Lee-Harvard: The Suburb in the City Initiative

In collaboration with Councilman Terrell Pruitt, the Harvard Community Services Center and Cleveland State University's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, the Cleveland Restoration Society presented two discussions that explored the cultural heritage of the Lee-Harvard area in Ward 1. We use "Lee-Harvard" to refer to the larger neighborhood which also encompasses Lee-Seville and the "Village" (formerly the Village of Miles Heights).



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Many of today's African-American leaders, both in Cleveland and beyond, came up in Cleveland's Ward 1. The neighborhood offers a positive story of success despite obstacles. The predecessor Village of Miles Heights was racially integrated in the 1920s, and elected the first African-American mayor in the State of Ohio in 1929. The larger Lee- Harvard community established many of the first citizen's councils and neighborhood associations in the region, and residents are still known for their strong community involvement and activism.


  • Ward 1 in 1932Lee-Harvard's African American Heritage: 1925-1975

    Lecture 1

  • Aerial View of Lee-Harvard Developing SuburbCleveland's Suburb in the City: The Development and Growth of Lee-Harvard

    Lecture 2

  • Great MigrationThe Village of Miles Heights

  • Seville Homes

  • Zoning Controversies and Home-building in Lee-Seville

  • Lee-Harvard

  • arthurCommunity Activism



The history of this unique area is now being written - and you can participate in its scripting! Be part of our collaborative effort to tell the stories of the greater Lee-Harvard neighborhood - its people, its institutions and its remarkable heritage.