Neighborhood Vision 2025
Cleveland’s own history of major urban renewal projects - including the construction of Chester Avenue - were projects designed to fragment neighborhoods on the east side and make it possible to effectively bypass the community. Physical barriers take many forms - dangerous intersections, wide roadways, fragmented sidewalks - and reinforce artificial social edges around MidTown. By redesigning some of MidTown’s key streets, this strategy aims to break down barriers and reconnect MidTown to adjacent communities, repairing relationships and healing trauma inflicted by these urban renewal projects of the past.
Today, the rail viaducts are dark, unwelcome spaces. Aim to create an improved walking and biking environment to increase perceived safety and foot/bike traffic by targeting maintenance and repair, trash collection, public art, lighting, planting under and near rail viaducts. Coordinate improvements with future Rails-to-Trails project.
Maintain or replace the existing Health-Tech Corridor Mural on viaduct structure and work with a lighting designer and local artist to design an installation under E 55th St overpass.
Include area maintenance and landscaping in future SID/CID strategy for MidTown.
Assess the physical conditions of all MidTown and AsiaTown viaducts - report issues to the City
Public Art & Light Installation
Designers & Staff
Dismantle the Barriers; Heal the Wounds
Tame Chester Avenue
Chester Avenue was designed to separate the Hough neighborhood from MidTown physically and socially. Taming Chester Avenue means more improving intersections. Through long term development along connecting side streets, enhancements of art, signage, and wayfinding, and long term reconstruction, MidTown seeks to make meaningful connections to Hough to heal the wounds left by urban renewal.
Ensure North-South Streets Are Designed to Connect Neighborhoods
Improve connections between MidTown, Hough and Fairfax. As development happens in MidTown, push for street and sidewalk reconstruction with safety improvements. Explore Slow streets, speed bumps, raised crosswalks, neckdowns, and curb bump-outs to shorten crossings, etc.
Rebuild East 66th Street
Support ongoing planning efforts for E 66th Street TLCI Project.