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Research conducted in a computer lab like this one may have contributed to the recent report on growth in Cleveland.


September 18th, 2017

Urban college assists in revitalizing city

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson commissioned the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs to analyze Cleveland’s housing market in 2016 with the anticipation of a Neighborhood Transformation Initiative.

The study, “Preparing for Growth: An Emerging Neighborhood Market Analysis Commissioned by Mayor Frank G. Jackson for the City of Cleveland,” is now the foundation of a $65 million neighborhood investment plan for the City of Cleveland. It received city council approval on Aug. 16, 2017.

The purpose of the analysis illustrates patterns of reinvestments in neighborhoods and highlights whether these patterns exist.

“The goal is to pinpoint areas of targeted investment based on evolving demographic and real estate trends,” noted the report. “Findings show that neighborhoods in the urban core — including Downtown, Ohio City, and Tremont — that were low income and rental from 1970 to 2000 became upper-middle income and rental by 2010. Other upper-middle income rental areas include parts of University Circle and Buckeye-Shaker. Over 45 percent of residents in these areas had at least a four-year degree, compared to 12 percent for the city as a whole.”

Parts of the city held to higher priority are E 105th Street and Cedar Avenue in the Fairfax neighborhood—this intersection is near the north end of the Opportunity Corridor roadway project and the future site of IBM. “The block is arguably the geographic epicenter of the region’s transition into the knowledge economy,” noted the report. “Continued investment in the vicinity could be catalytic.”


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