May 2019 Community Newsletter
Fun In The Sun
Summer here we come! There are many community events that will be taking place in the St. Luke’s footprint this summer, thanks to another year of park programming orchestrated by Land Studio. Through our funding, there will be 31 mini-grants provided to neighborhood residents, groups, organizations, and churches to do their own events.
This year, the grants committee was comprised of Audrianna Rodriguez, Buckeye Ambassador, LaShorn Caldwell, Mt. Pleasant resident and Mt. Pleasant NOW board member, and Mr. Mallory, Woodhill Action Ambassador. They added great value and perspective to the decision-making process, and we can confidently say that the awards were distributed in a way that honors what residents would like to see in their community.
A full list of applicants and final allocations can be found here.
Operation Clean Sweep
There is a new initiative in Greater Buckeye: Operation Clean Sweep. The goal is to “replace unhealthy retail establishments with healthy choices for the future.” Some of the establishments include Mt. Carmel Deli, Sunoco station on E. 130th, and One Stop Liquor. To date, research has been conducted to learn about crime statistics and to identify the owners of the establishments. The next action for the group is to work with precinct leaders in the area to get petitions signed to “dry up” parts of the neighborhood. If the petition passes, the precinct will not allow liquor stores within the specified boundary. As one precinct leader put it, “We’re taking the vote to the people.”
Buckeye Area Faith-Based Initiative
A steady group of 5-6 congregations have continued to meet since the Pastors’ Bus Tour in November 2018. In addition to cultivating relationships, the group has worked to identify and narrow down potential collaboration efforts. During the process, they named both opportunities and needs in the neighborhood, which led to three potential areas to address:
- Healthy mind, body, and future
After talking to their church members and having additional discussions, the group decided to focus on a Buckeye Clean-up Campaign - Make Buckeye Clean. While addressing the physical appearance is a component, area pastors are focused on sustainable projects that shift people’s mindset and perception of the neighborhood. Restoring Buckeye is their goal, one that they’re pursuing with faith and vigilance.
Next, they will decide on a name, develop language, and start planning.
Harvey Rice Artists
Last year Inner City Hues focused on neighborhood murals, and this year they took art to the students of Harvey Rice. The program offered an 8-week workshop to 4th and 5th grade youth. Different artists led them through various art forms, including Therapeutic splatter art, sketching, and photography, and graphic art on the computer.
Harvey Rice, in partnership with Land Studio and Metro Health, recently held Art Walk to celebrate the students and display all of the work that was created.
Bringing E. 131st New Life
There are a group of residents that have come together for the First Street Coalition. Their interest is straightforward - to maintain and beautify their neighborhood. Their objectives are:
- To reestablish a sense of community by changing the mindsets of its residents;
- To create curb appeal along one of the 5 major entry points into Cleveland from the southeastern border of Cleveland; and
- To actively engage residents, stakeholders, and others to consider redeveloping the East 131st Street corridor to reestablish the corridor as a trading route.
They are ramping up for their 3rdAnnual Beautification Project for E. 131st. It includes a banner installation in partnership with Black Shield Police Association. The banners will be designed by youth artists participating in 99 Treasures, an art instruction program located in the Mt. Pleasant NOW building. First Street Coalition will capture and share the project through publication and social media. It is their hope that their efforts can model to residents how the neighborhood can be transformed.
This Is Shaker Square continues it’s nine-month planning process to imagine the future of Shaker Square. Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and Land Studio, along with the consulting team completed a series of public meetings this month. At the meeting, residents learned about the process to date, and the two standing design recommendations.
In small groups led by a facilitator, community members discussed the proposed plan and the impact on parking, walkability, activities, etc. After a robust conversation, there was a full group discussion to share feedback. Thumbs up and thumbs down were used to indicate whether they liked or disliked aspects of what was presented.
While the group consensus was that there is still work to do, the majority agreed that the plan is off to a great start.
In addition to the public meetings, the process is in round 2 of the Listening Tour. There is a full list of tour stops at anchor institutions and neighborhood events where residents will continue to be engaged. Your feedback about the future of Shaker Square can also be shared through the survey.
Have you listened to the podcast yet? Visit oursidewalk.com/shakersquare.
Partners and Woodhill Action Ambassadors coordinated a BBQ for the community. It was held at the Dream wall across from Woodhill Estates. Youth participated in an activity about what they want to see in their neighborhood. They had a great time using the Polaroid camera!
There was a chalk wall, book distribution, food, and games! To top it off, City Architecture showed a visual tool that allows you to visualize the proposed plans of the northeast corner of East 110th Street and Woodland. Check it out.
Residents expressed their excitement, stating that it is great that “something is finally happening.” There is a sentiment that transformation is needed. This is the first of many events to continue to connect with residents, building social cohesion and involving them in the planning process.
A Lively Community Center
Mrs. Marilyn Burns does it again! In April she hosted an Easter event full of activities, food, balloons, and more. Here are some photos of all of the fun.
Purpose Built Communities + #WoodhillUpNext
Purpose Built and Woodhill Choice have created a newsletter to keep the community abreast of the work that is happening. Read all about it in the sneak peek of the first edition!