CLEVELAND - Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson traveled nearly 100 miles on Lolly the Trolley, touring more than a dozen Cleveland neighborhoods on Friday.
The mayor's trip was focused on outlining the growth and challenges being faced by Cleveland neighborhoods, on both the east and west sides of the city.
Jackson pointed to neighborhood development projects like the Bridgeport Place commercial zone in Cleveland's Lower Kinsman neighborhood, an effort that includes a cafe and library branch.
"This is a classic example of the reinvestment were making into Cleveland neighborhoods," Jackson said. "We have to create neighborhoods of choice, where people want to live, work, play and do business. And when we do that, we'll find that Cleveland has so many great neighborhoods, so many assets, so many great things that people want to be part of."
Bridgeport Place is also the home of the Burten, Bell, Carr Community Development Corporation , which played a key role in bringing the project to life.
"We've been concentrating on bringing amenities people want to see," said Tim Tramble, Burten, Bell, Carr executive director. "Amenities like Bridgeport Cafe, amenities like the urban agriculture innovation zone, and business cooperatives that actually produce something."
Just one block away from Bridgeport Place, Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity is working to renovate seven homes in one block. NewsChannel5's Building Better Neighborhoods has provided volunteers and support for the project, which started back in March.
Jackson applauded the effort, with Cleveland City Council committing $50,000 toward the neighborhood renovation project.
Still, Jackson stressed there are plenty challenges being faced by Cleveland neighborhoods in all parts of the city. The mayor pledged to keep city hall focused on residents, and improved living conditions.
"It's always been about the people, improving their quality of life and allowing them to participate in the prosperity of Cleveland," Jackson said. "It is more challenging in some neighborhoods than others, but my focus has always been there, and it will continue to be there."
5 On Your Side is also trying to promote neighborhood improvements by fighting back against a growing number of vacant homes and buildings through our Building Better Neighborhoods initiative .
Residents can also report vacant homes by sending us pictures and information on condemned properties in your neighborhood, and we'll forward the information to your city building department in an effort to move the properties to progress.
More information on how residents can volunteer in their neighborhoods, and make them better, can be found by contacting Hands on Northeast Ohio .