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March 25, 2013

Cool Cleveland: Saving Neighborhoods, Demolition & Preservation

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 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.

The above map was created by the Poverty Center at the request of Mansfield Frazier, Executive Director of Neighborhood Solutions, Inc.

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.