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Cleveland City Council wants better system for tracking nuisance complaints. Will the City step up? 

Cleveland City Council wants better system for tracking nuisance complaints. Will the City step up?  by Lee Chilcote Plain Press, May 2022             Spring in Cleveland may bring warmer weather, but for City Council members, it also brings a raft of complaints about trash, tall grass, and weeds in their communities.      At a meeting of the council’s Health, … Continue reading

Equity is on the (Transit) line: Two transit riders nominated to RTA board

Equity is on the (Transit) line: Two transit riders nominated to RTA board by Aja Hannah Plain Press, May 2022             Leaning into the street, a resident flags down her bus. She wears thick gloves as she holds onto the bus stop sign. A light rain falls, washing old salt and snow down a nearby drain.       There … Continue reading

Full circle: Local initiative aims to rev up circular economy in Cleveland

Full circle: Local initiative aims to rev up circular economy in Cleveland by Lee Chilcote (Plain Press, February 2022)  Plastic is everywhere, and we can’t seem to get rid of it. It litters our streets, clogs up our waterways, and fills up our landfills. So why not turn it into art, protecting the environment while creating … Continue reading

Why has childhood lead testing plummeted in Cleveland, and what can be done about it?

Why has childhood lead testing plummeted in Cleveland, and what can be done about it? by El Jay’Em (Plain Press, February 2022)  Mayor Justin Bibb’s office recently posted a position for a senior strategist to oversee the city’s efforts to combat lead poisoning who would report to the mayor. The position aims to be pivotal in helping Cleveland … Continue reading

American Rescue Plan Act survey responses provide window into what Cleveland needs now

American Rescue Plan Act survey responses provide window into what Cleveland needs now by Zachary & Lee Chilcote (Plain Press, December 2021)                 This past summer, the city of Cleveland mailed surveys to more than 120,000 homes and businesses asking residents, “How would you spend $511 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to make Cleveland healthier and … Continue reading

Tamir’s Campaign for Justice calls on officials to reopen civil rights case

Tamir’s Campaign for Justice calls on officials to reopen civil rights case by Michael Indriolo (Plain Press, December 2021)                 Public square is always noisy; however, for a brief moment on Tuesday November 9th, a pocket of the Cleveland landmark was filled not with the sounds of busses and construction, but with song. A mother cries for … Continue reading

Clark-Fulton leaders pitch ambitious vision for neighborhood development

Clark-Fulton leaders pitch ambitious vision for neighborhood development by Lee Chilcote (Plain Press, November 2021) After two years of planning amidst the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic, stakeholders in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood on the west side have unveiled the fruits of their labor: a master plan that is aimed at guiding equitable development in the neighborhood.  “Together, residents, … Continue reading

Council members balk at $20M ‘blank check’ for citywide broadband pilot

Council members balk at $20M ‘blank check’ for citywide broadband pilot by Lee Chilcote (Plain Press, October 2021)   A proposal to allocate $20 million to help bridge the digital divide in Cleveland by creating citywide broadband met with some opposition at Monday’s city council meeting, with some members asking why there wasn’t more community involvement or a concrete plan … Continue reading

City of Cleveland is quietly blocking citizen planning efforts for safer, bike-friendly streets

City of Cleveland is quietly blocking citizen planning efforts for safer, bike-friendly streets by Lee Chilcote (Plain Press, August 2021)     For more than a decade, community developers on Cleveland’s near west side have been working to create a new, improved streetscape on Lorain Avenue between West 25th and West 65th Street. It was always about more than potholes and … Continue reading

Formerly homeless youth leads charge in Cleveland for affordable housing

Formerly homeless youth leads charge in Cleveland for affordable housing by Dan Polletta (Plain Press, August 2021)     When Kai Cotton offers advice to youth struggling with homelessness, they listen, because she was once in their shoes.       She’s no typical charity worker. She’s one who’s been homeless, who knows exactly what it is to have the rights and … Continue reading

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