Suit shop, speakeasy set to reinvent long-vacant Lorain Ave. funeral home

At 3929 Lorain Ave., Sartorial will sell clothing basics, as well as custom and off-the-rack suits. It will also make suit-fitting more of an event for groomsmen, offering space for them to enjoy entertainment and a speakeasy-style bar.

Slavic Village residents spearhead community resource center on Fleet Avenue

Slavic Village resident Odetta Fields saw that people in her neighborhood were struggling, and she founded the Southeast Cleveland Resource Center to connect people with programs and resources that can help them.

Cleveland workforce programs offer wraparound supports, address barriers to employment

Many employers have a shortage of workers, not job openings. But lack of access to transportation, child care, and health care are barriers that hinder people from obtaining and maintaining jobs.

Simon’s is MIA as its plans for Collinwood grocery property remain unknown

Following the April 2022 closing of the Dave’s Market on Lakeshore Blvd. and the property’s September sale, the former grocery store sits vacant.

Cleveland has a $3.5M plan for replacing Public Square’s ugly jersey barriers, but some question need and cost

The proposed Public Square re-do would also introduce sharrows for bike and bus traffic and would introduce pedestrian safety measures.

Project White Butterfly reaches Cuyahoga residents with addiction resources, compassion 

With Cuyahoga County experiencing a spike in drug overdose death rates in recent years, nonprofit Project White Butterfly focuses on harm reduction over a “Just Say No” approach.

Chicken cooking facility to bring 220 living-wage jobs to Central neighborhood

The project received a nearly $9.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to transform a vacant Goodwill building into a facility that will prepare fully cooked frozen meals for institutions like schools and hospitals.

Redesigned Hessler Road project wins approval, is headed for construction this summer

After years of objections from neighbors and multiple redesigns, a proposed six-unit apartment building has received approval from the Cleveland Landmarks Commission.

Op-Ed: County Dems reformers make moves to eliminate party machines, strengthen Democratic Party

Political organizer Keith Wilson argues that the work of Build Back Cuyahoga and last summer’s election of David Brock as Cuyahoga County Democratic Party chair are already resulting in improvements to the party.

Vitiman Kandie set to open health-focused restaurant in MidTown

A certified herbalist and fitness trainer, Vitiman Kandie owner Mary Johnson is opening a new location at 7228 Euclid Ave., pursuing her goal of promoting health and wellness in the community.

Pilot project provides rooftop solar for low-income residents

Data from the project will document savings and could help get more funding for solar energy in Cleveland neighborhoods that have historically been left behind.

In an effort to diversify, Cleveland Police look to HBCUs

Amid scrutiny over Cleveland police hiring practices, the department has been scouting Historically Black Colleges and Universities to help fix its image. Not everyone is on board.

Proposed Lincoln Heights development gets initial go-ahead, including 1.5 acre public park

A never-developed lot in Tremont that was formerly owned by the Cleveland Animal Protective League is slated for residential development. On January 6, developers presented initial plans for the units as well as a public park associated with the project.

3 key transportation developments come together as urban bikeway and trail move ahead, Franklin slows down

Three Cleveland transportation projects favoring bike and foot traffic – the Lorain-Superior Midway, the Memorial Bridges Loop Trail, and the Franklin Blvd. slowdown – each made significant progress in the last month of 2022.

Founders of color lead way to more equitable tech ecosystem in Cleveland

As Cleveland stakes its claim as an emerging tech hub, tech founders of color are teaming up with nonprofits to build diverse networks and chip away at systemic barriers such as lack of access to capital.

Climate solutions for Great Lakes power grid include better planning, transmission

Advocates say electric grid operators need to update their planning process to better prepare for extreme weather that’s becoming more common, and that more transmission lines can help lessen the risk of blackouts.

Our top 10 stories of 2022

Economic development reporter Mandy Kraynak recaps The Land’s top 10-most read stories published this year, the impacts they’ve had in Cleveland neighborhoods, and any updates that have happened since.

Notes on the news: What a traffic signal means to a community

The Land’s Lee Chilcote reflects on his recent article about a new HAWK signal in University Circle, and on The Land’s coverage of transportation and transportation equity.

Local tech founder wins $25,000 for platform helping dental pros find work

DenTemp founder Jizal Seikali won $25,000 for her startup at the Pitch Cypher finale in October. Mentorship and opportunities to connect with other entrepreneurs have helped grow and sustain her business, she reflects.

Our year of struggle: pandemic, other concerns challenged Cleveland leadership program

Community journalist Dane Vannatter had high hopes for his year in Cleveland’s Neighborhood Leadership Development Program. But Covid presented barriers to community building and outreach.

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