I was very fortunate to see on Twitter an announcement about a very interesting panel discussion. On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, I attended the discussion about recent developments on, and potential future plans for Cleveland's lakefront and riverfront.
Be sure to look at the photos and read the main topic points in the initial event announcement that appeared in Steven Litt's (@Steven_Litt) February 6, 2016, article, Is waterfront development paying off for Cleveland, Cuyahoga County? Free panel discussion Tuesday. I recommend clicking on the links in this article if there are areas of Cleveland's waterfront development with which you are not familiar. I know that I learned some new facts about recent Cleveland waterfront developments by doing so.
Panel & Sponsors
By arriving early at Lakewood Public Library (@LakewoodLibrary), I was able to get a good seat for this function, which soon became a standing-room-only event! Take a look at the tweet section of this blog post, to read comments made online by some of the attendees.
Michael Baron (@baronadv1), who is on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland as program director, started off the panel presentation with general remarks, including thanking the sponsors and introducing participants.
Jenny Spencer (@JennySpencerCLE), Managing Director, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (@DetroitShoreway)
Thank you to the sponsors for making this interesting event possible:
- Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program (@Siegal_CWRU)
- League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland (@LWVGrCleveland)
- The Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com (@ClevelandDotCom)
- Lakewood Public Library (@LakewoodLibrary)
Cleveland Waterfront Development
Even though I had heard about most of the projects separately, it was exciting for me to hear about all of them at one gathering! It was great to hear directly from these panel members, who are intimately involved with these projects.
First, I learned from Bobbi Reichtell about the work of the Campus District. Despite often going to tech meetings at Cleveland State University in the Campus District, and events along the lakefront, I was not aware of their work to develop a plan to open a bike path near Burke Lakefront Airport (@BurkeLakefront). (See my blog posts about events that took place at at Burke Lakefront Airport: Economic Growth in Cleveland, GiveCamp, Arras Keathley & LeanDog.) Bobbi presented some very exciting ideas. I look forward to learning more from @CDICleveland.
Be sure to read the "Lakefront Greenway & Downtown Connector" section of the Campus District current projects web page.
Here are two photos that really excited me. The first was one that Bobbi referred to while on the panel, and the second is from the Campus District website.
While I was writing this blog post, I received a direct message from @CDICleveland letting me know about a PDF of the Lakefront Greenway and Downtown Connector Study, which I have uploaded to my website so that you can read it by clicking here. (You can also find the study on the lower right of the CampusDistrict.org home page under "Reports.")
The second item that I learned about that evening was about the closing and future demolition of the FirstEnergy (@FirstEnergyCorp) Lake Shore Power Plant. This will free up space for development, but the question will be what type of development.
Read the details and see the great photos in Steven Litt's January 28, 2016, article: Lake Shore power plant is too degraded to preserve and reuse, FirstEnergy officials say (photos)
The article states that "FirstEnergy hopes to begin a $15 million demolition in late spring or early summer, and then to offer the 57-acre site for sale." It will be interesting to see the future plans for this property.
Immediately following this paragraph, is a screenshot from today of the Google Map of the century-old Lake Shore Power Plant at E. 70th Street and South Marginal Road adjacent to the East Shoreway, plus an embedded live Google Map of the area. Is is my hope that in future years (decades?), when we compare this screenshot from today to the Google map of the future, we will see a more park-like environment.
Steven Litt's February 15, 2016, post-panel discussion article, Is waterfront development paying off? Nine takeaways from League of Women Voters panel, starts with:
Waterfront development is paying off so well for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County that the area should stop casting envious eyes at Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto and other waterfront cities, local leaders say.
The nine takeaways -- read the details and see the photos in the article -- include:
- Stop badmouthing Cleveland
- Payback from the West Shoreway
- Unequal benefits
- East Side solution
- Uneven design?
- Opposed to open lake dumping
- Split on Burke
- The next big idea
- The biggest waterfront problem
I am excited by the developments that have already been made in the city of Cleveland, and look forward to learning how plans for the future progress over time.
If you missed the Cleveland waterfront panel, I have included a full video of the event here:
Thank you to Michael Baron (@baronadv1), who I contacted about including this video in this blog post. The video is hosted on the Teaching Cleveland YouTube channel. (Learn more about Teaching Cleveland at: TeachingCleveland.org)
Tweets & Retweets
Here are my @sos_jr tweets and retweets relating to the panel discussion on Cleveland's waterfront development. I always find it interesting to see what others share during a meeting like this. Please share any tweets with content or photos that you find interesting by retweeting them. Clicking on Twitter photos will enlarge them!
Lake Erie has to be one of Cleveland's key strategic advantages. What's our plan? https://t.co/eKi87Q47oc— Michael Baron (@baronadv1) February 7, 2016
If you have anything to say about Cleveland's waterfront, come here & say it. Ideas to build consensus around https://t.co/P60Moon46O— LWVGreaterCleveland (@LWVGrCleveland) February 7, 2016
Cuy Cnty Waterfronts & Neighborhood Develop w/ Steven Litt @steven_litt at Lakewood Public Library Main Auditorium Tuesday Feb. 9 at 7:00 pm— Lakewood Library (@LakewoodLibrary) February 6, 2016
Why is important that the lakefront bridge be an iconic $33M design? @GCPartnership: It (& CLE) ought to look cool when the blimp is flying— Share The River (@ShareTheRiver) February 10, 2016
.@clevemetroparks: Planned Improvements to Canal Basin Park involves twice the acreage that Public Square redevelopment involves— Share The River (@ShareTheRiver) February 10, 2016
Round of applause from waterfront development audience when @CDICleveland describes process to get Burke Lakefront Airport fence moved— Share The River (@ShareTheRiver) February 10, 2016
.@DetroitShoreway we have a diverse neighborhood & we're committed to maintaining that. But we're also seeing lots of private investment.— Share The River (@ShareTheRiver) February 10, 2016
.@DetroitShoreway The state's promise to invest $50M in Shoreway gave developers the confidence to move forward w/projects like Battery Park— Share The River (@ShareTheRiver) February 10, 2016
The Waterfront Development Meeting has just started. It is a standing room only crowd. Should be a good conversation pic.twitter.com/BcWgayg7js— Zack Reed (@zachreed12) February 10, 2016
And here comes the Burke Lakefront Airport question! The waterfront development audience seems to have its mind made up.— Share The River (@ShareTheRiver) February 10, 2016
.@GCPartnership: If we first make surrounding properties attractive, private business will invest in development of Burke Lakefront Airport— Share The River (@ShareTheRiver) February 10, 2016
Thx for the follow @CDICleveland. Looks like you're catching up with a bunch of waterfront development notifications!— Share The River (@ShareTheRiver) February 10, 2016
Thank you to all the panelists on tonight’s Waterfront Development Panel at @LakewoodLibrary— LWVGreaterCleveland (@LWVGrCleveland) February 10, 2016
and a big thanks to our moderator: @steven_litt— LWVGreaterCleveland (@LWVGrCleveland) February 10, 2016
Summary of last week's forum— Michael Baron (@baronadv1) February 15, 2016
Is waterfront development paying off? Nine takeaways from League of Women Voters panel https://t.co/PN7V9QBMRe
Is waterfront development paying off? Nine takeaways from League of Women Voters panel https://t.co/8zYFzY25AZ— LWVGreaterCleveland (@LWVGrCleveland) February 15, 2016
In Lakewood on Clevelands lakefront development standing room only pic.twitter.com/Urhaz2GlC5— Reggie Rucker Jr (@leerucker) February 10, 2016
Related Blog Posts
I have included here my other blog posts that deal with Greater Cleveland waterfronts, events on Cleveland's Northcoast Harbor (@NCoastHarbor), or (in the case of the Eastside Greenway project) blog posts that would complement the Cleveland waterfront plans discussed by the panel.
I decided to list them all to show all the activities happening near our waterfronts and other greenways of Greater Cleveland. Of all the blog posts listed here, the one that I really want you to take time to read is the post about the Eastside Greenway project, that I wrote last September. It is an important project that could tie into our waterfront greenways.
Blog Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
IngenuityFest 2015: Marriage of Cleveland Arts & Technology | Hingetown Hoedown
Blog Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Weekend Fun: NEO Cycle & Cleveland Pops
Blog Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Eastside Greenway - A Vision for a Future Eastside Cleveland Bikeway
Blog Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
#IceFestCLE and Brite Winter - Cleveland Winter Outdoor Spectaculars
Blog Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Great Lakes Science Center's Science After Dark: MythBusters
Blog Date: Thursday, October, 30, 2014
Arras Keathley & LeanDog Boat Christening Celebration
Blog Date: Monday, October, 20, 2014
Cleveland Technology + Art = Ingenuityfest Weekend 2014!
Blog Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Visiting Wally Waterdrop - NEORSD Open House
Blog Date: Thursday, September, 18, 2014
Cleveland Foundation Centennial Gift: Weekends on the Water
Blog Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
"Take a Hike" - Cleveland's Flats & Beyond!
Blog Date: Monday, March 3, 2014
FREE! Great Lakes Science Center
Blog Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Ingenuity Cleveland 2013
Blog Date: Thursday, September, 26, 2013
IngenuityFest 2013 Preview Party!
Blog Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Economic Growth in Cleveland
Blog Date: Sunday, September 23, 2012
IngenuityFest: Cleveland's Festival of Art & Technology
As you can see, I have a strong interest in activities that take place on or near our Cleveland waterfronts. Wouldn't it be great if Cleveland's waterfront venues were all connected by bike paths in greenways?
Submitted by Stuart Smith on Sat, 02/25/2017 - 17:36
Please retweet any of these that you think your followers would enjoy seeing. Twitter is a great way to share! I HIGHLY recommend watching the videos in these tweets in full-screen mode to get the full effect!
Don't be alarmed! Residents near E 72 and the Shoreway in CLE may hear explosions around 1 a.m. as part of planned demo of Lake Shore Plant.— Illuminating Company (@illuminatingco) February 23, 2017
Check out this bird's eye view of the Lake Shore Power Station demo early this morning in Cleveland. 200+ pounds of explosives were used. pic.twitter.com/5aaXmN3Ecl— FirstEnergy Corp. (@firstenergycorp) February 24, 2017
WATCH: Century-old Cleveland power plant comes down in controlled demolition. https://t.co/xMUYU3sGBz— AP Eastern U.S. (@APEastRegion) February 24, 2017
The last parts of the Lake Shore Electric Plant were demolished last night. This is a view of the plant from 1948. pic.twitter.com/uAMERocvYR— Tom Horsman (@TomHorsman) February 24, 2017
How much nicer would it be if we still had Lakefront Road running along the lake instead of I-90?— Tom Horsman (@TomHorsman) February 24, 2017
I often lament all the things Cleveland has lost, but that picture also makes me appreciate how much cleaner our air & water is today.— Tom Horsman (@TomHorsman) February 24, 2017