The biggest culprit of climate change in Northeast Ohio may be our roads, which have expanded despite population declines. After contributing to the problem for decades by funding highway expansions, NOACA, the region’s transportation agency, is now trying to do something about it.
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There won’t be a deal to rescue Shaker Square in time for the holidays. Cleveland officials and nonprofit leaders answered questions about a proposed $12 million deal for Shaker Square at a public meeting at York Rite Masonic Temple on Kinsman Road Friday morning, but Ward 4 interim councilwoman Anita Gardner withheld her support, leaving it to her successor to decide.
The City of Cleveland wants to spend $12 million to rescue Shaker Square from receivership, turn it over to nonprofits for repairs, and sell it to a new owner. Some critics, though, say the city is overpaying for the center and it’s a waste of precious tax dollars. With repair needs looming and tenants leaving the square, City Council is set to vote on a deal as early as next week.
Just three Cleveland City Council meetings remain this year if the Jackson administration wants to pass its proposed ARPA spending plan for the first half of the city’s $511 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
Community development corporations have launched a neighborhood platform to influence the next mayor’s agenda after the Nov. 2 election. They see an opportunity to not only influence a Kelley or Bibb administration, but also to help the city recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted city services, exacerbated disparities between residents, and wreaked havoc on local business districts.
After two years of planning amidst the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic, stakeholders in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood on the west side have unveiled the fruits of their labor: a master plan that is aimed at guiding equitable development in the neighborhood.