Cleveland is making a green name for itself though it probably comes as shock to those who remember the city’s industrial past. Once notorious for its severe environmental catastrophes–the Cuyahoga river was so polluted that it repeatedly caught on fire–the city is beginning to revive itself as the center for sustainable innovation.
Located in northeastern Ohio near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River on the south shore of Lake Erie, the city of Cleveland was once an important manufacturing center and transportation hub. Through the 1960s and 1980s, however, Cleveland was hit hard by a post-industrial slump, innercity violence and white flight. In recent years, however, Cleveland has worked hard to bounce back from these challenges and even earned the nickname, “Comeback City.” From urban agriculture to pop-up bicycle lanes, the local government has encouraged and funded vibrant and sustainably-minded projects in hopes of stimulating the economy.
As I write this, I’m actually on my fourth day (out of five) in Cleveland–and again, I wish I had more time in this city! I’ve been busy during my brief time in Cleveland and been blessed with quite a few unexpected surprises! Most notable is my unexpected entry to the 8th International Public Markets Conference, spearheaded by Project for Public Spaces, which just started today. I’ll cover the conference and my other adventures for future posts so I can keep this one as a short introductory post. There’s more to come.