Cleveland Galleria Continues March Toward Sustainability

18th-century practices in 20th-century building.
  • 18th-century practices in 20th-century building.

The Galleria, a former hotbed of downtown business before all the businesses left downtown, is doing its part to turn back the clock of recession — by about 200 years, when plowhorses clogged the city streets each rush hour. Yet another cog in Cleveland’s urban agriculture movement, the Galleria debuted its "Gardens Under Glass" project early this year. It takes advantage of the glass-roofed mall’s potential as a growing site for vegetables and herbs, which it sells to restaurants in the building.

Now the project’s conceptualist, Galleria Director of Marketing and Events Vicky Poole, is moving into what she calls “Phase Two” — the Gardens Under Glass ReSource Center, in the former Gorant’s Cards and Candy space at the mall’s east end.

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