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POP UP CITY

Established by the CUDC in 2007, Pop Up City is a program that brings empty places to life through magical, ephemeral experiences that demonstrate how vacancy can be an opportunity and an adventure, not just a liability. These are temporary events and installations that occupy vacant buildings and activate vacant land in ways that shine a spotlight on some of Cleveland's spectacular but underutilized properties.

POP UP CITY
Urban INFILL volume no. 2

A collection of essays that promote temporary use strategies as an emerging economic development and urban design tool, particularly for cities experiencing large-scale urban vacancy, market challenges and diminishing financial resources.

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TEMPORARY USE HANDBOOK

Are you thinking about starting your own pop-up project? Well, the Temporary Use Handbook is here to help. This useful guide (included in the Pop Up City book) provides advice on obtaining permits, event insurance and sponsors, as well as a list of local Cleveland contacts for often overlooked items such as trash removal and event promotion.

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LEAP NIGHT
February 29, 2008

A vacant lot became a bustling winter wonderland on Leap Night, February 29, 2008. The free event open to the public was held at 1100 Old River Road (between Main Avenue and Front Street) on the site of Scott Wolstein's future development, the East Bank in the Flats. Leap Night was the first large scale event in the new "Pop Up City" initiative for Cleveland.

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BRIDGE MIX
October 10, 2008

A night under the stars and over the freeway. On October 10, 2008; Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative hosted Bridge Mix, a one-night celebration with music, art and stargazing at the West 11th Street pedestrian bridge over I-490 in Tremont.

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ELECTRIC ROLLER DISCOTECH
August 28, 2009

The Electric Roller DiscoTech event is a wonderful example of the creative potential in Cleveland, which the Pop Up City initiative works to reveal. The 2008/2009 Cleveland Executive Fellows partnered with Pop Up City and St. Clair Superior Development Corporation to host a temporary use event on the 3rd floor of the Leff Electric building.

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HIPP DECK
October 8, 2011

Can a parking garage do more for a community than simply provide parking spaces? The Hipp Deck, a temporary use intervention in downtown Cleveland, responded to that question with a resounding 'Yes!' An ordinary parking garage was transformed into a lively public outdoor performance venue for one night, complete with friendly elevator operators, lawn seating, local food concession stands and a fountain pond growing lettuce.

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POP UP ROCKWELL
April 21 - 27, 2012

Pop Up Rockwell is a one-week experiment to test complete & green street improvements on downtown Cleveland's Rockwell Avenue (between W. Roadway and E. 6th Street.) The temporary street transformation explored fresh ideas for making the street more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly. Going beyond two-dimensional drawings used in typical public meetings, Pop Up Rockwell allowed people to physically experience a future vision of the city in three dimensions, in a real environment, and provide feedback before large financial and political investments are made.

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