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.
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.
Pursue all pedestrian safety improvements recommended by CDOT/ODOT Safety Studies at intersections along Chester/US-322 (2015 & 2018);
Continue to pursue lane reduction on Chester Avenue, long term.
Traffic Calming & Advocacy
Dismantle the Barriers; Heal the Wounds
Tame Chester Avenue
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.