The final element of the Connecting Cleveland 2020 Citywide Plan is the plan narrative. The narrative outlines policies and strategies surrounding topics of citywide and neighborhood significance such as housing, retail, economic development, education, recreation, arts & culture and safety. It gives a general overview of each topic then further explains the assets, trends, challenges, and opportunities in Cleveland related to each.
As chapters are completed they will be added to the site.
36 Neighborhoods and Six Districts
In crafting and presenting its vision, the Connecting Cleveland 2020 Citywide Plan organizes the City around clusters of neighborhoods, rather than wards, as was the case with the plan’s predecessor, Civic Vision 2000. This neighborhood-based structure allows the plan to focus holistically on each City neighborhood as a building block of the larger plan. In order to consider the interaction between neighborhoods, the plan then groups 36 Cleveland neighborhoods (also known as Statistical Planning Areas) into six “districts,” which closely correspond to the City’s six Police Districts (through 2006) and Community Relations Districts.
Connecting Cleveland 2020 devotes a separate chapter to each of these six planning districts. Within each district chapter, the plan draws a portrait of each of the district’s neighborhoods, identifying the assets and opportunities that characterize that neighborhood. Challenges and recommendations for each are also delineated. Issues that transcend neighborhood boundaries will be discussed at the district level.