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Bike Ride and Panel Discussion

Ride and Learn: The Future of Fairfax

Thursday, August 22, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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"Oftentimes when development happens around the edges, parts of neighborhoods become annexed. We have to maintain our identity." – August Fluker

This year marks a pivotal year for the Fairfax neighborhood as it nears the end of a five-year strategic investment plan—and the dawn of a renaissance that’s been in the works for close to two decades with Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation. Located on the emerging Opportunity Corridor and buoyed by Opportunity Zones, Fairfax is now experiencing an influx of new services and amenities, while making strides to include its long-time residents as the local landscape shifts.

Striking this balance is key for a neighborhood that plays home to some of Cleveland's oldest institutions, including St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church (the oldest church in Cleveland), and Karamu House (the oldest African-American theater in the country). And most recently, Karamu House is under consideration as an integral piece to a partnership for a new K-8 Arts School in the neighborhood.

While many of these developments appear to be new, these initiatives are a result of many year-long partnerships and projects. The Cleveland Clinic continues to have a profound impact on the neighborhood, and other corporate partners—such as PNC Bank—have expanded community engagement. What other projects are expected to break ground? How are the residents affected by these changes? And what does the Fairfax of the future look like?

Join FreshWater, the City Club, and Bike Cleveland for this special forum as we take a bike tour around the neighborhood to see these projects up-close and conclude with a discussion with some of Fairfax's local leaders.

Highlights of the 2.8 mile bike tour will include:

• PNC Fairfax Connection

• Future site of Innovation Square

• Griot Village

• Karamu House

• St. James A.M.E. Church

• Cleveland Clinic’s Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center

Bicycle racks will be available; please bring a bike lock and helmet. You can also sign up for a UHBike and meet us at PNC Fairfax Connection. Use discount code CITYCLUB30 for a 30 minute credit to your UHBikes membership.

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