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    Engaged Communities

    New Akron events series immerses summer interns in city’s life

    May 26, 2015, 10:11 a.m., Posted by Alex Shannon

    Photos above by Alex Shannon; Flickr user Drew Imagery (golfer); Flickr user Jimmy Emerson (stone house).

    There is a world of fun awaiting interns in Akron this summer. Through my internship with Knight Foundation, my goal is to help them discover unique local restaurants, outdoor adventures and fun nightlife. Being a native of the area and student at The University of Akron, I have been lucky to get to know this city well and want to help interns connect to our city and each other.

    I will be hosting meetups for interns ages 18-24 to help them discover cool things to do. The series, Akron: Outside the Box, consists of unique programs that highlight great venues in our city. Every program is free for all participants, but you must preregister. During each event, community leaders will offer their insights on the evening’s topic. Here are details on each:

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    Akron closes street to traffic—and opens it to vibrant public life

    May 22, 2015, 6:05 p.m., Posted by Susan Ruiz Patton


    A food truck during Open Streets Akron. Photo by Susan Ruiz Patton. 

    Akron Mayor-to-be Garry Moneypenny was right about the cool breeze on the Y-Bridge. Most people don’t feel it because usually they’re in their cars driving across the bridge.

    But Sunday, May 17, traffic along the 2.8-mile span of North Main Street from downtown Akron to the North Hill neighborhood of the city was blocked. That stretch of road was opened to pedestrians, bicyclists, families and lots of activities for the Open Streets Akron event, which city organizers said attracted a crowd of 2,000.

    Knight Foundation supported the event with a grant to the Downtown Akron Partnership. The money helped cover the expense of paying city police officers to manage traffic during the event.

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    Making better blocks in Akron, neighborhood by neighborhood

    May 22, 2015, 2:35 p.m., Posted by Susan Ruiz Patton


    Akron Better Block. Photo by Tim Fitzwater.

    The North Main Street section of the North Hill neighborhood of Akron normally looks a little empty—with unoccupied storefronts, cars speeding through, and vacant lots.

    But the street performers, sidewalk cafes, farmers market tables and busy storefronts that occupied that same block last weekend forced neighbors to see how exciting it could be.

    That vision was the intent of the Better Block event in Akron May 15-17.

    Better Block was founded by Jason Roberts of Dallas, Texas, when he rallied a bunch of friends and neighbors to show their neighborhood how much better it could be.

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