With more than 26,000 vacant homes in Cuyahoga County, the Thriving Communities Institute has commissioned a study of the effects of demolition on surrounding property values, and subsequent foreclosure. As one of the study's researchers wrote in "In Saving Neighborhoods, Demolition & Preservation Are Not Mutually Exclusive" posted to CoolCleveland.com on March 20, 2013, the debate has polarized into two camps: one for demolition, the other for preservation.
Richey Piiparinen, the blog's author, used a map created by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development to showcase the severity of the vacant properties in Cuyahoga County. He argues that that a solution to this problem should not be either demolition or preservation, but both working together. All though there may seem to be a severe dichotomy between the two sides, Piiparinen believes they can work together and progress is being seen.
Richey Piiparinen is a former researcher at the Poverty Center.
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.