The global financial crisis dealt Cleveland a terrible blow, and the city’s struggles with poverty and population decline have deep roots. One think tank, the Economic Innovation Group, recently placed Cleveland at the top of the list of cities that have struggled to recover from the recession. Cleveland and most of its neighborhoods have lost population over recent decades, and abandonment is still an issue, especially on the east side. Meanwhile, downtown has gained people and certain parts of the city have seen new development.

By: Nick Castele, ideastream

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