Browse Interviews 15 total

  • Subject is exactly "Midtown"

Dan Sussen discusses his father's business in the auto parts industry and his role in the creation of Midtown Cleveland Incorporated. He discusses the company surviving the Great Depression, its growth and expansion, and his role as the company's salesmen. Mr. Sussen then focuses on Midtown Cleveland Incorporated. Mr. Sussen describes the reasons…
Subjects: Midtown Oral History

Rose Strauss, owner and operator of ten buildings in Cleveland's Midtown Corridor, discusses her professional life in the area. Ms. Strauss, former president of Leader Electric, decided to go into the real estate business in the early 1980s. She discusses why she decided to get involved in urban real estate, security issues, marketing issues, and…

Laura Hindulak, director of marketing for Pierre's Ice Cream in Cleveland's Midtown Corridor, discusses the history of the company in Cleveland. She discusses the company's creation, its multiple locations within the city, its owners, name changes, and marketing strategies. Other topics include the interior of the factory, the production process,…

George Dixon III, owner and operator of the Lancer Steakhouse, discusses the history of the restaurant and its importance to the African American community of Cleveland. The interview focuses on the history of the restaurant both prior to his ownership and thereafter. Originally called the Hickory Smokehouse, the Lancer Steakhouse was established…

Tom Morgan, President of the Harrington Electric Co., discusses the history and role of the company in Cleveland's Midtown Corridor. Founded in 1907, Harrington Electric Co. has been in Midtown for over one hundred years (as of interview date). The company has primarily performed electrical contracting for buildings in and around the city of…

Frank Porter Jr., of Central Cadillac-Hummer, discusses the history and role of the company in Cleveland's Midtown Corridor. He discusses the company's origins, the changing environment around the company, and its relationship with Midtown Corridor Incorporated. Other topics include the debate over freeway configuration, the impact of the…

Photographer Barney Taxel discusses his role in the development of Cleveland's Midtown Corridor from a public relations perspective. He discusses the formation of Midtown Cleveland (formally Midtown Corridor Incorporated) and his role in developing a better public perception of the area, focusing on his relationship with the public relations firm,…

Barb Emery, Vice President of Human Resources at Applied Industrial Technologies, discusses the history and role of the company in Cleveland's Midtown Corridor. Originally known as Ohio Ball Bearing Company, Applied Industrial Technologies became one the largest industrial distributors in North America. Starting her career with the company in the…

Bruce Higley discusses the Albert M. Higley Co. and its involvement in Cleveland and the city's Midtown Corridor. Over the past eighty two years (as of interview date) the Albert M. Higley Co. has built many of Cleveland's buildings; most notably the Cleveland Coast Guard Station, the Greyhound Bus Station, and the Red Cross Building. The company…

Mark Kotora, member of the Gust Gallucci Co., discusses the company's history and philosophy. An Italian grocery store located in Cleveland's Midtown Corridor, Galluci's began in 1912 as a fruit vending company. Forced out of the downtown area by Cleveland's Gateway Project, the store moved into Midtown in the mid 1990s. Mr. Kotora discusses…

Gary Rand discusses the history of Ohio Knitting Mills (1947-2003) in Cleveland's Midtown Corridor. The Ohio Knitting Mills created and designed garments for both men and women. He discusses the company's customer base, employment levels, pay scales, building upgrades, the production process, and union and labor relations. He discusses the various…

Paul Volpe, President of City Architecture Inc., discusses the company's role in redeveloping Cleveland's Midtown Corridor. Established in 1989, City Architecture's main focus is urban redevelopment within the Northeast Ohio region. Volpe served as the urban architect for the mayoral administrations of George Voinovich and Michael White throughout…

Fr. Phillip Bernier, a Capuchin Franciscan Friar, discusses the history and role of the Church of the Conversion of St. Paul in Cleveland's Midtown Corridor. Located on the corner of East 40th Street and Euclid Avenue, the parish was originally conceived under the auspice of Archbishop Joseph Shrembs in 1930. Fr. Bernier, the pastor to the shrine…

Gordon Priemer, president of Heartland Developers, discusses his company's role in the redevelopment of Cleveland's Midtown Corridor. The company has been involved with the Midtown area on and off for over thirty five years (as of interview date), working to develop and redevelop commercial and residential housing in the Midtown area. He gives key…

Jennifer Coleman, a native Clevelander, works as an architect in the city and is the founder of CityProwl, which provides free audio tours for downtown Cleveland. In this 2006 interview, Coleman, who resides in Euclid Avenue's Midtown district, provides a unique perspective of the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project. She speaks about the…