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Greater University Circle Initiative: Year 7 Evaluation Report, Molly Schnoke, Merissa Piazza, Heather Smith, Liam Robinson Jul 2018

Greater University Circle Initiative: Year 7 Evaluation Report, Molly Schnoke, Merissa Piazza, Heather Smith, Liam Robinson

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The Greater University Circle Economic Inclusion (GUCI) Initiative has surpassed a decade of existence by connecting neighborhoods, businesses, and leaders throughout seven neighborhoods that encompass Greater University Circle (GUC) in Cleveland, Ohio. This initiative was first assembled by the Cleveland Foundation in 2005 to bring together the three major anchor institutions located in these neighborhoods (Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals Health System) to convene and meet shared goals by harnessing their collective economic power. It is important to recognize that in many other anchor initiatives in other parts of the country, initiatives are brought by ...


Feasibility Analysis: Borderlight International Theatre Festival, Merissa Piazza, Molly Schnoke, Nick F. Zingale, Iryna Lendel Apr 2018

Feasibility Analysis: Borderlight International Theatre Festival, Merissa Piazza, Molly Schnoke, Nick F. Zingale, Iryna Lendel

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BorderLight International Theater Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established to launch a summer festival of contemporary international theater in Cleveland beginning in July 2019. Co-directors Dale Heinen and Jeffrey Pence have spearheaded BorderLight’s inception and programming. BorderLight is conceptualized in its debut form as a four-day international theater festival located in Cleveland, Ohio.1 It will include curated performances by international, national, and local artists—as well as an independent fringe festival—and will focus on engagement with underserved audiences and communities.2 This makes BorderLight a bifurcated theater festival, which is a combination of a curated ...


Our Pathway To A Brighter Future: Ohio’S New Americans, Allison Herre, Eugenio Mollo Jr., Lourdes Narváez Soto, Richey Piiparinen, Manju Sankarappa, Guadalupe Velasquez Mar 2018

Our Pathway To A Brighter Future: Ohio’S New Americans, Allison Herre, Eugenio Mollo Jr., Lourdes Narváez Soto, Richey Piiparinen, Manju Sankarappa, Guadalupe Velasquez

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Our Pathway to a Brighter Future: Ohio’s New Americans explores Ohio’s immigrant history and the lives of immigrants living here today. It relies on data collected by federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as information generated locally. The report does not represent the official views of any of the entities involved in its production.


The Healing Economy: An Economic Development Framework For Cleveland, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Valdis Krebs Jan 2018

The Healing Economy: An Economic Development Framework For Cleveland, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Valdis Krebs

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  • The Cleveland metro has the densest health science labor market in the nation, with 14.5% of the region’s workforce employed in high-skilled healthcare delivery. Cleveland is ahead of Philadelphia (14.1%) and Boston (14.1%).
  • Since 2002, healthcare and social assistance jobs in Cuyahoga County increased from approximately 104,500 to 131,700, with the aggregate income from those jobs growing from an inflation-adjusted $4.8 billion to $6.9 billion in 2016.
  • A significant amount of Cuyahoga County’s healthcare jobs are clustered in Cleveland’s Health Tech Corridor. In 2003, 26.4% of all healthcare and ...


Variety Village District Economic Analysis: Retail Market Expansion, Economic Impact, And Fiscal Impact, Robert A. Simons, Kirby Date, Georgina Figueroa, N. Colt Ossoff, Mattias Amoroso Jan 2018

Variety Village District Economic Analysis: Retail Market Expansion, Economic Impact, And Fiscal Impact, Robert A. Simons, Kirby Date, Georgina Figueroa, N. Colt Ossoff, Mattias Amoroso

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This study outlines the economic and fiscal impacts of the redevelopment of the Variety Village District, comprised of the Variety Theatre Complex, a new public parking lot, and 40,000 square feet of new retail along Lorain Avenue. In addition, as shown in the full report, a portion of the location decision for at least three local industries which are moving to, or expanding their enterprise in, the immediate Westown neighborhood, can be attributed to the catalytic effect of the Variety Village District redevelopment.


Fleet Avenue Revitalization Strategy, Robert A. Simons, Kirby Date, Georgina Figueroa, N. Colt Ossoff Oct 2017

Fleet Avenue Revitalization Strategy, Robert A. Simons, Kirby Date, Georgina Figueroa, N. Colt Ossoff

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Slavic Village Development, Inc., the nonprofit community development corporation in the Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland, engaged the Center for Community Planning and Development at Cleveland State University to assist with a revitalization strategy for Fleet Avenue. The study team was charged to work with SVD leaders and the neighborhood’s City Councilman, Tony Brancatelli, to evaluate market opportunities for food production businesses and local retail, and to develop an overall parcel-by-parcel strategy for commercial rehabilitation, and new commercial and housing infill on the street.


Center For Population Dynamics Quarterly Brief September 2017: Repopulating Cleveland From The Inside Out, Richey Piiparinen, Thomas Bier, Charlie Post, Mark J. Salling Phd, Gisp Sep 2017

Center For Population Dynamics Quarterly Brief September 2017: Repopulating Cleveland From The Inside Out, Richey Piiparinen, Thomas Bier, Charlie Post, Mark J. Salling Phd, Gisp

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How can Cleveland repopulate? Generally, there are two theories of thought: by focusing on regional economic development, so that people follow jobs; and by focusing on local economic development, particularly in housing and quality of place. Here, jobs follow people.

While the oft-heard question in city building is whether people follow jobs or jobs follow people, recent research suggest it is likely both. Cleveland needs both a jobs strategy and a housing strategy to incur repopulation. This report brief sketches out the framework of a housing strategy, while an upcoming report by The Center for Population Dynamics called “The Healing ...


Ten Years Of Foreclosure Prevention In Cuyahoga County, Molly Schnoke Jul 2017

Ten Years Of Foreclosure Prevention In Cuyahoga County, Molly Schnoke

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No abstract provided.


Responding To Foreclosures In Cuyahoga County 2016 Update: Tenth Annual Report January 1 - December 31, 2016, Kathryn W. Hexter, Molly Schnoke May 2017

Responding To Foreclosures In Cuyahoga County 2016 Update: Tenth Annual Report January 1 - December 31, 2016, Kathryn W. Hexter, Molly Schnoke

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The Levin College of Urban Affairs has been the evaluation and research partner for the Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Prevention Program (CCFPP) since the program was adopted in 2006. This report is an update to the County for 2016. The evaluation tracks progress and provides feedback about the program that can be used to improve and adapt it to meet the rapidly changing state and national context surrounding foreclosures.

Since the program began in 2006, the Cuyahoga County foreclosure prevention program has served a total of 29,135 homeowners at the five participating counseling agencies. In 2016 alone, 901 households were ...


Preparing For Growth: An Emerging Neighborhood Market Analysis Commissioned By Mayor Frank G. Jackson For The City Of Cleveland, Richey Piiparinen, Kyle Fee, Charlie Post, Jim Russell, Mark J. Salling Phd, Gisp, Thomas Bier May 2017

Preparing For Growth: An Emerging Neighborhood Market Analysis Commissioned By Mayor Frank G. Jackson For The City Of Cleveland, Richey Piiparinen, Kyle Fee, Charlie Post, Jim Russell, Mark J. Salling Phd, Gisp, Thomas Bier

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In anticipation of the development of a Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, in 2016, Mayor Frank G. Jackson commissioned Cleveland State University’s Center for Population Dynamics to analyze the City of Cleveland housing market. The resulting study, “Preparing for Growth,” provides a foundation for the Mayor’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative acknowledging neighborhoods where private investment is strong but, and most significantly, identifying emerging neighborhood markets where focused planning and the leverage of public dollars will attract private investment to the benefit of existing residents and businesses in these neighborhoods.


Greater University Circle Initiative: Year 6 Evaluation Report, Kathryn W. Hexter, Candi Clouse, Nick Downer, Liam Robinson May 2017

Greater University Circle Initiative: Year 6 Evaluation Report, Kathryn W. Hexter, Candi Clouse, Nick Downer, Liam Robinson

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The Greater University Circle Economic Inclusion Initiative is a unique multi-anchor, place-based effort to revitalize the seven neighborhoods that comprise Greater University Circle (GUC) in Cleveland, Ohio. Convened in 2005 by the Cleveland Foundation, it involves three anchor institutions: The Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Health System, along with the city of Cleveland and many other partners. This sixth evaluation report highlights the group’s major accomplishments and challenges, and looks to the future of this unique initiative. The report also tracks progress toward meeting the goals set forth at the outset: Buy Local, Hire Local ...


The Economic Value Of Tree Preservation In A Weak Land Development Market Region, Wendy A. Kellogg, Brian Mikelbank, Robert Laverne, Kathryn W. Hexter Mar 2017

The Economic Value Of Tree Preservation In A Weak Land Development Market Region, Wendy A. Kellogg, Brian Mikelbank, Robert Laverne, Kathryn W. Hexter

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New residential development is most often a death sentence for the trees that stand in its way. This behavior might be altered if developers thought there was an economic value to being more selective. Unfortunately, the relationship between tree preservation and new development is not well studied. The purpose of this study was to characterize the economic value gained from the preservation of mature trees during the land development process. The study focused on six counties constituting the greater Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., real estate and land development market. A mixed quantitative and qualitative approach was used. GIS-based data and ...


City Of Oberlin, Comprehensive Housing Study And Needs Analysis, Kirby Date, Kathryn W. Hexter, Charlie Post, N. Colt Ossoff, Arleesha Wilson Feb 2017

City Of Oberlin, Comprehensive Housing Study And Needs Analysis, Kirby Date, Kathryn W. Hexter, Charlie Post, N. Colt Ossoff, Arleesha Wilson

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The Center for Community Planning and Development was engaged by the City of Oberlin, Ohio to develop a comprehensive housing needs assessment. A fact-finding study with recommendations, it is intended to support future policy discussion and visioning as part of the City’s planned comprehensive plan process in the coming year. This study was completed with input and guidance from the City and a Housing Study Steering Committee of community stakeholders, a Community Open House, and interviews with residents, workers, business owners, and community leaders. Data analysis demonstrated a need for additional housing for low-income families, starter housing for younger ...


Housing Impact Of Shale Development In Eastern Ohio Update: February 2017, Iryna Lendel, Kathryn W. Hexter, Charlie Post, Nick Downer, Nate Hoover, Sydney Martis Feb 2017

Housing Impact Of Shale Development In Eastern Ohio Update: February 2017, Iryna Lendel, Kathryn W. Hexter, Charlie Post, Nick Downer, Nate Hoover, Sydney Martis

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This quarterly update of the Housing Impact of Shale Drilling Study and Dashboard includes indicators measuring oil and gas shale development activities in the fourth quarter and indicators measuring the housing market in third quarter of 2016. As with previous reports and dashboards, the companion documents were prepared by a team of researchers from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs (CSU) for the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) to monitor the impact of the Utica shale development in Ohio on housing affordability and availability in eight counties of eastern Ohio where the core upstream and midstream activities ...


Center For Population Dynamics Quarterly Brief January 2017: Transportation’S Role In The Economic Restructuring Of Cleveland, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell Jan 2017

Center For Population Dynamics Quarterly Brief January 2017: Transportation’S Role In The Economic Restructuring Of Cleveland, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell

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Transportation is the vessel for the movement of people. Migration is the actual movement of people. Both transportation and migration are dictated by the economic eras of which they are a part. These economic eras are most simply illustrated by showing the type of work people did across our nation’s history. Nearly 70% of the nation was employed in agriculture in the 1840s. Fast forward to 1930 and employment in mining, manufacturing, and construction—categorized as “industry” employment—surpassed farm work, with industrial jobs peaking in 1960. Then, the era transitioned into a knowledge economy dominated by the proliferation ...


Eastern Ohio Shale & Housing Dashboard - January 1, 2017, Iryna Lendel, Kathryn W. Hexter, Charlie Post, Nick Downer, Nate Hoover, Sydney Martis Jan 2017

Eastern Ohio Shale & Housing Dashboard - January 1, 2017, Iryna Lendel, Kathryn W. Hexter, Charlie Post, Nick Downer, Nate Hoover, Sydney Martis

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No abstract provided.


Neighborhood Retail Commercial Study: Cleveland, Ohio, Kirby Date, Robert A. Simons, Matthew Martin Thomas, Larry Laprade, Rachel Oscar Dec 2016

Neighborhood Retail Commercial Study: Cleveland, Ohio, Kirby Date, Robert A. Simons, Matthew Martin Thomas, Larry Laprade, Rachel Oscar

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While affordable housing is the foundation of neighborhood revitalization, retail commercial development is also a pressing development issue facing urban legacy city neighborhoods. Retail opportunity in urban legacy city neighborhoods has been decimated over many years as population has declined, and competing commercial centers have blossomed. And yet, retail commercial development holds opportunities for local community resident investment and entrepreneurship, training of youth and others in entry-level jobs, and creation of vibrant opportunities for resident and business interaction.

This project was defined to answer some critical questions about retail development in urban neighborhoods. What are the typical urban shopping patterns ...


Model Tree Canopy Cover Management Regulation, Kirby Date Nov 2016

Model Tree Canopy Cover Management Regulation, Kirby Date

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This version of a model regulation for Tree Canopy Cover Management has been developed for the purposes of discussion with community leaders, arborists, technical experts, and the development community in Ohio. It has not yet received full legal review and/or endorsement or adoption by any entity.

This model represents a strong departure from traditional tree protection regulations. It does not require protection of any class of trees. Instead it focuses on the stormwater, health and safety benefits of trees in communities over the long term. Quality of the tree living environment is prioritized over tree size and retention. Specific ...


Housing Impact Of Shale Development In Eastern Ohio Update: October 2016, Iryna Lendel, Kathryn W. Hexter, Charlie Post, Nick Downer, Sydney Martis Nov 2016

Housing Impact Of Shale Development In Eastern Ohio Update: October 2016, Iryna Lendel, Kathryn W. Hexter, Charlie Post, Nick Downer, Sydney Martis

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This quarterly update of the Housing Impact of Shale Drilling Study and Dashboard (Appendix 1) includes lead indicators measuring oil and gas shale development activities in the third quarter and lagged indicators measuring the housing market in second quarter of 2016. As with the first report and dashboard, the companion documents were prepared by a team of researchers from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs (CSU) for the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) to monitor the impact of the Utica shale development industry on housing affordability and availability in eight counties of eastern Ohio where the core ...


Eastern Ohio Shale & Housing Dashboard - October 1, 2016, Iryna Lendel, Kathryn W. Hexter, Charlie Post, Nick Downer, Sydney Martis Oct 2016

Eastern Ohio Shale & Housing Dashboard - October 1, 2016, Iryna Lendel, Kathryn W. Hexter, Charlie Post, Nick Downer, Sydney Martis

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No abstract provided.


Cuyahoga Countywide Housing Study: County Planning, Kathryn W. Hexter Aug 2016

Cuyahoga Countywide Housing Study: County Planning, Kathryn W. Hexter

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For many communities in the industrial Midwest, the changing economy has resulted in population loss. Combined with changes in population settlement, housing preferences, and demographics, Cuyahoga County is now faced with an oversupply of housing mismatched to the needs of current and future households. To address this disparity, the County is performing a housing study that will address the full needs of our communities: new construction where warranted, rehabilitation where feasible, and demolition where necessary.


Eastern Ohio Shale & Housing Dashboard - Quarters 1&2, 2016, Kathryn W. Hexter, Iryna Lendel, Charlie Post, Nick Downer, Sydney Martis Aug 2016

Eastern Ohio Shale & Housing Dashboard - Quarters 1&2, 2016, Kathryn W. Hexter, Iryna Lendel, Charlie Post, Nick Downer, Sydney Martis

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No abstract provided.


Center For Population Dynamics Quarterly Brief July 2016: Population Loss And Development Trends In Cleveland, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Charlie Post, Kyle Fee Jul 2016

Center For Population Dynamics Quarterly Brief July 2016: Population Loss And Development Trends In Cleveland, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Charlie Post, Kyle Fee

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When a place loses population, it’s assumed that’s because people leave. But it’s not that simple. What’s lost in translation is today’s households have fewer people living in them than they did years prior. For instance, 40% of mothers aged 40 to 44 had four or more children in 1976. Today, it’s 14%. Overall, the average American household contracted from 3.14 people in 1970 to 2.54 today. This can explain the apparent paradox of population loss in “shrinking” communities while the number of occupied households grows.

Such was the case in Cuyahoga ...


Responding To Foreclosures In Cuyahoga County 2015 Update: Ninth Annual Report January 1 - December 31, 2015, Kathryn W. Hexter, Molly Schnoke Jun 2016

Responding To Foreclosures In Cuyahoga County 2015 Update: Ninth Annual Report January 1 - December 31, 2015, Kathryn W. Hexter, Molly Schnoke

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The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs has been the evaluation partner for the Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Prevention Program (CCFPP) since the program was adopted in 2006. This report is an update to the County for 2015. The evaluation provides the County with metrics to track progress and provides feedback about the program that can be used to improve and adapt it to meet the rapidly changing state and national context surrounding foreclosures.

Since consistent tracking began in 2009, the Cuyahoga County foreclosure prevention program has served over 24,000 homeowners at the five participating counseling agencies. In 2015 ...


Fellowship Programs: Best Practice Scan, Walter Wright, Kathryn W. Hexter, Joyce Huang Jun 2016

Fellowship Programs: Best Practice Scan, Walter Wright, Kathryn W. Hexter, Joyce Huang

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No abstract provided.


Population: Fifth Migration, Crain Content Studio Cleveland May 2016

Population: Fifth Migration, Crain Content Studio Cleveland

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No abstract provided.


Cleveland’S Greater University Circle Initiative: An Anchor-Based Strategy For Change, Walter Wright, Kathryn W. Hexter, Nick Downer May 2016

Cleveland’S Greater University Circle Initiative: An Anchor-Based Strategy For Change, Walter Wright, Kathryn W. Hexter, Nick Downer

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Cities are increasingly turning to their “anchor” institutions as drivers of economic development, harnessing the power of these major economic players to benefit the neighborhoods where they are rooted. This is especially true for cities that are struggling with widespread poverty and disinvestment. Urban anchors— typically hospitals and universities—have sometimes isolated themselves from the poor and struggling neighborhoods that surround them. But this is changing. Since the late 1990s, as population, jobs, and investment have migrated outward, these “rooted in place” institutions are becoming a key to the long, hard work of revitalization. In Cleveland, the Greater University Circle ...


Greater University Circle Initiative: Year 5 Evaluation Report, Kathryn W. Hexter, Candi Clouse, Kenneth Kalynchuk May 2016

Greater University Circle Initiative: Year 5 Evaluation Report, Kathryn W. Hexter, Candi Clouse, Kenneth Kalynchuk

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In 2015, the partners of the Greater University Circle Economic Inclusion Initiative reached an important milestone—5 years of working together to revitalize the seven neighborhoods that comprise Greater University Circle (GUC). This milestone offers an opportunity to take a step back and reflect on why the group first came together as well as their collective accomplishments, challenges, and opportunities. This fifth evaluation report includes a very brief summary of the history of the Initiative before launching into reflections from the participants on the major accomplishments, challenges, and opportunities on the horizon. It concludes with significant outcomes to date. The ...


Downtown Cleveland: The Dynamic Engine Of A Talent-Driven Economy, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Charlie Post May 2016

Downtown Cleveland: The Dynamic Engine Of A Talent-Driven Economy, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Charlie Post

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Cities have long been seen as places serving a variety of purposes. In 1933, for example, the architect Le Corbusier detailed four essential roles of a functional city. A working city is one that provides dwelling, work, recreation, and circulation to its people.

Throughout the 20th century, trends in city building were to separate these functions into differing spaces. There were areas meant for living (the suburbs), areas meant for working (the central business district), and areas meant for playing (the entertainment district).

More recently, the trend has been to move away from the division of city life toward a ...


Cleveland Works: Employment Trends, 2014 To 2015, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell Mar 2016

Cleveland Works: Employment Trends, 2014 To 2015, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell

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Center for Population Dynamics Quarterly Brief: March 2016