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This is Akron: Crime, Gunfire Leave Akron Residents Shaken

Apr 7, 2019
A photo of Rochelle, left, and Ryan Reed with their children Mackenzie Steiner 11, Sam Bartel 22, and Kaiden Gomes at their home on South Arlington Street on Friday, March 29, 2019 in Akron, Ohio.

Jacqueline Easley feels a deepening dread every Thursday.

"It's the weekend, and I wonder who's going to get shot and killed now," said Easley, 59, who lives in West Akron and owns a beauty shop on Copley Road.

She usually keeps those worries to herself. But after seeing a group of high school girls at an Akron City Council meeting April 1 — the night after two Akron men were killed in separate shootings — Easley took the mic.

This Is Akron: How To Flip Akron's Distressed Housing Market

Mar 31, 2019

She's staring down six expensive years in medical school, and he's working part-time before graduating this summer with a degree in construction management from Kent State.


And despite only 45 years of living between them and a whole life ahead, Molly and Jacob Curtiss didn't blink at the $51,000 mortgage they signed last month on a 105-year-old home in one of Akron’s most distressed housing markets.


Do Suburban Residents Pay Attention To Akron? Depends Who You Ask

Mar 24, 2019
A photo of Ray Leach, owner of Leach's Meats and Sweets in Barberton

Nancy Fay is Bath through and through. She lives on a family farm. She runs The Bake Shop in Ghent bakery. And she sits on the township zoning board.

She's lived in the community long enough that she can recall the resentment when Akron used to gobble up township land through annexation before a joint economic development agreement put an end to the bad blood.

Asked whether she cares about what happens in Akron, she replied, "Always." She understands that the health of Summit County's major city influences the health of the suburbs — and vice versa, she added.


This is Akron: City Faces Challenges Catching Up on Road Repairs

Mar 18, 2019
photo of Jamilya Maxwell

Jamilya Maxwell stuck her hand into the dirty water of a giant pothole in Highland Square a couple of weeks ago.


It was wrist deep.


Then she kneeled and spread her arms. But the pothole — in the shape of a giant, flopping goldfish — was wider.


Her boyfriend, Cameron Blakey, took pictures and submitted a claim to the city for $163, the cost of a new tire on his 2011 Mercedes-Benz.


“I love Akron," Maxwell said. "... We’re actually looking to move to Highland Square because it’s the only artsy-fartsy area around here."

This is Akron: Residents Are Drowning in Sewer Bills

Mar 17, 2019
photo of Rosie

Akron resident Carla Deiss Dobbins is flummoxed: Why does it cost more to flush her toilets than to heat her Firestone Park home during the dead of winter?


Water and sewer would cost her family of four about $28 a month, about the price of taking the family out for Galley Boys at Swensons.


But now her bill is nearly three times that because of price hikes to pay for a massive sewer project to stop untreated waste water from flooding into rivers and streams.