At 7 am on Sat., Oct. 10, a car jumped the curb and crashed into Six Shooter Coffee on Waterloo Road near East 156th Street. Fortunately, no one was hurt, though the building sustained some serious damage.
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A few minutes after noon on a September day in 2018, Jacarvi Jackson and Darcell Williams were crossing Euclid Avenue, a main road through Cleveland’s medical area. Both of them worked for a vendor that supplies food to patients at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Still in their work uniforms after finishing their eight-hour shifts at the hospital’s loading dock, they were heading to a Burger King lot where their cars were parked. They were in a hurry — Jackson was worried about getting to his classes at Cleveland State University — and didn’t take the crosswalk.
In 2018, a pedestrian was killed in a traffic crash in the United States every 84 minutes on average, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thousands of pedestrians die every year in traffic accidents, and the issue of pedestrian safety has grown significantly in the last decade.
In 2013, state lawmakers clearly targeted Linndale – Northeast Ohio’s most notorious speed-trap – when they abolished mayor’s courts in municipalities with populations under 200. Linndale is not an affluent community. Nearly half the residents live below the poverty line and the median income is just over $30,000.
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter protests that have rocked our cities and small towns, the village of Bratenahl recently sponsored a resolution calling on Congress and the state legislature to “ensure Black Americans have equal protections under the law” and declare racism a public health crisis.
A grassroots collaborative is assembling and distributing 60,000 washable cloth masks along with voter and Census information to communities of color and LGBTQ+ people in Cleveland. Shanelle Smith Whigham, Ohio director of the Trust for Public Land, who helps lead the coalition, says she created the group because too many vulnerable people lack access to PPE.
When Angelo Trivisonno, an attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office who lives in Ohio City and is on the board of Ohio City Incorporated (OCI), learned that anyone who organizes a block party event in Cleveland is required to hire two armed off-duty police officers, he was at first puzzled, then incensed.