Some of these ideas are low cost, others are 'big ticket' projects. At
the bottom of this page you'll see how old this list is. No
improvement on this years-old list has ever been implemented!
To change the widely held perception
that the Square is unsafe, it needs a greater police presence,
better lighting. more alarm boxes and more cameras. In its own interest,
Cleveland needs to
invest more and spend more.
Aside from the North Union Farmers Market, a great boon
Square, there has been a decline in large crowd events.
No problem there. Night-time events brought crowds to the Square
when parking was hard to find and the stores were
Here are some promotion possibilities:
Ads and promotions geared to
holidays such as Fathers Day and Mothers Day
Shaker Square gift certificates
Radio, television and internet
daytime promotions, each week for a different quadrant.
Greater traffic at one
store could lead to more business at nearby stores.
Early-bird dinners. Thousands of
older persons live around the Square, yet none of
restaurants offers an incentive for them to come
to dinner earlier.
Free Short Term Parking
Cleveland's parking meters, from Shaker Square to Kamm's
Corners on the far west side, do not offer free short term parking.
Changing the city code to give free short term parking would help
its stores and restaurants.
In 2007 the 60 meters on Coral Company land all around the Square were changed to give 15 minutes free parking.
It was a boost. But in 2012 the rates were doubled and free short term
parking was removed from almost all meters.
Shaker Heights helps local businesses
with free short-term parking and small parking lots. Cleveland Heights also offers
free short-term parking, much metered parking, plus parking structures at
Coventry Village and on Lee Road. Cleveland does
How about it Cleveland? The
payback: collecting more from
sales, property and payroll taxes. Said differently: avoiding long-term declines in tax
"Hot Line" Phone Number
call 911 when we see something that needs
emergency response. But if we see
something on the Square that is messy, dangerous or broken,
there is no number
call. Each quadrant has
a directory of stores and restaurants. How about adding
a "hot line" number to these
Visitor and Living Center
There is a University Circle Visitor
& Circle Living Center, with a helpful staff, on Euclid
Avenue near Mayfield Road. A good idea for the Square.
Indoor, day and
evening, year-round space can help build community. See
our page Public
Spaces and Community.
Nearly all businesses on
the Square pay a monthly fee for promotion to the Coral
Company. We suggest that these funds be
controlled by the businesses, through their
merchants association, not by the property owner. There
will be more promotion, and when Shaker Square changes ownership,
its web presence
and promotions will continue.
Special Improvement District
A Special Improvement District (SID) is a way a defined
area can assess an additional tax on its property owners
and direct how those funds are spent. (Coventry Village
in Cleveland Heights is a SID.)
There was talk about an SID for the
Square in 2016, with no result.
When this page was posted it had only nine suggestions. We invited visitors to submit a tenth. Here it is.
Have a branch of the Shaker Heights
Library at the Square. (The Shaker Square area, while in Cleveland,
is in the Shaker Heights
City School and Library District.
It need not be a big
commitment. For a start, a safe place to pick up and return
books, video and audio items would help. It
could be in a cooperating business or, even better, in
our hoped for indoor community space.
See you on the Square.
August 8, 2009
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