This past weekend I took a day trip to Cleveland with a city planning student organization to hear lectures and meet students at Cleveland State University. The majority of the day was spent listening to presentations from students and professionals that plan in Cleveland, but in the late afternoon we had the opportunity to explore. Two friends and I walked around Downtown a little bit before heading to our next adventure (which will be on the blog later this week!). We ended up just taking a quick walk around Playhouse Square, which is Cleveland’s theatre district.
CSU is located in Playhouse Square. It is pretty cool that CSU is in Downtown Cleveland because it makes the urban experience so much more real for the planning students. The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs was the building that the lectures took place within. We’re going to try to have an alliance with CSU and do more lecture series, so I am excited to see where that goes. One of the coolest parts of the lectures was when Michael Fleming, the Executive Director at the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, spoke about the urban grazing program with sheep. He called it the “urban lambscape” because the sheep take care of the grass on vacant lots (here is an article with pictures!). His presentation was probably my favorite because he seemed really passionate about what he was doing and was definitely making positive changes within his area.
This is actually my second post on Cleveland, you can find my first post here from when I went to Chagrin Falls and Downtown for the Delta Rae concert at the House of Blues. I’ll have more about my adventures around the Cleveland Institute of Art later this week!