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New coverage for 2019 summit groups, Innerbelt access for all, ReImagine oral history

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/26/10 @ 9:43am

  • GreenCityBlueLake is now covering the progress of the work groups formed at the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit. The latest post looks at last week's Vacant Land and at the Advanced Energy groups' meetings. Stay tuned for more updates on the 2019 blog.
  • Mark Tebeau, director of Cleveland State University Center for Public History and Digital Humanities, is an urban historian teaching his students the art of oral and written histories on Rust Belt cities. His classes have interviewed descendents of the founders of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, of the American Civil War, to this semester, the leaders of the 58 pilot projects of the ReImagine a More Sustainable Cleveland project. Tebeau will turn his class loose on 30 of the projects aimed at turning vacant lots into community gardens, connected green spaces or experiments using plants to remove toxics from the ground. They will document who lived on these empty blocks, and what life was like before the sub-prime fiasco eviscerated whole Cleveland neighborhoods. With the help of photographer and documentarian Helen Liggett's CSU urban history class, students will document the impact that small-scale efforts to repair the land through green strategies may have on neighborhood health and its self-image.
  • The Access for All/bike-walk the Innerbelt Bridge advocacy campaign continues to ramp up after last week's Cleveland Planning Commission resolution of support. Advocates continue to meet weekly to develop strategies, gather endorsements, and present a roadshow to gain support. If you would like to help, send your comments of support to bridge@greencitybluelake.org. To learn more about the issue, check out the Innerbelt page on GCBL.    
  • WCPN reporter Dan Moulthrop in an interview on last Friday's Feagler & Friends asked ODOT 12 District Director Bonnie Teeuwen how the agency is responding to public input on the Innerbelt Project, particularly for bike/ped access. At last November's NOACA meeting, ODOT 12 declined comment on the issue because of a pending lawsuit. Last week, Teeuwen said, 'at the time we looked at it (in the early going of the project) there wasn't the justification for it.' She went on to acknowledge that bike and pedestrian access could be an alternative if it came in at a competitive cost. This is a markedly different stance than earlier, and an indication that ODOT has shown a willingness to listen to the public after a Herculian effort to get their attention. Recent additions to ODOT's alternative to the bike-ped path on the bridge, i.e. extending the Abbey Avenue bike lane to the W. 25th Street Rapid Station and proposed improvements to the route between Abbey and Lorain, are also an indication that the bike-ped advocacy campaign has raised a dialogue on the need for Complete Streets in Cleveland. 

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