Metro Jacksonville takes a look at one of the Midwest's most rapidly growing urban employment centers: Cleveland's University Circle.
Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University is a private research university anchoring the heart of University Circle. The university was created in 1967 by the federation of Case Institute of Technology (founded in 1881 by Leonard Case Jr.) and Western Reserve University (founded in 1826 in the area that was once the Connecticut Western Reserve).
In U.S. News & World Report's 2013 rankings, Case Western Reserve's undergraduate program ranked 37th among national universities. The University is associated with 16 Nobel Laureates. Other notable alumni include Paul Buchheit, creator and lead developer of Gmail; Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.org; and Peter Tippett, who developed the first anti-virus software, Vaccine, which Symantec purchased and turned into the popular Norton AntiVirus.
The university is contained within a 550-acre area containing numerous educational, medical, and cultural institutions. Case Western Reserve has a number of programs taught in conjunction with nearby institutions, including the Cleveland Clinic, the University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Cleveland Play House.
Uptown Entertainment District
Uptown is a project being developed by Cleveland's MRN Ltd. at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road. The multi-phase, $150 million infill development includes retail, entertainment, dining and cultural uses. Intended to create a true center for University Circle, the project is being sponsored by Case Western Reserve University and University Circle Inc. Its location will create a true center to University Circle.
Designed by London architect Farshid Moussavi, the $32 million new home for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) anchors the development. Later phases will include a hotel, more apartments, condos, more retail, and a new Euclid – East 120th (RTA Rapid Transit station).
The RTA's Red Line and Health Line BRT both provide quick and reliable transit service between downtown Cleveland and University Circle.
Article by Ennis Davis