This article originally appeared in Crain’s Cleveland Business, authored by Timothy Magaw.
For lack of a better phrase, life’s come full circle — in the Circle — for Allen Ford. He was born in 1928 at University Hospitals, and today, the 86-year-old retired Standard Oil exec resides at Judson Manor, a senior housing community in the heart of University Circle on Cleveland’s East Side. In between, Ford served on the boards at many of the Circle’s anchor institutions, including UH, Case Western Reserve University and the Western Reserve Historical Society.
“There’s a lot of happy coincidence there,” Ford said.
So, Ford saw first-hand University Circle’s transformation into Cleveland’s cultural and medical epicenter over much of the last century. More specifically, since he moved into Judson a decade ago, he has observed the Circle’s evolution into a more complete neighborhood — one ripe with desirable housing stock, a grocery store, modern dining options and a dense enough population to support those amenities.
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