The Gordon Square Arcade, 1978

The Gordon Square Arcade, 1978
As with much of Cleveland, the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood was deeply affected by suburbanization and an exodus of residents and businesses following WWII. With this loss of a strong commercial center, the Gordon Square Arcade fell into disrepair, so much so that the eastern wall of the arcade collapsed onto W. 65th Street in 1978. Scheduled for demolition, the historic building was saved and rehabilitated through the efforts of community leaders and the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization.

The collapse and rehabilitation of the Gordon Square Arcade was a turning point for the redevelopment of the neighborhood and its commercial center. Similar efforts to revitalize the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood were undertaken by businesses, churches, community organizations, and citizen-based activist groups. Their efforts emphasized the preservation of the neighborhood's historic buildings and ethnic communities while simultaneously focusing on its economic redevelopment

Photograph courtesy of Cleveland State Library Special Collections
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