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Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood Guide

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With a view of Lake Erie beyond the West Shoreway, the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood is rich in cultural amenities and unique architecture. It's located minutes from Downtown Cleveland Ohio, bordered by Lake Erie and Edgewater Park to the north, Interstate 90 to the south, W. 85th Street to the west and West 45th and W. 52nd Street to the east.

Detroit Avenue's bustling streetcar line drew immigrants to the neighborhood in the late 19th and early 20th-centuries; today, business is booming again on Detroit Avenue. Theaters, restaurants, taverns and boutiques now occupy some of the area's beautiful, historic buildings. The eclectic, edgy vibe of Detroit Shoreway has attracted many young families, artists, musicians and professionals.

The neighborhood is easily accessed by Route 2 (Shoreway), I-90 or public transportation via RTA Rapid Transit at West 65th & Lorain or bus routes along Detroit (325) and Lorain Avenues (22).


Originally part of Brooklyn Township, Detroit Shoreway was annexed by the city of Cleveland between 1854 and 1894. The north end of the neighborhood developed with shipping along the lake and industry around the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad.

Two well-known industries located in the neighborhood were Westinghouse, with its tall warehouse still visible from the Shoreway, and Union Carbide, which later turned into Energizer Battery. The Union Carbide site is now being redeveloped into a large scale housing development. In 2004, the neighborhood became home to the first green-certified transit station in the country, located at West 65th St. and Lorain Ave.

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Housing in Detroit Shoreway ranges from single-family homes and two-family homes, to multi-family apartment buildings, to the mansions that line Franklin Boulevard. There are also newer homes and townhomes like Tillman Park that offer fabulous views of Lake Erie, as well as many modern amenities.

Detroit Shoreway is the home of EcoVillage, an area of the neighborhood with environmentally-sensitive new construction and rehabbed housing that has served as a model for green building throughout the United States. Also located in Detroit Shoreway north of Gordan Square is Battery Park, a condo and rental community just south of Edgewater Park.

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Detroit Shoreway has seen a tremendous amount of revitalization in recent years due to its historic housing stock, the unique Gordon Square Arts District, and its close proximity to Lake Erie, Edgewater Park, the West Side Market and Downtown.

The commercial district of Detroit Shoreway is centrally located at Detroit Avenue and W. 65th St. This corner is one of the last remaining neighborhood commercial districts with its historic buildings still intact on all four corners. The area is being redeveloped as the Gordon Square Arts District, centered on the investments of Cleveland Public Theatre, a mainstay in the neighborhood. Near West Theatre and the Capitol Movie Theatre also call Gordon Square home, along with a number of art galleries.The long-term goal of this district is to cluster cultural groups together in order to drive neighborhood revitalization.

A diverse group of shops cluster along Lorain Avenue, including Cleveland’s own antique district. Other businesses, such as restaurants and pubs, also exist along Detroit and Lorain Avenues. Finally, the neighborhood contains many historic commercial buildings. One example is the Romanian Press building, located at W. 55th and Detroit Ave., the first Romanian newspaper in Cleveland.

Other points of interest in Detroit Shoreway include Edgewater Park, which offers stunning views of Downtown as well as a beach and Lake Erie access; Zone Recreation Center at West 65 Street and Lorain Avenue; and the Antique District along Lorain Avenue. Watterson-Lake Elementary School, located at W. 74th and Detroit, is a registered national landmark.

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