FROM Colin Woodard
Cleveland's Public Square While many are gathered at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week, less than half a mile away, hundreds of others are sharing their political message at a different venue: Cleveland's Public Square. The park has roots dating back to the birth of American democracy, and it just underwent a $50 million renovation. DnA talked to Politico contributing editor Colin Woodard about the transition from a car-based space to a civic place.
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