Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood, bounded roughly by Lake Erie to the north and E 131th and E 185th Streets to the east and west, became part of the city in 1910. The sprawling region attracted numerous immigrant communities during the early and mid-20th century, drawn by the work to be found in the railroad yards and manufacturing plants there. Among these were Italians, Slovenians, Polish, Croatians, and people of the Appalachian region. Since the 1960s, a sizable African-American community has developed.
Collinwood is divided into pockets of residential communities, dubbed North Collinwood, South Collinwood, and Euclid/Green.
The most notable incident in Collinwood history is the school fire of 1908, where 172 children and three others were killed. The tragedy led to major school safety reforms around the United States.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Collinwood has 45,320 residents. A majority (76%) are of African-American descent. The median household income is $27,286.
Collinwood is known for the summer E 185th Street festival and the Waterloo Art Festival, held each June.
Residents of Collinwood are part of the Cleveland Municipal School District. Collinwood is also home to the Catholic Villa St. Angela/St. Joseph's High School on Lakeshore Boulevard.
Among the notable residents, past and present, of Collinwood are Grammy-winning accordion player, Frankie Yankovic.
Collinwood in Popular Culture:
Collinwood was the setting for the 2002 movie "Welcome to Collinwood" with George Clooney and William H. Macy. Some of the scenes were filmed in the neighborhood.