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A Celebration and Tribute to Norman Krumholz

Saturday, February 29, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm

2:00pm – 3:00pm | Remarks
3:00 pm – 4:00pm | Reception
CSU Student Center (3rd Floor)
Glasscock Family Foundation Ballroom
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
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About this Event

Norman KrumholzPlease join us for a celebration of the life and legacy of Norman Krumholz, Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and a widely-respected urban planner and community development leader. Prof. Krumholz left an indelible mark on our city and campus, and his contributions to how we learn and teach neighborhood-building, community development, and city revitalization will impact us and future generations for many years to come.

Prof. Krumholz joined CSU in 1979 as founding Director of the Center for Neighborhood Development (CND) and spent the next 40 years educating multiple generations of urban planners, who are now leaders in the city, the region and beyond. As a teacher, Prof. Krumholz was much beloved by his students, who established the Professor Norman Krumholz Scholarship at the Levin College of Urban Affairs in honor of his many years of service to CSU.

In 2016, CSU awarded Professor Krumholz an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Urban Affairs in recognition of his leadership and scholarly work in urban planning and community building. In 2017, we honored Prof. Krumholz’s 90th birthday with a celebration that included the City of Cleveland renaming the one-block stretch of East 18th Street from Euclid Avenue to Chester Avenue as Norman Krumholz Way.

His legacy at the Levin College includes serving as the founding Director of CND from 1979 to 1984. Under his leadership, he and his staff were instrumental in supporting and expanding the network of community development corporations (CDCs) dedicated to neighborhood revitalization. This led to the formation in 1981 of the Cleveland Housing Network (CHN). The CHN became a national model for the rehabilitation of housing for low-income tenants and for helping many of them become homeowners.

Prior to joining the Levin College, Prof. Krumholz worked as an urban planning practitioner in Ithaca, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland, where he served in the mayoral administrations of Ralph J. Perk, Dennis Kucinich, and Carl Stokes. He also served on President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on Neighborhoods, and on many local, regional and national urban planning boards.

Please join us on Saturday, February 29 to celebrate Professor Krumholz’ life and many accomplishments.


2:00 to 3:00 pm | Remarks
3:00 to 4:00 pm | Reception


Recommended CSU parking options include:

Donations Welcomed

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Norman Krumholz Endowed Scholarship or the Norman Krumholz Lecture Series. Those who wish to contribute can visit our Donate to the Levin College webpage, and designate your gift to one of these two options.

Tributes to Norman Krumholz

Norm Krumholz and Equity Planning 
By Dennis Keating, Emeritus Professor, Department of Urban Studies, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Norm’s Modesty 
By John Forester

Freeway City by Brad Masi - Comments on Showing at Bottlehouse Brewery 2/18/20 
By Robert N Brown

Norman Krumholz Zeroed in on Cleveland’s Inequality 40 Years Ago
By Roldo Baltimore, American Journalist

Rebel with a Plan: Norm Krumholz and “Equity Planning” in Cleveland 
By Robert N. Brown, FAICP
City Planning Consultant and Former Director of City Planning for the City of Cleveland

By Bob Giloth

Remarks on Norm Krumholz 
By Robert N. Brown, FAICP
City Planning Consultant and Former Director of City Planning for the City of Cleveland