Urban Policy

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As the City of Cleveland is left with no positive increase in population, what can the city do to affect a net positive increase in overall population? In examining the efforts made by the city in earlier portions of this paper, the conclusion could possibly be, much more. Leaving the development of neighborhoods to the various neighborhood community development corporations does have a improvement in those neighborhoods and also could potentially generate an “us vs. them” mentality among the multiple, unique neighborhoods that make up the City of Cleveland.

The issue is not that people do not want to live in urban areas, on the contrary, the World Health Organization has concluded that only 48% of the world’s population does not live in an urban landscape which is a increase of 18% since the 1960’s. Moreover, urban areas are expected to have a near 2% increase in overall world population in the next 5 years (W.H.O., pg. 1). So that means that not only will people want to call a city like Cleveland home, but it is also competing with other municipalities and regions for citizens. Cleveland’s plan has to be vibrant and take elements of many different approaches to population attraction and retention. In looking at the regional rival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cleveland could find some cues.

As Cleveland is content to let the community development corporations do the work it sees fit to do, Pittsburgh is as well. However, it seems they are more effective. The city’s East Liberty Development Incorporation, a nonprofit community development corporation focused on the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh had a novel idea at the beginning of the 2008 housing crisis. To simplify the idea, they were determined to combat blight and neighborhood crime by purchasing homes from “slumlords” and repurpose…...

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