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Boys & Girls Clubs opening sites on Cleveland’s West Side

Boys & Girls Clubs opening sites on Cleveland’s West Side (Plain Press, October 2020)           Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio (BGCNEO) is opening two new ClubSmart Learning Centers – places where kids doing digital schoolwork can get in-person help — on Cleveland’s West Side.             A ClubSmart Learning Center will open Monday, Sept. 28 at The … Continue reading

A Saturday outside of the West Side Market

City Council approves legislation to stabilize hillside at Irishtown bend

City Council approves legislation to stabilize hillside at Irishtown bend (Plain Press, October 2020) At its September 23rd meeting Cleveland City Council adopted legislation (Ord. No. 592-2020) authorizing the city to join the Cuyahoga County Port Authority on a major project to stabilize a hillside eroding into the Cuyahoga River, threatening commercial shipping. The hillside, known as Irishtown … Continue reading

Cleveland Tax Abatement Study recommendations stir policy debate

Cleveland Tax Abatement Study recommendations stir policy debate by Bruce Checefsky                                                                               (Plain Press, September 2020)       Michael H. Norton, Chief Policy Analyst at Reinvestment Fund, summarized the 109-page Cleveland Tax Abatement Study at the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting streamed live on July 29 on YouTube. He concluded the presentation with six broad recommendations: Cleveland should … Continue reading

City Council funds West Side Market parking consultants

(Plain Press, August 2020)            At its July 1st meeting, Cleveland City Council authorized the City of Cleveland to enter into a $1.2 million contract over three years with consultants for the purpose of managing and operating the West Side Market parking lot.

Pastor Doug Horner of St. Paul’s Community Church

Area businesses respond to pandemic in a variety of ways

Area businesses respond to pandemic in a variety of ways by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, June 2020)   Several days after Governor Mike DeWine announced that restaurants and bars in Ohio could reopen, the West Side Market parking lot was fuller than it had been in weeks. Missing were the Cleveland Street Chronicle vendors selling … Continue reading

Journey North to South through the Near West Side on Fulton Road

Journey North to South through the Near West Side on Fulton Road by Greg Kocsan (Plain Press, June 2020) Editor’s Note: The Plain Press will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021.  In a run up to that date we are publishing historical features that focus on the neighborhoods in our circulation area.  The first batch of features … Continue reading

Market Square Project

City of Cleveland needs to address concerns of West Side Market tenants

City of Cleveland needs to address concerns of West Side Market tenants by Chuck Hoven The corona virus COVID-19 pandemic has a way of highlighting injustices and disparities in our society. One area of injustice is something the City of Cleveland has responsibility for, the treatment of its tenants – the merchants at the West … Continue reading

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