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Center for Policy Studies
Public Affairs Discussion Group

University Circle, Cleveland, and the "Opportunity Corridor"

Robert N. Brown, FAICP - Former Director of City Planning for the City of Cleveland
Friday September 22, 2017
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

It can be hard to tell whether transportation projects develop more slowly or more quickly than global warming. But there is little doubt that the "Opportunity Corridor" is moving forward, even though when it will be completed and what it will achieve are less clear.

The $331 million (estimated) project is a boulevard to connect the terminus of I-490 at East 55th Street to University Circle, via 105th Street. Anyone who has made that trip can understand the desire for improvement. But the project has been both fervently promoted by the Cleveland establishment and accused of being a waste of money.

Summer of 2017 brought a burst of news. The city announced plans for how the communities along the route could benefit. ODOT announced delays due to a taxpayer lawsuit against the Turnpike Commission (which is providing some of the $331 million). Meanwhile, the section from Chester Ave south on East 105th Street to Quincy Avenue is nearly complete, and so much easier to navigate than it was during construction. So it seems a good time to ask what the heck this major construction project is supposed to do, and what the odds are that it will do that. It is a tale of economics and politics, and we are glad to welcome Robert N. Brown to share his knowledge about both the project itself and the economic development challenges facing Cleveland and surrounding communities.

All best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest

Robert N. Brown worked as a city planner for the past 40 years, including ten years as Director of City Planning for the City of Cleveland. He is now working as a city planning consultant in greater Cleveland. In 2014 Robert Brown was selected as a "Fellow" of the "American Institute of Certified Planners" (FAICP). Early in his time with the City of Cleveland, he prepared Cleveland's Civic Vision 2000 Citywide Plan, recipient of APA's national award for excellence in comprehensive planning. Later he led the city's work in the Reimagining a More Sustainable Cleveland project, recipient of the APA award for excellence in "sustaining places." Over the years Robert Brown has written and administered zoning and development regulations on a wide range of topics, from signs to design districts and from urban agriculture to townhouses.

Where We Meet

The Friday Public Affairs Lunch convenes each Friday when classes are in session, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our programs are open to all and no registration is required. We usually meet in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library.

* Kelvin Smith Library requires all entrants to show identification when entering the building, unless they have a university i.d. that they can magnetically scan. We are sorry if that seems like a hassle, but it has been Library policy for a while in response to security concerns. Please do not complain to the library staff at the entrance, who are just doing their jobs.

The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again. Occasionally we need to use a different room; that will always be announced in the weekly e-mails.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level (labeled as for the Thwing Center); it is less than 50 yards from that exit to the library entrance. You can get from the Severance garage to the library without going outside. Near the entry gates - just to the right if you were driving out - there is a door into a corridor. Walk down the corridor and there will be another door. Beyond that door you'll find the entrance to an elevator which goes up to an entrance right inside the doors to Kelvin Smith Library.

Schedule of Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

September 29: Nutritious in More Ways Than One? School Lunch and Student Performance. With Justin Gallagher Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics.

October 6: The Budget Mess: Debt Ceilings, Shutdowns, and Health Care, Oh My! With Joseph White Ph.D., Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies. ***Alternate Location: Mather House, Room 100, 11201 Euclid Ave***

October 13: Public Health Lessons From the Ebola Outbreak. With Ronald Blanton M.D./M.Sc., Professor of International Health.

October 20: Students, Stress, and Sickness: Are There More Problems and, If So, Why? With Judith Olson-Hammer MS, Director of Educational Services for Students, and Richard B. Pazol Psy.D., Director of Counseling and Coordinator of Assessment Services, University Health and Counseling Services.

October 27: Patenting Pot. With Craig A. Nard J.D., L.L. M., J.S.D., Galen A. Roush Professor of Law and Director, Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology and the Arts.

November 3: Cleveland's Muslim Community: History and Challenges. With Ramez Islambouli, Lecturer of Arabic and Islam; Adjunct Professor of Islamic Law; and President, Uqbah Mosque Foundation.

November 10: Lead Poisoning in Cleveland: Why, After All These Years? With Dorr Dearborn MD, Ph.D., Mary Ann Swetland Professor Emeritus and Department Chair Emeritus, Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

November 17: Digging Into Football and Voting With Data. With Andrew Healy Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Loyola Marymount University and Senior Strategist for Player Personnel, Cleveland Browns.

November 24: Thanksgiving Break

December 1: TBA

December 8: Environmental Policy in the Pruitt EPA. With Catherine J. LaCroix J.D., Adjunct Professor of Law.

September 17, 2017

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Upcoming Events

Freedom of Expression on College Campuses

2017 CWRU Constitution Day Program. Join a CWRU student panel for a discussion with Susan Kruth, J.D. Senior Program Officer, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and Reginald Oh, J.D., Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Monday, September 18, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., CWRU School of Law, Moot Courtroom (A59), 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106-1769. Sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of Government and Community Relations, Center for Policy Studies, and School of Law. A reception will follow at the law school.

Universities that foster reasoned and thoughtful debate are vital to a thriving society. Since the passage of the Bill of Rights, government limitations on expression have been subject to legal challenge. Many forms of offensive speech are protected by the First Amendment, while obscenity and certain types of violent expression are not. Yet only some universities are parts of government, and all are communities in which the rights and obligations of students and faculty raise issues that may not be easily matched to constitutional jurisprudence.

These include whether some expressions should be limited because of their effects on vulnerable populations, when political speech on campus might look like the university taking sides, and the bounds and legitimacy of protests, from Middlebury College to UC Berkeley, against particular speakers. How can universities strike a balance between their fundamental values of debate and expression of ideas, and the desire for equal dignity within their communities? What, if any, restrictions should be placed on student expression at a private institution - or on those institutions' policies about expression?

The CWRU Constitution Day Student Committee is pleased to welcome Susan Kruth, J.D. and Reginald Oh, J.D. to discuss these critical questions related to the First Amendment.

China and America in an Age of Turmoil

A Discussion with David M. Lampton, Ph.D., Hyman Professor and Director of SAIS-China and China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Clark Hall-Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. This program is made possible by the generosity of Ms. Eloise Briskin and sponsored by the CWRU Center for Policy Studies.

Relationships between the governments of the United States and China, always subject to tensions, appear to have become less stable in recent years.

The Obama administration proclaimed a "pivot to Asia" in U.S. foreign policy. But perhaps its signature initiative, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is now dead. The Trump administration has inherited one "problem from hell," in North Korea, while raising the profile of other problems, such as the U.S. trade deficit with China. Economic tensions are based on real issues, such as Chinese businesses' behavior in regard to intellectual property. Military tensions also derive from basic disagreements on issues such as Taiwan and the South China Sea. The current Chinese leadership has pursued a more assertive foreign policy than its predecessors, while President Trump at a minimum uses a lot of assertive rhetoric.

What, then, are the prospects for relationships between the two nations going forward? How will turmoil in the world influence U.S. - China relations - or, will U.S. China relations add to the world's troubles? Join us for lecture and discussion with one of the world's leading scholars of both Chinese politics and China's international relations.

We are very pleased to welcome eminent China scholar David M. "Mike" Lampton to discuss current and future relationships between the two nations. As former President of the National Committee on U.S. - China Relations; current Chairman of the Board of the Asia Foundation; Professor and program Director at SAIS: and author or editor of many books and articles on China's leadership and foreign policy, he is one of the leading experts on the field. In fact, in 2015 the Institute of International Relations at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing declared Professor Lampton was the "Most Influential China Watcher" in the United States.

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