Council Health and Human Services Committee seeks information about the status of City of Cleveland’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution by Bruce Checefsky Plain Press, March 2021  The City of Cleveland COVID-19 vaccine program has been anything but easy. A shortage of vaccine supplies on the federal level has hampered the distribution process coupled with miscommunication on … Continue reading

Architectural historian provides additional information and corrections for February article on Madison Avenue

To the editor: Plain Press, March 2021 I am submitting this letter in response to the version of the story about Madison Avenue that appeared in the printed version of the February 2021 issue of the newspaper. A historic house mentioned in the story – next door to Cleveland Lumber and sometimes known as “Twin Peaks” – includes … Continue reading

Precinct Committee members select Martin Sweeney to represent District Three in Cuyahoga County Council

(Plain Press, February 2021) At a January 14th virtual Candidate Forum, three candidates –Brendan Heil, Ryan Ross, and Martin Sweeney — vied to be the representative for Cuyahoga Council District 3 for the remainder of the term of retiring County Council member Dan Brady. The term expires in 2022. The candidates were not seeking a vote of … Continue reading

Industry changes over time, some still survives on Madison Avenue

by Alana Whelan (Plain Press, February 2021)             Madison Avenue has largely been a hub for industry and residential housing, both dating back to the 1890s, when the National Carbon Co. office was built at W. 117th Street.     Madison Avenue stretches all the way from W. 58th Street in Cleveland, into Lakewood, and ends perpendicular with Rocky … Continue reading

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