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Cleveland: Race & Rejection

Cleveland, like any city, is a contradiction — a place of opportunities and pitfalls, progress and stagnation. Cleveland, Ohio is my birthplace and hometown for nearly 29 years. I was born at Saint Luke’s Hospital, raised in the Lee-Harvard neighborhood, went to Cleveland Public Schools and Benedictine High School, and I came back in November 2014 to work and I have been here ever since. In that time, I have seen two “successful” incarnations of the Flats, west side and downtown gentrification, east side foreclosures and neglect, and the dismantling of a once successful metropolitan school district. I grew up knowing Cleveland to be my east side bubble, not realizing that there was much more to the City or its socioeconomics. It was only after returning from graduate school as an adult when I became fully aware of the challenges and opportunities facing Cleveland. At one time, I believed that Cleveland could be a renaissance Midwestern city that serves as an inexpensive hub for young professionals and millennials…I don’t believe any of that to be true anymore and here’s why.

Cleveland | 30 | Seeking to make small change with my words and thoughts. More material available on The East by West

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