Football Team's Cleveland Plans Could Learn from the Past and Public

The Cleveland Browns football team has announced plans to revitalize a lakefront part of the city. Those plans could benefit from more public input and could learn from previous success, according to this article.
April 22, 2011, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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The plans for a lakefront mixed use development could learn from the example of Case Western Reserve University, which helped jumpstart a similar urban renewal recently.

"The university helped assemble eight acres of land and build the partnerships needed to create the beautifully designed housing, retail and cultural development now under construction at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road.

The Browns could play a similar role on the lakefront if the team lures private investment to the publicly owned waterfront land around Cleveland Browns Stadium and North Coast Harbor.

But while the Browns forge ahead, they ought to heed one of the great lessons of Uptown, which is that the University Circle project aimed high in terms of design from the very start and strove to blend private development with enticing streetscapes, plazas and other public spaces. "

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Published on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 in The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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