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Comprehensive Community Housing Study And Needs Analysis, Kathryn W. Hexter, Kirby Date, Charlie Post, Molly Schnoke, Ellen Cyran Mar 2016

Comprehensive Community Housing Study And Needs Analysis, Kathryn W. Hexter, Kirby Date, Charlie Post, Molly Schnoke, Ellen Cyran

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In the fall of 2014, the City of Kent (“city” or “Kent”), in partnership with Kent State University (“KSU” or “university”), engaged the team composed of Allegro Realty Advisors and Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Centers for Community Planning and Development and Economic Development (collectively the “consulting team”) to create a Comprehensive Community Housing Study and Needs Analysis (“study”). As stated in the request for proposals, the study has three objectives:

• Provide data that can guide public policy decisions in the area of housing and identify proposed action items that can be implemented to ...


The Fifth Migration: A Study Of Cleveland Millennials, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Charlie Post Jan 2016

The Fifth Migration: A Study Of Cleveland Millennials, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Charlie Post

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Many studies and reports about the “millennial” generation have been conducted at the national level in the past few years. However, little has been done to look at the effects the members of this generation have at the local level. Framed in what has been termed “the fifth migration” or “re-urbanization” this project looks at trends surrounding the millennial generation both nationally and locally. This project not only examines where young people are living, but also dives into trends and changes surrounding mobility, housing, public transit, civic engagement, the changing workplace, and the sharing economy. Across these topics this project ...


Renaissance Fair, Richey Piiparinen Dec 2015

Renaissance Fair, Richey Piiparinen

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As Cleveland moves forward as a city on the rise, we risk leaving too many behind. Creating solutions for greater equity may be our best chance at a sustainable future.


Federal, Ohio, And Cuyahoga County Timeline Of Programs In Response To Housing Foreclosures: 2005-2015, Molly Schnoke, Kathryn W. Hexter, Joyce Huang Nov 2015

Federal, Ohio, And Cuyahoga County Timeline Of Programs In Response To Housing Foreclosures: 2005-2015, Molly Schnoke, Kathryn W. Hexter, Joyce Huang

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This timeline contains information on federal, Ohio and Cuyahoga county programs in response to housing foreclosures by month from 2005-2015. Zoom in to view timeline details (including links to relevant reports and other documentation).


Responding To Foreclosures In Cuyahoga County 2014 Update: Ninth Annual Report January 1 - December 31, 2014, Kathryn W. Hexter, Molly Schnoke Oct 2015

Responding To Foreclosures In Cuyahoga County 2014 Update: Ninth Annual Report January 1 - December 31, 2014, Kathryn W. Hexter, Molly Schnoke

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The 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 2014. The evaluation provides 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 a total of 23,002 homeowners at the five participating counseling agencies. In 2014 alone, 2,751 ...


Center For Population Dynamics Quarterly Brief October 2015: A Reason To Be- The "Upskilling" Of Cleveland's Workforce, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Charlie Post Oct 2015

Center For Population Dynamics Quarterly Brief October 2015: A Reason To Be- The "Upskilling" Of Cleveland's Workforce, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Charlie Post

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Not having a reason to be is the human crisis. Developing worth is the cure. Such is the case not just for people, but for cities. Cities without uses become ghost towns, with a midway existence called “the shrinking city”. Cleveland, like many Rust Belt cities, is a so-called shrinking city. For decades now the region has fought against the anticipation of disappearing. This fight is called “economic development”.

Often, development policies are more instinctive than strategic. Cleveland has lost jobs, mostly manufacturing jobs. The solution, then, is to simply go get those jobs back. But manufacturing as a share ...


Cuyahoga County 3.0 The Third Century: Time For Renewal, Thomas Bier Jul 2015

Cuyahoga County 3.0 The Third Century: Time For Renewal, Thomas Bier

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No abstract provided.


Slavic Village Neighborhood Retail Market Study, Kirby Date Jun 2015

Slavic Village Neighborhood Retail Market Study, Kirby Date

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Slavic Village is a revitalizing urban neighborhood in the southeast area of the City of Cleveland. A historic neighborhood that was once home to 75,000 immigrants of Polish and Slavic descent, it has seen steady decline since the 1960’s, along with other Cleveland neighborhoods, and was especially hard hit during the housing and foreclosure crisis of 2007-2010. However, in the present day, it has many assets and opportunities that make it poised to become one of the vibrant Cleveland neighborhoods of the future.

This study was done as part of a student project to look at the potential ...


Economic Profile: Village Of Middlefield, Ohio, Kirby Date Jun 2015

Economic Profile: Village Of Middlefield, Ohio, Kirby Date

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A small town of 2700 residents in rural eastern Geauga County, the Village of Middlefield has nonetheless taken an aggressive approach to attracting business, resulting in sizable local employment that is disproportionate to its small population. As of 2012, 5900 people were employed in the Village and its immediate vicinity, with the potential for an additional 2000 in non-employment and family-based businesses. Businesses have been particularly attracted by the stable, skilled workforce, the small town lifestyle, and the Village’s support for business retention and expansion.

A large proportion of the Village’s employment, in 2012 over 60%, is based ...


Mapping Adult Migration In Cleveland, Ohio, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Eamon Johnson Jun 2015

Mapping Adult Migration In Cleveland, Ohio, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Eamon Johnson

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No abstract provided.


Spotlight On Economic Development Grantmaking In Ohio, Molly Schnoke May 2015

Spotlight On Economic Development Grantmaking In Ohio, Molly Schnoke

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Foundation Center-Cleveland, in partnership with Cleveland State University, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, and the George Gund Foundation, with additional support from the Unger Family Foundation, is pleased to present this report on economic development grantmaking in Ohio for the period 2002 to 2012. This ten-year spotlight examines the funding priorities of large private and community foundations that have engaged in supporting economic development in Ohio during the pre- and post-recessionary period. This report is the third in a series of briefs examining foundation grantmaking in the area of economic development.


From Metal To Minds: Economic Restructuring In The Rust Belt, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Charlie Post Apr 2015

From Metal To Minds: Economic Restructuring In The Rust Belt, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Charlie Post

Urban Publications

No abstract provided.


Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellowship Program Final Report 2012-2014, Kathryn Hexter Apr 2015

Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellowship Program Final Report 2012-2014, Kathryn Hexter

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The management team of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Fellowship Program — The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Cleveland State University (CSU), and the Virginia Tech Metropolitan Institute (MI) — is pleased to present this final report on outcomes and impacts of the program. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and The Rockefeller Foundation were our primary champions in conceptualizing and funding this pilot program to build capacity in local government through embedded mid-career professionals. As a pilot initiative, the SC2 Fellowship program has proven that project-based and cohort-oriented urban fellowships can deliver tangible ...


Understanding The Location Decisions Of The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's Housing Choice Voucher Holders: Pilot Study, Kathryn Hexter, W Dennis Keating, Mittie Davis Jones, Brian Mikelbank, Michael Veres, Joyce Huang Feb 2015

Understanding The Location Decisions Of The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's Housing Choice Voucher Holders: Pilot Study, Kathryn Hexter, W Dennis Keating, Mittie Davis Jones, Brian Mikelbank, Michael Veres, Joyce Huang

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The goal of the Housing Choice Voucher Program is to assist low-income families in renting decent, safe, and affordable housing. Voucher holders are free to select a unit and location that best meets their needs within the guidelines of the program. The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), which administers the program in Cuyahoga County, was interested in learning more about how housing choice voucher holders decide where they want to live. CMHA was also interested in understanding the barriers that might be preventing voucher holders from moving to areas of greater opportunity and how it could partner with cities to ...


Cleveland: A High-Skilled Immigrant Destination, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell Jan 2015

Cleveland: A High-Skilled Immigrant Destination, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell

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The Cleveland metro ranks 44th out of the nation’s 50 largest metros in the concentration of population who are foreign born, at 5.5%. However, in measuring the skill level of each metro, Cleveland has the 7th largest concentration of college-educated immigrants, at 40%. Also, 21.2% of the region’s immigrants have graduate or professional degrees, ranking Cleveland 5th in the nation. It is suggested that Cleveland’s “eds and meds” sector, which ranks 11th in total employment in the nation, is driving a higher proportion of high- compared to low-skilled immigrants. Implications are discussed.


The Value Of Balanced Growth For Transportation, Kirby Date, Jacqueline M. Jenkins, Wendy A. Kellogg, Kathryn W. Hexter, Suzann Rhodes Dec 2014

The Value Of Balanced Growth For Transportation, Kirby Date, Jacqueline M. Jenkins, Wendy A. Kellogg, Kathryn W. Hexter, Suzann Rhodes

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The Ohio Balanced Growth Program is a voluntary, locally-driven, incentive-driven program which aims to encourage compact, nodal development patterns. The Ohio Department of Transportation provided support for this research to evaluate potential links between Balanced Growth-type policy, land use and development patterns, and transportation benefits.

A literature review was completed to understand the existing body of knowledge regarding the connection between policy, land use, and transportation. This included a scan of Balanced Growth-type programs across the US. Twenty-six US Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) were selected and reviewed for general geographic and policy characteristics. Land use and transportation outcome data were ...


Suburban Poverty And Racial Segregation, Paul Jargowsky, Debra J. Rog, Kathryn A. Henderson Dec 2014

Suburban Poverty And Racial Segregation, Paul Jargowsky, Debra J. Rog, Kathryn A. Henderson

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Over the past thirty years, increasing numbers of low-income people live in suburbs in the United States, with an increased proportion of racial and ethnic minorities among them (Covington, Freeman, & Stoll, 2011; Frey, 2011; Howell & Timberlake, 2014; Puentes & Warren, 2006). In urban areas, increases in poverty rates have been marked by increases in racial and ethnic segregation among people living in poverty (Logan & Stults, 2010; Massey, 1990; Orfield & Luce, 2012). What is less clear from the research on suburban poverty is how much racial segregation exists. For example, some research indicates that there is more segregation among black people in the suburbs than in urban areas (Darden & Kamel, 2002) whereas other research finds that black people in the suburbs are less likely to live in segregated communities than black people in ...


The Value Of Balanced Growth For Transportation: Executive Summary, Kirby Date, Jacqueline Jenkins, Wendy A. Kellogg, Suzann Rhodes, Kathryn W. Hexter, Charlie Post Dec 2014

The Value Of Balanced Growth For Transportation: Executive Summary, Kirby Date, Jacqueline Jenkins, Wendy A. Kellogg, Suzann Rhodes, Kathryn W. Hexter, Charlie Post

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This project evaluates the benefit that programs like the Ohio Balanced Growth Program could bring to transportation agencies in Ohio.


Using Typologies To Frame Poverty And Service Delivery In Suburban America, Kathryn W. Hexter, Debra J. Rog, Kathryn A. Henderson, Kathryn C. Stevens Nov 2014

Using Typologies To Frame Poverty And Service Delivery In Suburban America, Kathryn W. Hexter, Debra J. Rog, Kathryn A. Henderson, Kathryn C. Stevens

Urban Publications

Poverty in the suburbs is growing, but there is great diversity in the rates of growth of poverty as well as causes and consequences of the growth across different kinds of suburbs. Suburban typologies, systems to group different types of suburbs, are a useful tool for understanding the variation among suburbs and highlighting potential strategies for addressing poverty. This paper discusses why typologies of suburban communities are important, what factors have been considered in the development and use of typologies, what typologies have been developed to date, and lastly, how typologies can be used to inform strategies for addressing suburban ...


Cuyahoga County’S Tax-Base Challenge: Renewing And Redeveloping Core Communities, Thomas Bier, Charlie Post Sep 2014

Cuyahoga County’S Tax-Base Challenge: Renewing And Redeveloping Core Communities, Thomas Bier, Charlie Post

Urban Publications

Two major factors threaten the well-being of Cuyahoga County: the approaching build-out of its outer suburbs, which will severely limit tax-base growth through new construction, and the aged condition of inner suburbs, which jeopardizes property values. The situation calls for unprecedented cooperative action among elected officials to secure the county’s future.

Recent changes in the value of real estate in Cuyahoga County compared with adjacent counties shows the seriousness of the situation and the criticality of the primary course of action: redevelopment and renewal in Cleveland and inner suburbs.


A Newer Geography Of Jobs: Where Workers With Advanced Degrees Are Concentrating The Fastest, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Charles Post Sep 2014

A Newer Geography Of Jobs: Where Workers With Advanced Degrees Are Concentrating The Fastest, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, Charles Post

Urban Publications

From 2005 to 2013, the Cleveland metro ranked 5th in the nation in the growth of percentage of workers with an advanced degree. Greater Cleveland ranks 10th in the nation with 17% of its labor force with a graduate or professional degree, moving up from 22nd place in 2005. Cleveland’s 12-point rank change was third largest, behind Indianapolis and Providence. The brief suggest Greater Cleveland is part of a next generation of second-tier metros entering into the upper echelon of the knowledge economy.


Responding To Foreclosures In Cuyahoga County: 2013 Evaluation Report, Kathryn Hexter, Molly Schnoke Aug 2014

Responding To Foreclosures In Cuyahoga County: 2013 Evaluation Report, Kathryn Hexter, Molly Schnoke

Urban Publications

In 2005, Cuyahoga County became one of the first places in the nation to respond to the rapid increase in the number of residential foreclosure filings. In response to concerns raised by suburban mayors, the County developed a comprehensive foreclosure prevention initiative. The County’s response was multi-faceted and included modifications to the judicial foreclosure process to make foreclosures faster and fairer, greater coordination across County agencies involved in foreclosures such as the sheriff, the prosecutor, the treasurer and the recorder. A key facet of the response was the creation of the Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Prevention Program (CCFPP) which involves ...


Ranking America’S Top Young Adult Labor Forces: A Rust Belt Rising?, Richey Piiparinen, Charlie Post, Jim Russell Aug 2014

Ranking America’S Top Young Adult Labor Forces: A Rust Belt Rising?, Richey Piiparinen, Charlie Post, Jim Russell

Urban Publications

Greater Cleveland ranks 8th nationally in the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds in the labor force with a graduate or professional degree, ahead of such “brain hubs” as Chicago, Seattle, and Austin. The analysis speculates as to whether or not this is a leading indicator to broader economic growth. Comparisons are made with Boston and Pittsburgh—two metros further along in the economic restructuring process.


Downtown Market Study: City Of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, Kirby Date Jun 2014

Downtown Market Study: City Of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, Kirby Date

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As the first step in establishing an economic development committee under a new mayoral administration, the City of Olmsted Falls worked with the Center for Community Planning and Development at the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, to prepare an analysis of market strengths and weaknesses for retail, office, housing and lodging in the City’s historic downtown area. This study was performed by economic development student Kirby Date, who is also a professional planner and coordinator of the Community Planning Program at the Levin College. In addition to the market study, a downtown survey of visitors and ...


The Ugly City Beautiful - A Policy Analysis, Richey Piiparinen Jun 2014

The Ugly City Beautiful - A Policy Analysis, Richey Piiparinen

Urban Publications

No abstract provided.


Globalizing Cleveland: A Path Forward, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell May 2014

Globalizing Cleveland: A Path Forward, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell

Urban Publications

“Globalizing Cleveland: A Path Forward” is Part 2 of a three part series from the Center of Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University. Part 1, entitled “From Balkanized Cleveland to Global Cleveland”, sketched a theory of change for Greater Cleveland relating to economic and community development. Part 2 attributes metrics to this theoretical frame and benchmarks where the Cleveland metro stands on these metrics. Part 3 will offer strategic pathways that will help Greater Cleveland progress into an increasingly globalized world.


Poverty And Service Delivery In Suburban America Framing Paper, Debra J. Rog, Kathryn W. Hexter, Kathryn A. Henderson, David Hubble, John R. Haight, Martena C. Reed, Austin Boxler Mar 2014

Poverty And Service Delivery In Suburban America Framing Paper, Debra J. Rog, Kathryn W. Hexter, Kathryn A. Henderson, David Hubble, John R. Haight, Martena C. Reed, Austin Boxler

Urban Publications

In the United States today, contrary to popular belief, living in the suburbs is not synonymous with living the American dream. An unprecedented number of people in the suburbs are living on household incomes of less than $20,000, many on much less. Increasingly, individuals and their families need to rely on services and public benefits to meet their basic needs (Kneebone & Berube, 2013).

Over the past 30 years, poverty in the suburbs has grown due to multiple factors, including job decentralization, shifts in the location of affordable and subsidized housing, and the relocation to the suburbs of lower income immigrants and minorities (Covington, Freeman, & Stoll, 2011; Frey, 2011a). The rate of growth in suburban poverty has been particularly high in the past decade, outpacing growth in both urban and rural areas. During the Great Recession (2007-2009), high rates of unemployment and underemployment and the ...


Retail Market Study: Village Of Middlefield, Ohio, Kirby Date Jan 2014

Retail Market Study: Village Of Middlefield, Ohio, Kirby Date

Urban Publications

The Village of Middlefield engaged the services of the CSU Center for Community Planning and Development to do a study of their retail market.

The Village had two goals:

1) Develop ideas to fill vacancies in Village retail spaces.

2) Make recommendations for strengthening Village retail business.

This study was developed to help the Village meet these goals.


From Balkanized Cleveland To Global Cleveland: A Theory Of Change For Legacy Cities, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell Nov 2013

From Balkanized Cleveland To Global Cleveland: A Theory Of Change For Legacy Cities, Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell

Urban Publications

With the 2010 census tallied, Cleveland officially hit a 100-year low for population. The community sprang into action without fully understanding the reasons for decline. The goal of this concept paper is to reframe the challenges facing the city and region, thereby informing a more effective policy agenda.


Responding To Foreclosures In Cuyahoga County: 2012 Evaluation Report, Kathryn Hexter, Molly Schnoke Aug 2013

Responding To Foreclosures In Cuyahoga County: 2012 Evaluation Report, Kathryn Hexter, Molly Schnoke

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No abstract provided.