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Jamilla Naji art at 78th St Studios - Photo Bob Perkoski
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Little Italy

Little Italy - Photo by Bob Perkoski
Little Italy - Photo by Bob Perkoski
Mention Little Italy to a Clevelander and you are likely to be regaled with stories of Neapolitan-style pizza, veal parmesan and creamy gelato. That's expected as this historic neighborhood has been home to Italian immigrants for generations and, well, we all have to eat!

But dig a little deeper, past the cheese and meatballs, and you'll discover a lively borough where students, artists, families and visitors peaceably coexist. Second only to the restaurants in popularity are the area's eclectic art galleries and studios. Nearly two dozen art galleries can be found along the charming brick lanes, with the highest concentration taking up residence in a converted brick schoolhouse. Artwalks are a frequent and favored form of weekend entertainment.

Close to University Circle and its medical, cultural and educational institutions, Little Italy is a natural choice for students and staffers of those institutions to live, eat and play. Visit nearby Lake View Cemetery, a 300-acre cemetery that doubles as the neighborhood's Central Park, and you'll discover all the trappings of a residential community. Dog parks, picnics and casual strolls are all common sights at this 140-year-old gem.

Little Italy Features

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Now that we've emerged from our respective huts, it's time to stop squinting towards the sky and go do something. Sure, the usual line-up of outdoor activities awaits -- but aren't there any surprises left in CLE? You bet there are, and we're about to point you in the right direction.

excerpt from 'best hikes near cleveland,' penned by fresh water contributor joe baur

In the recently released Best Hikes Near Cleveland, Fresh Water contributor Joe Baur offers readers a deep dive into some of the best local hikes Mother Nature has to offer. Seven of those hikes are urban, taking readers through Downtown, Ohio City, Tremont, Forest Hill and elsewhere. Here's an excerpt -- and an introduction by the author.

inside out: global cle's talent attraction campaign aimed at filling jobs, repopulating city core

On Thursday, May 1, Global Cleveland will officially launch its talent attraction campaign at a major event at the Cleveland Convention Center. The event -- like the organization hosting it -- is focused on increasing the population while strengthening the local economy.

follow you, follow me: the social media mavens we can't get enough of

In Cleveland’s ever-evolving social media community, there is a wide variety of contributors to the civic dialogue. We've complied a list of some of our favorite voices -- a mix of up-and-comers and seasoned vets from different corners of the web who are using their blogs, podcasts and Twitter feeds to give the city a voice.

what cities like cleveland can learn from memphis

The City of Memphis is on the rise thanks to a growing startup community, investments in bike lanes, a burgeoning arts district and people moving back to the city. Through it all, the city has listened to its residents and embraced "lean urbanism." Cleveland should take heed.
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Meet Nan Webb, founder of Murray Hill Bolt & Spool.

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