Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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70 Landscape Architect and Specifier News EXISTING STREETSCAPE Many of the original buildings from the early 1900s are still standing in downtown Lorain, Ohio (pop. 68,652). The city is on the south shore of Lake Erie in northeastern Ohio, about 30 miles west of Cleveland. The 1,720-seat Lorain Palace Theatre (circa 1928), Ohio's first motion picture theater, is still features loges, a crystal chandelier and a Wurlitzer pipe organ. In Design: Lorain, Ohio—Broadway Avenue Enhancements Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Designs by The Collaborative Thanks to the creative thinking of Dale Vandersommen, P.E., city engineer for the city of Lorain, Ohio, what began as an Ohio DOT resurfacing project transpired into a new vision for Lorain's 7-block historic downtown district. Lorian had a vibrant downtown in the 1950s and '60s, but like many cities along Ohio's Lake Erie shore, experienced significant loss of manufacturing jobs, and a mass exit to the suburbs, leaving Broadway Avenue and the downtown greatly diminished. "To meet the city's vision for downtown Lorain it was important that our team include architects, landscape architects and graphic designers," explains Philip Enderle, a landscape architect principal with The Collaborative. After engaging the community and business owners in workshops and meetings, the planning team established four primary goals for Broadway Avenue: 1) Express the values, culture and history of this Ohio's steel city. 2) Create excitement and a "wow" factor to bring the community back downtown. 3) Provide a safe and family-friendly environment. 4) Focus on arts and entertainment. Continued on page 72

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