From this June through 2029, all 27 Cleveland branch libraries are supposed to be replaced or improved. Then officials hope to renovate Main Library and the attached Stokes Wing. Voters backed the branch work in 2017 with a tax increase of 2 mills, costing $35 per year for a $50,000 home.
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Business leaders are optimistic that employees will return to work this year, but they know that office space will look and feel different when they do. They’re offering more flexible work hours, physically distanced spaces, building improvements like air filtration systems, and amenities in order to bring people back downtown again.
At gatherings of Cleveland City Council, members of the public are not allowed to address the council. A group called Citizens for Public Comment is trying to change that in the run-up to the 2021 elections, hoping to foster public participation in decision making at a time when the mayoral race, and all 17 council seats, are up for grabs.
A group of young people committed to action over talk, to addressing and solving the profound problems they and others face every day, this elite wing of Cleveland’s social justice nonprofit may be the region’s own “greatest generation” in the making.