Sunday, December 16, 2007

Can Ohio's Cities Be Saved?

Brewed Fresh Daily gives a heads up to a lot of stuff worth reading in this series on the state of urban America put together by the Columbus Dispatch. See:

On the Brink. Can Ohio's Cities Be Saved?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. Couple of thoughts come to mind. (1) We are always being told that suburban-urban relations are better in Ohio, especially because most suburbanites pay some commuter tax to their cities. These articles suggest that harmonious relationship is, if not an urban myth, at least exaggerated. (2) It appears that poor urban schools are a major component of the problem everywhere--even in well-funded Ohio. (3) Chris has noted time and again that very little development of housing stock is occurring in Pittsburgh outside of a few neighborhoods--and that also appears to be the case in Ohio's cities. (4) Brookings in Ohio and Rand Corporation in Pennsylvania. At least two think tanks appear to have found a way to make money off the challenges facing these two proud industrial states. (5) The next is a gross oversimplification, I know, but it also appears that the low tax, smaller government disciples that ran Ohio for the past 15 years also failed to stop the bleeding.

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