Cleveland Waterfront Panel: Is Development Paying Off?

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Cleveland Waterfront Panel: Is Development Paying Off?
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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.

The panel was moderated by Steven Litt (@Steven_Litt) of The Plain Dealer/ (@ClevelandDotCom) and included:

Thank you to the sponsors for making this interesting event possible:

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.

Rather than repeat what is presented by Steven Litt is his article that summarizes the evening's discussion, I will only mention two items that I did not know about before this evening.

Google Map photo of FirstEnergy's Lake Shore Power Plant in February 2016
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Lake Shore Power Plant

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:

  1. Stop badmouthing Cleveland
  2. Payback from the West Shoreway
  3. Unequal benefits
  4. East Side solution
  5. Uneven design?
  6. Opposed to open lake dumping
  7. Split on Burke
  8. The next big idea
  9. 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.

Cuyahoga County Waterfronts and Neighborhood Development Panel 2.9.16 Video

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:

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!

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.

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


 The FirstEnergy (@FirstEnergyCorpLake Shore Power Plant is coming down! Here are some videos and related tweets about the Friday, February 24, 2017, 1:00 AM implosion!

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!


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