On the Waterfront

After decades of neglect or haphazard, isolated investment, the stars appear to be aligning to turn Cleveland’s waterfronts into thriving, regional assets. What needs to be done to enliven the lakefront and the banks of the Cuyahoga River? How should we stimulate economic activity and make it easier to touch the great watershed that ought to define Greater Cleveland? After substantial public investment in parks, museums and a lakefront football stadium, what’s the role for the private sector? How can commercial needs at the port and Burke Lakefront Airport be integrated with greater public access? Those are just some of the issues on the agenda for the next installment of our Cleveland Connects community conversation series.

The Sound of Ideas

Lakefront Development
After a lot of false starts, plans to develop Cleveland’s waterfront into a thriving, regional asset, seem to be taking shape. In this episode host Mike McIntyre talked about why things may be different this time around, plans in the works, and what the timeline looks like. Plus he talked about why the city’s parks will soon be under the management of the Cleveland Metroparks and we’ll look at the condition of Lake Erie as swimming season approaches.


Time to think big and to act on Cleveland's waterfronts
A column by Joe Frolik, Plain Dealer Chief Editorial Writer.

Adding Life to Cleveland’s Lakefront
An editorial published in the Plain Dealer, May 21, 2013.

Cleveland Connects speakers boost development and access to Lake Erie shoreline, hope to follow Pittsburgh's success
A story by Pat Galbincea published in the Plain Dealer on June 4, 2013.

Lisa Schroeder

Keynote Speaker: Lisa Schroeder, President & CEO of Riverlife of Pittsburgh.

Mike McIntyre

Moderator, Mike McIntyre, host of The Sound of Ideas, ideastream’s daily public affairs talk show which airs from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on 90.3 WCPN and Tipoff columnist for The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com.

Debbie Berry

Debbie Berry, Vice President of Community Development, University Circle, Inc. Debbie was Cleveland’s chief lakefront planner under Mayor Jane Campbell. She currently serves on the board of the Cleveland Metroparks, which is going to be a big player along the river and with the lakefront parks.

Jennifer Coleman

Jennifer Coleman, architect, Chair of the Cleveland Landmarks Commission, served on the new Group Plan Commission, founder of CityProwl Cleveland, a collection of recorded walking tours of the city that can be downloaded free.

Joe Roman

Joe Roman is President & CEO of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, one of the nation's largest metropolitan chambers of commerce with more than 14,000 members. GCP's current areas of focus include the development of Cleveland’s downtown business district, lakefront and other major projects throughout the region.

Chris Warren

Chris Warren, Chief of Regional Development, City of Cleveland. He joined the Jackson Administration in June 2007. He and the city will be soon be releasing an invitation to developers to submit proposals for developing 20 acres of waterfront.

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