Cleveland should avoid investing too much in weaker neighborhoods, study finds

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filePolicyBridge, a Cleveland think tank founded in 2005 to explore issues critical to minorities, examined how Cleveland’s social and economic problems have affected the city’s 36 neighborhoods

Cleveland should avoid investing too much in weaker neighborhoods, study finds

By Joe Guillen, The Plain Dealer

October 14, 2009, 5:00PM

cleveland-foreclosure.jpgView full sizeGus Chan, Plain Dealer filePolicyBridge, a Cleveland think tank founded in 2005 to explore issues critical to minorities, examined how Cleveland’s social and economic problems have affected the city’s 36 neighborhoods.CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland’s limited resources should be poured into its strongest neighborhoods rather than spread thin throughout the city, according to a report a local research firm will release Thursday.

This concentrated investment, the report argues, is a key to reinventing Cleveland as it copes with steady population loss, foreclosures, unemployment and a struggling public education system. But it also means some neighborhoods should be left to wither, according to the study "Rebuilding Blocks."

"Cleveland must make strategic choices about rebuilding its neighborhoods, making tough decisions about investing aggressively in some while scaling back investments in others," the study argues. "We have to, in essence, pick our winners and losers."

PolicyBridge, a Cleveland think tank founded in 2005 to explore issues critical to minorities, examined how Cleveland’s social and economic problems have affected the city’s 36 neighborhoods.

The report identified several statistical measures - such as the poverty rate and percentage of single-family homes sold at a sheriff’s sale - and applied them to each neighborhood to show that many of Cleveland’s communities are crumbling.

It also identified bustling pockets of the city with potential, such as University Circle, Tremont and Detroit-Shoreway.

Randell McShepard, chairman and co-founder of PolicyBridge, said these types of neighborhoods - ones connected to the city’s medical, industrial and cultural establishments - should get the bulk of public and private money aimed at rebuilding Cleveland.

"You can’t take a peanut butter approach and spread those resources," he said.

The report will be distributed to local elected officials and leaders of philanthropic organizations.

Councilman Zack Reed, who represents the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood, agreed that the city’s strongest neighborhoods need attention. Every neighborhood is worth saving, he said, but money can be spent more wisely on preventing already stable neighborhoods from slipping further.

"We’ve got to shore up what we’ve got right now," Reed said.

If more money flows to certain parts of Cleveland, what will happen to others?

The report is designed to spur a discussion that will help answer that question, McShepard said. But the Cuyahoga County Land Bank could be one answer, he said.

The Land Bank, an agency recently established with the help of Cuyahoga Treasurer Jim Rokakis, acquires foreclosed properties for demolition or rehabilitation. Demolished properties can be transformed into public green spaces in neighborhoods devastated by foreclosures.

The Land Bank’s work would help realize a smaller, greener version of Cleveland promoted by the report. The report also touches on a range of other issues affecting the city’s communities, including safety and education.

Councilman Terrell Pruitt, whose ward includes the Lee-Miles area, said safety should be a top priority because a neighborhood can implode if residents don’t feel safe.

Pruitt said now is the time to address problems in Cleveland’s neighborhoods. "If we mess this up, 20 to 25 years from now, it may be too late."

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Love you Guy

  Thanks for calling our attention to this load of...

 and please note that my opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my employer, my spouse, my cat, my neighbors, my extended family or anyone I happen to acknowledge on the street, bus, etc.

Nor the opinion of those funding this study

Load of #&%*%)#&@^ - Funded by the Cleveland Foundation and their SII zones.

Thank you for the WONDERFUL NEWSPAPER REPORTING, PD.

Tomorrow, I'll give more details on why this study is of great concern, and a related example of the extreme corruption of the Plain Dealer reporting on planning related to University Circle... I need to sleep on this one

Disrupt IT

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secular nonprofits are a drain

I'm assuming PolicyBridge, this thinktank that advocates abandoning the least of our neighbors, is a secular nonprofit--I can tell from the attitude, I can smell it, and there's a dot.org appended to its name. Anyway--We should take the funding for it and spread it, peanut-butter-like, over our most distressed neighborhoods, charitably.

Other topics they are probably thinking about are eugenics and euthanasia. Time to order Soylent Green from Netflix for a quick re-screening.

 

but they've been doing this for years

 with the empowerment zones and now model block grants that Clinton set up in the 90s. 

 

Community Development Block Grant Program

  Yes-Dbra--empowerment zones and model block grants--this evil has been going on for years.  It's called the Community Development Block Grant program and it has been subverted and used to destroy the municipalities across America who buy into it.

Mark your calendars for November 10th

http://realneo.us/events/2010-2015-consolidated-plan-cdbg-funds

 

 

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The poor get poorer. 

The poor get poorer.  Nothing new here.  Now the elderly can join the 'disenfranchised' too since there will be no increase in social security benefits this year.  But the cost of everything keeps going up, up, up.  Who makes these decisions?  The bottom line is that there is just not enough money to go around.

Planned abandonment

And, evidently, there is no shame in announcing to the world that some City of Cleveland residents will have to be sacrificed to save the most worthy of being "saved."  
 

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