Friday’s Public Affairs Discussion Group to look at University Circle’s present, future

Steve LittOn Friday, March 1, join The Plain Dealer’s architecture critic Steve Litt for a discussion about “University Circle’s Present and Future.” Litt has analyzed Cleveland’s art, architecture and urban design for more than two decades and has closely followed the developments in University Circle—from the Cleveland Museum of Art renovation to Uptown and everything in between.

This discussion will address the progress and explore consequences and impacts made by the changes. Is the new built environment likely to prove an attraction that will help revitalize the area? Could there be synergies among all these developments or will they all be competing for a limited pool of customers? Can the development of University Circle counter the decades-old pattern of people and business sprawling away from the city center? Are the new retail options likely to create vibrant street life?

Litt will weigh in on these issues and more during the Public Affairs Discussion Group Friday, March 1, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Kelvin Smith Library Dampeer Room.

Since 1989, faculty, emeriti, students and staff have gathered on Fridays for a brown-bag lunch and to discuss topics in public affairs.

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