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May 04, 2012

Plain Dealer: Fairfax and East Cleveland Want to Grow with University Circle

Aerial photo of University Circle in June 2011 by Thomas Ondrey, The Plain Dealer

Mark Chupp, an assistant professor of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, is also director of the East Cleveland Partnership, a community group that's helping to revitalize East Cleveland and was featured as part of the Cleveland Plain Dealer commentary "Fairfax and East Cleveland want to grow, prosper with University Circle" by Tonya Sams on April 12, 2012.

"University Circle is the fastest growing job center in Ohio," said East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton. With University Circle flourishing, the adjacent city of East Cleveland and the Fairfax neighborhood in Cleveland want to improve and grow with it. Partnerships are being strengthened and developed in the Greater University Circle area.

Dr. Chupp admits Case Western Reserve University has not always been the best neighbor to the surrounding communities but that is changing. An example given in the article is Bridge the Gap, a partnership between eight students at Shaw High School and eleven students at CWRU (including three graduates and eight undergraduates). Bridge the Gap endeavors to disassemble stereotypes while appreciating each other's differences.

"People are redefining what University Circle is," Chupp said.

Mark Chupp, Ph.D. is a faculty associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.