Changes Coming to Cleveland Neighborhood to Encourage Growth


ASIATOWN, Ohio (WOIO) – Located on the east side of Cleveland is the city’s Asiatown neighborhood, a vibrant community known for its restaurants, businesses and more.

Approximately 2,000 residents live within the borders of Asiatown, positioned along St. Clair and Perkins Avenues as well as I-90 and East 55th Street, encompassed in the Goodrich-Kirtland Park area of ​​the city.

East Asiatown home to dozens of restaurantswith options including but not limited to Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese dishes.

Like many communities across America, the neighborhood is bouncing back from coronavirus-related challenges.

19 News set out in March to find out more about the Cleveland neighborhood once known to many as Chinatown.

Building a Better CLE is a monthly project spotlighting neighborhoods across the city, celebrating the good, highlighting the struggles, and asking the tough questions that lead to solutions.

Our 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts will be broadcast live today from Asia Squarelocated on Payne Avenue near E. 30th Street.

Hear from local leaders and residents all afternoon as 19 News digs deeper into Asiatown.

  • Sheng Long Yu, owner of Japanese Shinto restaurants, Dagu rice noodle restaurants
  • Bin Zheng, owner of Mango Mango, a Hong Kong-style dessert shop, soon to open in Asiatown
  • Johnny Wu, award-winning Cleveland filmmaker and co-founder of the Cleveland Asian Festival
  • Lisa Wong, President of the OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates and co-founder of the Cleveland Asian Festival
  • Emily Muttillo of the Center for Community Solutions
  • Connie Zhang, Owner of LingYun Rising Star Gymnastics Dance School
  • Cleveland Asian Festival Executive Committee Member Wayne Wong
  • Stephanie Howse, Ward 7 Councilor

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