Proposed Cleveland Mall Is 'Mind Numbing'

Columnist Steven Litt argues that the "mind-numbing" mall planned for Cleveland's industrial Flats is a major mistake for the city.
October 5, 2004, 2pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The site is hemmed in on the west by the gigantic concrete columns of the elevated Jennings Freeway and I-71, hardly a scenic backdrop. To the east and south, the land is bordered by a major rail line and by the ISG steel-making operation. The main road Schneider plans to build through the center of his site likely will be used by 18-wheelers serving industries along the nearby Cuyahoga River.

...The early version made public last week is positively mind-numbing. It calls for several gigantic stores on the west side of the site, which would face a vast expanse of asphalt with a 3,100-foot-long row of stores on the opposite side. In essence, those storefronts will be a billboard aimed at motorists on the Jennings Freeway and I-71."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Tuesday, October 5, 2004 in The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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