Today ground was broken on a project that will transform a section of Detroit Avenue into a hip, pedestrian zone from West 58th Street to West 73rd.
The $3.5 million streetscape conversion is the latest in a series of facelifts to the emerging Gordon Square arts and entertainment district located just minutes from downtown Cleveland. Plans call for widening sidewalks along part of the street, burying utility wires and installing trees, benches and public art. The effort is designed to encourage pedestrian traffic and outdoor dining.
Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone has been working on the project since he took office in 2002. "When you hear DuPont Circle and SoHo, you know exactly what city they're in," Zone said. "The same will happen with Gordon Square."
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says the project will provide the area with a unique identity and experience they can't get anywhere else. "Each of our neighborhoods has its own special personality," Jackson said. "People will visit Gordon Square so that they can participate in the culture of this district."