Today we put a cap on our week-long conversation about how we as a region deal with winter.
These discussions stem from the fact that during the pandemic, there has been increased attention on our public spaces--and how we recreate.
Summer saw record numbers of folks out enjoying the Metroparks and the beaches, while keeping socially distanced.
But now as we're in the depths of winter it seems the we Clevelanders have retreated inside, but does it have to be this way?
Tuesday we heard about an "attitude shift" in dealing with winter--how to embrace the cold--being as how we're stuck with it for several months. Yesterday we discussed how embracing the cold weather might not be as easy for all of our region's residents. There are components of historic racism, disinvestment, and cultural norms that have kept people of color on the sidelines when accessing green spaces, and engaging in some outdoor activities.
Now, we're going to pull back and look at what some other cities and organizations are doing to ensure equal access to public spaces, yes, even when the mercury's dropping.
But first up on the program is a conversation with Margaret Mitchell, president and CEO of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland. She'll share with us news regarding this year's 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge.
Then, we check in with WKSU reporter Kabir Bhatia and hear some of his reporting on school funding. This is part of a new project called "Learning Curve" from Ohio Public Radio stations across the state.
- Margaret Mitchell, president and CEO, the YWCA of Greater Cleveland
- Kabir Bhatia, reporter and producer, WKSU
- Yanira Castro, director of communications, Outdoor Afro
- Jeremy Lucas, Director of Administration and Planning, Milwaukee County Parks
- Tiffany Taulton, Director of Community Initiatives, the Hazelwood Initiative