2018 State of Downtown

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Across the country, there is renewed interest from residents to be near urban centers. American corporations, once regulated to vast suburban office parks, are moving back into cities, drawn by their energy, vibrancy, and diversity - all which are attractive to young talent who desire walkable communities, access to public transit, and a variety of entertainment options.

This new influx of people into metropolitan areas, including Cleveland, is putting stress on existing transportation systems as cities struggle to balance improvements of existing transit - public transportation, parking, bike lanes and racks, and safe, walkable sidewalks - with emerging innovations such as car sharing and ride hailing technologies, autonomous vehicles, and hyperloop. What transportation methods and users should cities' prioritize? How are those decisions made? Can cities meet the needs of residents, businesses, and tourists alike?


Grace Gallucci
Executive Director, NOACA

Kate Joncas
Owner, PlaceStrategic Consulting

Joe Marinucci
President and CEO, Downtown Cleveland Alliance

Rick Jackson
ideastream® senior host/producer

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