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.”

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… Land Conservancy Buys Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park

Thanks to for covering this story in the Dec. 5, 2021 article, “Western Reserve Land Conservancy buys Euclid Beach mobile home park to ensure public role in future of a key lakefront property.”

The Western Reserve Land Conservancy has purchased the 28.5 acre Euclid Beach Mobile Home Community overlooking Lake Erie to ensure a strong public role in planning the future of the property and to avoid future heavy private development. This may lead to the expansion and consolidation of several Cleveland Metroparks units in the Euclid Creek reservation that flank the mobile home park.

Continue reading the story here… 

NEOtrans: “Cleveland: Growing Faster Than the National Average, And Shrinking”

“In the simpler days of Census data, population numbers for a given metro area either went up or down in lockstep with that region’s economic output. There were few wrinkles in the data to pull apart and analyze. Now, there’s tons of data to grapple with, offering multiple story lines.”

“The local media has looked at several of those story lines. One of them is Greater Cleveland’s growing diversity and an increase in occupied housing units in the city of Cleveland, even though its population went down.

“Here’s another story line — the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County are growing and shrinking at the same time.”

Continue reading the story on NEOtrans…

July 24, 2021: “Blazing Paddles Paddlefest”


The 3rd Annual Blazing Paddles Paddlefest is a kayak, paddleboard, and canoe recreational celebration of Cleveland’s hardworking, scenic, and historic Cuyahoga River. Paddlers will have exclusive access to the Cuyahoga River for five hours to enjoy either an 8.6-mile recreational paddle/float or one of three races (2, 5.4 and 13-miles).

Paddlefest 21In partnership with Cuyahoga River Safety Task Force stakeholders and affiliate organizations, Cuyahoga River Water Trail partners, North Coast Multisports, and Blazing Paddles Paddlefest sponsors, Share the River is providing two opportunities to enjoy Blazing Paddles that will depart/recover from Cleveland Rowing Foundation and Cleveland Metroparks’ Merwin’s Wharf at Rivergate Park.

  • You can enjoy a relaxed paddle journey of the historic and scenic Cuyahoga River or

  • You can race Cleveland’s hard-working waterfront

Information and registration…


June 3, 2021: “Bold Visions: Should Browns Stadium Be Part of the Harbor?”

There are a great many people in Cleveland who believe the stadium should not have been rebuilt on the lakefront, and the footprint could have been better utilized with development that enhanced the area around the Science Center and Rock Hall, and provide the downtown community with dramatically increased green space and access to the lake.

The Green Ribbon Coalition envisions an accessible, connected ribbon of neighborhood, community and regional parks, trails, and nature preserves along the Lake Erie waterfront that inspires all stakeholders to protect, enjoy, and value this natural asset as an essential element of the region’s economic success, ecological health, civic vitality, and overall quality of life.

With this vision in mind, aren’t there better uses for 55 acres of prime lakefront land with direct access to downtown residents via an extended Mall bridging the railroad and Shoreway, the landbridge concept championed by GRC?


Register here…


  • What is the highest and best use for the Stadium-North waterfront?
  • Is the Browns Lakefront Proposal the best approach?
  • Fifty-five (55) acres is a significant amount of undeveloped space within the urban core – imagine the possibilities: 6 Public Squares, 50 Westside Markets, 1.5 Navy Piers.
  • Besides Voinovich Park, where do we have public lakefront access in downtown Cleveland?
  • How can this space support increased programming associated with neighboring institutions at the Harbor?
  • What percentage of the Stadium-North footprint could and should be retained as open-green space – 50%, 75%, 100%?


Christian (Chris) Lynn, PLA, ASLA / Host, GRC Design Collaborative Team, Associate Principal, Planning & Landscape Architecture Practice Lead, AECOM

Allison Lukacsy-Love, AIA, AICP / Moderator, GRC Design Collaborative Team, Director of Planning and Development, City of Euclid

Linda Sternheimer / Panelist, Director of Urban Planning and Development, Port of Cleveland

Lillian Kuri / Panelist, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Cleveland Foundation

Mary Cierebiej / Panelist, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission


  • Alternative Site Downtown for Browns Stadium
  • Formation / Lakefront Development Authority
  • Gordon Park Landbridge

We invite you to attend this dynamic session on the future of Cleveland’s lakefront June 3, 2021 from noon to 1 p.m. This event is on Zoom; make your reservation now. Admission is free, donations welcome

POSSIBILITIES: Re-imagining Cleveland’s Lakefront Dialogue Series