Making Plans To Resurrect A Dead Commercial Corridor

A team of planners in Akron are trying to create some optimism for the future of one of the city's most blighted stretches of highway.

"For a generation, the southernmost stretch of Howard Street has been a vague, disconnected thing, a dogleg off the back end of downtown Akron.

The only potential upside is that the corridor is mostly a blank slate, and blank slates are good for the imagination.

It also happens to be a blank slate with a dramatic downhill vista; a robust, historic park; and some ambitious new housing. Also, a river runs through it.

Last weekend, a group of about 20 students and a half dozen faculty from Kent State University's Urban Design Center met in an open space at the new Northside Lofts complex, a vast room with unfinished concrete walls and exposed pipes, an apt setting for the imagination."

Full Story: Howard Street is a lofty place for big dreams

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