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/

Ukrainians rally against Russian invasion of Crimea

Heartache for Ukraine.

Fresh-baked Lenten paczkis, Ukrainian-style, cooled on a counter inside Lviv International Foods Monday afternoon, near the samples of cured ham and kielbasa scattered on paper plates.

Preoccupied customers were slow to help themselves. Most were busy raising the issue of the moment–Russian troops in Ukraine–and what it was doing to their blood pressures and to their families.

“We’re all going crazy,” said Luda Popudnyk of Parma, a worried mother who stopped into the ethnic grocery in Parma’s Ukrainian Village.

“Everybody is tense,” she said. “Everybody’s afraid of everything. Nobody wants a war.”

That was the feeling in immigrant-owned businesses up and down State Road Monday, in a commercial district anchored by stately Ukrainian churches and cathedrals.

Many of those houses of worship have been scenes of hurried prayer vigils, community meetings and strategy sessions in recent weeks–ever since Kiev exploded in anti-government protests in mid January.

A recent change of government aroused Russian ire and Russian troops. Now the region’s Ukrainian American community, Ohio’s largest, is trying to respond to a crisis few saw coming.

Source: http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2014/03/ukrainians_in_cleveland_rally.html