Some local planners are thinking big about a redesign for downtown Cleveland -- and it's not about the Lakefront or a corridor, it's Public Square. Renowned architect James Corner came up with three ideas: a forest, a giant hill with traffic routed underneath or a huge lattice to frame the area. The hope is to transform the marquee public space beyond the rather large bus stop it has become. James Corner comes back to town this week for a public forum on his designs. He'll join us beforehand as to discuss how redesigning a city's center can revitalize surrounding areas. We'll look at other cities that have done this and explore whether it can work here. We'd also like to hear from you: Is Public Square a useful public place? Which design do you favor? Where on the list of Northeast Ohio priorities should this go?
Steven Litt, Art/Architecture Critic, The Plain Dealer
Terry Schwarz, Interim Director, Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
Joe Marinucci, President, Downtown Cleveland Alliance