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6.26.2019

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE

The Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969. 

It was not the first fire on the Cuyahoga, but a month after the fire an image of it burning appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. The image of a river on fire sparked a national conversation about industrial water pollution. Cleveland residents had been actively working to clean up the river prior to the fire. In 1968, residents had passed a $100 million bond initiative to fund the Cuyahoga’s cleanup.

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Thanks to the fire and the Times' article, Cleveland represented a turn in environmental issues. This event also brought Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes to the forefront along with his brother US Representative Louis Stokes. They testified before Congress for federal involvement in pollution control which would lead to the passage of the federal Clean Water Act of 1972.

Fast forward to now and the 50th Anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Burning!

The kids and I celebrated by exploring the Detroit-Superior Bridge. Or, for those who were born after 1989 or whose parents could not adopt the new name, the Veterans Memorial Bridge.


The first few years of Ingenuity Festivals were held under the Detroit-Superior bridge. And, on Labor Day and Memorial Day, the bridge is open for tours. This is the first time my oldest will remember walking across the Cuyahoga River. While we didn't go through the old subway tunnels, we did cross the bridge, see some exhibits, and were amazed by the lighting art installations.


What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE

RTA is for all

I also took advantage of the RTA's ride free day. I'm forcing, er teaching, them to use public transportation. This was the first step. Next step is to make them take the bus up and down Madison Avenue by themselves. Baby steps...

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE


What to do in CLE

While many of the events to celebrate Cuyahoga 50 occurred over the anniversary week, there are still several community events, exhibits, performances, and conferences throughout 2019! Check out the website to learn more. Events are added often.

We also plan on celebrating the end of summer and our gorgeous city at the Water Lantern Festival.


Originally scheduled for the start of June, this event was moved because of the weather. Rain and high winds have kept Northeast Ohio in spring limbo. I was so happy to be able to spend Sunday at the pool soaking in the sun and reading my BOTM!

How are you spending your summer?


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