Glenville, Cleveland

Glenville, Cleveland

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Glenville is a neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio. It is roughly bounded between Rockefeller Park between on the west and Lakeview Road on the east, and by the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway on its the north and Wade Park Avenue to the south.


Until its annexation by the City of Cleveland in 1905, Glenville had been a small village, serving mainly as a resort community to Cleveland's wealthier residents, just beyond the the eastern edge of city limits. From a period beginning shortly after its annexation and into the 1940s, Glenville was predominantly a Jewish neighborhood with a small African American population. Since the 1960's, racial integration saw an accompanying civil unrest in the neighborhood, which reached its climax in the 1968 Glenville Shootout. Like much of the violence associated with civil unrest during the Civil Rights movement in other major US cities, as well as in in the adjacent Hough neighborhood, racial tensions were a catalyst for an ensuing demographic shift. Today, Glenville is predominantly African-American. While having been for over a half century, one of Cleveland's most visible examples of poverty, crime and urban decay, Glenville has in the early 21st century, gained more positive national media attention, particularly in its high school football team, which has rapidly become one of the better known preparatory programs in Ohio as well as the...
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