Shaker Square is a vital hub on the East Side of Cleveland that provides access to restaurants and retail, diverse levels of housing, and public transit. It’s also a focus of public affection because of its superb early 20th century design, the architecture of buildings added around it, and because it constitutes a critically important “third place” for shopping, public enjoyment and social activities on the border of Cleveland’s economically challenged East Side neighborhoods, and the prosperous East Side suburbs, which face challenges of their own. Importantly, Shaker Square is an interracial crossroads where people of different backgrounds can enjoy being with one another.
The square’s distinguished past and present cannot be guaranteed to extend into the future without deeply engaged stewardship. In many ways, Shaker Square will be a bellwether for the fate of Cleveland’s East Side and that of the flanking communities as well.
- Peter Rubin, President, The Coral Company
- Edward W. Rybka, Chief of Regional Development, City of Cleveland
- Captain John Sotomayor, Cleveland Police 4th District
- Brandon E. Chrostowski, Founder, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute
- Steven Litt of The Plain Dealer as moderator