Public Square Redesign in the Works


Another redesign of Cleveland’s Public Square is being discussed as part of a greater plan that would rehabilitate and revitalize public spaces across Northeast Ohio.  As anyone who has been around Cleveland for a while (or viewed our Euclid Corridor History kiosks) know, this has been an ongoing dialogue for decades and would not be the first redesign of the space, though it could potentially be the most impactful.

Architect Jerry Payto on the history and possible redesign of Public Square [MP3]

For a brief overview of Public Square history, check out the kiosk web view and visit Public Square at the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.  For more information about the history and plan, including photo and textual descriptions, see Redesigning Cleveland at the Downtown Cleveland AllianceTransforming Public Spaces Across Ohio at and Re-Imagining Cleveland’s Public Square at

CSU is hosting a forum tonight (Thursday January 21, 2010) at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Glickman-Miller Hall, Atrium.  The event, Transforming Public Square: Three Strategies for Enhancing Cleveland’s Civic Core, will feature James Corner, noted urban designer and landscape architect with James Corner Field Operations and the Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.   Three competing designs for Public Square will be presented and openly discussed.  The forum is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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Erin Bell (M.L.I.S.) is Project Coordinator and Technology Director at the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University and lead developer for Curatescape, a web and mobile app framework for publishing location-based humanities content. In addition to managing a variety of oral history, digital humanities and educational technology initiatives, he has spoken to audiences of librarians, scholars, and technologists on best practices in web development and publishing.