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Culture Grows in Glenville
Karen Fuller
Once home to some of Cleveland’s wealthiest steel barons, Glenville enjoys a diversity of both culture and housing, and it’s just minutes from culturally significant University Circle. Today, the community maintains its historic housing, and the people who live here serve as gatekeepers to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, protecting the treasures that grow there. Glenville is home not only to the Cultural Gardens, but also to scenic MLK Drive, Rockefeller Greenhouse and Gordon Park. The neighborhood proudly hosted the 2005 CiTiRAMA.
Neighborhood Gem

Cleveland’s residents and visitors alike cherish the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. They represent the ethnic diversity that makes up this city and its neighborhoods, and they serve as a reminder of the beauty that comes from gathering together.

Essentially, the Cultural gardens is a chain of gardens representing the nationalities of the people who live here, all representing a central theme: “Peace through mutual understanding.” The Gardens evolved during the early 1900s, and today 24 nationalities are represented here.

“I never realized the importance of these gardens until I grew older,” says Ward 8 Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott. “And like most people, since I began visiting them, I feel I must come back again and again.” Visitors are invited to walk or bike along MLK Drive, passing through the gardens, reading about their history and enjoying their distinct personalities.

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