Slavic Village

Photo Bob PerkoskiPhoto Bob Perkoski

The Slavic Village area of Cleveland was hardly similar to its Eastern European namesake in terms of demographics and overall prosperity following the national housing depression in 2008. However, six years later, the locale is slowly improving itself with the help of the remaining residents as well as with the organization Slavic Village Development. The main section of Slavic Village is Historic Warszawa, which has Fleet Avenue running right through it. Some may think of it as a “Little Poland” for Clevelanders. Slavic Village Development is currently working on a variety of restorative projects for the populace, which include the bettering of Fleet Avenue and the Historic Broadway District.

Uplifting neighborhoods: Mandel Foundation programs produce community, CDC leaders
The Mandel Foundation's Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) has been producing neighborhood leaders since 2006. The younger Community Development Corporation Leadership Program (CDCLP) successfully empowers CDC leaders to create positive change in the communities they represent. Both programs are now looking for the next cohort of community leaders.
GardenWalk Cleveland: Changing neighborhood perceptions through creative landscapes
GardenWalk Cleveland will feature more than 400 gardens in 11 Cleveland neighborhoods this weekend—showing off the work, creativity, and neighborhood pride of local gardeners.
Earl Pike: A legacy of service and community building in Slavic Village
As University Settlement's Earl Pike prepares to "pivot" from his role as executive director, he shares his thoughts on the work he's done in Slavic Village and what his next role will be.
Artistic interpretation: First two murals completed in Murals Across the City campaign
Two local artists—Kelle Schwab and Lisa Quine—just completed the first two murals in Murals Across the City Campaign sponsored by Destination Cleveland and partner Graffiti Heart. Four more murals are to come.
Lights On! Slavic Village hosts open houses in four available Fleet Avenue storefronts
Slavic Village Development, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and SCORE Cleveland will host Lights On Storefront Open House to showcase four vacant properties on Fleet Avenue that might lure small businesses and retailers to the neighborhood.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Fleet Avenue
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
Chain Reaction: Applications open for sixth season of small business pitch competition
Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Council of Smaller Enterprises announced that applications are now open for the sixth season of Cleveland Chain Reaction—the small business pitch competition.
Cleveland City Council approves $5 million in ARPA funds for Habitat for Humanity
Cleveland City Council passed an ordinance on Monday to provide $5 million in ARPA funds to Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. The funds will be used to build and rehabilitate homes in underserved neighborhoods under Habitat's five-year strategic plan.
Beyerle Park: Trendsetter in late 19th Century resort amusement parks on the Interurban rail lines
Cleveland Masterworks: The 1883 opening of Beyerle Park in Slavic Village marked the beginning of Cleveland amusement parks geared toward attracting guests to rides, entertainment, and relaxation by the water.
Cuyahoga County initiative seeks to bridge the region’s digital divide
A partnership between Cuyahoga County, the State of Ohio, and PCs for People aims to increase access to broadband internet connections in Greater Cleveland households with affordable service plans.
Filling a need: Resource closets provide basic supplies and food to struggling Clevelanders
Too many Clevelanders, especially those living in the city's predominantly Black and underserved neighborhoods, struggle to make ends meet as a result of unemployment and underemployment. Many area organizations are working hard to meet the needs of people. Three Cleveland organizations are taking grassroots, creative approaches to supplying basic resources.
Food Justice: Many Clevelanders struggle for healthy, affordable food
There are many efforts are underway at farms, community gardens, markets, social service organizations, and public agencies to nourish communities like Cleveland—the nation’s poorest big city—where food deserts are common and healthy foods are not the cheapest, most affordable, or most accessible options. 
A rising tide: SCORE works with Community Development Corporations to uplift local businesses
While small businesses in Cleveland are still recovering from COVID-19, nonprofit SCORE Cleveland is teaming up with area Community Development Corporations to offer the resources and tools that can help these businesses recover.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Broadway Avenue
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
 
Feeding the neighborhood: Salvation Army, Food Bank partner in monthly produce giveaway
The Salvation Army and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank are partnering for the third year to hold produce giveaways in Cleveland's Miles Park neighborhood. 
Clean Sweep: Volunteers remove 23 tons of trash from the Cuyahoga River Valley
Volunteers came out in force last weekend for Canalway's annual RiverSweep—picking up more than 23 tons of trash along the Cuyahoga River Valley.
Read the book: Newburgh Heights gets new Cleveland Public Library Grab & Go book locker
Cleveland Public Library leaders and Newburgh Heights officials opened its first Grab & Go Book Locker in the Village Hall—making it easier for everyone in the neighborhood to check out CPL materials.
Northern Ohio Recovery Association to distribute Thanksgiving turkeys, produce next week
The Northern Ohio Recovery Association will host a Thanksgiving open pantry on Monday, Nov. 15.
Building community: University Settlement continues its Broadway Rising vision
From a new home for University Settlement and lots of affordable housing, to lead abatement and removal of asthma triggers, the Broadway Rising project in Slavic Village is on the move to improving one of Cleveland's poorest neighborhoods.
Local restaurants to give guests a Taste of Slavic Village at annual event this week
The 13th annual Taste of Slavic Village will happen, in person, tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Bohemian National Hall. Get the dish here.