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A marketplace 7+ years in the making, CentroVilla25 aspires to build wealth, meet community needs

Transforming a vacant warehouse in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood, CentroVilla25 will feature 20 micro-retailers, a commercial kitchen, a specialty grocery store, and an outdoor plaza. The project’s leaders and supporters hope it will improve access to fresh food and build wealth in the neighborhood, all while representing and celebrating Latino culture.

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Doan Brook Watershed Partnership works to protect the region’s ‘hidden’ natural landmark

Doan Brook, which runs from eastern Shaker Heights through Cleveland to Lake Erie, is an urban stream facing challenges of pollution and flooding from excess stormwater.  The nonprofit Doan Brook Watershed Partnership works to support the stream’s health and preservation and invite citizens to get to know and enjoy the waterway.

Who pays property taxes to support services when the economy is dominated by nonprofits?

Fifty years ago, when Clevelanders needed to fund schools, pay for parks or expand libraries they relied on booming tax revenue from large companies. General Motors, Republic Steel Corp. and Ford Motor Co. employed thousands of people and provided a tax base to fund services for the community. But Cuyahoga County’s economy has changed.
Color-coded map of Cleveland showing redlining

The debate over tax breaks for nonprofit Cleveland-area hospitals is also about racism and redlining

For years, hospitals and public policy wonks have been engaged in an ongoing debate over whether nonprofit hospitals provide adequate benefits to the community to make the tax breaks they receive a good deal for taxpayers. That debate is further complicated by the history of racist policies like redlining that still affect Clevelanders today.

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