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Welcome to Slavic Village/South Broadway/Warszawa!

 

Settlement dates back to 1796 here. with the erie canaal completed, cleveland built a lot of iron stuff, and a lot of czech and polish immigrants moved here in the 1870s to work in the nearby factory.

 

Today it is still home to many peoples of slavic and polish decent, but as people flocked into the burbs, the area has had some recent decline....

 

some stats:

20,695 people

median household income 19k

median housing value 32k

 

 

Looking towards the western end of the hood where Fleet Ave meets I-77

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good ol jaworski sausage....

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mmmmm....lays, bet you cant photograph just one

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so right about here i met a man who warned me of local hoodlums known as the 59th street gang. Apparently they robbed this laundromat and blew out both of the guys knees who was walking just fine.....

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Buddy Christ

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sleva, rudowsky; i'm definately in slavic village

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not sure what happened to this home/business.....

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ahh, the good ol' polish legion of american veterans

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you don't want to be a loser, do you?

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italians? what the hell?

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yeah....more of fleet ave

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scooting on up E 65th

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well you can read the sign.....

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even polish people need clean teeth

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a purdy little home

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not much here, just homes....

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wow, thats a helluva funeral home

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ahh, the magnificent St. Stanislaus Catherdral! The second largest gothic cathedral in the US (St. Pat's in NY is #1)

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there's my best friend, say hello to everyone st. stanislaus

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alice cooper

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yup, i'm definately in a church. The names listed are those of the parishners who perished in WWII (all listed in polish)

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beautiful detail

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god? is that you?

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this is just creepy....

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when the church went through some restorations a few years back, they had to bring some guy in from italy, b/c no one in the states knew how to restore these monkey, err...saints

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blurry view of the balcony

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stainglasstacular

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go catholics! Tomorrow this church is officially becoming a Shrine, some guy from poland is visiting

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hey, its me! He actually visited here a while back, i mean i visited....yeah....

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some homes around the church

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this poor little cemetary, like 20 headstones, and no way into the fence

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the reds? bears? what?

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one final view of my baby. The school dates to 1907, the church dates to 1891, with significant restoration in 1909 (a tornado) and 1998

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more homey stuff......

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runs new? huh?

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nothing special as i head up towards broadway

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our lady of lourdes, in the next hood, which i'll do later, i was tired.....

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fin

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Hubcap Heaven.

 

Nothing says Slavic Village than 24" rims.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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grasscat,

 

where's the spoon????

 

coldayman,

 

slavic village, is i guess a sub-neighborhood of south broadway (which is defined by the city of cleveland), but it might as well be its own hood. Hubcap heaven is directly on "Historic" Broadway, but i'm sure you've passed it before. Regardless it isn't in slavic village, but damn close enough, and funny.

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Technically, the neighborhood is EITHER the Slavic Village OR South Broadway. The city combines the two names; I just put Slavic Village on UrbanOhio due to "more familiarity" from Clevelanders.


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During my Cleveland vistit of a few years ago I made a point of visiting this neighborhood. I have to say the backstreets around St Stanislaus reminded me alot of my old neighborhood in Chicago, which was also built around a "St Stanislaus" (tho the architecture of mine was sort of deco romanesque, not Gothic).

 

Theres also a Polish neighborhood in Toledo, on LaGrange Avenue, thats still somewhat Polish. There was one in Dayton, too, on Valley Street, around St Adalbert (also a Lithuanian and Hungarian community in the same area..Old North Dayton), but thats long gone, except for the parish churches, a grocery, and a restraunt.

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I love Slavic Village. Part of me likes it as is, ungentrified and a little rough around the edges. It's just has a genuine feel as a struggling, immigrant neighborhood.

 

That being said, the headquarters for Third Federal Savings Bank are pretty amazing (at Fleet and Broadway). Their headquarters stick out like a healthy thumb in a sore neighborhood. Despite growing into a good-sized company, I respect them for staying in the neighborhood where the bank was founded so long ago, plus they go out of their way to put their branches in other Cleveland neighborhoods that other banks won't go near, even if the branches don't do much business. In fact, I respect that approach so much that I go a little out of my way to give them my money.

 

KJP


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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That being said, the headquarters for Third Federal Savings Bank are pretty amazing (at Fleet and Broadway). Their headquarters stick out like a healthy thumb in a sore neighborhood. Despite growing into a good-sized company, I respect them for staying in the neighborhood where the bank was founded so long ago, plus they go out of their way to put their branches in other Cleveland neighborhoods that other banks won't go near, even if the branches don't do much business. In fact, I respect that approach so much that I go a little out of my way to give them my money.

 

KJP

 

that's who that is! I've always wondering, and never bothered to investigate that much......it all makes so much more sense now......

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A great neighborhood with lots of room to grow (in my opinion).  Correct me if I'm wrong, but there's new housing around here?  And this isn't far from the Mill Creek Falls?

 

The intersection of Broadway and 55th is pretty neat...a true streetcar neighborhood.  I haven't been by in probably 6 years, but maybe on my next visit.

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Slavic Village has some townhouses along 65th that have been built, and a few more on the way.  It also has a few loft conversions- The Lofts at St. Hyacinth (directed towards artists), The Atlas, and I think one other that is for seniors.  Also, the Mill Creek housing development is just south of Slavic Village, and is technically a part of the Slavic Village Statistical Planning Area.

 

I think Slavic Village is making a nice little comeback.  It isn't flashy, but they've brought a lot of small businesses in and done a lot of storefront renovations.  Its still a little too rough in some parts for my tastes, and Broadway itself desperately needs to be restreetscaped, but its got so much potential.

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Seems to be mostly infill housing on individual vacant lots, which there wasn't a lot to begin with. A house here, a townhouse there....

 

KJP


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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EDIT:  I did a search for "Slavic Village" and didn't realze this was in the City Photos section...didn't mean to bring up such an old photo thread!  I started a new topic in city discussion...hopefully for better.

 

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ORIGINAL POST:

 

I was in Slavic Village for the first time tonight (besides when I was really young), and it really was a sad and mysterious place in the same way.  Although I only saw it at nighttime for a holiday concert, these were my impressions:

 

1)  So much history still remains -- there really is a lot to see, even more than pope's 3 year old pictures (We got a little lost and we pretty much gave ourselves the self-guided tour of much of the area)

2)  St. Stanislaus is a GEM.  It honestly takes your breath away when you walk in, but I did get to see it by candle light at nighttime.

3)  The prayer books are still half Polish, and mass is said in Polish once a week.  How much a populace do they still have to support this?

4)  That funeral home must have been rebuilt.  There's an add for it on the church bulletin for 3675 E. 65th st.

5) E.55 and Broadway is a neat intersection with old (quasay abandoned) buildings.

6) Cleveland Central Catholic has a gorgeous 3-story brick addition (sorry, no pictures)

7)  There is so much evidence of the neighborhood trying to stay alive.  A majority of the foreclosed homes had their boards artistically painted with flowers, christmas lights and decorations, etc.

 

Bottom line...there is still so much to save there.  I really wish some more of the "suburban" Polish decendants would rally up some support to save the remaining heritage before it slips anymore.  There were many Polish-Americans (suburbanites??) at the holiday concert tonight who had never even seen the Cathedral before tonight, and then were talking about returning to show some of their other relatives.  Cool experience all the way.

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I just viewed this thread from 2004 and it's amazing how much has changed for the worse since these photos were taken.  So much of the retail activity on Fleet and Broadway is now closed up.  The crime and foreclosure issues really devastated this area.  2004 doesn't seem TOO long ago, but looking at the state of the area now vs. then...makes it seem like 20 years has passed.

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Instead you're stuck with ColDayMan  :|


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Looks like it has some small town charm even though it's an urban hood and even with some recent decline I'm sure it's still there. Looks mostly blue-collar; definitely not the same building stock as more popular neighborhoods (reminds me of Parsons Ave here minus the Slavic flavor).  Doesn't look so bad on streetview though. Hopefully enough residents can maintain the area and have a city government to work with that is cooperative.

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Yeah- UNBELIEVABLE what the foreclosure crisis has done to this neighborhood.  So much of the urban fabric in this neighborhood is either gone or in desperate need of repair...

 

I HATE that we allow this to happen to our cities. 

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Bump. Photos of the Village BEFORE the foreclosure crisis.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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So, is someone going to do a before & after comparison post?

 

That WOULD be interesting. I'd wait until after the next snowmelt. At the rate this winter is going, should be any day now.....


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Oh man I'm so glad this thread was bumped!  I didn't want to be the new guy bumping a really old thread and annoying all you regulars.  I was in the area a few weeks ago (I went to that Byzantine church just a bit east of Slavic Village).  It's really sad to see the place now.  I have grandiose dreams of this place coming back to prominence in maybe the same fashion as Tremont has undergone. 

 

Like some of you above me, I will try and go up there soon and take some after shots.

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I love that intersection, lotsa potential KJP.

 

I know it's way cart-before-the-horse, but that intersection would look so much better with a streetscape program.  We've surely got our share of ugly looking pavement around these parts.

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All for this however...Again, new streetscapes given to areas where most could not care as to stewarding their upkeep....  Litter and neglect will surely follow until the careless cultural mindset is abated first.

 

Like I said, cart before the horse.

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I love that intersection, lotsa potential KJP.

 

Except that was MH who said it.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Can't believe I'm saying this, but maybe that intersection needs a roundabout.  With some sort of monument in the center. 

 

A couple of those storefronts need renovation but most of them are actually open and occupied.  That's pretty good, for a neighborhood that needs so much help.  It tells me that one decent draw would go a long way in this area, something like that velodrome, or even an upscale club.  What did Gordon Square have just before it took off?  It had an endless supply of tax prep offices, just like Broadway/55th does right now.  That might suck, but it's a far cry from having all your retail boarded up, and it's a lot easier to build on.

 

Now if we could only get hipsters to cherish old hubcaps...

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Now if we could only get hipsters to cherish old hubcaps...

 

Easy, turn it into a hubcap-themed coffee shop!


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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