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Run 55: Stockyards - Part 2

   This was the second section run of the Stockyards neighborhood. It includes the area once known as the Isle of Cuba which, ironically, consisted mostly of then-Bohemians (now Czechs). The nickname had more to do with the flooding in the area back in the late 1800s which made this section feel isolated from the rest of the neighborhood. The boundary for this run included W. 45th (east) to W. 65th (west) and from Clark Ave (north) to Storer Ave (south). Distance This Section : 12.3 miles Distance So Far : 336.1 miles Strava - Run 1 l Strava - Run 2 These buildings are what is left of the  Cleveland Union Stockyards  campus. It was once the third largest employer in Cleveland and gave the neighborhood its name. Pictured is the Theurer-Norton Provision Company building. The  International Newcomers Academy at Thomas Jefferson  (3145 W. 46th)  is designed to serve students from all over the world during their first academic years attending school in the United States. Enrollment is cl
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Run 54: Stockyards - Part 1

   This was the first section run of the Stockyards neighborhood, which was originally established largely by Hungarians and Czechs but is now a much more diverse neighborhood of approximately 9,000 residents. The neighborhood gets its name from from the Cleveland Union Stockyards Co . The company  moved to 3200 W. 65th Street in 1893 and its operations covered more than 60 acres at its peak. However, like many plants like it, it declined after WWII and closed in 1968.  Stockyards is also home to Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy, Cleveland’s public school that focuses on newcomer students who speak little to no English.  In an effort to revitalize the area around the school and fill vacant homes, the concept of the International Village was formed. Situated in the area within half a mile of the school, the plan is to rehab homes and provide them as housing to new refugee families.  A professor at Cleveland State made a great documentary about this initiative, titled " Dreamhoo

Run 53: Old Brooklyn - Part 13

  This was the 13th and final section run of   Old Brooklyn . The boundary included Broadview Road (west) to Jennings Road (east) and from Valley Road (north) to Creston Road (south). Distance This Section : 6.2 miles  Distance So Far : 317.8 miles Strava Recording Brighton Park : This new park was a construction and demolition debris landfill that ceased operation in the 1980s. It was once also home to Cuffari's Go Kart track. In partnership with Cleveland Metroparks, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy acquired it in 2015 and secured funding for environmental remediation which paved the way for park development. At 25 acres and with 5,100 feet of trail, it now provides a critical connection between the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Brookside Reservation. Flowers in bloom on Valley Road. One of the nicer single family homes I saw (Valley Rd & Elston Ave). Commercial opportunity on Valley Rd near Jennings Rd. Entrance to the Treadway