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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.

Grassroots groups are painting their way to safer streets in Asiatown and Slavic Village

Sometimes, all you need is paint (and maybe a little love, too) to create safer, more pedestrian-friendly streets. That’s one takeaway from two groups from Asiatown/Campus District and Slavic Village who presented before the Cleveland Planning Commission on Friday, Sept. 17. The groups sought approval to paint crosswalks and curb extensions on city streets to slow down traffic and make it easier to cross them.

Basheer Jones’ bold approach lifted Ward 7. But will that energy win him the election?

In the multifaceted race to replace Cleveland’s status-quo mayor Frank Jackson, there may be no other candidate as passionate as Basheer Jones. The second youngest candidate after 34-year-old Justin Bibb, Jones has garnered a dedicated base of the majority Black Ward 7 with fervent religiosity and a youthful ambition. Such energy has spurred numerous development badges just as it has doubts from his critics.

Largest housing development in decades planned for Euclid Avenue in Midtown

Euclid Avenue in Midtown was completely transformed by the Health Line more than a decade ago, yet despite more than 18,000 people now working here, the area has always been starved of residents. Only about 2,000 people live in Midtown between the Innerbelt and E. 79th St. That’s about to change as Akron-based Signet Real Estate Group prepares to add more than 160 market-rate apartments to a long-vacant parcel on Euclid Ave. near East 73rd Street.

Long live rock! Michael Stanley mural to rise in Midtown

All hail Cleveland’s king of rock and roll! This summer, London-based artist WRDSMTH will create a 2,200 square foot tribute mural to Michael Stanley on a warehouse building at 2630 Payne Ave. The artwork is part of the “How do I love thee” tour spearheaded by Graffiti HeArt, which will add 15 murals throughout Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, and Lakewood.

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