The PLAIN PRESS is a neighborhood newspaper serving the near west side since March 1971. Originally edited by Linda Jansen and dependent primarily on volunteer help, the tabloid's name was an amalgam of the PLAIN DEALER and CLEVELAND PRESS. Its coverage stressed community issues and personalized stories that invariably sided with the powerless and underprivileged. It campaigned successfully for the opening of the Michael Zone Recreation Center and with less success against the expansion plans of some of the larger neighborhood institutions. Supported by grants, donations, and advertisements, the free biweekly suspended publication for more than a year in the late 1970s. Its most permanent address was in back of The Bookstore on W. 25 St.

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