By CAROLINE ROLF June 28, 2016 The Plaid Zebra
When race riots broke out across America in the 1960s, they resulted in disturbing violence and devastating loss of life and property. In Cleveland, Ohio, these riots aggravated the job losses and hardships due to the shrinking of its once powerful industrial sector. It wasn’t until the late 1990s that the city began to rebuild. Driving through the neighbourhood of Hough today, you can still see some of the 100-plus-year-old homes crumbling and vacant—an eerie reminder of the past. But when Jean Loria drives along the streets, she sees Cleveland’s future.
Situated behind a neighbourhood vineyard is the world’s first biocellar. In 2006, Loria created the term to describe the finished product of a torn down abandoned home with a reinforced basement and a covered, slanted greenhouse-inspired roof that becomes a perfect environment for indoor crop production. This is only the beginning of the city’s urban renewal, as entrepreneurs and “urban pioneers” are moving into previously abandoned properties.