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East Cleveland moving with ‘Spirit’

Revitalization grows in older neighborhoods

Tom Rowland Cleveland Mayor
Posted 3/5/15

Exciting revitalization programs are going on in some of our city's oldest neighborhoods.

The communities around Blythe Avenue and Wildwood Avenue and other East Cleveland areas have become the …

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East Cleveland moving with ‘Spirit’

Revitalization grows in older neighborhoods

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Exciting revitalization programs are going on in some of our city's oldest neighborhoods.

The communities around Blythe Avenue and Wildwood Avenue and other East Cleveland areas have become the focus of a lot of positive attention.

Recently, the Blythe Oldfield Community Association, the city of Cleveland, with a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Coca-Cola teamed up to start a neighborhood recycling program.

Recycling bins were placed at the Blythe Family Resource Center as part of a long-term recycling effort.

The city sponsored a recycling logo contest at the Boys & Girls Clubs (Blythe Unit). Recently, the winner of that contest, Crystal Stander, visited the Cleveland City Council. Her winning logo was "The Recycle Bots."

The southeast Cleveland area is also the focus of other neighborhood efforts through the United Way's Impact Cleveland program, the Blythe Oldfield Community Association and Smart Communities Initiative, the latter of which is the city's partnership with the University of Tennessee.

Impact Cleveland's slogan is "one neighborhood at a time." The Blythe neighborhood is benefitting from that focus with neighbors committed to neighborhood events, including recycling and so much more.

The Blythe Oldfield Community Association, the Blythe Family Support Center and its many partner organizations and enthusiastic residents are all part of the positive energy that can be felt these days in southeast Cleveland.

In addition to all the above, the East Cleveland area has been a special focus of our city for the past 10 years now through the federal Community Development Block Grant program, too. The city's CDBG program partners with Habitat for Humanity, community residents and a host of organizations that serve the area. Their goal is to create good, affordable housing to targeted neighborhoods. The program has resulted in recreation projects plus sidewalks and other infrastructure to the area.

Just a week ago, the CDBG partners and neighborhood residents met to set new goals under the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

With all this positive energy around, East Cleveland is definitely a neighborhood “With Spirit.”

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