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Cleveland: Hough- A Neighborhood of Extremes

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Just a few pics of the neighborhood I took yesterday... Hough retains some gems though the neighborhood still needs to work to draw in new residents.  The neighborhood has some extremes- both in wealth and poverty, but also has pride and history few neighborhoods in the city (or in Ohio) can match. For those who don't know... at one point the neighborhood had 50,000 residents; the physical build of some of the historic housing and apartment stock point to that history. 

 

A little bit of Cleveland's own Bobby Womack for this mix of photos should do 😉 

 

 

To start off, here's an example of the neighborhood's historic architecture.  This rowhouse is located close to where Lamont Ave. dead ends, close to Ansel Rd.- one of my personal favorite in the city

 

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And an example of one of too many houses in the neighborhood that needs some TLC. This one is right next door to the rowhouses with vacant lots on both sides- hopefully someone will take this on as a rehab project:

 

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New apartments going up at the corner of Mt. Sinai and Ansel Rd:

 

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This is at the corner of Newton and E. 97th:

 

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Singles and duplexes on Cory Ave. of E. 79th

 

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This one is close to Mt. Sinai and E. 105th...

 

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One of only a few remaining storefront retail stores on Hough Ave., around the E. 90s...

 

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One of several apartment buildings- around Hough Ave. on E. 91st...

 

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And directly across the street from it... I truly hope the market for apartment rentals comes back for this section of the city.  There's no way another one of these should be lost to demolition.  The neighborhood has lost several already.

 

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A few lots down the properties go back to single family houses- those that remain are gems:

 

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These are across the street from the Maltz Performing Arts Center- I could only imagine how many more were lost to demo over the years along this stretch...

 

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The once busy intersection of Crawford and Hough Ave...

 

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A highrise on Addison and Wade Park...

 

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The African American Museum of Cleveland- on Crawford.  Currently seeking funding for renovation and rehab... 

 

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A mixed-use storefront on Wade Park close to Giddings- this one has been in bad shape for a long time.

 

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One of the houses which sits in what use to be Little Hollywood- formerly once one of the densest parts of the city.  There are several of these between Hough Ave. and Lexington::

 

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Another newer build- this one on Lextington:

 

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I made my way over to League Park- talk about history...

 

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The tickethouse- now a museum:

 

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Pictures don't do it justice- this is a truly underutilized gem.

 

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The Fatima Center- directly across the street from the tickethouse:

 

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I couldn't imagine a time where someone could live in the city- directly across the street from a major league ballpark.  Well, it existed.  This is one of the houses where someone lived and could've walked out of his or her door to watch a game:

 

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Quite literally, though this view would have been blocked by stands back then:

 

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The building on the other side the Baseball Heritage Museum on E. 66th and Lexington:

 

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There's too many things that I missed while I was out taking pics.  More to come soon...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great photo set, thanks. What do you think of those big suburban-style homes in the middle of Hough?

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This was a great tour of Hough.  The neighborhood has a lot to be proud of and endless potential. 

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Amazing neighborhood, hoping those gorgeous old apartment buildings and houses come back to life soon!

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9 hours ago, Pugu said:

Great photo set, thanks. What do you think of those big suburban-style homes in the middle of Hough?

 

I can understand why the suburban style housing was pushed for by Fannie Lewis; I believe her intent was to draw the black middle class back to the neighborhood.  Whatever progress was made in that regard was halted by subprime lending and the Foreclosure Crisis.  Some of the older folks in the neighborhood call the section with the most suburban style housing (between Hough and Chester) Hough Heights 😄  Folks from Cleveland would understand the name.

 

Personally, I don't mind it.  The neighborhood is much larger than the stretch between Hough and Chester, which also has some very nice historic housing stock.  If the housing market truly comes back around in the area, there will be plenty of houses which could be rehabbed along with vacant lots which could be built upon. That's part of the reason I'll have to go back out and take more pics- the neighborhood's physical building stock is pretty diverse.  It's just that the suburban style housing is the most visible to folks driving through along Chester.  

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On 10/6/2019 at 11:13 PM, Pugu said:

Great photo set, thanks. What do you think of those big suburban-style homes in the middle of Hough?

 

They are awful, tacky and hideous!

 

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On 10/9/2019 at 12:48 AM, Pugu said:

^I agree. I hate them too--good to hear I'm not alone in that view!

 

I grew up in a pre war home.  Houses with attached garages automatically get a 👎🏽 from me.  These new build McMansions will never appeal to those who live in real mansions.  You notice there are rarely photos of the interiors of these homes.  I wouldn't live in one of these homes if you gave it to me and paid the upkeep and the taxes.

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Amazing photo set. I believe the guy who owns the building in the last photo is trying to make something happen with it to compliment the park and museum. Also CPL is going to put up a new branch nearby I think on 66th.

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11 hours ago, MyTwoSense said:

 

I grew up in a pre war home.  Houses with attached garages automatically get a 👎🏽 from me.  These new build McMansions will never appeal to those who live in real mansions.  You notice there are rarely photos of the interiors of these homes.  I wouldn't live in one of these homes if you gave it to me and paid the upkeep and the taxes.

Not long ago there was a zillow listing of one of them. It was turrrrrrible, tacky, and ugly. I'm sure you could find it in the recent sales (assuming it sold...).

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excellent thread -- those are excellent examples of typical/historic/classic cleveland style structures. hopefully they can be saved.

 

i wouldn't worry about the suburban style housing. or judge it too harshly. that era was of its time. its over. its just a part of the mix from now on.

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2 hours ago, mrnyc said:

i wouldn't worry about the suburban style housing. or judge it too harshly. that era was of its time. its over. its just a part of the mix from now on.

 

Agreed. It has its own story to tell and I am happy for the investment in the neighborhood.

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On 10/11/2019 at 11:41 AM, mrnyc said:

excellent thread -- those are excellent examples of typical/historic/classic cleveland style structures. hopefully they can be saved.

 

i wouldn't worry about the suburban style housing. or judge it too harshly. that era was of its time. its over. its just a part of the mix from now on.

 

Totally agree.  Hough is too convenient and attractive an area to sit fallow. Those houses will be two dots in a nighborhood of new and rehab.

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There's nothing wrong with optimism, as long as you don't get your hopes up.

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8 hours ago, Dougal said:

 

Totally agree.  Hough is too convenient and attractive an area to sit fallow. Those houses will be two dots in a nighborhood of new and rehab.

Lets hope!

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