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About this Shaker Square website

This is an independent site for Cleveland's Shaker Square.

It is not affiliated with the owner of the Square or any organization. I've maintained it since 2004, pro-bono, no ads, no sponsors.

Our start

In February 2004 Key Bank, which had helped finance the Square's 1999-2000 purchase and renovation, took it back from the new owners who could not meet their financial obligations. At a Saturday public meeting that filled a theater on the Square, mayor Jane Campbell spoke. Knowing that the Square had no web presence, before going to the meeting I registered shakersquare.net

The early years

With the help of the merchants and restaurant owners, within weeks this website had a page for each store and restaurant, plus pages on how to get here and park. Nearly three years passed before the Coral Company's site for the Square went online. By then we had added community and history pages and had more than 100 pages. Other sites linked to it and it ranked #1 on a Shaker Square search. It welcomed more than 10,000 visitors a month.

The middle years

With the Coral Company's website listing all the businesses on the Square and the websites of those business showing details such as menus and hours, we gradually reduced our pages on each business and then deleted them. Our community and history pages grew.

Later years

With the Coral Company and SHAD.org promoting events, this site now focused on history, community links, and support of community initiatives.

Current status (as of May 2022)

Early in 2020, to assist in the efforts to save Shaker Square from foreclosure, we created www.FriendsofShakerSquare.org.

Now that bill 1038-2021 has passed, we hope to help share news of the work to repair, re-envision and rebuild Shaker Square.  

Thanks for visiting these pages. See you on the Square.

Arnie Berger   May 7, 2022

  About the Webkeeper

Arnold Berger has lived in a condominium near the Square since 1992. 'Arnie' previously lived downtown and before in the Onaway School neighborhood of Shaker Heights. An Industrial Engineer, he worked at Lincoln Electric, earned a PhD at Case, taught at Case, Pitt and CSU, and owned a company that developed applications for law firms and the Cleveland Foundation. In 2016 Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson recognized his community service as webkeeper for Shaker Square. (See proclamation.)

 
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