- Linndale, Ohio
official_name = Linndale, Ohio
settlement_type = Village
mapsize1 = 250px
map_caption1 = Location of Linndale in Cuyahoga County
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 0.2
area_land_km2 = 0.2
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 0.1
area_land_sq_mi = 0.1
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 117
population_density_km2 = 514.6
population_density_sq_mi = 1332.8
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_footnotes = GR|3
elevation_m = 231
elevation_ft = 758
latd = 41 |latm = 26 |lats = 39 |latNS = N
longd = 81 |longm = 46 |longs = 3 |longEW = W
The village of Linndale was initially part of Brooklyn Township. Towards the end of the 19th century,
George Linn, a real-estate developer, sought independent status for the community. In 1902, it was incorporated as a village but in 1904, all but six blocks of Linndale was annexed to Cleveland. When the Cleveland Union Terminal (now the Tower City Center) opened in 1930, the village became the western station where trains changed their steam locomotives for electric engines before entering the city. Over time, the village became a traditional spot for African Americantrain porters who worked at the nearby station.
World War IIyears saw the demise of steam locomotives, making the switchyards obsolete. In 1959, construction on Interstate 71was completed. A heavily traversed section of I-71 roughly bisects the village, which provided ample opportunity for the Linndale police to ticket speeding motorists. People in Cleveland and tourists traveling I-71 know Linndale to be a speed trapsince 80% of the city's budget is derived from traffic violations. [cite news |first=Joe |last=Guillen |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Legislator's bill tries to reduce mayor's courts: Wolpert contends it's wrong to use them as revenue source |url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_action=doc&p_topdoc=1&p_docnum=1&p_sort=YMD_date:D&p_product=NewsBank&p_text_direct-0=document_id=(%201189134FC1C621D0%20)&p_docid=1189134FC1C621D0&p_theme=aggregated5&p_queryname=1189134FC1C621D0&f_openurl=yes&p_nbid=V5EG4EOGMTIxNjg2MDc0NS40MzUyNjU6MToxMjoxOTguMzAuMjI4LjA&&p_multi=CPDB |work=The Plain Dealer |publisher= |date=2007-04-16 |accessdate=2008-07-23 ] These tickets quickly became the major source of revenue for the village. By 1994, enough tickets were being given and enough motorists were complaining that Ohio General Assemblypassed legislation curtailing such traffic enforcement, which legislation affected only Linndale and one other town in the state. However, Linndale eventually won court battles to have the legislation overturned. Although there is virtually no crime outside of the interstate, law enforcement in Linndale is robust. The village has its own court system for handling misdemeanors, a drug dog, and a jailhouse.
In 1975, the Linndale Peace Memorial was dedicated to commemorate veterans and fallen soldiers. It was erected by the sculptor Savo Savich in 1969. The monument consists of a lengthly white wall enscribed with the names of all village residents that served in the armed forces, next to a sculpture of a soldier on a matching white pedestal. The inscription on the pedestal of the sculpture reads, "...Through Knowledge Peace." Linndale's main street was renamed to Avenue of Peace.
The residents of Linndale enjoy a close-knit community with frequent community activities. Linndale reinvests much of its income from traffic tickets into social services for residents. The town provides flu shots, a dumpster for public use, free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a community mobile book library, and many other services. Traditionally, there is an annual Christmas party where each child in the village receives a gift. There are summer clambakes and other village parties, and frequent events honoring Veterans at the town's Peace Memorial.
Linndale is located at coor dms|41|26|39|N|81|46|3|W|city (41.444050, -81.767476)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 117 people, 57 households, and 29 families residing in the village. The population densitywas 1,332.8 people per square mile (501.9/km²). There were 71 housing units at an average density of 808.8/sq mi (304.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 68.38% White, 18.80% African American, 0.85% Native American, 4.27% from other races, and 7.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.69% of the population.
There were 57 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 29.8% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49.1% were non-families. 43.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the village the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 42.7% from 25 to 44, 15.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $21,500, and the median income for a family was $30,625. Males had a median income of $33,750 versus $25,893 for females. The
per capita incomefor the village was $17,912. There were 21.7% of families and 15.7% of the population living below the poverty line, including 19.2% of under eighteens and 10.0% of those over 64.
*"The Encyclopedia Of Cleveland History" by Cleveland Bicentennial Commission (Cleveland, Ohio), David D. Van Tassel (Editor), and John J. Grabowski (Editor) ISBN 0-253-33056-4
*"From Rockport to West Park" by Ralph A. Pfingsten ISBN 0-9759618-0-2
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y34TRmaNCwo Video of I-71 through Linndale (2:25-2:27)] - [http://www.youtube.com/user/Freewayjim Jim K. Georges]
Center = Linndale
Northwest = Jefferson,
Northeast = West Boulevard,
West = Puritas-Longmead,
Southeast = Brooklyn
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