On 01 May by Goodyear Heights in , , , , , , ,    No comments
Want to get some exercise and learn about Goodyear Heights? We’ll be leading walks around historic Goodyear Heights on Saturday, May 5th, as part of the Jane’s Walk Program, founded to honor legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs.  We are featuring two walks, one at 10:am and another at 1:00pm; there are two routes to choose from: one is slightly flatter, wheelchair accessible and easier for older adults; the other travels uphill and is slightly more challenging. Both walks will discuss the history of the neighborhood, how it was designed, the various house styles and stories about the neighborhood.

Walks will start at Malasia Park, at the corner of Malasia Rd. and Emerson St., and will take approximately an hour. Refreshments will be served at the Gazebo Park after each of the walks and will be provided by R.I.G.H.T. Dogs are permitted on both routes.

If you want to have breakfast before the 10am walk, we highly recommend Julian’s on Pioneer!


On 08 April by Goodyear Heights in , , ,    No comments
Under the direction of local artist Mac Love, Goodyear Heights residents came to Reservoir Park on April 7th and 8th to decorate some murals that will be installed in the park when the weather breaks. It was chilly—just in the upper 30s—but organizers were able to move some of the work inside to accommodate the cold temperatures.

The project was directed by Love and @PLAYAkron, a Knight Cities project that is working to create interactive art projects in every Akron neighborhood.

If you notice a lot of water in the painted works—it’s no accident. Organizers developed the theme of “Akron’s Water” for Reservoir Park because it plays such an important and historic role in the city’s development. After many years of pulling water out of Manning’s Pond, Summit Lake and old wells on Sherbondy Hill, the city fathers—led by the head of the Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor and the Engineering Department, decided to build a brand-new water system in 1912. The new city reservoir would be built at the top of Goodyear Heights, with the water pumped in from the Upper Cuyahoga River watershed. The main plant was built in Kent at Lake Rockwell, and the lined passed southwest, through Tallmadge and then through the heart of Goodyear Heights.

One of Akron's new City Water Mains being installed in Goodyear Heights.
Thanks to the work of our kids and adults, all of Akron gets to share this story as we enhance the look of Reservoir Park through these colorful and exciting murals. Additional painting work will be done by local artists as the weather improves. Thanks to all who came to help!


On 07 April by Goodyear Heights in , , ,    No comments
We know it’s been cold…but now is the time to Think Spring! The RIGHT Committee is now collecting Pre-Orders for our Annual Plant Sale. The pre-orders must be in by April 24. We will also offer a limited number of flats, hanging baskets and individual flowers and vegetables on a first-come-first serve basis. The on-site sale will be held on Saturday May 9th, from 9 to 1 pm at the Good Neighbors Food Pantry, located at 1453 Goodyear Blvd. We'd love to see you!

Keep in mind that his is the only fundraiser that we host, and the monies are used to cover a variety of items that many of our grants will not cover (such as food for volunteers). For more information, or to have an Order Form emailed to you, contact Mike Herhold at 330-784-4012, or mikeherho@aol.com
On 21 March by Goodyear Heights in , ,    No comments
Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held again at Reservoir Park on Saturday, March 31 at NOON, so be sure to plan ahead so you can be there! If you received the RIGHT Newsletter, note that the original date printed there was incorrect (we had to move the date forward a week, and it was already at the printer). Please bring your children, along with their Easter basket, bucket of bag so they can have a great time collecting eggs!
On 20 March by Goodyear Heights in , , ,    No comments
METRO WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU…
If you use public transportation or know someone that does, you will want to attend one of Metro’s Public Outreach Meetings this spring. The transit authority will be re-organizing its bus routes, and they need you input. Most meetings include a formal presentation and a chance for you to air your views. Open houses will be held at the Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center (downtown AT 613 s. Broadway) – here are the dates:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28  8AM – 4PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 29  6:30AM – 4PM
WEDNESDAY APRIL 4  12PM – 10PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 14  9:30AM – 1PM


AKRON PUBLIC SCHOOLS JOB FAIR
THURSDAY, MARCH 29  9AM-2PM

Akron Public Schools has positions open for  paraprofessionals (full time and substitute educational assistants), office support staff, and Librarian resource center technicians. For employment consideration, pre-apply at this link before attending the fair:  http://applitrack.com/akron/onlineapp/
JOB FAIR LOCATION
Conrad C. Ott Staff Development Center
65 Steiner Ave. – Akron, OH



On 05 March by Goodyear Heights in , , , ,    No comments
While we have been happy that the vast majority of Goodyear Heights residents have responded positively to the effort to have the neighborhood designated as a National Register Historic District, we still come across folks who did not attend one of last year’s series of RIGHT Committee meetings where we explained the project and what it could mean for the neighborhood. For those who missed the meetings, or who do not understand our goals, we would suggest reading this post: “SUPPORT OUR EFFORT” – which provides the basic facts about what designation means—and DOES NOT mean.

We want to clear up any misconceptions that people may have, especially for those who are worried that designation forces you to make improvements to your property. Nothing could be further from the truth; in fact, we chose the approach of National Register designation specifically because it would not add any extra financial burden on homeowners.

That said, we will be providing a wide range of education and informational resources to residents who do want to preserve and restore the historic character of their home and that of the neighborhood. We’ll be offering workshops, booklets, advice and many other resources to encourage our residents to preserve and enhance their home’s value. At some point in the future, we’d also like to work with public and non-profit foundations to offer some additional assistance—like grants and loans for repair and restoration. For additional facts about our effort, you can download a Q&A HERE.
On 21 January by Goodyear Heights in , , , ,    No comments
The more walkable your neighborhood, the more valuable your home, studies say. To boost your neighborhood’s walkability — which translates into how easily you can walk to stores, schools, restaurants, places of employment and parks — you can either get more close-by amenities, or make it easier to walk to what already exists.

For those who have lived in Goodyear Heights for many years, it’s clear that a lot of the neighborhood conveniences do not exist like they used to—grocery stores being a prime example. But making the most of what we have and encouraging future development on a small, neighborhood scale can go a long way towards enhancing walkability.

How much is that walkability worth?
Having shops and gathering spots like schools and restaurants located within a quarter-mile to one-mile from the homes in your neighborhood can add from $4,000 to $34,000 to home values, according to “Walking the Walk,” a study from CEOs for Cities, a nonprofit that works to improve cities. The rate of increase usually depended on the size of the city, with higher values in larger cities, and more moderate values in smaller cities.

What are walkable communities?
Dan Burden, founder of Walkable Communities, defines them with his a 12-step checklist, which includes:

•    Great public places for people to to get together and socialize
•    Speed-controlled key streets
•    Pedestrian-centric design
•    A town or neighborhood center with a wide variety of shops and businesses

How do I make my neighborhood more walkable?
To have great walkability, you start with having something worth walking to, such as restaurants, small shops or parks, and a critical mass of people living around those amenities. To make a difference, get your neighbors together and go talk to local officials. Your group can push the planning and zoning board for changes that make your town more walkable, like adjusting zoning to allow limited commercial development where it can do the most good.

Contact groups like the Better Block Foundation, who has organized planning and demonstration projects in North Hill, Middlebury and Kenmore. They are great when it comes to showing residents how they can improve neighborhood commercial areas and make them more pedestrian-friendly. On Twitter, you can connect at @akronbb.

Residents will want to mingle somewhere, too. See how you can support and expand public spaces where you can mix and socialize (think library, park, coffee shop) to increase your neighborhood’s walkability. Goodyear Heights has these amenities available—we just have to make the most of them.

To heighten and improve walkability, it’s critical to make the streets kinder to walkers and keep cars under control. Put these items on your city planning list:

•More and wider sidewalks; bike lanes where practical.
•Lower speed limits; traffic-calming strategies at intersections.

If you’re serious about increasing walkability, gather neighbors and town officials for a walking audit, where the group walks along a particular route and stops periodically to discuss how to improve the walking experience with landscaping, safety improvements, or accessibility improvements. Other things you can do:

•Trim shrubbery that may be blocking the sidewalk in front of your house.
•Pick up trash and litter as you walk along. If you see an eyesore, note it and call the Akron 311 line
•Replace your porch and outdoor lights with LED bulbs and light things up at night. They cost little to use, and it will boost your security and that of the neighborhood.
•Be polite to other drivers and pedestrians when you drive.

And maybe the best walkability tip of all? Just get out and walk.

On 07 November by Goodyear Heights in , , ,    No comments
An original (1914) and well-preserved Goodyear Heights home, this English Cottage-style house features 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. For the most part, the exterior appears little changed from the original (including the windows) and portions of the first floor have been opened-up slightly to allow for a more flowing plan. Original features like a brick fireplace and handsome staircase help this 1,516 sq. ft. house retain much of its early 20th-century charm.

The home features a spacious and shady backyard and a partially finished basement as well, and is right on the bus line. Also includes a detached, single-car garage.

Notes: 1402 Goodyear Blvd. Akron, OH 44305 / 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths; ready to move in.  The home has Central air, gas forced air heat and includes  Dishwasher, Dryer, Range / Oven & Refrigerator. For more details, click HERE.



On 03 November by Goodyear Heights in , , , ,    No comments

East Side Pride was on full display Thursday, November 2, as the East High Dragons defeated the Buchtel Griffins for the 2017 City Series Postseason football title. The win came just two weeks after Buchtel had prevailed in a 15-13 contest—but the Dragons turned the tables and won a memorable championship game, 21-20.

The win game the Dragons their second consecutive title, and was primarily driven by an outstanding defensive effort, which resulted in two scores from that side of the ball. Much of the critical action took place within the last two minutes of the game, as a defensive score by East was matched by a Buchtel touchdown drive. Unfortunately for the Griffins, what would have been the game-tying extra point attempt was missed, thus delivering the victory to the Dragons. What a game!

On 31 October by Goodyear Heights in , , ,    No comments
Looking through the initial results of our survey, it was interesting—though not so surprising—that Goodyear Heights residents would like to see the kind of amenities that are often found in many lively, active neighborhoods. These include things like grocery stores, coffee shops and cafes, farmer’s markets, and other retail outlets. In short, the comments seemed to indicate that people were looking for places to gather and socialize. That’s typical for a healthy neighborhood. Most people prefer to know who their neighbors are, enjoy at least some level of social interaction, and have a feeling of belonging to a “community.” Gathering places like restaurants, coffee shops, taverns, parks and public squares, and retail stores play an important role in bringing people together and shaping that sense of community and identity.

These kinds of businesses are also important in enhancing Goodyear Heights’ attractiveness as a walkable community. The neighborhood was built before the era where everyone had a car—and it was designed to have the most-needed services within easy walking distance. For example, around 1920, the commercial area around Goodyear Boulevard and Pioneer St. included a grocery, butcher shop, sundry store (think of a drug store without the pharmacy), a real estate office, barber shop, and more. Later, as America became infatuated with the automobile, these kinds of retail services became more centralized (think of the old Acme at Six Corners) and as time went on, moved even further out from the central parts of the city—which is why the closest Acme is now in Tallmadge.

Today, more people would like the convenience of a neighborhood grocery; not a huge mega-store, but something more modest that offers a decent selection of basic foods at a reasonable price. For the older members of the audience, think of an old Lawson’s store on steroids. Combined with a weekly Farmer’s Market in a central location for produce and other specialty items, this would be helpful for the neighborhood. If you’ve ever been to the Mustard Seed Market in Highland Square, you can see how a grocery operation of modest size has become a popular neighborhood gathering place. The store itself is not that big at all, but the public gathering spaces and cafĂ© on the second floor has almost become the “neighborhood living room.”

There are a few places to eat and drink in the neighborhood, and a few (like Julian’s) attract some customers from other parts of the city. It would be nice to see more of this, and also have some of these businesses try to build a stronger bond with the surrounding neighborhood areas. It’s also critical that neighborhood residents patronize their local businesses, to ensure they remain healthy and viable. Everyone has a role to play.