Detroit Shoreway

Detroit Shoreway is a west-side community bounded by Edgewater State Park, Interstate 90, W 45th Street, and W 85th Street. The neighborhood emerged from the annexations of Brooklyn Township, the Village of West Cleveland, and Ohio City into the city of Cleveland during the latter half of the 19th century. With the development of Cleveland as a port city and its designation as a passage to western cities via railroad in the 1850s, the Detroit Shoreway area was shaped by the influences of industry, commerce, and immigration.

Always in a state of transition, the unique character of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood can be attributed to the preservation of its past in an era of redevelopment. The historic commercial center of the neighborhood was reestablished with the rehabilitation of the Gordon Square Arcade (c. 1980), while a cultural arts district has more recently been developed around the renovation of both the Cleveland Public Theatre (c. 2006) and Capitol Theatre (c. 2009). Numerous projects for the rehabilitation and creation of mixed-income residential properties were also undertaken by local organizations and churches. Newly constructed condominiums and eco-friendly townhouses now mingle with the architecture of churches, homes, theaters, and storefronts that reflect the neighborhood's days as one of Cleveland's manufacturing and commercial centers.


Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood: "A shift in the choices people make..."
William Merriman describes the changing face of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. ~ Source: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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Ghost Town
Anthony Anzalone describes the decline of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood during the 1970's and 1980's. ~ Source: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection
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