Mr. Mayor Himself

Robert  Buehner

Cleveland, United States

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Arguably the most influential and perhaps most diverse leader that ever led a major American city, is the man that helped to put Cleveland on the international map. Tom L. Johnson is little known in the city today, but many things that he implemented are direct results of why Cleveland is the way it is. He changed the street grid from names such as Erie, Water, and prominent Cleveland inhabitants to numbers marking the streets east and west starting at Public Square. Aside from this, he also improved garbage collection services, Electricity plants, busing routes, and many other civic reforms. Not generally thought about today, but very important in his day, was his lowering of the Cleveland Street Railways to three cents. This life size statue sits on the northwest quadrant of Public Square.

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