How Old Brooklyn continues fight against crime, food insecurity amid neighborhood growth

Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood (File photo).
Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood (File photo).(Source: WOIO)
Published: Oct. 28, 2021 at 8:07 AM EDT
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OLD BROOKLYN, Ohio (WOIO) - With a growing population of more than 30,000 residents, Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood stands out for its strong, shared values.

Like many communities across America, the neighborhood is rebounding from coronavirus-related challenges.

Residents are focused on the fight against crime, ongoing staffing struggles, food insecurity and more.

Building a Better CLE is a special project by 19 News that highlights Cleveland neighborhoods, celebrating the good, spotlighting the struggles, and asking the tough questions that lead to solutions.

The October edition of Building a Better CLE features Old Brooklyn.

Our 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts will broadcast live today from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Hear from local leaders all afternoon, as 19 News digs deeper into Old Brooklyn.

  • Jeff Verespej, Old Brooklyn Community Development Executive Director
  • Waverly Willis, Owner of Urban Kutz Barbershop
  • Dr. Chris Kuhar, Executive Director of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  • Emily Muttillo, Research Fellow at the Center for Community Solutions
  • Bill Schwark, Leader of Old Brooklyn Crime Watch
  • Jayme Lucas-Bauer, Neighborhood Development Project Manager with Old Brooklyn CDC

Editor’s Note: With the graphs below, you can explore Cleveland neighborhoods and see what makes them unique in comparison to others.

This data was collected, compiled and published by the Center for Community Solutions. Interpret the data with caution, as it contains estimates which carry large margins of error. The data includes figures from the Ohio Department of Health and U.S. Census Bureau.

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