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Transforming Public Spaces Across NE Ohio

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 9:00 am
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Local planners are thinking big about a redesign for northeast Ohio, including Cleveland's Public Square, Oberlin's downtown and Kent along with its university. Each transformation involves hundreds of millions of dollars. Renowned architect James Corner came up with three ideas to move Public Square far beyond a rather large bus stop and into a forest, a giant hill with traffic routed underneath or a huge lattice to frame the area. Oberlin contemplates a "green arts" district and the heart of Kent would be spruced up with new retail, office and residential space. Can such face-lifts revitalize these public spaces? Will suburbanites flock to center cities reborn? What can we learn from similar efforts in Chicago and Cincinnati? Join us with your thoughts Wednesday morning at 9.

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Steven Litt, Art/Architecture Critic, The Plain Dealer
Terry Schwarz, Interim Director, Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
Joe Marinucci, President, Downtown Cleveland Alliance
James Corner, Principal, Field Operations

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