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Gordon Square Arts District

Detroit-Shoreway, the aging working-class neighborhood on the West Side, has undergone a rather amazing $30 million renaissance in recent times. The area now gleams with a funky renovated streetscape, theaters, galleries, shops, condominiums, and an expanding selection of exciting restaurants at multiple price levels. Using the arts as a tool, a trio of nonprofit organizations — Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, Cleveland Public Theatre, and Near West Theatre — came together to raise funds for the reclamation project, which is expected to produce more than $300 million of economic output for Cleveland by 2013. The redevelopment isn't just about gentrification: There's also a $1 million neighborhood responsibility fund earmarked to provide local residents and businesses with loans, tax abatements, transportation, day care, and job placement services. The project, which received a Cleveland Arts Prize, is an attractive model for future arts-driven economic development in Cleveland.

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