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Shaker Heights

Shaker Lake - photo Bob Perkoski

The homes of Shaker Heights are known to be some of the most striking in the country, boasting a real estate catalogue's worth of Tudors and Georgians. Gardens dripping with life and color beckon neighbors to pause and visit while walking their children to elementary school. Originally a planned garden city for early commuters, the verdant region has numerous parks, lakes and natural attractions. This tight-knit community of 30,000 blossomed in the early 20th century thanks to its pair of light-rail lines that connect its residents to downtown and the Cleveland airport. On the border of Cleveland and Shaker Heights, you'll find Shaker Square and Larchmere, trendy arts-minded strips filled with boutiques, restaurants and galleries.

Features

Daniel Gray-Kontar with CSA student Anthony Bennett (standing)

i live here (now): daniel gray-kontar, teacher and artist

Cleveland almost lost native son Daniel Gray-Kontar to California's charms. But this writer, poet, performer and father has come home and into his own as an educator and stalwart youth advocate.

Republican National Covention in Tampa

reps from prior convention host cities offer tips on how best to leverage the big show

Tampa Bay successfully hosted the Republicans in 2012, and Denver hosted the Democrats four years before that. Fresh Water decided to reach out to representatives from each city to see if our fair city could glean some best practices on how to pull off a successful -- and inclusive -- convention.

Gay Games 2014

while sports are fun, gay games will leave a positive legacy long after closing ceremony

As the 2014 Gay Games play out with eclectic events all over town, it becomes clear how they will leave a lasting positive effect on the host city of Cleveland. Uniting beneath a banner of inclusion, collaboration and unity, participants and sponsors establish a spirit that will endure long after the lights have dimmed and the last athlete has left the track.

The Hinterlands at Play House

putting art at the heart of neighborhood redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move out when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine their neighborhoods.

Cleveland Bagel Co.

from bust to boom: how the city's brand is on the rise, within our borders and beyond

There has been a flood of new businesses that tout the city through an assortment of Cleveland-themed apparel and products or by integrating the city name right into the company’s branding. Many point to the recent recession as the dawn of this entrepreneurial movement, which coincided with a newfound pride of place.
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Shaker Heights Founders

bill ayars

bill ayars

City: Cleveland
Meet Bill Ayars, co-founder of Perspectus Architecture, a full-service planning and architectural design firm in Shaker Square with eight principals and 36 employees. 
ryan clark

ryan clark

City: Shaker Heights
Meet Ryan Clark, founder of Knowta, a Shaker Heights company with three employees and five board members that provides free print services in universities and public libraries.
mary w. farrell

mary w. farrell

City: Shaker Heights
Meet Mary W. Farrell, founder of Cherub’s Blanket, a home-based business in Shaker Heights that sells organic cotton baby blankets and baby clothes.
eugene malinskiy

eugene malinskiy

City: Shaker Heights
Meet Eugene Malinskiy, founder of DragonID, a healthcare innovation and design company in Shaker Heights with about 10 employees. 
anne hubben

anne hubben

City: Shaker Heights
Meet Anne Hubben, a creative career coach and recruiter.
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