I have just been out to Seymour Avenue, and I am so excited about the transformation that's occurring there thanks to the efforts of our office, the Cuyahoga County Land Bank, Independence Excavating, Lightning Demolition, Republic Waste Services, Kurtz Brothers and Petitti’s Garden Centers. Take a look at the photos below.
Ariel Castro's former crime scene on Seymour came down on August 7, and this week a pair of abandoned homes immediately to the west of it were also demolished. Roughly a half-acre has been cleared for whatever positive use the residents and stakeholders of the neighborhood decide to pursue. For now, the land has been seeded with signs of new life: Grass and roses.
What an amazing transformation since the evening of May 6 (note the picture from that night, too)-- and what eloquent testimony to the good that can happen when people across our community work together.
The courage, perseverance and continued recovery of Castro's victims inspires us all. The new face of Seymour Avenue should, too.