Our conversation continues with Tiffany Graham and David Wilson of LAND Studio and Wayne Mortensen of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. Plus, we discuss clips from speakers at public meetings who feel passionately about what should — and shouldn’t — happen in Shaker Square’s future, including the possibility of closing Shaker Boulevard through the Square.
What’s the future of Shaker Square? Join planners Tiffany Graham and David Wilson of LAND Studio and Wayne Mortensen of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress as they talk about the process that’s shaping what will happen here in the future — including ideas to make the Square greener and more park-like. Can a place that’s separated both people and neighborhoods now unite them?
On this episode, we move from Shaker Square’s past… to its present. We hear from the Square’s current owner, Peter Rubin of The Coral Company, about why the Square is 100% leased for the first time in 15 years — and about what’s still not working on the Square. Also, Donita Anderson of the ever-popular North Union Farmers Market; Joe Dawson and Brandon Chrostowski of Edwins Restaurant and Leadership Institute; patrons at Dewey’s Coffee Shop; and Cleveland Police Fourth District Commander Brandon Kutz.
As Shaker Square opens, the 1929 stock market crash threatens its future. Then, starting in the 1950s, social changes in the neighborhoods around the Square alter who feels “welcome” there - an evolution that is still unfolding. A developer reflects on his late-1990s attempt to remake the Square as a high-end lifestyle center. Features interviews with Ludlow residents Sylvia Clayton and Shelley Stokes Hammond; Ulysses Glen, owner of the East Side Daily News; and developer Randy Ruttenberg of Fairmount Properties.
On this episode, the mysterious Van Sweringen brothers, builders of Shaker Square and Shaker Heights. Who were these self-made rich guys who never married and hated “girl food”? What were their goals for Shaker Square? Plus, architectural designer Ben Herring helps us unpack an early planning document about the Square.
Inhabited by people for more than 13,000 years, the area that’s now Shaker Square has a strong heritage of attracting believers and dreamers. This episode explores native settlement up through the arrival (and eventual abandonment) of the area by the Shaker religious sect, which embraced celibacy and racial and gender equality. Features interviews with Dr. Brian Redmond of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Dr. Ware Petznick of the Shaker Historical Society.