Northeast Shores came into being in 1994, and for more than 20 years now, our small but mighty organization has been working hard to support the vision of North Shore Collinwood residents, workers and supporters.
We’ve brought tens of millions of dollars in investment into making physical improvements here. We’ve helped dozens of independent merchants purchase their own storefront spaces. We’ve moved hundreds of low- and moderate-income households into quality housing options. We’ve made targeted investments into pocket parks, community centers, apartment buildings and huge cultural spaces. And equally importantly, we’ve provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in support to grassroots leaders to make their own space improvements in North Shore Community.
The result has been an increasingly quirky, walkable and creative place where people can see just how a vibrant a community this is, has been and will be in the future.
And it’s all those people – the long-term resident, the brand-new homeowner, the parent that chooses a top-notch North Shore Collinwood school for their child – that are the true force for change in our community. Northeast Shores works tirelessly to support their efforts – funding hundreds of community arts projects; helping convene education providers, merchants and residents; engaging stakeholders in planning activities that are far more than just the typical rubber stamp of approval – planning that gives people real voice in envisioning next steps for their community.
Our organization is incredibly proud of what we and an army of grassroots leaders have been able to accomplish over the past few decades. But now’s not the time to stop. Now’s the time build. Now’s the time to think beyond the tracks of what we’ve gotten done toward what we can do next.
Northeast Shores’ strategic plan is pushing our organization to be even bolder, more imaginative and more aggressive in building out quality of life and economic opportunity with and for our community.
The past few decades might have been amazing ones for North Shore Collinwood. But if we have anything to say about it, the coming years in our neighborhood are going to be even more remarkable.