The CUDC started Pop Up City in 2007 as a response to the twin challenges of depopulation: decreased urban activity and excess vacant space. Inspired by the temporary use projects in the international Shrinking Cities Exhibit, the CUDC embarked on an initiative to grow a movement of short-term interventions to activate the city. The first Pop Up City event was Shrinkapalooza held on May 18, 2007. It was a celebration of music and interactive performances (including Double Dutch Will Take You Higher) intended to spark reactivation of Hyacinth Park, an underused public park in Cleveland’s Slavic Village.
Shrinkapalooza was co-sponsored by Slavic Village Development and the Friends of Hyacinth Park.