Leadership and the Future Part 3: Building Cleveland’s Opportunity Corridor

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By Lev Gonick, CEO, OneCommunity

—There is no more exciting and compelling physical development project in the region than Cleveland’s proposed Opportunity Corridor.

Cleveland Opportunity Corridor Map

The Cleveland Opportunity Corridor is a transportation and economic development project aimed at connecting I-490 to the University Circle neighborhood.

The corridor is once-in-a-generation opportunity to connect key geographies from Interstate 490 to University Circle and redevelop  nearly 1,000 acres on Cleveland’s southeast side.

Once known as the “Forgotten Triangle,” this 1,000-acre area has been hollowed out through neglect and the housing foreclosure crisis. Now it is slated to rise like the phoenix from the ashes.

Unprecedented cooperation between State, regional, and local planners, community engagement, and key local businesses makes the prospect of this decade-in-the-making project an historic opportunity to reinvent these communities.

The Opportunity Corridor gives Northeast Ohio a chance to join an elite group of cities committed to building out smart and green development.

Cyber-physical development will emerge as the hottest and most sought-after urban design approach.  This is our opportunity to merge urban planning, ecology, and information technology to ensure the benefits of technology reach every neighborhood and improve the lives of citizens.

We should strive for a transformational approach to build productive, human-scale neighborhoods within a hyper-connected, high speed and zero-emission metropolis of the North Coast.

We need leaders that understand and support this new thinking.

To be continued…

Previous posts in Lev Gonick’s series on Leadership and the Future:

Leadership and the Future Part 2: Northeast Ohio Can Become a World-Class Startup Capital, March 18, 2014

Leadership and the Future: What Really Matters Goes Beyond Rituals, March 17, 2014

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