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Downtown Cleveland - Photo Bob Perkoski

During the day, downtown Cleveland functions as the governmental, commercial and legal nucleus of Cuyahoga County. Daily, tens of thousands of people commute here to work at law firms, banks, insurance companies and in municipal offices. At the end of the day, many of those people get in cars or hop on trains and return home to far-flung suburbs. But not all of them. More and more, people are choosing to call downtown home, taking up residence in warehouse lofts, sleek new condos and apartments carved out of former office buildings. Hovering at 98-percent occupancy, the residential market in downtown Cleveland is at its highest point in 60 years. 

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Artist Dana Depew at HGR

second hand to first rate: 10 upcycling shops worth checking out

Cleveland is full of hole-in-the-wall second hand stores. From vintage two-wheelers to hulking industrial-age machines and bins of repurposed art supplies, we take you on a tour of the coolest trash-to-treasure finds in the city.  

Cleveland Clothing Co T-shirt

cleveland's commercial real estate market: a heat check

Brain gain, urbanization and increased development has created a demand in downtown living space. Historically, vacant buildings in need of change are targeted for this purpose. Lately, however, buildings with office tenants are being adapted or proposed for residential.

Dennis Joyce (left) career development specialist - Plus 50 Encore Completion program

a new age: local groups provide resources, advocacy for cleveland's older workers

Workers aged 40 and over might not fit the typical hip innovator profile, but they are often undervalued. Some may be former CEOs of large companies, arriving with particular skill sets that mesh with growth industries like biomedicine or advanced materials.

Crooked River Skate Park

but wait, there's more! 10 huge projects clevelanders are eagerly anticipating

A fresh energy is crackling all across the 216, from ambitious new developments taking shape downtown and in University Circle, to bike-friendly avenues and the transformation of blight into pedestrian-friendly green space. But the fun’s just getting started. We rounded up 10 of the most exciting projects on the horizon that have us shaking with anticipation.

Medical Center Company's one megawatt solar farm

making sustainability in cleveland the new business-as-usual

In the past five years, Cleveland has made significant progress towards becoming a “green city on a blue lake.” This year’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit will focus on leveraging those successes. But how sustainable are we? A new report examines key indicators and highlights some of the newest, greenest projects across the city. 
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Downtown Founders

lynde vespoli

lynde vespoli

City: Cleveland

Meet Lynde Vespoli, founder of Discover My Cleveland, a destination management company with nine part-time tour directors and one fulltime employee.

fred geis

fred geis

City: Streetsboro

Meet Fred Geis, founder of Geis Companies, a northeast Ohio design/build company with 140 employees.

lauren steiner

lauren steiner

City: Downtown

Meet Lauren Steiner, founder of Grants Plus, a fundraising consulting firm with 14 employees.

kurt rote

kurt rote

City: Downtown

Meet Kurt Rote, founder of Western Oncolytics, a developer of novel cancer therapies.

mark kohoot

mark kohoot

City: Downtown

Meet Mark Kohoot, founder of Aeroscena LLC, a Cleveland company with three employees that develops Ascents clinical aromatherapy.

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