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Park project would look different in Cleveland
Unlike growing cities, Cleveland's plan to convert unused space into parks would include city-owned properties.
Story by ANNA STAVER


 

Cleveland is one of 11 cities heading to Washington Thursday to ask for billions of federal dollars to convert abandoned properties into parks. Cleveland’s proposal alone comes to $1 billion to convert 21 spaces around the city.
The idea behind the Red Fields to Green Fields project is to buy abandoned commercial properties from banks and convert them into green space. Then, the parks would spur new commercial and residential development in the surrounding area.

 Terry Schwarz , director of Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, helped pick Cleveland’s projects. She says the plan was originally designed for growing cities, but Cleveland’s population is shrinking.

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Schwarz says one example is the proposal to relocate Cleveland’s port and open 135 acres of lakefront and riverfront property for green space and urban redevelopment.

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