Request for feedback on intergenerational living and learning neighborhood development

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 12/26/2007 - 09:10.

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Global warming will bring an end to white Christmas and winter as we've always known in, here in NEO, so during the first real snowstorm of this season, December 16, 2007, I went in search of a visual symbol of NEO, in my neighborhood, strong enough to stand out in white-out conditions, and I came to the Breuer! Not the Breuer Tower, of global controversy, but the Breuer Museum wing of global celebration, design elements of which are featured in the latest additions to the Cleveland Museum of Art, shown on the left here, now evolving form in the hands of Vinoly.

Breuer Tower Cleveland

Picture the Breuer Tower treated so well, complimented by great new architecture designed for it, and around it, like has been done with the Breuer Museum here. The tower site offers astounding potential for Cleveland to develop a new core neighborhood centered around great architecture and innovative community planning.

Breuer Tower site Cleveland REALNEO LOGO

We propose developing another Star Neighborhood anchored at the Breuer Tower site, and that is the plan in discussion for the Broadway Mills Building site and surrounding neighborhood (below), as well.

Broadway-Mills Building Cleveland

For the intelligent redevelopment of the CIA Gund Site, on East Boulevard (across the street from the Breuer Museum Site), Star Neighborhood Development has proposed an intergenerational mixed use cooperative living and learning community center, like is planned for the former Hough/Star Bakeries site, on Lakeview.

It is interesting one strong symbol of excellence in Northeast Ohio - the Breuer museum - has attracted the financial and intellectual support of the region's aging arts and culture elite, while a complimentary symbol of excellence - the Breuer Tower - has not had the vocal support of the same elite. How may they be better engaged and activated moving forward with planning for the Breuer Tower, CIA site, Flats, East Cleveland and the future of the region?

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An intergenerational community development model will allow all ages of our citizens to relate to a shared vision for the future, and participate in all aspects of perfecting that. Let's all generations become engaged in a higher order of planning around intergenerational living and learning innovation, here in NEO, and anchor that in large ways that will have significant impact far frow the region's current strategic investment initiatives. Star Neighborhood Development invites feedback on all aspects of an intergenerational living and learning model and these sites as anchors.

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