can't see the images? view this message online.

Center for Policy Studies

Public Affairs Discussion Group

The Opportunity Corridor and Beyond: Transportation Issues in University Circle

Debbie Berry, PE - Vice President of Planning and Real Estate Development for University Circle Inc.
Friday November 15, 2013
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

After years of discussion, it appears that funds are available to build the "Opportunity Corridor," a new roadway that would connect the south and westsides of the city to University Circle by running from the intersection of I-490 with 55th Street to 105th Street. Money is nice, but is the Opportunity Corridor a good idea? How will it affect economic and social development in CWRU's neighborhood?

The Corridor is one of many transportation initiatives in our part of town. Among others are relocating the RTA station to Mayfield Road, and creating a pedestrian bridge across Martin Luther King Blvd. to ease access from campus to the planned Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple. So the news about the Corridor actually happening is a good occasion to ask the broader questions about transportation to, from, and around the circle. This is public policy that hits close to home. We look forward to discussing it with Ms. Berry.

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

About Our Guest

Debbie Beery currently serves as Vice President of Planning and Real Estate Development for University Circle Inc. (UCI). Her responsibilities include managing physical development projects on all UCI owned lands, coordinating development and expansion opportunities being lead by UCI’s 40+ member institutions, and overseeing needed infrastructure and neighborhood improvements.

Debbie is directing the effort to transform UCI into an active development corporation that is driving a neighborhood renaissance in University Circle. She is leading multi-million dollar investments at key locations throughout the district, which include UCI's Bring Back Euclid Avenue Campaign and eight strategic investment projects that will change the face of University Circle with a hotel, new housing, businesses, and wayfinding and streetscape amenities.

Prior to joining UCI, Debbie served as the Lakefront Plan Manager for the city of Cleveland and managed the Waterfront District Plan, a comprehensive redevelopment plan for more than eight-miles of Cleveland’s shoreline, including the $50 million reconfiguration of the West Shoreway, which will allow better access and development opportunities along the city’s waterfront.

Debbie holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio. She is currently serving as President of the Cleveland Metroparks Board of Commissioners and Chairperson of the infrastructure advocacy organization of Build Up Greater Cleveland (BUGC). She also serves as a Board member for the Cleveland Leadership Center, Women in Transportation, the local chapter of the American Planning Association, and the District One Public Works Integrating Committee (DOPWIC). Debbie was named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business top “Forty under 40” and she is a graduate of the 2008 Leadership Cleveland class.

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. We usually meet in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library. 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.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

November 22: Economic Effects of Health Care Reform: The Massachusetts Experience. With Mark Votruba, Associate Professor of Economics.

November 29 : No Session - Thanksgiving Break

December 6: TBA
November 11, 2013

If you would like to reply, submit items for inclusion, or not receive this weekly e-mail please send a notice to:

Upcoming Events

Interpreting Capitalism Film Series: Garbage Dreams

Introduction to the film by Pete W. Moore, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University, Monday November 11, 2013, 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M., Wolstein Building Auditorium - 2103 Cornell Rd., Cleveland OH 44106. Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.

On the outskirts of Cairo lies the world's largest garbage village, home to 60,000 Zaballeen--Arabic for garbage people. The Zaballeen have survived for centuries by recycling Cairo's waste. Following the international trend to privatize services, however, Cairo sold contracts to corporations to pick up the city's garbage. As these foreign companies came in and began carting garbage to nearby landfills, the Zaballeen watched their way of life disappearing. This extraordinary film documents--with often surprising humor--the daily struggles, frustrations, and friendship of three teenage boys born into the Zaballeen trash trade. Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities

The Falling Rate of Profit: Karl Marx's Struggle to Prove the Demise of Capitalism

Jonathan Sperber, Curator and Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Thursday November 14, 2013, 4:30 P.M.-5:30 P.M., Clark Hall - Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland OH 44106. Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.

Although never explicitly mentioned in Vol. 1 of Capital, the idea of a falling rate of profit was central to Karl Marx's understanding of both the workings of capitalism and to what he expected to be its ultimate demise. Jonathan Sperber will explain Marx's concept of the falling rate of profit and the difficulties he encountered with definitively proving what he knew intuitively to be the case. This elucidation of a central element of Marx's economics will help to place his ideas both in the history of economic thought but also in the history of the capitalist economic system.

Professor Sperber's scholarship is best described as social history, although there is plenty of political and religious history in it as well. Much of his writing deals with nineteenth century Europe, and primarily Germany, although he has made occasional forays into the eighteenth and twentieth centuries and to other parts of the continent. One important focus of his work has been the history of religion. His first book, Popular Catholicism in Nineteenth Century Germany (1984), was about popular religion, its social context, and its political ramifications.

November 2013






































About the Friday Lunch Newsletter

If you would like to reply, submit items for inclusion, or not receive this weekly e-mail please send a notice to:

Visit the Public Affairs Discussion Group Web Site.

Center for Policy Studies | Mather House 111 | 11201 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7109 | 
Phone: 216.368.6730 | Part of the: College of Arts and Sciences
© 2013 Case Western Reserve University | Cleveland, Ohio 44106 | 216.368.2000 | legal notice