“2 Miles” is a true crime documentary thriller about a two mile road named Train Avenue, that has existed for over 120 years virtually unchanged. Tucked away in a valley out of plain view, it is most notoriously known for as the illegal dumping spot on Cleveland’s westside, where tons of trash are routinely discarded.
The lack of enforcement and intervention has invited nefarious characters the opportunity to carry out and commit a host of violent crimes towards people and animals without fear of getting caught.
While “2 Miles” primarily focuses on a fraction of the city of Cleveland, this film intends to show the cause and effect of industrialization, while also exposing our global trash crisis.
But, it’s not all doom and gloom for this road less traveled, its natural beauty, aura of peace and potential make it worth fighting for.
It would be impossible to discuss Train Avenue without first examining its past. It wasn’t always called Train Avenue…It wasn’t even always a road.
Prior to 1900, the pathway we know as Train Avenue today was once a thriving tributary called Walworth Run, which connected and flowed into the Cuyahoga River – the river notoriously known for catching fire an estimated 13 times in its recorded history due to excessive pollution, made internationally famous in a 1969 article for Time Magazine in the infancy of the environmental movement. Walworth Run also had its share of environmental problems.
The birth of Train Avenue was founded on the idea by Cleveland city officials to solve a growing issue in the mid-late 1800s where nearby industry – such as slaughterhouses, breweries and other manufacturing operations, exploited Walworth Run by dumping waste into the stream without repercussion.
Area residents used Walworth Run for their primary source of fresh water, and filed complaints to the city for multiple decades about the foul stench permeating from Walworth Run rendering it useless. Until about 1900 when Cleveland City Council passed a measure to bury it and turn it into an extension of the city’s sewer system. Once completed, sections of it were paved to connect to other roads along the railroad tracks, and Train Avenue was born.