Little Italy finding a balance between new development and preserving its historic feel

Apr 20, 2021 370

BY: Kevin Barry

A walk through Cleveland’s Little Italy in 2021 allows visitors to time travel through a history of Cleveland if they know where to look. It’s why the Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation is working on an updated neighborhood plan to better guide developers so future projects in the neighborhood reflect what the community wants.

Buildings that have defined Mayfield Road for a century still stand tall. The businesses and people who live inside them have been some of the few things that have changed over the years. “It’s great, it’s why I live here,” said Issac Reifler who works at Presti’s Bakery and has lived in Little Italy for six years.

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