Noble corridor plan is not noble
The Noble Road Corridor Plan focuses not on Noble Road but instead functions as an extension of the city of Cleveland Heights’ Mayfield Road Corridor Plan.
For more than 50 years city leaders have not invested in or allocated city resources in an equitable way to the north side of the city. Numerous past city plans imply this, beginning with the 1976 Nine-Point Plan, which, among other goals, aimed to prevent re-segregation.
This time city leaders state Noble Road will not receive any city resources or investment until the area “stabilizes.” It will, however, use its resources to ensure that property values along and south of Mayfield are not contaminated by Noble Road's poverty.
Blaming the victims of 50 years of racist and classist policies, city leaders who led the Noble corridor plan process declare that, “Since disinvestment is progressing from north to south, it makes sense that reinvestment should progress in the opposite direction” (page 73 of the plan).
Disinvestment? Rather than provide any assistance to existing Noble Road businesses, provide a reassuring and friendly police presence, or support the successful businesses along the corridor, this plan blatantly will ignore us. It also suggests specifically taxing residents along the northernmost section of Noble Road, some of the poorest and blackest in the city, to pay for an elitist wish to install bike lanes along Noble Road.
At the Noble Neighbors candidates’ forum, all candidates lauded the plan. One bragged of attending the opening of a business near the Mayfield Road intersection. He failed to explain that this business operator closed her successful Noble-Greyton location because of crime, with a carjacking being the last straw.
The April 4 iteration of the plan was more direct in its language: no parks, no green spaces and no business district investments until the area “stabilizes” on its own! Meanwhile, city leaders, in their Compton Road Greenway Study, also in the works, suggest pocket parks with benches, play areas, and greenspaces, while Cain Park lies one to two blocks away!
Racist? Elitist? Classist? Yes, yes and yes.
Council members are not historians, but they need to know and acknowledge and correct for decades of neglect and abuse by past city leaders.
Diane Hallum is a longtime resident of the north side of Cleveland Heights.