Raised in rough and tumble Mayfield Village, Ohio, I live today in Mill Creek, a development of 220 mostly single-family homes built in the late '90s. Mill Creek is 58 acres sitting on land that once housed the Northern Ohio Lunatic Asylum (seriously, look it up) and in the South Broadway neighborhood Cleveland.
We call our home Casa CadMur -- the first parts of my last name and that of my wife's (Sophie Murad). The community is named for the urban stream, a tributary of the Cuyahoga River, that runs about 150 behind our back door. We love our neighbors, a diverse group of young families, retirees, DINKS, city workers, blue collar, white collar, black, white, straight, and LGB.
Sophie and I live with our Jack Russell terriers, Siegfried From KAOS and Sheba. Sophie's mom had lived with us until 2012, when she died. We miss the love and laughter she brought to our home, along with all her other interesting characteristics.
I developed two blogs in 2009, one devoted to our home and habitat at Mill Creek, and the other dedicated to the life and learning I gained when Mom-In-Law Bandar Murad moved into our home in August 2009.
Mill Creek is 220 single-family homes on 58 acres in Cleveland's South Broadway neighborhood. The development sits on the former site of the Northern Ohio Lunatic Asylum (later named Cleveland State Hospital and, unofficially, "Turney Tech"). The institution was torn down in the 70s. The houses and streets were built in the late 90s and early 00s. The development is named for the 12.2-mile-long Mill Creek that flows just to its northeast.
About the watershed
Mill Creek takes a southerly course through Cleveland's East Side suburbs for its first half, its watershed becoming progressively more urbanized as the creek approaches I-480 and turns north along Broadway Avenue, then takes a sharp turn southward and into the valley to join the lower Cuyahoga River at the border between Cuyahoga Heights and Garfield Heights. From its headwaters in Beachwood and Shaker Heights, with major tributaries joining from Garfield and Maple Heights, to its outflow into the Cuyahoga River, the creek flows through 9 communities. Much of the creek's course weaves under and alongside major roadways and railroad tracks, where it has been largely undervalued as a natural setting, even ignored, except when flooding sends it over its banks.