In Akron, Ohio an alternative-news monthly called The Devil Strip serves to identify, connect and inspire people throughout the community. The newspaper helps bring Akronites together to envision and shape the city’s future.
Can stronger schools help a city grappling with an identity crisis get residents to put down roots? In Akron, Ohio, another transformation, driven not by celebrity philanthropy but by local partnerships, is sweeping through the school system.
The more we invest in something, the harder it becomes to walk away. Yet, we need to walk away from a lot of what we’ve built.
Akron, Ohio is tackling its stroad problem, one oversized boulevard at a time. “Right-sizing” this neighborhood main street will make it safer and more inviting and hospitable for small businesses.
Does the average resident want dramatic change or do they want the urban development status quo?
Akron, Ohio’s Main Street Corridor project will produce a safer and more attractive street, with more space for people, activities and public art. But this dramatic, expensive overhaul is not an end in itself. If it’s going to deliver on its promises, it must be viewed as a beginning.
Akron, Ohio’s subsidies for redevelopment of the failed Rolling Acres mall are a textbook case of the sunk cost fallacy: the tendency to examine new opportunities not on their own merit, but in the context of past investments.
With a modest investment and a lot of heart, communities are transforming homes and moving entire neighborhoods towards a better future.
When the housing market is depressed and you can’t get a return on your investment, there is little incentive to put any money into improvements. It’s a vicious cycle that several Akron nonprofits are trying to break.
To visit the Hapi Fresh Farmer’s Market in Akron, Ohio, is to see the beginning of a journey. Seeds have been planted to draw in more residents, more businesses, and to nurture a return to prosperity for the neighborhood.
What’s the impact of a university campus on your city’s downtown? Akron, Ohio offers a valuable illustration.
A strong, diversified local business community means a strong, economically prosperous town. But how do you get there?
A pop-up music venue is making a big impact in Akron, Ohio.
For a struggling city, negative perceptions from with the community can send it into a spiral of decline. It takes a major shift in perspective to get the city back on track.
Akron, Ohio offers a shining example of the many benefits of street trees.
When a neighborhood commercial street comes back to life, the whole city benefits.
…even when they get rid of a few parking spots in the process.
A neglected church building in Akron, Ohio has been transformed into a hub for nonprofits, innovation and community.
After the crowds clear, what type of long-term impact does a public event leave in its wake?
A vacant house becomes a resource and community space for immigrants, visitors and neighbors.