“Today, Gravity Place is part of a riverfront zone on Columbus Road Peninsula in the Flats where aging industries are interspersed with attractions such as Merwin’s Wharf, the riverfront restaurant operated by Cleveland Metroparks, and recreational facilities operated by the Cleveland Rowing Foundation and the Foundry, a youth rowing program.
As the Plain Dealer’s architecture critic, I’ve been contacted through the years by Clevelanders who have wanted to float trial balloons for various redevelopment ideas… Reviving the radial street pattern in some form, possibly through rows of lights, as suggested by the rendering posted in the gallery that accompanies this column, is an idea worthy of exploration.
That’s because Gravity Place is a fascinating artifact of early 19th-century American town planning. It echoes the radial street pattern of downtown Detroit devised by Augustus Woodward and the multi-radius pattern created for Washington, D.C., by Pierre Charles L’Enfant.
We’ve got just a little bit of that mojo at Gravity Place, and it’s worth exploring how to bring it back…”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer, Steven Litt – May 1st, 2016
Director of The National Park Service