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A Deeper Look at Poverty in Mount Pleasant

Friday, December 7, 2007 at 9:00 am
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Mount Pleasant was once one of the most stable middle class neighborhoods in Cleveland. Today, it is best known for being the site of some of the most upsetting crimes of the last year. The Plain Dealer and ideastream are about to launch a series of interviews and reports examining the poverty and social ills that have taken hold of Mount Pleasant. On our program, we'll talk to lead reporters for the series about the roots of poverty and hear what "living poor" is like. Join us Friday at 9 a.m.

Below are several audio clips from Gretchen Cuda's interview with Bernard Hill.

  • Bernard talks about how he went off course with his education, eventually dropping out of high school in the ninth grade. Listen
  • Bernard talks about his family, what it was like growing up without a father, how his Grandmother raised him and kept his family together, and what kind of a father he'd like to be. Listen
  • Even though he had gotten off track, Bernard recalls a turning point when he knew it was time to wise up. Listen
  • Life is tough but Bernard says you just gotta roll with it. Listen


April McClellan-Copeland, The Plain Dealer
Bob Paynter, The Plain Dealer

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