Published: 17th Sep 2015

In Cleveland, Ohio more than a third of people live below the poverty line. Lee Chilcote discovers how the upcycling movement is becoming a force for reinvention – benefitting the environment, boosting the local economy and helping people to ‘reclaim their discarded neighborhoods’ When David Van Horn’s mom first told him about the Upcycle Parts Shop in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood of Cleveland, they both thought it was a motorcycle shop. That’s the kind of business that’s common in this low-income neighborhood on the city’s east side. Yet when Van Horn learned that it was actually a craft store for salvaged materials, he got excited. ‘I found out they were hiring and it seemed like the perfect job,’ says Van Horn, a 27-year-old who has lived in the neighborhood his whole life. ‘I wanted to do something to get more involved. I heard about upcycling, crafting, and their vision … (To read the full article, subscribe below)