Discover how Uptown has been transformed in just two years

Uptown ClevelandIn just two years, the Uptown development transformed a stretch of tired businesses and craggy parking lots into a bustling mix of new housing, shops, restaurants and galleries in Cleveland’s University Circle.

Learn how that unique project came together in a panel discussion featuring Uptown stakeholders Friday, Oct. 9, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland (11400 Euclid Ave.). Steven Litt, art and architecture critic for The Plain Dealer/, will moderate the discussion, which is free and open to the public.

Panelists will delve into the innovative public-private collaboration that created the popular residential, arts and entertainment district and celebrate its distinction as a Silver Medalist for the 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.

Panelists are:

  • Latisha James, executive director for Local Government and Community Relations at Case Western Reserve University
  • Lillian Kuri, program director for Architecture, Urban Design and Sustainable Development at the Cleveland Foundation
  • Anne-Marie Lubenau, director of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence at The Rudy Bruner Foundation
  • Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc.
  • Jill Snyder, executive director of MOCA

A competitive national biennial award, the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence recognizes innovative thinking in urban environments. Lubenau will present the Uptown District’s Silver Medal to Case Western Reserve University.