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North Cuyahoga Valley Corridor Concept Plan


This groundbreaking report, published by CPC in 1992, changed local perceptions of the Cuyahoga River Valley. Traditionally considered the geographic feature that divided Greater Cleveland into west and east "sides," the river valley and its immediate surroundings were documented as a unifying source of Cleveland's commercial strength, transportation influence, industrial might, philanthropic foundation, and ethnic richness over many generations.

The report set forth the first coordinated concept plan for many important recreation, open space, and quality of life projects that have been completed or are underway, including the Towpath Trail, Canal Basin Park, Mill Creek waterfall, Superior Avenue Viaduct urban overlook, Whiskey Island and Cuyahoga River public access, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad extension, and the Cleveland Metroparks' Canal Reservation and Washington Park Reservation.

Appendix A of the document is a comprehensive 35-page narrative on the history and land use evolution of the Cuyahoga River Valley and its immediate surroundings from the northern boundary of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at Rockside Road to Lake Erie.

The report received the 1992 Ohio Planning Conference statewide award for Excellence in Metropolitan Planning.

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