Small businesses on the southeast side aren’t getting same resources as other parts of town. Huntington National Bank has partnered with the city to create a $500,000 Entrepreneur in Residence program that will target minority-owned businesses.
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Every year, Cleveland Public Library and LAND Studio create a new, temporary public art installation at the Eastman Reading Garden downtown. This year, however, the “See Also” program is also being extended into the city’s neighborhoods, and a large new mural by artist Darius Steward recently went up at the Lee-Harvard branch at 16918 Harvard Ave.
Much like the proverbial middle child, Cleveland’s so-called middle neighborhoods, or communities like Old Brooklyn, Bellaire Puritas and Lee-Harvard that are on the edge of stability and decline, are often forgotten yet full of potential. Yet today, Village Capital Corporation announced that it has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Treasury that it plans to dedicate towards lending in middle neighborhoods.
Tenisha Gaines and Da’na Langford founded Village of Healing, a nonprofit pledged to improving birth outcomes for Black women, to provide a remedy for what they saw as ineffective and incomplete treatment during their careers as healthcare professionals. In fall of 2021, Village of Healing will open a women’s healthcare clinic for obstetric, gynecological, and infant care in Euclid.
Children need more than just food, clothing and shelter. They also need time in nature. For some in Northeast Ohio, though, that’s almost a luxury. They may have the basics of life but are missing or don’t feel welcome to take part in what others around the region routinely enjoy, and probably take for granted — abundant time outdoors.
Miles Hackney has lived in the Lee-Harvard neighborhood for more than 50 years. The brick and vinyl-sided colonial on the city’s east side was new when he bought it in 1968, and so was the neighborhood. Historically known as Cleveland’s “Black suburb in the city,” Lee-Harvard was a place of opportunity where Black people could afford to buy homes and raise their families in a good neighborhood.