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The Akron Parks Challenge asks the community to envision how to better use the city’s neighborhood parks. In Kenmore, residents are restoring a long-neglected gem.

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Community pride got a boost along Kenmore Boulevard this week with the Akron business district’s placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tina Boyes, executive director of the Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, says the designation is rejuvenating pride among residents.

Boyes says the organization has been working toward the designation since 2018.

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The announcement that Amazon is building a new fulfillment center and bringing 1,500 jobs to the former Rolling Acres Mall site in Akron, has businesses in neighboring Kenmore seeing opportunity.  

The Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance is cautiously optimistic about the impact the world's largest retailer could have. 

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Akron Businesses Will Receive Façade Grants

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Small Akron businesses will receive grants to renovate their façades through a program that targets neglected areas for improvement.

The grants come from Great Streets Akron, an initiative that selects 10 historic neighborhood-business districts in Akron for efforts to improve vitality. The areas include Maple Valley, West Hill, North Hill, Copley Road East, Middlebury, Firestone Park, Ellet, Wallhaven, Goodyear Heights and Kenmore.

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Akron’s Kenmore neighborhood hosted “Boulevard, Bikes + Brews” over the weekend, an event designed to showcase the area’s revitalization, as well as what’s in store for the future.

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Correction: The name of the nonprofit is Strong Towns. It was originally incorrect in the headline.

A year-long partnership between Akron and a nonprofit called Strong Towns began to take shape today. The head of the group that focuses on small, incremental investments to spur big changes toured three of the city’s neighborhoods and spoke with the people trying to recover and build on those neighborhood’s strengths. 

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Editor’s note: This story originally incorrectly stated that Marc Lee Shannon is the former guitarist for Michael Stanley. Shannon is still with the band  

A few city blocks in east Akron are coming back to life with the help of musicians. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz walked Kenmore Boulevard to hear how the community is rebuilding a music district.  

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A new coloring book features public spaces in one Akron neighborhood. It’s a mural project called the Kenmore Imagineer and residents hope it will add a splash of color to Kenmore Boulevard.

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Akron’s first financial empowerment center is due to open in February.

United Way of Summit County, the City of Akron and Huntington Bank are partnering to create the center, which will be in Kenmore.

Adrienne Bradley is the director of Financial Empowerment of United Way of Summit County. She says there’s a high need for financial assistance in Kenmore.

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Three Akron neighborhoods are each getting $240,000 grants to develop ideas to attract business and residents.

Kenmore, Middlebury and North Hill were all identified earlier this year as areas that could be primed to grow with just a small push to get the housing and job markets moving again.

To do that, the grants from the Knight Foundation aim to give neighborhood development groups the resources to hire staff and explore civic engagement.