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Local Matters

Shifting Suburbs: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Cleveland's Inner Ring

Friday, September 20, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"One of the words I like is downward collaboration. We need to start looking at ourselves as collaborators and not competitors." – Jerome DuVal

Neither fully urban nor completely suburban, America’s older, inner-ring, “first” suburbs are facing a unique set of challenges including job and industry loss, a declining tax base, aging populations, and outmoded housing and commercial buildings. The 20 inner ring suburbs that border Cleveland are not immune to these trends.

The 2008 foreclosure crisis, along with suburban expansion and out-migration, took a toll on first ring suburbs in Cuyahoga County, many of which had already faced significant disinvestment. More than a decade later, some communities have stabilized while others still face blight, low property values, increased property tax delinquency rates, and/or a decline in homeownership. How are these communities responding?

Join us as a panel of leaders discuss innovative solutions to help preserve the inner ring.

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