Residents in Downtown, Hough, Central, MidTown, AsiaTown, St Clair-Superior, and Glenville are discussing ideas for safer street designs to connect our communities, while being honest about Cleveland’s racial segregation and inequity. We want to pop-up and test a safer design with the City on at least one street that crosses I-90 by October. We’ve scheduled a public Zoom meeting for residents on Sept. 3 at 6pm.
In this public Zoom meeting, we’ll meet each other, share ideas and data, and form action groups. If you can’t attend, please complete our survey!
Let’s design an anti-racist street that connects Cleveland’s Downtown and east side neighborhoods through short-term, pop-up interventions and long-term visioning. Anti-racism asks us to identify and eliminate racism by changing the systems that perpetuate it. This project calls for a change to our street infrastructure that currently divides us rather than connects us.
Together we envision a street that:
- Counteracts Cleveland’s racial segregation to better connect our communities
- Makes it safer to walk, bike, scoot, roll, or drive
- Intentionally protects Black and non-Black people of color’s lives and reduces injuries, Coronavirus spread, and police encounters
- Is kid-friendly and family-friendly
- Is beautiful and welcoming
- Is accessible to those who are differently abled, physically and mentally
- Generates and redistributes wealth into neighborhoods that have endured years of disinvestment
- Addressing the racism embedded in our street designs is overdue.
- Cleveland has declared racism a public health crisis and must take action, large and small.
- The Coronavirus has made wide, empty roadways and narrow sidewalks more obvious and more dangerous.
- Register to join our public Zoom meeting at bit.ly/antiraciststreet!
- Take our optional survey about this vision and your gifts and availability to help: surveymonkey.com/r/9NYDTM9 (View results here)
- Add biking problems you’ve experienced to Bike Cleveland’s Connecting Communities map, which will inform our work.
What’s the Timeline?
- The Sept. 3 meeting will help us form action groups and identify an initial street segment.
- We’d like to pop-up and test at least one street idea by October 2020.
- We’d like to plan additional ideas and implementations for Spring 2021.
Who is Involved?
- This is a resident-led effort, with residents from Downtown, Hough, Central, MidTown, AsiaTown, St Clair-Superior, and Glenville. Based on survey responses, more than 50% of those involved are people of color. We have white individuals involved who are committed to supporting Black individuals who want to take on leadership roles.
- Professional staff from Cleveland City Planning Commission, Campus District Inc., Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation / Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation, MidTown Inc., Famicos Foundation, Bike Cleveland, and Ingenuity Cleveland have also been assisting this effort.