For our final project, I will be focusing on the Glenville Neighborhood, and will be developing the Strategic Investment Initiative 2.0 for the area. This plan will focus on the 5 urban systems that we previously studied [transportation, open space, water, ecology, and economy] and will have two components. One will component will work with the existing anchor project and model blocks of the current Strategic Investment Initiative for the neighborhood, and the second component will be an all new initiative. 

Because I already have already researched and documented the conditions of the Glenville neighborhood for our last project, I wanted to explore the areas that lead to and from Glenville. 

I began my site visit in University Circle, directly south of Glenville. University Circle is Cleveland's cultural center, home to the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, MOCA, and many other institutions. The area is also home to one the nations most prestigious universities, Case Western Reserve University. Among all of this, University circle is also home to the nations leading medical campuses, the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital Systems. Surprisingly, an area which boasts so many features is surrounded by some of clevelands poorest, and hardest hit neighborhoods, one of them being Glenville directly to the north.

This recent article, written on Nov. 16, 2011 speaks about how "Cleveland's space strapped University Cirlce district is stretching beyond its borders, reaching for opportunities to spread growth and support to nearby neighborhoods." The area is anchored by hospitals, museums, and schools, and is in prime location to revitalize the surrounding areas.Currently, the thousands of employees working at the Clinic, UH, and the numerous cultural institutions commute from the suburbs and commute approximately 20 minutes to work by car. With no desirable residential area in close proximity, Glenville is in prime location for redevelopment. With most of Cleveland's growth occurring in its cultural center, because of the extreme success of the leading hospital systems, "non profit groups are exploring ways to shore up residential streets, attract investment and push services into Glenville, Fairfax, and Little Italy.

Glenville has a prime commercial corridor [E. 105th] and an extensive network of open space along Martin Luther King Blvd. The problem is that the neighborhood has almost no connection to the open space, and the commercial corridor is beyond failing. Martin Luther King Blvd. provides a direct connection to university circle from Route 90 along the lakefront, and from Cleveland's wealthiest area, Bratenahl. It provides this direct connection by bypassing the dilapidated E. 105h and routes drivers through a scenic byway located in a natural valley. 

In my SII 2.2 I will address these issues, and develop strategies that will connect these 3 areas, helping them all to thrive and grow.


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