Group Project Cleveland Urban Design Workshop Spring 2022

  • Mitch Berry, 2022
    Hanqi Chai, 2023
    Melody Chen, M.R.P. 2023
    Rehan Dadi, M.R.P. 2022
    Rachel Elmkies, M.R.P. 2023
    Jiaru Fang, M.R.P. 2023
    Wen He, M.R.P. 2023
    Xunru Huang, M.R.P. 2023
    Ishan Keskar, M.R.P. 2023
    Josh Kogut, M.R.P. 2023
    Grace McCartney, U.R.S. 2022
    Adhish Parkar, M.R.P. 2023
    Aashka Patel, M.R.P. 2023
    Jiaxuan Tang, M.R.P. 2023
    Gianni Valenti, M.R.P. 2022
    Li Yan, M.L.A. 2023
  • Class

    CRP 5072 Land Use, Environmental Planning, and Urban Design Workshop
  • Instructor

    Mitch Glass

The Hough neighborhood has a long and complex urban history that includes 19th century settlement and affluence, in and out-migration, working class transformation, racist redlining, and urban renewal. These dynamics have led to the current physical form of Hough today, which is characterized by a mix of single-family homes, multi-family apartments, affordable housing complexes, schools, churches, and local commercial businesses. While Hough is well known for racial uprisings that occurred there in the late 1960s and subsequent years of municipal neglect and disinvestment, it is also home to individuals and families who still reside in the area with strong social and cultural connections to the community that go back years.

Hough's location gives it advantages that other Cleveland neighborhoods do not enjoy. Specifically, it is proximate to University Circle – Cleveland's premier center for Eds, Meds, and culture – as well as Euclid Avenue which has seen serious investment after the implementation of a world-class BRT line in the 2010s.  These influences are beginning to make their way into Hough, primarily (but not all) on the western side of the neighborhood. This is most apparent at 66th Street and Euclid Avenue, where the Cleveland Foundation is currently constructing its new headquarters building alongside potential development that includes 2 million SF of office, lab space, workforce training, residential, and retail space.

The neighborhood is bounded by the parallel avenues of Euclid and Chester to the south; Superior Avenue to the north; E. 105th Street to the east (bordering University Circle); and E. 55th Street to the west. Hough's population of approximately 9,000 people is 96% Black, 2% White, and 2% Asian and Hispanic. Numerous well-known and well-used landmarks exist in Hough including Rockefeller Park, the African-American Museum, League Park, Martin Luther King and East High Schools, the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center, and Hough Chateau – an urban vineyard and winery located at E. 66th Street and Hough Avenue.

In Fall 2021, Cornell began discussing the eastern parts of Hough with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC), a non-profit planning and development organization, who had just taken possession of a 2.6 acre vacant parcel of land on E. 85th Street that was formerly the John W. Raper school. Centrally located within a residential neighborhood and next to the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center, this now-empty parcel of land and the surrounding neighborhood have the potential to be reimagined as a center of community activity, investment, and neighborhood programs. Early concepts and neighborhood engagement meetings from Summer 2021 called for the 2.6 acre site to be transformed into a new "Hough Community Green Space". With  vacant parcels and other opportunities around the site, the opportunity exists for the community to create an equitable vision plan for this area of Hough for the next 5 to 10 years or more.

Over the course of the Spring 2022 semester, students analyzed the site, met with community members, listened to community needs, and proposed ideas for the 2.6-acre Hough Community Green Space. They also suggested economic development opportunities and infill housing on vacant or underutilized parcels within the study area, especially along Hough Avenue. Taken together, these site-specific strategies aim to repair the physical fabric of the neighborhood, create a revitalized public space at the heart of the community, offer needed public space options, increase housing and commercial choices, and create corridor defining improvements such that Hough serves the needs of all residents now and in the next 50 years.

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