Cleveland Needs You, Rust Wire Readers!!

At Rust Wire, we try to remain objective-like on issues that pit one of our beloved cities against another. But we’re going to make an exception in this one case because, well, someone asked us to and a little healthy competition never hurt anyone, right?

Bears love Cleveland and you should too, by voting for the Bridge Project!

So, ok. Drum roll … Rust Wire is throwing its support behind the city of Cleveland’s Bridge Project in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s This Place Matters Community Challenge. A $25,000 grant will be awarded to the 1st place winner ($10k for 2nd place and $5k for third). Cleveland is currently in 6th place out of 100 and there are only 10 days left to vote. The top vote getters take home the cash.

The project would allow the city of Cleveland to rehab the space below the Detroit-Superior bridge. We have written about this super-cool place before. (It used to be a subway.)

Here’s a little more about the space from the application:

The Detroit-Superior Bridge (also known as the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge) is one of the most prominent features of the city’s urban landscape. The lower level of the bridge is a vast, cathedral-like space suspended over the Cuyahoga River, providing unmatched views of the downtown skyline and the city’s industrial valley. The two ends of the bridge include vestiges of the former streetcar line–buried artifacts from the city’s past, including stairwells and tunnels, segments of track, colonnades and waiting spaces, and the historic subway station.

The idea is to transform this space to make it a year-round public space, performances, for pedestrians and cyclists, etc. The project already received a grant from the federal government, but they need to find the requisite 20 percent matching funds.

If that isn’t reason enough to vote for Cleveland, do it because all-around nice guy David Jurca looks really awesome in a bear costume!

There you have it guys.

Vote here. Vote often. Vote Cleveland.

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