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Once the summer home of John D. Rockefeller, East Cleveland was a thriving three-mile metropolis just outside Cleveland's borders at the turn of the 19th century. It didn't last. Since the 1960s, East Cleveland has been plagued by industrial decline, poverty, suburban sprawl, and racism.
The city, once home to 40,000 residents, has seen its population decline by half - and now has only 5,000 residents paying income tax. In addition, East Cleveland has been under a state-ordered fiscal emergency since 2012. Possible solutions to East Cleveland's woes include declaring bankruptcy or negotiating annexation terms with Cleveland. How did East Cleveland arrive at this point? And is there a viable solution?
Join us for our third Dinner + Dialogue forum with Cassi L. Pittman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University, and East Cleveland resident Ndeda N. Letson as they discuss the future of East Cleveland.
Location: Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern
11625 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
Tickets: $20 (includes a beef or veggie hot dog, tater tots, and one drink).