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The Exchange House’s First Two Years

In February 2017, the Exchange House opened as a public space that supports, empowers, and culturally enriches the North Hill community. It started as an idea to take a vacant, 100-year-old house, that once stood as a teacher supply…

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Exchange House Manual is Out

The idea for the Exchange House was conceived during a two-day Better Block in the North Hill neighborhood of Akron, Ohio. The project showcased ways in which the neighborhood could be made better—from bike lanes to pop-up shops to…

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How the Eclipse Illustrated the Meaning of the Exchange House

A few days after we posted the Exchange House on Airbnb in February, we got our first international guests–a family from France. We were so excited for their booking, but as life went on and the house grew busier, we forgot…

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Exchange House: The First Four Months

We were gathered around a makeshift work desk. We had pulled out a few chairs to sit on. The house we were in, though renovated, was empty of any actual furniture. We were prepping for the open of the Exchange…

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Better Block Opens the Exchange House

The Better Block announces the opening of the Exchange House, an Airbnb and cultural exchange project in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood. The Exchange House works to engage the international community that exists in Akron, Ohio, and to provide a…

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Better Block Begins Work with Refugees on the Akron Exchange House

The Better Block team was recently awarded a Knight Cities grant to convert excess housing stock in Akron, OH into a vibrant community center for the city’s thriving refugee committee. After multiple trips to survey the neighborhood and search for…

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