Crains: “A Vision for Lake Erie”


Thanks to Crain’s this very comprehensive coverage, “A Vision for Lake Erie,” in their January 30, 2023 issue. GRC Director Dick Clough’s column is on page 15, “Lakefront progress needs boost from an independent authority.” Clough advocates for an independent body which will maintain a galvanizing continuity of leadership, and he outlines a short list of items to be addressed immediately.

We invite you to read Dick Clough’s column in the forum here:

“A Vision for Lake Erie” by Jay Miller prefaces a forum by a number of contributors in the issue:


Cleveland Magazine: “Visions of Lake Erie’s Waterfront”

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Thank you to Cleveland Magazine and author Jill Sell for this May 1 piece covering how Cleveland leadership is discussing ways to make the lakefront more accessible to everyone.

GRC leader Dick Clough and GRC were in the article extensively with respect to two major ideas for the lakefront – the harbor land bridge and the proposal to relocate the freeway near Gordon Park to follow the bluffs, opening up all of the land to the north.

Read the article here.


Why NYC Is Reinventing Its Parks – NYC Revealed

Inspiration: “New York City might be known as the concrete jungle, but its parks have been an ever-present part of this bustling metropolis from the beginning. The city’s 30,000 acres of parks serve as an escape for New Yorkers and serve the city itself in many unseen ways.”

Support for 5 New Lakefront Projects to Open Up Shoreline

land bridgeThanks to and Steven Litt for covering this news – we’re excited to see so much momentum going into opening up Cleveland’s north shore! Areas for consideration include trails and features along five miles of lakefront in Rocky River, Lakewood and Cleveland. Mentioned in the article is the project to extend the downtown Mall to improve access to the North Coast Harbor attractions.

Read the article here.

Fate of Cleveland’s Downtown Lakefront Vision Could Hinge on Whether Traffic Flow Trumps Economic Development

land bridgeThanks to Steven Litt of for his wonderful coverage of the land bridge concept, of which the Green Ribbon Coalition has been a long time advocate. 

revealing comment at a public meeting last week that underscores the biggest obstacle facing Cleveland’s new vision for revamping its ugly, aging, dysfunctional downtown lakefront.

It’s not about money, at least for now. It’s about traffic.

The city’s proposal in effect raises the question of whether regional traffic flow east and west across the shoreline is more important than enabling Cleveland to make the most out of its proximity to Lake Erie, Ohio’s greatest natural asset.

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NEOtrans: “Downtown Lakefront Development May Depend on Removing the Shoreway”

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Land bridge

Thanks to Ken Prendergast of NEOtrans for this Jan. 26, 2022 article covering one of our favorite topics for discussion: lakefront development and the land bridge concept espoused by the Green Ribbon Coalition.

Locals are proponents of converting the Shoreway to a boulevard people can cross on foot via the land bridge. It’s an entertaining, in-depth read that can bring anyone to speed on the dialogue that’s been happening in the city on this aspect of lakefront development and the players and stakeholders involved.

Read the article here.

NOACA Wants Cleveland to Examine Wider “Land Bridge” Concepts, Hold Public Meeting

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Thanks to the Plain Dealer and for covering this issue, and to Steve Litt. The article, “NOACA wants Cleveland to examine wider ‘land bridge’ concepts for downtown lakefront connection, plus hold a meeting to engage public for the first time” was published on Jan. 26, 2022.

NOACA, or The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, is the region’s largest planning agency, and it is asking the city to think bigger and evaluate the “land bridge” idea espoused by the Green Ribbon Coalition. Second, it is asking for a public meeting to enable public input and creative energy.

Read the full article here…