From town common to “dreary transit hub” and back to public square
The landscape history of this public space in Cleveland, Ohio traces the history of urban planning and design in the United States from the mid-19th century to the present. In the early 1800s, Public Square was designated as the town common, as the city had been founded by former New Englanders. As the city grew, competing groups advocated for a public park that later succumbed to those wanting the space to accommodate traffic. By the subsequently was then later a transportation hub. A new design for the park was recently completed, reimagining the space as a central mall in downtown Cleveland.
By Colin Woodard
July 12, 2016