Design & words: Stephen Manka
The existing school on the site is quite sad. Most
windows are obscured, the small windows on the front doors look
into a darkness that even paper snowflakes crafted by small hands
can't lighten. Walls seem to be buckling and empty asphalt parking
lots cover over play fields.
Our recommendation is to remove and relocate this
school. Away from the growl of Shoreway traffic, away from the barbed-wired
parking lots of adjacent industry. Relocate it along the garden
edge of East Boulevard, across from the Rockefeller Greenhouse.
Here it can act as a proud front door to the community. An intersecting
greenway invites one into the heart of the neighborhood. The school
is a community center, adorned by public art and gardens.
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In nearby developments for senior housing gentle eyes
can enjoy the Kinder-garden, perhaps take an even more active role.
The school will be an example of "Green Architecture"
- Natural light everywhere
- Replenishing gardens
- Gateway to the community
- Gracefully holds the edge of the grand Rockefeller Park
- Off-the-grid solar arrays, thermal wells, bio-swales, local
- Adorned with public art
Along the northern edge of the community a tattered
mess of marginal industry, underused rail, and a freeway like an
open wound create the worst of environments. Here is a great opportunity.
As a counterpoint to the Rockefeller Park Cultural
Gardens, we suggest creating a linear garden that runs this northern
edge of the Glenville neighborhood (where East Boulevard swerves
north from the Rockefeller Greenhouse and winds its way toward East
105th). Future plans could show this garden continuing toward Forest
Hills Park to the east, further completing a green network. Installations
could theme the garden and act to heal, memorialize, and optimistically
envision. This new park could collect those memories and celebrate
people and ideals that may have evolved from a counter-cultural
Click here to read and view an idea bank for different
counter cultural gardens
Collect empty lots and create various gardens and
parks where residents relax and invent uses: Garden plots, basketball
courts, and open lawns.
This new boulevard traffic configuration would beautify
the streetscape from traffic sewer to garden parkway. Four lanes
become three each way (maintaining a consistent flow but with a
calming effect). The neighborhood concrete break between Bratenahl
and Glenville would be far less drastic. A green buffer on the Glenville
side would further enhance this new garden parkway. The introduction
of an interchange at E. 105th plays an important role (to be discussed
below). Additionally, removal of the ridiculous interchange at MLK
opens up great opportunities for public park space.
This new RTA train would be the extension of the Waterfront
line, racing from Northcoast Harbor downtown along the existing
underused freight rail tracks. Three stops are shown for the Glenville
exhibition. The first would serve the ball fields and Gordon Park
(and new lakefront housing). The second would serve the Rockefeller
Greenhouse, Dike 14 Nature Preserve, the new "Green-ville”
School and the adjacent community. The final station would be the
located at the new interchange of East 105th.
-East Boulevard TOD
Proximity to transit marks a great opportunity for dense development
where residents can take advantage of the assets of this location
- cultural resources such as the Lakefront parks, Dike14, and the
bold new Counter Cultural gardens.
-East 105th St. TOD
This station offers great opportunity for a transit-oriented
development that would reshape perceptions of Glenville. A green
gateway marks the transition between the already bucolic Bratenahl.
Pockets of restaurants and other amenities will come if you build
This tattered landscape is what happens when auto-oriented
graft a limb from the suburbs. Old photos show a humane landscape
alive with streetcars and strolling shoppers. A radical reconfiguration
is necessary, while still accommodating the automobile and fast
food urges. Here, buildings don’t shrink from the street,
instead they band together to shape beautiful public shapes. Parking
lots of the necessary scale can be tucked back and buffered. The
introduction of housing and other mixed uses generate street life
similar to W. 25th St in Ohio City.
The new Garden Shoreway interchange would help feed
life and enhance access. The MLK parkway commuter who otherwise
bypasses E.105th now has the option to traverse the street, pick
up flowers, beer, a snack before hopping on the Shoreway Boulevard
or back to Dike 14 for an afternoon of bird watching.