Maps of our City

These maps are provided by the Cleveland LandLab.

Community Gardens and Urban Farms

(light green = urban farms; dark green = community gardens)


Impervious Surfaces


Concern Sites

(nepa, oepa concern sites)


posted by marianne


Sustainable Cleveland: 2019

This video was made to promote the upcoming summit about creating a sustainable Cleveland by the year 2019.  For more info on the summit from August 12-14, visit here.


Watch for UDC’s Senior Planner Terry Schwarz!

posted by marianne.


Ingenuity Fest 2009

See you at the Ingenuity Fest this weekend?


For more info on this awesome downtown festival, click here.

by marianne.


Cleveland Urban Design wordle.

Just realized that the acronym for “Cleveland Urban Design” is CUD.  Maybe we should have a cow mascot?  Bueller?

Anyways, I created this CUD wordle in honor of David Jurca.  Here you go, David:


by marianne eppig


Landscape Urbanism Lecture @ MOCA

metrograma_pgt-plan_12 Metrograma :: PGT Plan for Milan

Landscape Urbanism :: After the Post-Industrial City


architect, Milan, www.metrogramma.com 


landscape architect, Milan and Duisburg, www.landsrl.com

Alberto Francini and Andreas Kipar are members of the team developing innovative plans for the expansion and greening of Milan. The plan includes major new green infrastructure for the city, integrated with new and redeveloped commercial and housing areas. This effort and many of the architectural projects resulting from it have become an important model for designers interested in the urban landscape of the 21st century.

Presented by Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design and Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art.

FRIDAY July 10th, 6:00pm
MOCA [Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland]

8501 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, [216] 421.8671
parking available

The lecture is free and open to the public, but the Cleveland Playhouse will charge for parking. MOCA’s “There goes the Neighborhood” and other shows will be available for viewing by lecture-goers (www.mocacleveland.org)

After the lecture, go to Playhouse Square, where the Ingenuity Festival will be in full swing. At 8:20, Pecha Kucha begins. What’s Pecha Kucha? Visit http://www.pecha-kucha.org/cities/cleveland

by david jurca


There Goes the Neighborhood

The new MOCA exhibit, “There Goes the Neighborhood”


Wednesday, July 22, 2009
5:30pm – 8:00pm
@ MOCA Cleveland
8501 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

5:30 – 6:30 pm:  Tour the new MOCA exhibit, “There Goes the Neighborhood”
6:30 – 8:00 pm:  A public, open-mic discussion of ideas about revitalizing Cleveland’s communities

There Goes the Neighborhood explores the evolution of communities here and abroad.  The exhibition focuses on how architecture and landscape embody a neighborhood’s past, present, and potential future.  The work on view examines places amid growth or decline, sites that hover somewhere between construction, deterioration, and renewal.  The artists reveal how physical sites symbolize the human experience of change, whether simple or complex, invited or forced.  Linking actual and anticipated shifts in communities across the globe, There Goes the Neighborhood emphasizes the evolving structures and compositions of neighborhoods in the twenty-first century.

This program is part of Building our Future Beyond Foreclosure.  This program is also in collaboration with the Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition.

Free and open to the public

For more information about the exhibit please visit the MOCA website

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“Feeding Cleveland” PHOTO CONTEST

Photography Call for Submissions

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Forum Program presents…

Building our Future Beyond Foreclosure:
“Feeding Cleveland”

Deadline for submissions : Friday, August 21, 2009


This contest is open to all photographers living in Northeast Ohio. The theme is “Feeding Cleveland” and we are looking for images of the Greater Cleveland area that convey the role that urban agriculture has played in feeding Cleveland in difficult and challenging economic times and provide visually ideas for what Cleveland may look like using local agriculture for the reuse of vacant and abandoned land in Cleveland.

If you have any questions concerning the contest or the submission
process, please send an email to m.s.schnoke@csuohio.edu.

For more information please click here.

posted by marianne eppig.


“Feeding Cleveland” Exhibit

Now in the Thomas F.  Campbell Gallery:
Feeding Cleveland


A recurring theme in 20th century Cleveland that continues to the present day is that during difficult economic periods communities of people have come together to raise food crops on city land. 

The working men’s farms during the Great Depression, the victory gardens during World War II, community gardens established during the years of urban renewal, and the present day market gardeners of the local food movement, all provide examples of revivals of urban agriculture as a response to economic difficulties.

As more and more people try to stretch their budgets during this recession, some are turning to the backyard as the place to look for food.

The exhibit features images of commercial greenhouses, victory gardens, work relief gardens, community gardens and Cleveland Public School Horticulture Program.  More photographs, ebooks and other information is available at www.clevelandmemory.org.

Free and open to the public.

The Exhibit runs from May 1 through August 31, 2009 in the Campbell Gallery.
Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday.

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Room Service and The Bus Stops Here

After attending the fabulous “Made in the 216″ event this past weekend, I thought I would visit Room Service’s blog to see if they had any words about the overall success of the event.  Since Room Service owner Danielle DeBoe is most likely still recovering from all the work associated with running an event of that magnitude, maybe I should just give a word myself.  It was amazing and I wanted to buy everything.  Throngs of artists and artisans meandered through the brilliantly designed spaces (think colorful tissue paper flowers flowing along the ceiling and tree trunk sections along a wall), and I’m pretty sure I touched all of the beautiful pieces for sale.

What I did find when I went to the Room Service blog was the following video that I felt was definitely worth repeating here.  It’s called “The Bus Stops Here.”


The Bus Stops Here from Qian Li on Vimeo.

“The Bus Stops Here” is an short documentary about a pair of innovative bus stop structures designed by Robert Maschke for the Detroit Shoreway area. Located on Cleveland’s West Side, Detroit Shoreway is a neighborhood in transition that has a diverse population. This documentary depicts the commitment of people who believe in their community, in Cleveland, and in the future of the region. The bus stops, two of which will be built at the center of the Gordon Square art district currently under development, will become the first public visual art forms in the neighborhood and symbolize not only the transformational power of art, but a turning point for this evolving area.

by marianne eppig.