With the highest concentration of two-parent households in the county (88 percent), Kamm’s Corners is one of those stable neighborhoods where families enjoy gathering to celebrate their community. An $8.5 million renovation of the area’s central shopping district, set to begin this summer, is designed to enhance the comfortable feeling among residents and businesses.
Community is key for this corner of Cleveland. Kamm’s Corners is a place where family is held in high regard, according to Marilyn Osborne, community relations coordinator of Kamm’s Corners Development Corp. (KCDC). “This neighborhood is a neighborhood of families,” she said.
The strong presence of community and need for family activities sparked the idea of Kamm’s Corners Asphalt Cinema. “It is like the drive-in without the cars,” said Steve Lorenz, KCDC’s executive director. “We wanted to do something family-oriented, that people could walk to.” Hosted on an underused parking lot near the neighborhood’s “downtown,” as many as 500 people show up to this parking lot theater for popcorn and activities provided by local merchants. A bubble gum-blowing contest proves popular for children and adults.
Beginning in June, the area will also host a farmers market in that spot. The market will help urban gardeners earn a little money while giving residents a convenient source for fresh produce. It will be held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.