Shaker Heights

Redfin names Shaker Heights and University Circle among "Neighborhoods That Have It All"
Redfin recently dropped their list of “25 Neighborhoods That Have it All,” and this year, two Cleveland neighborhoods have made the cut. In a ranking dominated by the Chicago metropolitan area, Shaker Heights and University Circle throw spotlight on Cleveland, weighing in at numbers 16 and 20, respectively. Read all about the rankings here.
Model Shaker Heights home saved from demolition, restored to real estate gem

When Oris and Mantis Van Sweringen were developing Shaker Heights in the 1920s, and Cleveland was expanding after the completion of the Rapid between downtown and the new suburb, The Van Sweringen Company began building model homes to promote development in Shaker and demonstrate the standards that were expected of the homes.

Most of the model homes remain standing to this day. But one historic model home at 2834 Courtland Blvd. was dangerously close to demolition a few years ago before the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) and the City of Shaker Heights got involved.

Read about how this historic house was saved from the wrecking ball here.

Residents of Lee Harvard invited to share their stories for posterity
Cleveland's Lee Harvard neighborhood has a rich heritage, and the Cleveland Restoration Society's "Shining a Spotlight on Lee Harvard: Telling Our Story" event will give it a resounding voice. Set for this Sunday, October 29, the event will feature residents and former residents sharing their experiences and stories about living and growing up in the Ward 1 area—specifically the historic Arthur Bussey neighborhood off Lee Road (where a number of houses are still inhabited by their original owners).

This live storytelling event coincides with CRS' effort to nominate the Arthur Bussey neighborhood for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
Residents will be led in telling their stories by Dr. Todd M. Michney, Ph.D., whose book Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland 1900-1980 explores the ways that African Americans built strong neighborhoods in the face of discrimination. Stories shared will be archived as part of the Cleveland Memory Project and the Cleveland Public Library Digital Collection.

The event takes place this Sunday from 3-4:30 p.m. at Lee Road Baptist Church. Register for this unique gathering here, or call Stephanie Allen at 216-426-3106 for more information.
Over the River: An all-night horror movie marathon, a Day of the Dead fiesta in Gordon Square & more
Our latest events listing includes a legit tribute to the Fab Four, an all-night horror movie marathon, a vibrant Day of the Dead celebration in Gordon Square, and more. See what's on tap for the rest of October here.
Artist uprising: Shaker Community Gallery debuts The Art of Dissent
From climate change to Charlottesville to immigration, no topic is off limits at the new Art of Dissent exhibit in Shaker Heights. Housed in the Shaker Community Gallery (inside the small rectory of Christ Episcopal Church) and curated by Leslye Arian, Art of Dissent features the work of four local artists concerned about the environment, human rights, and inequality.
Future so bright: Five public art projects brightening Cleveland's landscape
Fresh Water scoured the city in search of public art. It didn't take us long to find five new public art installments that add a little character and color to the skyline. Check them out here.
Who’s Hiring in CLE: Melt, Hard Rock Rocksino, Amazon…
Welcome to the latest edition of Fresh Water Cleveland's “who’s hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for and how to apply. See all of the listings here.
Tech savvy: Shaker's solar-powered smart benches hit Hildana Park
Two new benches adorn Hildana Park on Chagrin Boulevard in Shaker Heights’ Moreland District. But aside from providing a place to sit, these benches offer much more to park visitors.

The colorful, solar-powered Soofa Benches, which launched out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab in 2014, offer both a place to sit and a place to recharge phones and other devices and connect to the Internet. 

Learn more about what these smart benches offer here.
Making it: Shaker kids' building and design program gets national spotlight
Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) has received the 2017 Great Places Award in the Place Planning category from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). The designation is for the group's innovative work with the Making Our Own Space (MOOS) initiative, a youth program focused on engaging and empowering middle and high school students with the skills to transform their neighborhood public spaces.

Get the whole story here.
Public Square to bloom with music, storytelling and more this summer
As we head into summer's unofficial kick-off this Memorial Day weekend, Fresh Water takes a closer look at what "Arts & Culture on the Square" will bring to everyone's favorite downtown greenspace.
 
The Dealership partners with ECDI, expands a unique local resource
The Economic and Community Development Institute has teamed up with The Dealership to offer an array of programming, co-working and financial services to area businesses and the Shaker Heights community at large.
 
Five things you don't know about ... Larchmere Porchfest
The ninth annual Larchmere PorchFest is ready to rock the Larchmere neighborhood of Cleveland on June 17, featuring 30 bands playing from 30 porches for a night of sweet tunes and community togethernessThe full line-up of artists will be revealed at a May 18 fundraising event at The Grog Shop, with proceeds ensuring that the popular concert remains free and open to the public.

As the musically-inclined summer kickoff approaches, Fresh Water drops some 411 about the uniquely presented soiree you may not know.

Get the five fun facts here.
First person: piecing together a singular Cleveland story
Two mysterious jigsaw puzzles led Fresh Water editor Erin O'Brien down a curious path that ultimately concluded right back in the 216.
Trending: countywide co-op fuels residential solar power
Cuyahoga County residents are going green by banding together to reap the benefits of solar energy — and they're saving plenty of green as well.
Street level 'Voices and Vision' inform Cuyahoga Arts and Culture's next 10 years
The organization intends to prioritize programming accessibility and ensure that people across all races, incomes and education levels feel included in its programming and funding.
 
Northeast Ohio agencies prepare for booming 'silver tsunami'
As some 76 million baby boomers retire, they are stirring a “silver tsunami” across the country, testing public and nonprofit agencies as well as the housing market. Fresh Water checks in to see how Northeast Ohio is preparing for the trend.
Architectural offerings evoke loft-like feel, nod to traditional and row housing
Three architect-builder teams—ranging from international to local—have risen to the top in a design competition that focused on three lots in Shaker Heights' Moreland district. The prize-winning results are innovative, energy-efficient and appropriate for middle-income housing.
From minding the ledgers to urban farming: The Dealership is where businesses go to grow
Fresh Water pulled into the funky co-working space on Lee Road and met up with four of the resident businesses to get their stories and hear about what motivates and excites them.