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May 10, 2012

The Atlantic: Cleveland's Downtown Rebound

Percent Change in Cleveland Population

The recent Center On Urban Poverty and Community Development report by research assistant Richey Piiparinen was featured in The Atlantic Cities article "Cleveland's Downtown Rebound" on May 4, 2012 as evidence that America may be in the "early stages of a back-to-the-city movement."

Read more about Piiparinen's "Not Dead Yet: The Infill of Cleveland's Urban Core" in the Urban Institute's Metrotrends, the Poverty Center's Briefly Stated report, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer article.

The 2010 US Census shows signs of the subtle shift in population back into the urban centers after decades of migration to the outer suburbs and Atlantic senior editor Dr. Robert Florida cites "Not Dead Yet" as evidence that this shift is not just happening in the major metropolitan areas of the country, but to cities like Cleveland as well.

In response to the Cleveland report, Burg Diaspora's Jim Russel commented "the urban core is a net importer of young adults and a net exporter of old adults. That's the antithesis of a dying city." Florida's article and the Poverty Center report were later blogged by Crane's Cleveland in "Downtown Cleveland proves to be population hot spot" on May 4 and by Freshwater Cleveland in "cle 'antithesis of a dying city,' says the atlantic" on May 10.

Download the report here in PDF.

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