A New Master Plan for Midtown Cleveland

The neighborhood community development corporation has created a new vision for a Cleveland neighborhood frequented by daytime work populations and people passing through.

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July 6, 2021, 6:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

A photo of the Cleveland Clinic hospital.

The Cleveland Clinic is located on the edge of Midtown Cleveland. | Warren LeMay / Flickr

Steven Litt reports on a new master plan, completed this summer by the nonprofit   for the neighborhood of Midtown in Cleveland.

MidTown Cleveland Inc., the neighborhood’s community development corporation, funded the new master plan to "[transform] the area from a disconnected patchwork into a complete, healthy community." MidTown Cleveland Inc contracted Philadelphia-based consultant Interface Studio LLC to create the plan.

Litt explains more of the conditions that prompted the new master plan:

Sandwiched between downtown to the west and the Cleveland Clinic and University Circle to the east, Midtown has few residents, but its daytime population swells to 18,000, making it one of Northeast Ohio’s biggest job centers.


And yet, despite $300 million in recent projects that have launched a nascent transformation, much of Midtown is still characterized by blank walls, chain link fences, parking lots, and streets without trees.

To achieve its lofty ambitions to create a more vibrant neighborhood, the plan calls for infill mixed-use development with active, street-level uses; new public spaces; and new greenery, among other measures. Litt provides more detail and background in the source article. Midtown Cleveland Inc. is expected to present the plan to the Cleveland City Planning Commission for review and approval later this summer.

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