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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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Local gardeners find inspiration and show off their green thumbs at GardenWalk Cleveland

Masses of tall, charming coneflowers and low, dainty larkspur blooms fill Sue Borton’s Collinwood front yard like a sea of vibrant, purple hues, with a teak dragon statue nestled within it all. It took more than 25 years for Borton to transform her garden from a cluster of six flowers into the luscious, self-sufficient garden it is today. “I’ve just always loved plants,” she said. “The people that [garden] love it, and our street has a lot of it.”

GardenWalk Cleveland invites you to stop and smell the flowers this weekend

The seeds for GardenWalk Cleveland were planted in 2010 when founders Jan Kious and Bobbi Reichtell visited its namesake, GardenWalk Buffalo, a free, self-guided tour of more than 400 urban residential gardens. They enjoyed it so much they decided to bring it here. It springs to life this weekend, when Clevelanders are invited to tour gardens and green spaces in nine city neighborhoods.

University Circle Inc. expands free summer camp for kids in the neighborhood

Low-income families may find it difficult to send their kids to a costly summer camp, but one nonprofit organization located in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood is removing that barrier and connecting urban middle-schoolers with their community. University Circle Inc. (UCI) is expanding their free after-school program, Circle Scholars, to the Circle Explorers Summer Camp for 7th and 8th graders.

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