A friend of mine took me on a tour of the St. Clair-Superior Neighborhood on the near east side of Cleveland yesterday. This neighborhood is one of the hardest-hit by the housing crisis. Only about 10 percent of the housing is occupied. A local real estate investor has taken an interest in the neighborhood because of its low real estate prices and proximity to downtown and Lake Erie.
We began our tour at an east side park with a nice view of Lake Erie. A lot of people dock their boats here.
Then, we traveled into a residential neighborhoods. Signs of the housing crisis were everywhere.
Our investor friend was nice enough to take us inside one of the empty buildings he’s renovating into a storefront and apartments.
As we continued looking around, signs of violence were apparent.
Also there was lots of gang graffiti.
The real estate investor we ran into assured us it’s relatively safe. There’s not a whole lot of people still living in the area and the police pay close attention, he said.
We actually visited an old school where artists were living. The school was purchased by the nation’s youngest black C.E.O., Ephren Taylor, as an investment and experiment.
See shots of the school-turned artists colony at http://realneo.us/Preview-of-Hodge-School-Arts-Open-House.
Before we left, we stopped at Angela’s Diner, a local hangout. Pretty good breakfast. Nice crowd. This woman’s making my corn beef hash.