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Access to water is crucial for slowing the advance of Coronavirus, COVID-19

Access to water is crucial for slowing the advance of Coronavirus, COVID-19 by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, April 2020)    The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has brought into focus the impact of poverty on the preparedness of Cleveland to address basic needs of the city’s population for health care, housing, education, food, water, heat, electricity, telephone connectedness, … Continue reading

Talk of the Town Community Conversation at Franklin Circle Christian Church

Talk of the Town Community Conversation at Franklin Circle Christian Church by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, April 2020)    Providing affordable housing is a critical need as real estate development expansion continues in neighborhoods once considered low to moderate income like Ohio City and Tremont. To address the issue, Ohio City Incorporated (OCI) hosted the first … Continue reading

Benefits and risks of development discussed at MetroHealth Community meeting

Benefits and risks of development discussed at MetroHealth Community meeting by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, March 2020)   Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana circled the rotunda of the South Branch Library on January 27, 2020 hugging her constituents as the MetroHealth community meeting was about to get under way. When she stepped up to the microphone, … Continue reading

Opportunity Zone increases interest of developers and realtors in neighborhood

Opportunity Zone increases interest of developers and realtors in neighborhood by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, November 2019)        What wasn’t emphasized at the Ohio City Community Conversations Community Building Meeting or the Ward 14 Planning 101 meeting covered elsewhere in this issue of the Plain Press is that a good deal of the increased interest … Continue reading

Steps needed to protect current residents as investmens target Clark Fulton neighborhood

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, October 2019)           The Clark Fulton neighborhood will be the target area for a number of initiatives that could flood the neighborhood with investment dollars aimed at a variety of projects. The initiatives hold the promise of investments that include new hospital buildings, new parks, new housing, new businesses and a … Continue reading

Lincoln Heights Block Club and Tremont West Development Corporation continue battle over voting rights clause in block club’s bylaws

Lincoln Heights Block Cluband Tremont West Development Corporation continue battle over voting rights clause in block club’s bylaws by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, May 2019)    A stack of Plain Pressnewspapers sat on a chair next to a table in the conference room at the Animal Protective League. The Lincoln Heights Block Club meeting was running … Continue reading

West Side Market losing vendors, leaving many market stands empty

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2019)          A shopper visiting the West Side Market on Saturday, January 19thwould have found many empty stands. Just a few short years ago, it would have been unheard of for there to be empty stands on a Saturday. Many of the empty stands are a result of merchants … Continue reading

Property tax abatements need re-examination in light of impact on property tax valuations

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2019)          Residents of neighborhoods with a large number of new and substantially rehabbed houses, like Tremont (Southside) and Ohio City say they have been particularly hard hit by recent property valuations that have substantially increased their property tax bills. For many low-or-moderate income homeowners, the increases will cause … Continue reading

Cleveland Lead Safe Network plans for lead safe ballot initiative

by Bruce Checefsky (January 2019, Plain Press)           Community activist Tazz Mays is impassioned about lead safe legislation. As a volunteer for the Cleveland Lead Safe Network, a small organization seeking to pass lead safe legislation in Cleveland, he’s committed to getting enough petition signatures to place legislation on the ballot in the November 2019 election. … Continue reading

Can our Cleveland neighborhoods find a way to have both amenities and economic diversity?

by Chuck Hoven (January 2019, Plain Press)           Residents of Ohio City, gathered to share their vision for the future of the neighborhood, made it clear they would like to see their neighborhood serve as a home for people of all income groupings. They also readily listed the amenities they like in their neighborhood and what … Continue reading

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