THE PLAIN DEALER EDITORIAL BOARD: The great urban designer Daniel Burnham famously said, "Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood." More than a century ago, Burnham made big plans for Chicago, San Francisco, Washington -- and Cleveland.
He was summoned here in 1902, and he and his Group Plan Commission were tasked with making several big government construction projects the integrated building blocks of the city's future. Although not all of the commission's ideas were carried out -- most notably, a grand train station envisioned as marking the lakefront as Cleveland's front door was shifted to Terminal Tower -- the plan's vision of grand malls surrounded by classic public buildings has defined a large slice of downtown Cleveland ever since.
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