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[14 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Ohio and the Fate of the “Big Eight”

The 2010 Census produced mixed results for America’s “legacy cities,” that is deindustrialized cities located primarily, but not exclusively, in the Midwest and in the Mid-Atlantic states. While east coast cities like Newark and Philadelphia actually posted population gains, Midwestern Rust Belt cities generally continued their long slide down in terms of population growth. This proved especially true in the state of Ohio, formerly a key manufacturing hub and once arguably the heartland of Industrial North America. For not only have Ohio’s major cities continued to shrink, their population loss …

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[25 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

This short film, produced by some Plain Dealer reporters, was featured at the Cleveland International Film Festival two years ago. It told the story of a Giddings Elementary School teacher Sherida Freeman and a club she started for fifth grade girls aimed at reducing fighting. The Girlfriends Club was a tear jerker. Freeman financed the high tea at the Ritz Carlton partly out of her own pocket.

The Girlfriends Club from Dale Omori on Vimeo.
I just wanted to share this because my boyfriend recently brought it to my attention that this …

Brain Drain, Economic Development, Education, Headline, Public Education, The Media, Urban Planning »

[11 Jun 2012 | One Comment | ]
‘Smartest’ US Cities Have a Rusty Tint

According to a June 6, 2012, story by Richard Florida published by The Atlantic Cities, a recent analysis by Lumosity shows that more than half of the 25 smartest cities in the United States are situated in the Rust Belt. In order to calculate the smartest metropolitan areas, the article indicates the following research methodology was utilized:

“…scientists at Lumosity tracked the cognitive performance of more than one million users in the United States on their games, mapping them across U.S. metros using IP geolocation software.

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[18 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
Midwestern Universities Wooing Chinese Students

 

Source: lonelyplanet.com

Michigan State University in East Lansing has been a steady leader among public universities in the United States for sending its students abroad for a portion of their academic studies. On the flipside, the university along with seven other Big Ten universities has been the lucky recipients of a growing influx of international students, particularly undergraduates from China in the past five years. According to the Open Doors 2011 report from the Institute of International Education, of the 25 universities in the United States with the largest international student population, …

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[9 Feb 2011 | 17 Comments | ]
Urban Schools and the of Challenge Retaining Middle-Class Residents

When I bought a house in the city of Cleveland, one of the constant questions I faced was: “but what about the schools?”

Failing public schools are a problem in urban areas throughout Ohio and more broadly throughout the country. And that is hindering efforts to repopulate even some of the more fashionable city neighborhoods in places like Cleveland. That was the basic premise of the thesis I just completed for my master’s in urban planning.

Using original research, I explored the extent to which failing public schools undermine neighborhood stability by encouraging residential turnover among middle-class residents. I thought the readers of this blog might be interested in the results.

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[30 Sep 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Race and Inequality in Youngstown, Part 1

The recent high profile shooting of an elderly couple leaving church on Youngstown’s south side—the second such murder of a parishioner at Saint Dominic’s this year—has rocked the city. The usual calls for greater police crackdowns and the typical mystified responses from the public and the media make it clear that few people understand why exactly a cycle of crime is playing out in our inner cities. The only explanations usually given involve the same stories of the loss of manufacturing jobs and the closures of the mills in the 1970s. Almost none address the fact that Youngstown’s—and indeed almost every ghetto in the Rust Belt—has largely been created by economic structural changes that have disproportionately affected African Americans and by deliberately exclusionary policies designed to reinforce segregation.

In the 1950s urban renewal projects changed the face of entire sections of the city of Youngstown. African Americans found themselves time and again in front of the wrecking ball as highways and industrial parks bisected or obliterated their neighborhoods.

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[23 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]
Young, Broke and ‘On Your Own’ in Ohio

The Akron Beacon Journal is carrying an interesting editorial about the economic status of young people in the Buckeye State.

In the article Amy Hanauer, executive director of the liberal, Cleveland-based think tank Policy Matters Ohio, argues that high college costs, declining middle-class wages and increasing basic costs are disproportionally squeezing Ohio’s young people.

“Skyrocketing costs make it difficult for students to complete their degrees, employment has become less stable, earnings have declined steeply for workers without a four-year college degree, and young adults are increasingly saddled with debt,” she writes, with co-author Nancy Cauthen.

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[15 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Lansing, Michigan Recycles Old School Buildings

Interesting post on the Next American City web site about high-tech firms in Lansing, Michigan converting old school buildings– “Thanks to their expansive plumbing systems, large spaces and impervious surfaces that allow for easy cleanup, the old schools are perfect lab settings,” one user told the magazine.

Furthermore, “Not only are these companies revitalizing the region’s economy by providing jobs, they’re also revitalizing neighborhoods. Unlike many newer schools that sit off of highway exits or in the middle of fields, Lansing’s old school buildings are smack in the middle of neighborhoods,” according to the story.

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[8 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Take a look at this column, published in Buffalo’s weekly Artvoice.
It reviews a book, Hope and Despair in the American City by Gerald Grant (Harvard University Press 2009), which examines school desegregation through metropolitan-wide school reorganization.
The premise? This work “compares the sorry recent history of Syracuse, New York with the glad success of Raleigh, North Carolina. One town tried desegregation within the boundaries of the old city and failed, and is dying, while the other town regionalized schools, and has been growing by leaps and bounds,” writes reviewer Bruce Fisher. (Fisher is …

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[1 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
Innovative Schools Make the Grade

I didn’t expect to hear anything encouraging about the Cleveland Municipal School District in this year’s round of state report cards. And as expected, the district overall performed poorly, registering at “academic watch,’ the equivalent of a D grade.
There’s a silver lining, however. The Plain Dealer is reporting the district’s “innovative” schools are performing relatively well, even some of those that are designated for at-risk students.
Cleveland’s MC STEM High School, Cleveland School of Science and Medicine and Warner Girls Leadership Academy all outscored the district overall on standardized tests. Three …