The eastern communities are some of the oldest suburbs in greater Cleveland and home to some of the highest concentrations of artists in our region. Inner ring suburbs like Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland and Shaker Heights grew up at the turn of the 20th century around the streetcar and feature dense commercial districts and large houses on winding boulevards. Further to the east, the communities of the Chagrin Valley feature historic New England-style villages and towns peppered among parklands and rivers.
Artists are laying down roots across the eastern suburbs. Through our Putting Artists on the Map research, however, CPAC has been able to identify particular areas where artists are locating in large numbers:
There are 58 cities and townships in Cuyahoga County, each with their own distinct character. Before renting or buying space, we recommend scheduling some time to get out and explore communities to find one that’s the right fit for you. There are also a lot of resources that can help you in your search.
When looking for space in suburban markets, city government can be one of your greatest resources. Some cities have specific pages devoted to people interested in relocating to their community. Community Development and Economic Development Departments can often provide additional information and resources for home and commercial space buyers. In smaller cities and townships, you may not find a page specifically related to local development; in this case, your best bet might be to reach out directly to a main phone number instead. Cuyahoga County’s website features a listing of all 58 municipalities’ direct lines.
In the eastern suburbs, there are a number of neighborhood-specific websites that can provide you with additional information:
The city of Cleveland Heights also maintains a webpage devoted to the Severance Shopping Center located in the heart of the Severance neighborhood.
Community development corporations can also be a tremendous resource when you are looking for information and resources about a community. These nonprofit organizations work to revitalize the neighborhoods and cities where they are located, sometimes through planning, sometimes through real estate development and sometimes through services like block clubs, community policing or art festivals. The primary community development corporation in the eastern suburbs is FutureHeights.
Beyond these community-specific resources, you may find additional support through regional resources. These are aimed at helping people learn more about neighborhoods, available space and community resources throughout greater Cleveland.
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