Cuyahoga County Agrees to Demolish Juvenile Court Building, Enabling Innerbelt 'Cap' Designed to Heal a Racial Scar



Cuyahoga County has agreed to demolish the long-vacant 1931 Juvenile Court Building overlooking the Innerbelt freeway trench at East 22nd Street. The county’s move will make possible construction of a wide, surface-level highway “cap’' over the highway trench with generous spaces for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit.

The design will help heal a scar in the city’s landscape that carries racial connotations from the construction of the Innerbelt in the 1950s, when it severed downtown from the majority Black Central neighborhood to the east and south.

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