Parma’s Ukrainian Village highlighted as neighborhood that is growing stronger, respects its past

Interesting new article highlighting the unique character of Parma’s Ukrainian Village, from the perspective of George Mount, a new Parma resident:

There’s an effort in Cleveland to recreate what it once was: a city of integrated neighborhoods valuing culture, family, and civic pride. But I often feel no sense of continuity with the past in these urban enclaves. Few of the hippest restaurants and coffee shops have been around for more than a few years. Emblematic of this difficulty to integrate the past are posh condominiums repurposed from closed schools and factories.

It’s great to breathe new life into these structures, but unfortunate that many longtime residents, likely alumni of West Tech or long-ago Eveready employees, can’t afford these luxury dwellings. This fracturing could make you wonder: can the neighborhoods of Cleveland grow stronger while respecting the past?

I believe the answer is “yes,” and the proof is right over the 480 bridge at State Road. It’s a place many urban pioneers reactively call the opposite of cool…

…Ukrainian Village, on the town’s northern border, is a classic inner-ring suburban neighborhood. Unlike many others, it is livable in its own right, proving that there is a way to combine old-world customs, livable neighborhoods, and affordable housing.

(excerpted from The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook )

Read the entire article at: http://beltmag.com/opposite-cool-parmas-ukrainian-village/

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Parma’s Ukrainian Village commemorates 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence

Ukrainian Village story published in The Ukrainian Weekly:

Parma’s Ukrainian American community commemorated the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence with a parade. The annual parade kicked-off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, from Cleveland Selfreliance Federal Credit Union, the entryway to Ukrainian Village, a 1.5 mile stretch along Parma’s main thoroughfare, State Road.

Ukrainian Village, lined by nearly 40 Ukrainian American businesses, hosted the parade which proceeded past St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral to the main stage on the grounds of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral directly across from the Ukrainian Heritage Park, dedicated by the City of Parma.

The 50-plus organizations marching in this year’s parade were led by the City of Cleveland Police Color Guard, Ukrainian American Veterans Post 24; American Legion, Joseph J. Jacubic Post 572; and the Polish Legion of American Veterans, F.D. Roosevelt Post 58.

Participating local businesses and Ukrainian organizations were surrounded by the music of all three Parma high school marching bands: Normandy, Valley Forge and Parma high schools. All local Ukrainian churches participated; Orthodox, Catholic and Baptist, along with the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, as did members of the Baltic American Committee of Greater Cleveland.

Continue reading at: http://www.ukrweekly.com/uwwp/parmas-ukrainian-village-commemorates-25th-anniversary-of-ukraines-independence/