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Applause and The Sound of Applause

The Return of the Flats

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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We venture into the Flats of Cleveland. At one time it was the industrial hub of the City, and later, the place for nightlife and entertainment. In the 90s that all came to an end, but now, thanks to a $2 billion shot in the arm from the public and private sectors, some say the Flats are back.

On a recent radio broadcast of the Sound of Applause on 90.3 WCPN, we decided to look into the resurgence of the area by setting up our microphones and cameras at a new restaurant called Merwin’s Wharf, located on prime real estate on the east bank of the Cuyahoga River. The restaurant is owned not by a celebrity chef, but by the Cleveland Metroparks. The Executive Director of the Metroparks, Brian Zimmerman, talks about getting into the restaurant business and expanding their services into the community.

And for insight into the future of the Flats, we venture into its past with historian John Grabowski.

Ten years before her grandmother passed away, Columbus-based photographer Jenny Fine began taking pictures of her. While there was no replacing the loss, Jenny found comfort from a stand-in.


Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks
John Grabowski, Western Reserve Historical Society
Jenny Fine, Photographer

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Cleveland Metroparks
Western Reserve Historical Society
Jenny Fine, Photographer


Arts and Culture, History, Natural History, Photography

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Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

ideastream Arts Funding

Production of arts and culture programming on ideastream is made possible by grants from:


By residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Cleveland Foundation; The Dominion Foundation; Eaton; The George Gund Foundation; The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation; The Kulas Foundation; The John P. Murphy Foundation; Stroud Family Exempt Trust; The Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation; and The Nord Family Foundation.


The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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Applause is an Emmy award-winning locally produced TV show that celebrates artists and cultural groups around Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

The Sound of Applause, ideastream’s weekday radio magazine, celebrates the visual and performing arts, explores cultural trends, and examines current events through an artistic lens.

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Dee Perry image courtesy Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer