Lake Metroparks Video: “Confluence: Stewarding Cleveland’s Water”

Cleveland is taking significant strides in watershed management and environmental stewardship, particularly concerning the Great Lakes. A recent video from Lake Metroparks highlights the city’s shift from tackling “point source” industrial pollution to addressing more diffuse “non-point source pollution” from urban areas. Innovative solutions like porous concrete surfaces and green roofs are being employed to manage stormwater and reduce pollution. Collaborative efforts across public and private sectors aim to make these initiatives both effective and equitable.

For a comprehensive look at Cleveland’s watershed management strategies and collaborative efforts, watch the full video:

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The Clevelander Magazine: A Reflection on Cleveland’s Changing Lakefront

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The Clevelander magazine, a publication that had undergone three major format changes since its inception, began as the organ of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce and later the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, had evolved from a monthly publication to a hardcover quarterly and finally to a monthly members’ newsletter.

The August 1964 issue of The Clevelander featured a cover story that highlighted the ever-changing landscape of Cleveland’s lakefront. The cover depicted the old Browns Stadium and the industrialization of the lakefront, reflecting the city’s approach to utilizing the lakefront at the time. This cover serves as a stark contrast to the current mission of the Green Ribbon Coalition, which aims to make the lakefront more accessible to people for recreational purposes and parks.

The Clevelander magazine premiered in May 1926 with a strong civic profile, featuring guest writers such as Wm. R. Hopkins, Newton D. Baker, Tris Speaker, Linda Eastman, and Bp. Joseph Schrembs. By World War II, the magazine had become more business-oriented, but still featured articles by civic figures. After the Chamber of Commerce transformed into the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, the magazine briefly became a hardcover quarterly in April 1970, with articles written mostly by professionals. However, this format was short-lived, and the magazine was converted into a monthly members’ newsletter by the Growth Association in May 1972.

The Clevelander’s August 1964 cover serves as a reminder of the city’s past approach to the lakefront and highlights the importance of the Green Ribbon Coalition’s mission to make the lakefront more accessible for recreational purposes. The transformation of the lakefront from an industrialized area to a space for people to enjoy reflects the changing priorities of our area and its residents. The Green Ribbon Coalition’s efforts to create parks and recreational areas along the lakefront align with the evolving needs of the community and contribute to the ongoing transformation of Cleveland’s lakefront.


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. “Cuyahoga County Releases Finished Report, Interactive Site, on New Lakefront Public Access Plan”

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Thanks to and Steven Litt for covering this story. Cuyahoga County has just released the finished Lakefront Public Access Plan, which outlines several projects the county plans to coordinate soon in Cleveland, Lakewood and Rocky River.

We invite you to read the full article on here.

Why NYC Is Reinventing Its Parks – NYC Revealed

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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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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…