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Investing In Cleveland Neighborhoods

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Urban planners say neighborhoods are the core of urban centers, and without adequate housing, jobs, and community services within neighborhoods, cities will decline. Local and national leaders will talk today about community development trends and plans shaping up in Cleveland. ideastream's Tasha Flournoy has this preview.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 5:00 am

Changing the impoverished landscape of Cleveland can happen one neighborhood at a time. That's the plan city and community leaders will present today during a panel discussion at Cleveland State University's Levin College. Over the next ten years, the city leaders plan to invest in six neighborhoods on both the east and west sides they say have the most potential for recovery.

Bobbi Reichtell of Neighborhood Progress, says the redevelopment of St. Luke's Hospital in the Buckeye neighborhood is a prime example. The strategy is to turn the site into a five-acre "learning campus" that will include a school building, a library branch and a public auditorium. Reichtell says residents played an integral role in the yearlong planning process.

Bobbi Reichtell: Residents came together and created a vision for their neighborhood. Identified what the assets and strengths were, what the problems were. Then working with a set of urban planners, they crafted a strategic plan for their neighborhood.

Reichtell will join three other panelists in a forum about developing urban neighborhoods starting at 4 p.m. today at Cleveland State University.

Tasha Flournoy, 90.3.

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