Another new historic district for Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights’ wealth of historic houses provides one of the most compelling reasons so many residents choose to call it home. Many of these homes date to the early part of the last century and represent an unusually complete architectural expression of that era. A combination of devoted citizens, stringent city inspections, enduring craftsmanship, and a long sluggish economy have made Cleveland Heights’ built environment remarkably resilient by national standards. Yet the architectural legacy we have inherited is not sacrosanct. The recent wave of foreclosures and the ongoing public debate over the planned demolition of two World War I–era houses to enable a reworking of the traffic flow in and out of Zagara’s Marketplace illustrate that our city’s architectural fabric is a fragile resource that underpins our quality of life.
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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 8:10 AM, 09.20.2008

Halloween mania in the Heights

According to Unity Marketing Company Americans spent a whopping $3.2 billion on Halloween decorations in 2006.

Halloween decorations are in full swing in Cleveland Heights. These photos are just a slice of the great stuff you'll find on a walk or drive around town.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 11:53 AM, 10.31.2008

Summer festivals make us smile

During the summer Heights residents hit the streets to celebrate. This year, seven street festivals were hosted by the commercial districts of Cedar-Fairmount, Cedar-Lee, Coventry and Noble-Nela. Each fair showcased the unique character and style of its neighborhood and attracted a multi-cultural, multi-age audience to enjoy free entertainment just a short walk from many of their homes. From sidewalk sales to culinary treats, from local bands to area nonprofits, from a pet parade to a fire juggler, Heights summer festivals offered an authentic experience like no other.
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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 4:44 PM, 08.29.2008

Zagara's Marketplace floats expansion plans by neighbors

John Zagara, owner of Zagara’s Marketplace on Lee Road, wants more parking for his customers and better traffic flow in his parking lot.

Zagara held a meeting July 23 at the CH-UH Main Library and presented a plan for easing parking lot congestion at his grocery store. He also received ideas and input from about 25 neighbors in attendance.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 10:05 PM, 07.23.2008

Heights Arts pulls away from Coventry idea

On July 22. Cleveland Heights arts organization Heights Arts stepped away from its idea of using the former Coventry Elementary School as a multi-tenant arts and nonprofit facility.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 10:00 AM, 07.23.2008

Seeking University Heights stories

The Heights Observer is seeking writers from University Heights to send in stories, events, and photos.

Spread the news, connect your neighbors, and strengthen your community.

Easy online article submission at "Member Center" or call the Heights Observer office for info: 320.1423.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 11:43 AM, 07.22.2008

Community gardening beats high food prices, celebrates diversity

Stories abound these days about urban gardening and transforming that big green square that is your lawn. With food prices on the rise, community gardening is ready for a comeback.

Cleveland Heights has three gardens of our own: the Canterbury Garden, the Oxford Garden, and the Hampshire Road Garden. That number could increase according to Lois Rose, master gardener and leader of the Hampshire Road Garden.
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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 3:56 PM, 06.28.2008

Zagara's wants more parking, holding planning meeting for residents on July 23

John Zagara, owner of Zagara’s Marketplace on Lee Road, wants more parking for his customers. The store’s parking lot needs more spaces, the traffic flow in the lot can be chaotic at times, and delivery trucks need more space to maneuver, he says. He has some planning ideas to ease the congestion, and he is inviting neighbors and residents to discuss them on Wednesday, July 23, 7:00 pm, at the CHUH Main Library.
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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 11:52 AM, 07.19.2008

Heights Circulator provides a vital link

With hundreds of residential units, and more than 1 million square feet in commercial space, Severance Town Center is “just what the doctor ordered,” as far as the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is concerned.

Expanded service to Severance Town Center on the Route #821 Circulator bus is an added benefit for riders of this route.


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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 2:50 PM, 05.27.2008

Neighbors question process to decide Coventry's future, float ideas for usage

The Coventry School Study Committee, meeting the public for the first and last time on May 13, will take back to its deliberations a good bit of citizen input. About 40 interested residents attended the meeting and many spoke to what they'd like to see the school become and how they perceive the work of the committee.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 9:00 PM, 05.14.2008

Budget cut spurs citizen action

Among the many cuts made by Cleveland Heights City Council to balance the budget were the landscaping, plantings and flower baskets that add to the quality of life in Cleveland Heights. This year, we won’t see the baskets of flowers gracing the gateway to Cleveland Heights on Cedar Glen or plantings on the medians on our boulevards, among other touches of beauty around the city that we have grown accustomed to.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 11:27 AM, 06.03.2008

CH residents organize to save flower baskets

Cleveland Heights residents Ruth Anna Carlson and Dianne Hunt have organized to raise money to fund flower baskets for the city. In previous years the city had installed 120 hanging flower baskets at gateways, major streets, the pathways through Cain Park and commercial areas throughout the city. City employees had watered them daily. Eight of the baskets had hung along Cedar Hill, marking the entrance to the city. The program was cut from the city budget after the defeat of a proposed income tax increase in March 2008.
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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 10:29 PM, 05.17.2008

Thee Oak Roader

“Phaaaaa, Phaaaaa” she shouted out to her neighbor who lived across the road. Erma had lived on Oak Road in Cleveland Heights for many years. She was true, and she was timeless. She asked her neighbor if he could make a small casket for her. She knew that he could do it for her, as it was for her pussy cat that had passed on.
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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 12:19 PM, 04.28.2008

A new historic district for Cleveland Heights

The City of Cleveland Heights will soon boast a new National Register Historic District. According to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, the new district will be the eighth nationally listed district that is in whole or in part located within the city boundaries. It will join Ambler Heights, Euclid Golf Allotment, Fairmount Boulevard, Overlook Road Carriage House, Fairhill Road Village, Forest Hill and Forest Hill Park historic districts. Sometimes referred to as “Pill Hill,” because of the abundance of doctors that once lived there, the Inglewood Historic District will include houses on Inglewood, Yellowstone, Oakridge, Quilliams, Glenwood and Cleveland Heights Boulevard. Originally developed by the Van Sweringen brothers as part of the Shaker Heights Improvement Company‘s subdivisions number four and six, the district is centered around Inglewood Drive, North of Mayfield and East of Taylor Road, behind Lutheran East High School.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 12:47 PM, 04.11.2008

Coventry School Study Committee Meets Tuesday

The second meeting of a six meeting schedule for the Coventry School Study Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m, at the CHUH Board of Education Building, 2155 Miramar Boulevard in University Heights. On the agenda are professional evaluations from architectural, development, and municipal experts regarding the building’s viability and future use.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 9:42 PM, 03.16.2008