A Perspective of the Akron Innerbelt
In 1963, the City of Akron's Department of Planning and Urban Renewal released "A Perspective of the Akron Innerbelt." The 22-page report examined the proposed Akron Innerbelt highway as one element of a larger redevelopment plan for the metropolitan transportation system and made recommendations…Read More
The failed Akron Innerbelt drove decades of racial inequity. Can the damage be repaired?
Originally published by Akron Beacon Journal - Seyma Bayram, February 3, 2022. The mistakes of the past are guiding discussions about the future of a 30-acre decommissioned stretch of the Innerbelt in the heart of Akron. In 1956, Flanvis J. Johnson set his eyes on a white-paneled, three-bedroom…Read More
‘It was ... devastating’: The Akron Innerbelt destroyed Black-owned businesses in its path
Originally published by Akron Beacon Journal - Seyma Bayram, February 3, 2022. Homell Calhoun Jr. cherished Sundays at his father’s record store on Wooster Avenue. He had been shining shoes at the store since was 8, but as he got older, his father trusted him to open Calhoun Record Shop on Sunday…Read More