This is the second time this week I have heard someone publicly advocate for a single government in Cuyahoga County, the jurisdiction surrounding Cleveland.
In this Plain Dealer editorial, Chris Ronayne, head of a community development nonprofit known as University Circle Inc., advocates for a dramatic overhaul of regional and statewide development and tax policies.
If greater Cleveland doesn’t stop sprawl and its population continues to decline, we could be looking at municipal insolvancy in the central city, he says.
Since 2002, more than 100,000 acres of farmland in the Cleveland metropolitan area have been consumed without any growth in population.
Ronayne was the head of planning for former Mayor Jane Campbell. Cleveland Magazine writes that he has written this article at considerable political risk and that he is considering a run for mayor.