Friday, November 13, 2015

Downtown Christmas History Walk



Explore the rich cultural history of Akron's holidays past with discussions of downtown retailers and Christmas attractions from the past 100 years. 

What: Downtown Christmas History Walk
Led by: Joanna Wilson in partnership with Lock 3 window designer Jeanne Jordan
Date:  Saturday Dec. 12th, 2015
Time: 4-6pm
Meeting location: Lock 3 Park
Accessibility: strollers welcomed, kid friendly, busy sidewalks
Parking: free parking (on Saturdays) is available in the city deck adjacent to Lock 3.
After-party: Jingle Bell Bash (more information here, $10 donation to support Ronald McDonald House of Akron). This party is independent of the walk and book signing but highly recommended for walk goers.

Route:
  • Lock 3
  • Cascade Plaza 
  •  Corner of Market and Main  
  • First Merit Building 
  •  Polsky's windows  
  •  Mayflower windows-Journey to Bethlehem 
  •  O'Neil's windows 
  •  Trolley ride to Cornerstone Church in Portage Lakes. Trolley is limited to 60 riders. REGISTER HERE FOR THE TROLLEY.  
  •  Lock 3 
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THE TROLLEY RIDE FROM DOWNTOWN TO PORTAGE LAKES. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THE WALK, ONLY THE TROLLEY RIDE.  Those who don't ride the trolley are encouraged to drive their own vehicles and meet the group at Cornerstone Church (578 Killian Rd. Akron OH). 

 A note from the organizer, Joanna Wilson:

 I recently completed the research on Akron's Christmas history (and wrote the book THE STORY OF ARCHIE THE TALKING SNOWMAN.) The walk is also to bring awareness to the current Christmas traditions going on downtown.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Talk, Text, Vote Akron




Akron2Akron is all about bringing the community together, that's why we invite you to join us in a conversation about our city's future and voting via text message.

It's easy!

Before November 3rd, gather 3-4 people and text AKRON to 89800.

Talk with  your group using the text-enabled questions.

Vote and be a part of the change!

Why?
Our city needs your participation. Young people can play a key role creating solutions we need. Let's talk about voter and community engagement and share our thoughts on the issues that are most important for our city- all through text-based dialogue. Akron's future depends on us. Yet many of us choose not to vote in the elections that will shape our city's future. Some people think that their vote won't matter and others haven't found meaningful ways to engage. How can we make it so that everyone's voice counts and everyone can share their ideas for Akron's future? Let's hear from you! 

Watch the video posted above to see how simple it is. You can do this with friends, colleagues, civic groups - anyone! Just as long as you text, talk, and vote!


Follow the conversation #TextTalkVote

Friday, October 16, 2015

West Akron / Copley Road Tour




What: West Akron / Copley Road Walking Tour
Led by: Eric Fletcher, Young Black Professionals Coalition
Jason Segedy, AMATS
Russel Neal, Ward 4 City Councilman

Date: October 31, 2015

Time: 11:30-1:30

11:30 pancakes at Buchtel CLC's Pancake Day.
We encourage you to support the neighborhood by attending the breakfast at 11:30. Bring $6 in cash.

If you don't want to join us for pancakes just meet us outside of Buchtel at 12:30 for the walking portion. Proceeds of Pancake Day support the seniors at Buchtel.

Meeting location: Buchtel High School. 1040 Copley Road

Parking: Buchtel High School, street parking on Glendora Avenue

Accessibility: bike friendly, strollers welcomed, pets welcomed, busy sidewalks, busy roads
After-party: Lounge 77. 1438 Copley Road.

Route:
Buchtel High School
Residential streets Peckham to Dorchester
Walk down Dorchester to Orrin - explore residential neighborhoods, hear from residents
Walk down Orrin to Crestview - explore residential neighborhoods, hear from residents
Walk down Crestview to Copley - explore history and local businesses.
Walk down Copley to Lounge 77


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Reimagining Downtown Akron with Dan Horrigan

photo: shane wynn via akronstock.com

In recent times, downtown Akron has seen a rebirth. To write the next chapter for downtown, we'll need diverse voices and broad collaboration to generate ideas and a long-term plan. Take a walk with with mayoral candidate Dan Horrigan  through downtown Akron. This walk will focus on the innerbelt project ideas for a vibrant downtown.

What: Reimagining Downtown Akron Walking Tour
Led by: Dan Horrigan
Date: October 13, 2015
Time: 5:30-6:30
Meeting location: United Building (Corner of West Market and Main) 1 S. Main Street Akron, 44308
Parking: Market/High St. parking deck, across from the Akron Art Museum. The deck is free after 6pm.
Theme: civic engagement
Accessibility: bike friendly, strollers welcomed, pets welcomed, busy sidewalks

Route:
Untied Building (West Market/Main)
Historic N. Howard Street
Towpath Trail into downtown
Towpath Innerbelt Pedestrian Bridge
Akron Civic Theater/Lock 3 Park
Lockview

A note from the tour organizer: 
Our downtown serves as Akron's principal employment center, and hub for arts and culture. In recent years, public and private investment have resulted in significant improvements. These improvements have become a magnet for families and businesses alike. It's time, however, to write the next chapter in the history of downtown Akron. To do that, I believe we'll need new ideas from a broad array of voices. If Akron is to remain one of the best cities in the Midwest, we need a vibrant city core. 

This is an independently organized walk. Click here to create your own walk! 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Recap: Spacewalk 2015

Photo of Dominic Falcione by Shane Wynn

Launch League and Downtown Akron Partnership led a tour of vacant and available spaces downtown Akron on September 19. Guests dressed up in their favorite space themed costume and the tour wrapped up with a fantastic after party at PNC Tower with DJ Roger Riddle.

If you missed the tour and would like information about space for rent downtown, contact the Downtown Akron Partnership.

Click here to view photos from Shane Wynn and The Akronist. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Create a Walk is LIVE!


Akron2Akron started off as a very simple idea in the winter of 2014 by a group of Akronites. Our goal was to recruit people who are passionate about where they live and ask that they show us around their neighborhood by taking a walking tour. We invited the public to join us to become tourists in their own hometown. We learned about history, discovered new things, celebrated the great assets, and had meaningful discussions about ways to improve neighborhoods and better utilize space. Since then, we've met hundreds of incredible people and receive requests on a regular basis from passionate people to lead tours of their neighborhoods.

 In fact, we received such positive feedback from the community we were backed up with requests for walking tours. This is a GREAT problem to have. Realistically, our team could only manage one tour a month (this isn't our full-time gig, we just really love Akron). But we didn't allow our limitations to stop us from dreaming big. What if we could have several tours a month, or better yet, every weekend?!

Thankfully,with generous funding from the Summit County Public Health, we're one step closer to achieving that vision of encouraging residents to lead neighborhood walks throughout the year. Akron2Akron has always been a citizen-led initiative, but now, anyone can submit an idea to lead a walk with our Create a Walk feature. You don't have to wait for our calendar to open up. It's simple, easy and exciting. We'll review your idea and if approved, will help rally our troops to get as many Akronites out to your walk as possible. We do this through heavy social media support, a feature on our website, and a listing in our upcoming tour page as an independently organized walk. That just means it's not part of Akron2Akron regularly scheduled monthly walks.

Don't want to lead a walk but have an idea for a tour? You can also suggest a walk to us too!

Before we sign off, we want to recognize Leadership Akron for being our fiscal sponsor for this project and Coffee and Code for helping us revamp our website and develop the much needed Create a Walk component to our initiative.  We're lucky to have them as partners. Lastly, a blimp-sized thank you to those individuals who continue to join us on walks month after month.

Now enough talk and let's get to walking!

- Dina & the Akron2Akron team

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Spacewalk: Tour vacant buildings in downtown Akron with Launch League and Downtown Akron Partnership



What: Spacewalk 2015. Explore vacant spaces in downtown Akron
Led by: Launch League and Downtown Akron Partnership
Starting location: OSC Tech Lab; 12 East Exchange Street
Date: September 19, 2015
Time: 4-6pm
Reception: 6pm (Big news from Launch League at 7pm)
Theme: Dress up as your favorite Space Character!
Accessibility: bike friendly, strollers welcomed
Parking: Street Parking near 12 East Exchange St.


Route:

OSC Tech Lab
Evans Building
Law Building
Delaware Building
Malone Building
PNC Tower

Registration is required for this tour. Register here. 

RECAP: Downtown Akron Tour with David Giffels

photo via Zipper City Photography


Thanks to Zipper City Photography for these beautiful photos and recap of our downtown Akron tour with David Giffels. Read the recap here.

RECAP: Highland Square Tour




Thanks to Shane Wynn and The Akronist for these beautiful photos of our Highland Square tour on Saturday, August 22, 2015 led by Anita Marron and Katie Carver Reed from the Highland Square Neighborhood Association.

Click here to see more photos. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Highland Square Tour

photo via akronstock.com / Shane Wynn



What: Highland Square Tour
When: Saturday, August 22,2015
Led by: Katie Carver Reed and Anita Marron from the Highland Square Neighborhood Association
Start time: 1:00 PM
End time: 2:30 PM
Meeting and end location: Frank's Place 549 W Market St, Akron, OH 44303
Walk accessibility: bike friendly, strollers welcomed, pets welcomed, kid friendly
Parking: Frank's Place and Rockne's Parking Lots (Off Market Street)

This walk will highlight the lesser known areas of the Highland Square neighborhood and the popular business district. The walk will incorporate neighborhood history with information about future neighborhood developments and projects.

Route:
Frank's Place on Market
Temple Israel/ Akron Digital Academy
The Merriman
Blue Sky Ceramic Arts
Dr. Bob's House
Statue on Portage Path
Highland Square Business District
Amer's Gas Station


A note from the leaders: 
We are passionate about Highland Square and are proud residents of the neighborhood. We are excited to highlight the lesser known gems and interesting history of our neighborhood, as well as highlighting the new businesses and development currently happening.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Akron2Copley: Copley Revisited Tour


What: Copley Revisited Walking Tour
Led by: Copley Circle Advisory Board Members supported by the Copley Historical Society
When: Saturday, August 1, 2015
Time: Tour starts at 1:30 pm
Starting location: Copley Circle Gazebo at the intersection of Cleveland-Massillon Road and Copley Road
Parking: Parking is available behind the Copley United Methodist Church at 1518 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd and the back parking lot behind Copley-Fairlawn Middle School on Schoolcraft Road with shuttle service to the Copley Circle Gazebo.
End Time: Walking tour ends at 2:30 pm Post-tour reception and conversation: Copley Circle Gazebo

Details: Copley Revisited Walking Tour of the Copley Circle neighborhood will begin at 1:30 pm at the charming Copley Circle Gazebo located directly at the intersection of Cleveland Massillon Road and Copley Road.Red balloons will identify the tour group at the Gazebo. (Just south of Copley Circle parking is available at the Methodist Church or on Schoolcraft Road in the lot behind Copley Fairlawn Middle School; a shuttle service will run to the Gazebo from both lots).

In honor of Heritage Day, the tour will feature the under-appreciated historical significance of the Circle and Township along Cleveland Massillon Road and Copley Road, and then introduce you to many of the small businesses of Copley. Along the way, we will consider some of the opportunities and challenges faced by the Copley Circle neighborhood. The tour will wrap up at 2:30 pm returning to the Gazebo, in time for the Hula Hoop Contest part of the Heritage Day Celebration. A post-tour reception will be held at the Circle. The tour will be led by Copley Residents, members of the Copley Circle Advisory Board supported by the rich resources of the Copley Historical Society.

This walk is independently organized and is not part of Akron2Akron's regularly scheduled monthly walking tours. Are you interested in creating your own walk? Let us know! 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Recap of West Hill Tour

Photo: Shane Wynn


Kyle Julien and Karen Starr led the West Hill tour on June 27. Check out the photo essay from The Akronist and local photographer and Akron2Akron advocate, Shane Wynn.

View photo recap here

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Trapped in a World That They Never Made: a David Giffels and Akron2Akron tour



What: Downtown Akron walking tour
Led by: David Giffels 
When: Saturday, July 25, 2015
Time: 3-4pm
Meeting location: Cascade Plaza
Post-tour reception:The Lockview

July’s Akron2Akron walking tour will feature Akron’s own David Giffels as the neighborhood champion.  This tour will highlight landmarks and key moments in Akron’s history that Giffels featured in his book,  The Hard Way on Purpose.  The tour will begin at 3:00 pm and wrap up around 4:00 pm at The Lockview for light appetizers. Registration is only required if you plan on attending the post-tour reception at The Lockview. 
David Giffels 


Trapped in a World That They Never Made: a David Giffels and Akron2Akron tour of downtown Akron
  • Chapter One: The Night The Clash Came to Akron
    • Akron Civic Theater and Lock 4 
  • Chapter Two: Trapped in a World That They Never Made
    • Canal Park 
  • Chapter Three: Apartment X
    • The Diamond Deli 
  • Chapter Four: The Factory 
    • Goodrich Complex 
  • Chapter Five: The Lost Corner
    • 22 Exchange
  • Chapter Six: The Taj Mahal
    • Canal Park
  • Chapter Seven: The Adult Bookstore
    • The Lockview 


This walking portion of this tour is kid and pet friendly. No pets at The Lockview, please.
Registration for the post-tour reception at The Lockview is required. Please register here.

Read Akron2Akron's FAQ here.

Thank you to the Knight Foundation for sponsoring this event. #KnightCities

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

West Hill Tour: June 27, 2015

Photo courtesy of West Hill Neighborhood Organization 


Join us for the next Akron2Akron walking tour!

What: Akron2Akron West Hill Walking Tour
Led by: Karen Starr, co-owner of Hazel Tree Interiors, and Kyle Julien, who works in neighborhood planning and community development.
When: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Time: Tour starts at 1:30 pm
Starting location: 88 Oakdale Avenue (south of Crosby)
Parking: Use on-street parking or the church lot on Crosby, just east of Oakdale
End time: Walking tour ends at 3:00
Post-tour reception & conversation: Hazel Tree Interiors  143 West Market Street, Akron 44303


Details:
Akron2Akron's tour of the West Hill neighborhood will begin at 1:30 pm in a brand new neighborhood gem, the pocket park at 88 Oakdale Avenue (just south of Crosby; use on-street parking or the church lot on Crosby just east of Oakdale). The tour will feature the under-appreciated historic residential district along Oakdale, and then introduce you to many of the small businesses of West Hill.

Along the way, we will consider some of the opportunities and challenges faced by the West Hill neighborhood. The tour will wrap up at 3 pm at the Glendale Steps, in time to witness the unveiling of the Glendale Steps Murals, a project of the Lock 3 Summer Arts Experience. A post-tour reception with light refreshments will be held at Hazel Tree Interiors (on West Market at Walnut, about a half mile from our starting point).

The tour will be led by two West Hill residents, Karen Starr, co-owner of Hazel Tree Interiors, and Kyle Julien, who works in neighborhood planning and community development. Jane Startzman of West Hill Neighborhood Organization and Ward 1 Councilman Rich Swirsky will provide opening remarks.

Registration is not required for this tour.
This tour is kid friendly. Pets are welcome during the walking portion only. No pets at Hazel Tree, please.
Have a question? Visit our FAQ page.  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Welcome!



Welcome to our new space! Please excuse the dust as we continue to enhance Akron2Akron.

Akron2Akron started off as a very simple idea in the winter of 2014 by a group of Akronites. Our goal was to recruit people who are passionate about where they live and ask that they show us around their neighborhood by taking a walking tour. We invited the public to join us to become tourists in their own hometown. We learned about history, discovered new things, celebrated the great assets, and had meaningful discussions about ways to improve neighborhoods and better utilize space. Since then, we've met hundreds of incredible people and receive requests on a regular basis from passionate people to lead tours of their neighborhoods.

Over the next few months you will notice a shift in both the aesthetics of this page as well as in the way Akron2Akron operates. We will continue to host our monthly tours but our goal is for this be a citizen-run initiative. We want those who are passionate about where they live to be empowered to lead a tour at any time, even if our official calendar is booked with a tour for the month. We hope to be able to provide you with a toolkit and promotional support to arrange and lead your own tour, however you chose to.

For now, we hope that you continue to visit this space as well as our social media pages for updates.

Thank you for all of your support of Akron neighborhoods!

Akron2Akron Team