Fast Cities: Cleveland

Reimagining a More Sustainable Cleveland Initiative

One of America's most blighted cities, hard hit by rustification and foreclosure, is also home to one of its loveliest urban initiatives, a plan to create acres of tree nurseries, oases of native plants, and community gardens with bees and chickens. Devised at Kent State University's Urban Design Collaborative, the strategy is part of Reimagining a More Sustainable Cleveland Initiative, funded by the city and the Surdna Foundation. It's meant to boost property values and community spirit in neighborhoods plagued by vacant lots and condemned buildings. A proposed "Mow-to-Own" program will encourage neighbors to maintain nearby lots, while a variety of land-reuse projects point to a greener future — a solar array in a previously empty 3-acre lot, for example, will provide enough power for 200 homes.

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  • Jilly Cooper

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  • Phyllis Thesier

    Abha, thank you for putting this piece together. I have only been in Cleveland for a year, yet see a communities with great hearts struggling mightily to rebuild what was once a majestic and lovely place. And as it was once a city of immigrants, I think immigrants will have a great part in rebuilding it. phyllis@accentmanagementgroup.com

  • Greg Walsh

    Great observations Abha. Glad to read good things about Cleveland. You must have done quite a bit of research for your article. We have two clients, Ziggy & Friends, Inc. and Wild Republic (the toy company) in the Cleveland area, and have had part in products at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Liked the insights about how homeowners and busiensses can do well there. - Greg

  • Greg Walsh

    Great observations Abha. Glad to read good things about Cleveland. You must have done quite a bit of research fo ryour article. We have two clients, Ziggy & Friends, Inc. and Wild Republic (the toy company) in the Cleveland area, and have had part in products at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Liked the insights abotu how homeowners and busiensses can do well there. - Greg