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Editorial Response: Tony Coyne, Chairman of the Group Planning Commission

(WOIO) -

I am Tony Coyne, Chairman of the Group Planning Commission.

Great cities have great public spaces. In their day the mall and public square were shining examples.  

We are in the process of transforming those spaces for a 21st century Cleveland. After all, public square is the heart of Cleveland. It's where Clevelanders have celebrated and come together for generations. But, it can be so much more.  

Other cities have demonstrated how investments in public spaces catalyze even more development.  Imagine a vibrant and welcoming space for families, workers, visitors and friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists, a unified space that is a year-round attraction for all Clevelanders.

Most commuters travel through public square and simply walk across. However few people actually stop and spend time. We want to change that, taking advantage of the incredible development happening today which means a better connection between public square and the rest of downtown, making it inviting, a true destination and a point of pride.  

 Public square is a great space. Cleveland is a great city.  This is our time to make it happen.

Thank you.

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