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My vegan foodie tour of Old Brooklyn

Although many imagine the vegan diet as nothing more than brown rice and steamed broccoli, Cleveland is full of rich vegan dishes — the Old Brookyln neighborhood is no exception to that.

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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.

No longer forgotten: Lender to invest $1.5M in city’s middle neighborhoods

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.

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