Collinwood's exploding art district

Artists participate in project on Waterloo and E. 156th St in January.
Artists participate in project on Waterloo and E. 156th St in January.

Legendary tough guy, Danny Green ruled the streets of Collinwood back in the 1970s.  His home was bombed as the Mafia tried to kill him.

Fast forward to 2014, there is a different kind of explosion going on in the Cleveland neighborhood.

Art galleries, music venues and a hip scene is starting to grow, mixing with long established sausage shops and other ethnic attractions.

Collinwood is much more than polka music these days.

Vibrant, despite a multi-million dollar street overhaul.

"The idea is that things are going to be so cool and so awesome that you've come out regardless of how many orange barrels we have out there, said Brian Friedman of Northeast Shores.

The movement has attracted more than a million dollars in grants, loans and artist support programs.  But it is more than the art.  Home ownership opportunities allow artists to get into a home for as low as $6500.  Properties that go abandoned now have new life.

"I call it satellite because it is a satellite gallery of my main gallery, which is in Ohio City," said Loren Naji.

Recently, 38 local artists contributed to a unique installation.  It is called Moon 3 at the intersection of East 165th and Waterloo, now known as Collinwood's Town Square; a launch pad for Collinwood's revitalization.

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