CLEVELAND - Which camp are you in?
Camp One: Preserve the city's freshly beautified, prime real estate of Public Square and keep traffic out of it. Supporters say it would attract more people downtown to use it and spend money nearby.
Camp Two: Keep the original plan, which calls for Superior Avenue to run through Public Square, most fluidly using valuable city roadway to move around 40-thousand bus patrons a day?
Tuesday night Mayor Jackson made it clear – he’s in Camp One.
"People’s input was -- maybe it would be nice if there was no traffic on Public Square at all," Jackson told reporters in a late day, hastily scheduled press conference.
So, the city is petitioning the Federal Transit Administration to green light their proposal to close the road to all traffic.
Superior was supposed to open to all traffic in August, but the city delayed the opening of Superior until reaching a final decision.
If approved, the RTA would need to re-route 900 buses that use Superior every weekday. It’s unclear exactly what that route would be, and what kind of inconvenience it would mean for drivers and riders.
It would also mean the $50 million Public Square facelift would require more dollars. How many more dollars is also unclear.
“There would be some capital needs to remove the street portion that’s going through public square,” Mayor Jackson said.
The city is using the next 10-14 days to work on plans to present to the Federal Transit Administration.