According to a recent Crain’s Cleveland Business article, despite having been ravaged by the Great Recession, many Northeast Ohioans agree that Cleveland and Akron are on an upward trajectory. Both cities have seen some of their long-forgotten neighborhoods reinvigorated with fresh development. Young professionals are eager to live in the cities’ downtown districts. The idea of Cleveland and Akron collaborating for the betterment of the region is no longer a foreign concept but a real possibility.
In this Crain’s special report, we explore what it will take to maintain and ultimately accelerate that momentum.
While I agree both cities have made some headway, the challenges ahead are enormous. Deep-seated challenges like failing school systems and growing poverty remain even though those with economic means have made a difference in both cities’ downtowns and neighborhoods.
Ashtabula County has not been so fortunate since the recession’s end. Read my earlier article on the Growth Partnership blog.