Journalist and essayist David Giffels has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street JournalGrantland, and Redbook among others. His most recent book is The Hard Way on Purpose, a collection of essays about growing up near Akron and Cleveland, an area he sees as embodying a sense of place, but “a weird, surreal place,” The Rust Belt.

Cities that have lost population are working on ways to turn vacant lots into gardens or parks, which officials say help revitalize neighborhoods and improve stormwater management

Cleveland city officials say a submarine memorial will remain on the shore of Lake Erie.

The Ohio House has approved an education plan for the City of Cleveland giving Mayor Frank Jackson more power over the school district. It also makes major changes for teacher layoffs and recalls by using an evaluation process instead of strict seniority. State representatives are weighing in.