For the Love of Cleveland: The Geography of Gentrification

"A lot of this is about perception & development alone does not change perception." Khrys Shefton
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A Panel Discussion

Gentrification has become a point of contention among urban planners. Some argue that benefits of gentrification far outweigh the drawbacks, especially in mid-sized cities. Others argue that gentrification primarily occurs in mostly white neighborhoods, leaving minority neighborhoods mired in poverty.


Glenville, a historically African-American community, is poised for gentrification. It’s proximity to the cultural attractions of University Circle, Case Western Reserve University, and medical powerhouses Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals make the neighborhood attractive to urban dwellers. Today, you can find houses within a couple of blocks of each other where the estimated value differs by upwards of $300,000. The parts of Glenville experiencing increased home prices have been rebranded as “Circle North,” making reference to its neighbor, University Circle, despite the fact that some of the highest rates of childhood poverty in Cleveland exist less than one mile off-campus.

Similarly, South of Lorain Avenue, commonly called SoLo, is also gentrifying due to its proximity to Downtown and to the Ohio City Historic District, the largest local landmark district in the entire city of Cleveland.


As these neighborhoods bring in new young professionals and families eager to embrace urban living, what are the factors that attract new residents while simultaneously pushing existing residents out? What causes some neighborhoods to gentrify while others continue to struggle? Is it possible for neighborhoods to find a balance between attraction and retention, preserving diversity in all its forms?


Join us for a free discussion in Cleveland Public Square.

Panelists include:

Mordecai Cargill, Fund Development Manager, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Khrys Shefton, PMP, Director of Real Estate Development, Famicos Foundation

Julia Sieck, Chair of the South of Lorain (SoLo) Block Club and SoLo resident

Ben Trimble, Senior Director of Real Estate and Planning, Ohio City Incorporated


This conversation will be moderated by ideastream® senior host/producer Rick Jackson.

Presenting Sponsor:

Cleveland Foundation

Supporting Sponsors:

The Good Community Foundation    Pnc Color

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  • Wayne Mesker

    On my way there. Had concerns about the weather earlier but they're been allayed! See you soon.