This past week, a steering committee comprised of members from Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) and ParkWorks reviewed initial concepts for a redesign of Cleveland’s Public Square. Our CUDC office was on the design team, which was lead by James Corner’s Field Operations (FO). Our joint team was selected by the steering committee through an RFQ process back in October. The short time frame between team selection in October and initial concepts due on December 16th meant that we all had to work quickly to gather information on existing conditions, review studies already undertaken on future uses of Public Square and prepare images of alternative schemes for the steering committee to weigh in on.
The CUDC supported FO’s lead design work by assembling data and mapping of current conditions and providing “on-the-ground” information to FO regarding cultural and social context. In the process, we also created a time-lapse video of Public Square, which provides a clear visual of the constant shade condition on the southwest quadrant, closest to the Tower City entrance. Collaborating on a project with an office located in another city was a valuable experience and we’re very excited about the concepts developed.
The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to build a new, $450 million I-90 bridge through downtown Cleveland. Although all of us should be able to use it, the existing plans do not include pedestrian and cyclist access. We need your help to change this.
Thirty highway bridges across the U.S. have safe and attractive bike and pedestrian amenities on them. It can happen in Cleveland with your input.
Let your public officials know you support access for all on the new bridge. Here are three ways you can help:
- Learn more about the issue, including important public hearings and who to contact, by logging on to www.gcbl.org/innerbelt
- Send your comments in support to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll forward them to decision makers.
- Or call ODOT Innerbelt Project Manager Craig Hebebrand at (216) 581-2100.
This is not just another road building project, this is an urban redevelopment. We need your help to support this once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve Cleveland’s inner city quality of life and sustainability.