Recently, I was assigned to design a monument for the city of Streetsboro. Streetsboro is a city wedged between Twinsburg, Kent, and Ravenna. The city slogan "Gateway to Progress" is quite accurate in the sense that it is a "gateway" to neighboring cities. The project is quite simple: design a monument for the city that evokes the sense of a place. Meeting with the steering committee and the Mayor, I was pleased to hear some positive input as to what they envision their city to be... Without a doubt Streetsboro is activated by its commercial corridor: strategically located at the crossroads of 5 State Routes: Rt 14, Rt 43, Rt 303, Rt 480 and Ohio Turnpike, Streetsboro is by all means a driving community.
The monument will the located at the NE corner of the intersection of Route 43 and Route 14: one of the busiest intersections in NE Ohio. As I approach the first part of the design process I beg to ask the question: how do you create a lively, progressive, and visible community space and monument at an extremely busy intersection? Will people use the space? How successful can a public space be in such extreme conditions? This proposal will definitely be a challenge.
Brandon E. Young