Reconnecting Our Community is a community-engaged initiative to reckon with the Innerbelt’s past and begin to imagine a healed future.
In 1970, construction of the Innerbelt began, erasing a vibrant neighborhood and displacing residents and businesses. In 2018, a portion of the Innerbelt (between Market and Exchange Streets) was permanently closed. Now the time has come to determine what’s next.
The City has hired spatial justice consultant Liz Ogbu to steward a public conversation around creating a new vision for a vibrant place that reconnects communities and honors both what once was here and our future aspirations for what we can be. We want to hear from the Akron community, whether your family once called the land on which the Innerbelt sits home, you live or work near the Innerbelt, or you’re an Akron resident interested in what’s next.
Please help us by sharing your thoughts in this brief survey. All completed surveys will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card! Deadline to complete the survey is January 31st.