Best Use of an Obsolete Structure

The Bridge Project

It's become a habit for James Levin to find unused pieces of the city and fill them with activity. The latest happened in the subway level of the Detroit-Superior Bridge, which was made obsolete with the elimination of streetcar lines back in the '50s. The entrances to both Cuyahoga River valley banks — now portals to the street — were covered in concrete, and the space underneath was inactive for decades. In recent years, the space opened for semi-annual, self-guided tours. But Levin and Cleveland Urban Design Center director Terry Schwarz's Bridge Project — a concept that turned the publicly owned space into an art and performance venue for a weekend last month — put the area in a whole new light. A roster of artists brought music, video installation, art and dance to the subway and basically gave Clevelanders a street festival with a roof. (Veterans Memorial/Detroit-Superior Bridge, 216.589.9444, Gill

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