Beginning this week, the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com, WKSU and The Devil Strip are hosting four public conversations exploring what would make Akron a better place and other pertinent issues this city election year.

Participants are asked to RSVP online at www.ohio.com/forums or with reporter Doug Livingston at dlivingston@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3792. Please note which of the following conversations you will attend:

• 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Buchtel Community Learning Center.

• 6-8 p.m. Thursday at East CLC.

• 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Jennings CLC.

• 6-8 p.m. April 16 at Innes CLC.

This is Akron, a series of stories by the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com, has been examining how everything from roads and rising sewer bills to crime and housing issues impact the community. To read the series, visit www.ohio.com/this-is-akron.