FutureHeights to host Oct. 10 public forum on creative place-making

Making Our Own Space (MOOS) at La Villa Hispana, Cleveland. 

FutureHeights will hold a public forum, Creating Great Places in the Heights, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at The BottleHouse Brewing Company, 2050 Lee Road.

Desirable communities sometimes happen out of sheer luck, but more often become great by design. In this community forum, organized by FutureHeights' Civic Engagement and Planning & Development committees, a panel will discuss the art of place-making.

More than just building physical spaces, place-making is the art of elevating the human experience of a space.

The forum will consider such questions as: What is the role of place-making in the Heights? What are exciting local examples of place-making in the community? What more could be done? Where are there opportunities to make better spaces, great and small?

Bob Brown, former director of the Cleveland Planning Commission and, most recently, interim director of Midtown Cleveland, will consider the human side of community spaces through the lens of physical and human development, and share how Spirit Corner in Cleveland Heights was created, from start to finish.

Stephanie Sheldon, founder of the Cleveland Flea, will discuss how that event has transformed the fabric and reputation of a Cleveland neighborhood.

Nelson Beckford, senior program officer for a Strong Neighborhood at Saint Luke's Foundation, will discuss Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative's youth place-making effort, Making Our Own Space (MOOS), a collaborative effort to empower young Clevelanders with the skills to creatively transform their neighborhood public spaces.

After the panel discussion, the forum will open for an interactive conversation about the community fabric in the Heights. 

The event is free and open to the public. FutureHeights requests that participants RSVP at www.futureheights.org/place-making.

Sruti Basu

Sruti Basu is the director of community-building programs at FutureHeights.

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