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Gentrification has indeed been happening in Columbus and other Ohio cities, but not to the extent you might think.

While 10 neighborhoods in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati have turned around, a recent study found that poverty in urban neighborhoods has expanded. Another 369 neighborhoods in those cities and five others — Akron, Canton, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown — stayed or became high-poverty neighborhoods.

It also found that neighborhood poverty affects Black households the most.

The size of Columbus masks the inequality between neighborhoods, said Jason Segedy, Akron’s planning and urban development director who worked on the study.

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Persistent Poverty

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