Akron

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.

Musicians have certain nightclubs and concert halls where they love to play. Sometimes it’s the look, the feel and the history. But what’s even more essential is the sound. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia finds out more in this week’s “Shuffle.”

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It was a chilly winter day in North Akron, just a few blocks from the Sand Run Metro Park. Out in a straight line, heading just 4 miles southwest from this spot, you could travel through all four of Summit County’s Congressional districts.

Eight projects in Northeast Ohio have won the latest round of state historic preservation tax credits.

Northeast Ohio will claim the biggest chunk of the tax credits, with about $9.8 million newly awarded out of the $28.4 million given out this round.

The state also set aside credits in this round for the Goodyear headquarters building in Akron, Union Trust building on Euclid Avenue and May Company building on Public Square, three local projects that received large allotments of credits over several years.

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Second Chance Village, a tent community for homeless people in Akron, has been threatened with closure by the city. Residents say they'd rather live on the streets than go to a homeless shelter, and now a group of high school students in Akron has created a film about the village and its struggles.

Akron's planning director says is being strategic in planning how to add 50,000 residents by 2050.

Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders made two stops in Ohio over the weekend as part of his "Protecting Working Families Tour" to condemn the GOP tax plan that passed the Senate early Saturday morning.

Former Ohio Sen. Nina Turner addressed a crowd in downtown Akron Saturday night before Bernie Sanders took the stage. That followed another joint appearance in Dayton and a livestream address by Sanders to a crowd in Louisville, Ky.

The owner of a homeless encampment at odds with Akron zoning laws has scrapped plans to try to bring tiny homes to the property.

Two of Ohio’s newly licensed medical marijuana cultivators plan to open facilities in Akron, and several more could be coming to Northeast Ohio as well.

Fifty years ago, when Akron’s first shopping mall opened, it marked a beginning of the migration of retail out of downtown. These days, that mall is struggling and customers may be heading back to Main Street. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia looks at the future of retail in Akron.

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