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Location. District 3 is a 13.4 square-mile area in the center of the city consisting of six neighborhoods. It is bounded on the north by Lake Erie; on the west by the Cuyahoga River, on the east by various street corridors running from East 55th Street at the District’s northeastern edge to East 99th Street at its southeastern edge; and on the south by the suburbs of Cuyahoga Heights, Newburgh Heights and Garfield Heights. The District’s six neighborhoods (or “Statistical Planning Areas”) are Downtown, Goodrich-Kirtland Park, Central, North Broadway, South Broadway and the Industrial Valley. The District also comprises all of City Council Ward 12, large portions of Wards 5 and 13, and small portions of Wards 2 and 7.

Population. District 3 has the smallest population (54,002) of any of the City’s six planning districts due to the large areas that are developed for industrial, office and institutional use. The median household income in District 3, as of the 2000 Census, was $19,317, about $6,600 less than the citywide average and poverty rate was 34%, 9% higher than the citywide average. Part of this is due to the large public housing projects located in the Central area. Twice as many households in the District rent as compared to owning their homes although in the Broadway neighborhoods the ratio is closer to 50-50. District 3 has approximately the same number of white residents (26,455) and African-American residents (23,670) although the distribution varies widely at the neighborhood level. The City’s largest Asian community is located in the Goodrich-Kirtland Park neighborhood, where about a quarter of the population is of Asian decent.

Development Patterns. The two major natural features which comprise the District’s north and western boundaries, Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River have predominantly been developed as access for port and industrial uses. Many of the District’s smaller natural features, like Kingsbury Run, Morgan Run and Burk Branch have been buried and displaced by rail lines and industrial development. Public access to these features is available, however, at places like North Coast Harbor on Lake Erie and the Flats on the Cuyahoga River. Mill Creek, at the extreme southern end of the District and home to the tallest waterfall in the county, has been the focus of greenspace restoration efforts. Downtown, Euclid Corridor and the Quadrangle area give District 3 the largest amount of office space in the City. Many institutional uses, such as government buildings, Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College are also located in and near Downtown. Residential uses only make up approximately 17% of land use in the district. Many residential areas are smaller enclaves surrounded by non-residential uses. Interstates 77 and 90 provide north-south movement through the District and are major commuter routes to Downtown Cleveland and nearby commercial areas.

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