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Living and Working in Ohio City

Ohio City is home to over 10,000 residents and 5,000 daytime employees. Below are profiles of people that live and/or work in the neighborhood. 

Timothy Del Papa

    Why Ohio City: I chose to live in Ohio City for several reasons. First of all, I wanted a self-contained, accessible neighborhood with a rich history.  Secondly, I was young, working in a restaurant and the price point of Ohio City was attractive, especially south of Lorain Avenue.

    Favorite place in Ohio City: This may be a cop-out, but my favorite place in Ohio City is the West Side Market. 

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    Timothy Del Papa

      Why Ohio City: I chose to live in Ohio City for several reasons. First of all, I wanted a self-contained, accessible neighborhood with a rich history.  Secondly, I was young, working in a restaurant and the price point of Ohio City was attractive, especially south of Lorain Avenue.

      Favorite place in Ohio City: This may be a cop-out, but my favorite place in Ohio City is the West Side Market. 

      Favorite Season in Ohio City: Fall is my favorite season in Ohio City.  What could be more beautiful and tranquil than a stroll through the Monroe Street Cemetery, looking up at the glorious turning leaves, collecting buckeyes and watching the deer?

      In your opinion what are some best kept secrets about Ohio City:

        The hidden gardens behind many unassuming houses.  Ohio City residents are very creative when it come to utilizing small, confined spaces. 
        The many brick alleys that lend themselves quite well as shortcuts!
        There is PLENTY of parking in the neighborhood.  Park a few blocks from a restaurant or the market.....as you walk, admire the architecture, the gardens.  Think to yourself that Ohio City was built before cars, embracing the idea that this has always been a walking neighborhood!  Drink in the history of the homes, businesses, streets and alleys.
        There are still wonderful properties in the neighborhood waiting for  creative, loving people to buy them....they may not be on W. 25th or Jay, you just need to look deep into the neighborhood.

        What are your favorite West Side Market Stands:

          Vegetables:  DeCaro  (Melissa has not only dandelion greens, but an expressive and unique way of celebrating all of the year's holidays!)
          Meat: Pinzone (Great pork and beef......especially the staples for pasta sauce, like neck bones!)
          Fruit: Calabrese (A genuine "old school" stand, with a few contemporary surprises!)
          Dairy: Irene Dever (Along with great cheese, pierogies, eggs.....the most glowing, genuine smiles in the market!)
          Bakery: Christopher's  (No better breads....and delicious spinach/feta pies!)
          Specialty Items:  Mediterranean Imports (If Gus does not have it, you don't need it!  Make sure you tell him why the French feta is better than the Greek....see what happens!)

          Traditions: Of course, I always look forward to the Home Tour!  This is when all of us can proudly share all of our hard work, both inside and outside of the house.  It also gives us the opportunity to share our beautiful neighborhood with visitors and  catch up with old friends.  Some newer traditions like the Holiday event on Market Avenue is something to look forward to!  With the carriage rides, Christmas trees and cheerful crowds....the neighborhood really gets in the Holiday spirit, with some help from the Christmas Ale!

          Involvement: I am active in the South of Lorain Block Club, working on the Home Tour, working closely with OCI and the Councilman's office.  I think that one of the best ways to be involved and engaged with the neighbor is to support all of the local businesses, be a part of the many cultural offerings, know your neighbors, and  encourage visitors.  We should all gleam with pride that Ohio City is where we choose to live, shop and play!

          Julia Sieck

            Why Ohio City? I had several friends who rented in Ohio City and found myself spending a lot of time in the area. WhenI decided to buy a home, I wanted to be somewhere with an active entertainment scene that was still very community centric. It was also important to me that I invest in Cleveland. I wanted to find a place where I felt like I could contribute to the revitalization of Cleveland proper.

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            Julia Sieck

              Why Ohio City? I had several friends who rented in Ohio City and found myself spending a lot of time in the area. WhenI decided to buy a home, I wanted to be somewhere with an active entertainment scene that was still very community centric. It was also important to me that I invest in Cleveland. I wanted to find a place where I felt like I could contribute to the revitalization of Cleveland proper.

              What is your favorite season in Ohio City? My favorite season in Ohio City is the summer. There are so many festivals in the area and we can take advantage of the real walkability of our neighborhood. All summer my husband and I walk to baseball games, concerts, and neighborhood patios. I also enjoy gardening in our back yard.

              In your opinion, what is a best kept secret about Ohio City? The best kept secret is probably the neighborhood, though it's starting to get more notoriety. Ohio City residents are very proud and, as a result, there is a tremendous amount of resident activism. I think we get a lot of press for the bar scene and people don't always see past W. 25th. There are residents who have lived here over 50 years next to new-to-Cleveland families with small children. I think the real heart of Ohio City can be seen at block club meetings. There is no greater focus on the people in this area than at those meetings and every person involved wants to have a voice in making sure their neighborhood is as good as it can be.

              Favorite West Side Market Stands? My favorite stands at the West Side Market are:

                La Basketeria (great produce, often locally sourced)
                The Cheese Shop (you can try anything and they're super helpful. Lisa is happy to help us discover something we haven't tried, even on a busy Saturday)
                Maha's (seriously the best falafel in town)

                Favorite Ohio City traditions? I love anything that closes Market Ave on a Saturday. There is no end to the number of great events that happen on that little strip.

                Involvement in the Community: The best way I've found to really get involved is through block club. I became block club president a year ago and it's one of those things where you really get out of it whatever you're willing to put into it. There's no end to the opportunities that exist within the block club. I'm able to help individuals find the resources they need, encourage others to share their ideas, and help organize (then voice) the opinion of the group when something directly impacts our area of Ohio City. I've seen first-hand how much people care about this neighborhood and know that when they disagree, it's only because everyone wants Ohio City to be its best. I feel lucky to be able to participate in that dialog regularly.

                Anne Hartnett

                 How long have you lived in Ohio City?
                I have lived in Ohio City since 2011. My first residence was on John & Randall while working on the remodel of our current cottage on west 47th street.

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                Anne Hartnett

                 How long have you lived in Ohio City?
                I have lived in Ohio City since 2011. My first residence was on John & Randall while working on the remodel of our current cottage on west 47th street.

                      What do you do?
                      I live a full life! I am the Manager of Employee health & wellness programs at Hyland Software, Inc. in Westlake. I have the privilege of helping to create a work atmosphere and environment for approximately 1,200 rockstar adults every day. In addition to that full-time gig, I am also the proud owner of Harness Cycle - an indoor cycling studio right here in Ohio City! We have been hosting classes in a space on West 25th since October 2013 but our permanent space opened in February 2014. I'm also a smitten new mama and wife to my partner in crime, Andy.

                          Why Ohio City?
                          This neighborhood is anchored in the middle of all that I love about Cleveland - local coffee shops, amazing local food, the West Side Market, Lake Erie views, Great Lakes Brewery, historical homes, urban gardens, and really authentic people.

                            What is your favorite place in Ohio City?
                            Our studio - Harness Cycle. Its incredible to connect with a room full of 25 riders pedaling their hearts out to the beat of the music with a little bit of inspiration mixed in. The energy is off the charts.

                                What is your favorite season in Ohio City?
                                Winter. Hands down - the homes look like gingerbread houses when they are sprinkled with snow and shining with christmas lights. I love getting cozy in a booth on west 25th with friends and drinking some good craft beers.

                                    Best kept Ohio City secret?
                                    Fulton Foods! The craft beer selection and DIY sampler packs rock. A close second is Market at the Fig...the sandwiches are an art form.

                                          Do you have any good Ohio City stories? Interesting facts?
                                          I brag to all my out-of-towners that Cleveland has the largest Urban farm in the country.

                                              What is your favorite stand at the West Side Market?
                                              I like to head to the Juice Garden to get a shot of wheatgrass and a juice to enjoy as I walk the market.

                                                  Any good traditions around Ohio City you enjoy?
                                                  We love Miracle on 47th street - our block club's holiday party out in front of our community garden.

                                                      How are you involved in the community? One of the major drivers for starting Harness Cycle was to tap into the active community here on the near west side. Before we opened the studio, we started a running group on Wednesday nights this past summer. {#runningthebridges}. It was amazing to watch the attendance grow each week as mostly strangers showed up to run through our city together, give each other a fist bump at the finish and then head home feeling refreshed and connected to something bigger. We hope to carry that same sense of community inside the studio.