Dr. Samanta published in a new book
Aritree Samanta and Wendy Kellogg highlight Cleveland’s environmental legacy through an analysis of the Cuyahoga River’s evolution as a driver of urban development. For years the Cuyahoga River and its valley was a “forgotten” resource. The recent context of sustainability and revitalization of Cleveland has centered on the legacy of the Cuyahoga River. Planners, public managers, and elected leaders with intentional actions have actively envisioned the revitalization of the community through the restoration of the river. Using an interpretive lens, the authors explore the meanings and experiences reflected in the stories and narratives of the actors involved with the governance of the Cuyahoga River. The key transformational idea within these efforts was connecting people with the origin story of Cleveland and that of the Cuyahoga River. This chapter reveals how this transformation came to be and the role that placemaking and local identity played in shaping urban governance.