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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

Women’s Suffrage Walk offers insight into American struggle for universal voting rights

Women’s Suffrage Walk offers insight into American struggle for universal voting rights (Plain Press, September 2020)       The Women’s Suffrage Walk, a self-guided tour by Our Neighborhood Votes, held on Professor Avenue in Tremont on Saturday August 20th, offered a history of efforts toward universal suffrage from the organizing of the first Women’s Rights Convention in … Continue reading

Landmarks Commission weighs in on Lincoln Parks Flats project

Landmarks Commission weighs in on Lincoln Parks Flats project by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, August 2020)            Director of Cleveland City Planning Commission Freddy Collier has come under criticism for his handling of a Landmarks Commission decision that took place in North Collinwood earlier this year. Cleveland historian and writer Carol Poh resigned from the … Continue reading

Cleveland City Council gets tough with dollar stores and hands out tax subsidies to developers

Cleveland City Council gets tough with dollar stores and hands out tax subsidies to developers by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, July 2020)    Cleveland City Council held a virtual meeting electronically on June 17, 2020, in compliance with Ohio’s Open Meetings Law.  Council President Kevin Kelley, who represents Ward 13, of which Old Brooklyn and part of … Continue reading

Clark Fulton neighborhood plan seeks input from target area residents and stakeholders

Clark Fulton neighborhood plan seeks input from target area residents and stakeholders by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, July 2020)                MetroWest Community Development Organization has joined in partnership with Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana, the City of Cleveland, MetroHealth Medical Center, and the Cleveland Foundation to develop a master plan for a target area that includes all … Continue reading

Concerns about proposed Lincoln Park Flats Project expressed by Auburn-Lincoln Block Club members

Concerns about proposed Lincoln Park Flats Project expressed by Auburn-Lincoln Block Club members by Bruce Checefsky  (Plain Press, July 2020)    A recent report released by RealtyHop ranked Cleveland #99 out of 100 cities in terms of having a strong housing market. Cleveland saw a -6.83% change in the asking price in June, according to Nina Furseth, Corporate Communications … Continue reading

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

Tremont’s Art + History Museum expands its outdoor art display

Tremont’s Art + History Museum expands its outdoor art display (Plain Press, June 2020)   Tremont’s first outdoor Art + History Museum was expanded in late April to include an additional one dozen prints. The new display—entitled “Contemporary Views of Tremont”—includes digitally‐reproduced renderings of Tremont street scenes (e.g., Lincoln Park, Christmas Story House, area churches) … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday at St. Augustine Parish

PHOTO BY DEBBIE SADLON Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020; St. Augustine Church, 2486 W. 14th Street: St. Augustine Parishioner Tonja Barnett, who grew up in the neighborhood around St. Augustine Church, makes a trip in to pick up blessed palms.  

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