Moderator: Terry Schwartz, Director, Cleveland Urban Design Collab., Kent State University
Joyce Braverman, Director of Development, City of Shaker Heights (tentative)
Mansfield Frazier, Journalist, Business Owner and Hough Resident
Wayne Mortensen, Director Of Design, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Rick Semersky, Developer/CEO, VIP Restoration, Inc.
Cleveland’s east side/west side rivalry is a tired cliché—one that’s counterproductive to our ability to move forward as a region. Major investments and new opportunities exist on both sides of the river. But there are some key differences. Some of the most exciting recent developments (Hingetown! Gordon Square! The Lakewood Solstice Steps!) are west of the river. And many of Cleveland’s most distressed neighborhoods lie to the east.
This forum will explore established development strongholds on the east side, as well as emerging neighborhoods. What are the progress indicators and how can we advance development prospects and public space investments in ways that benefit the broader community? Panelists include people directly involved in the hopeful, and sometimes frustrating work of regenerating city neighborhoods and inner-ring suburbs. The forum will highlight current efforts and engage participants in a conversation about local and regional priorities.
Co-sponsored by the Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com, Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, plus Cleveland Hts/University Hts, Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems
Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.