Downtown Akron

photo of Karen Noel, JT Buck, Glendale Steps, Glendale Park
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Officials in Akron’s West Hill neighborhood are trying to turn the area into an arts-and-merchant district – building on a zoning amendment that was passed in the 1990s.

West Hill – just south of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, and west of downtown – is zoned to allow homeowners to open small businesses on their property. That zoning was expanded this week to include more of the neighborhood, and Karen Noel, vice-president of the West Hill Community Development Corporation, says she hopes it attracts more businesses to the area.

SVETLA MORRISON

Officials in Akron say they’re at “the two-yard line” when it comes to securing funding for the long-delayed, $40 million Bowery redevelopment project.

Photo of a bike at the program's announcement
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Akron is getting $127,000 to plan for a grid of bicycle lanes throughout the city.

New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver
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Akron’s population has been shrinking for decades, but the city plans to get 50,000 more people to call it home by 2050. 

In addition to its own redevelopment plan, there are other civic efforts to draw on some of the things that helped make Akron in the first place. A national expert on planning came to Akron recently to size up thes efforts

Mitchell Silver at the Civic
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Akron is on the right trajectory. That’s what New York City’s Parks & Recreation Commissioner told local planners and interested citizens at a community conversation last night at Akron Civic Theater

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