What Cleveland Wants to See in The Flats

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Ever since the complete and quick demise of the Flats' East Bank and the slow spiral of the Flats' West Bank, the debate in Cleveland has continued: What should we do with The Flats?

There's a river, there's land, there's a fancy new project, there's a circus tent of sorts under which bands play, there will be an aquarium (supposedly), there are strip clubs, and there is the best bar in the entire world (The Harbor Inn).

But what else? With a largely blank slate of concrete, water, and brownfields staring us back in the face, what should Cleveland do with all the space?

The Civic Commons asked that question to everyday Clevelanders and got a wide range of answers, including the one posted in the photo above. We're not saying this gentleman was wrong, just that with an unlimited amount of potential and only so many dollars to go around, we might not be able to facilitate bringing back his deceased grandma. Boobs, boats, and bicycles we might be able to swing.

The rest of the suggestions can be found at this Flickr group, with selected highlights found conveniently after the jump. Once again, these are all real answers.

— More wildlife

— Fine dining

— Water taxis

— Fish

— People

— Whole Foods (Ed Note: Really?)

— Grocery stores

— Sharks

— Movies

— Fun places

— John Harvards

— An Indian restaurant

— Giraffes

— Kayaks

— Better parking and security

— More microbreweries

— Places that sell BEER!

— Less muggings

— Love

There are many, many more, but for now we can all agree that Clevelanders appear to be thoughtful, sincere, and thirsty creatures who love people, giraffes, and fish. Also, if anyone has any suggestions about that deceased grandma thing, we're all ears.

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