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Looking At Blight In East Cleveland, A City Hit Hard By The Housing Crisis

Something we’re not hearing about, from politicians in either party, is the housing crisis. In many places it is not over — including Cleveland.

A new study from the Economic Innovation Group, an advocacy group, named Cleveland the most distressed large city in the U.S., when measured by the number of residents below the poverty line, the number not in the workforce and other factors.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young drives through East Cleveland, a city adjacent to Cleveland, with Jim Rokakis, director of the Thriving Communities Institute and a former Cuyahoga County treasurer.

Hear more of Here & Now‘s coverage from the Republican National Convention.

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More On Blight In East Cleveland

Guest

Jim Rokakis, former Democratic Cuyahoga County treasurer and director of the Thriving Communities Institute, which tries to demolish vacant properties. The organization is part of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

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Vacant homes in East Cleveland, Ohio. (Jill Ryan/Here & Now)
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Vacant homes in East Cleveland, Ohio. (Jill Ryan/Here & Now)
A vacant home seen through a car window in East Cleveland, Ohio. (Jill Ryan/Here & Now)
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A vacant home seen through a car window in East Cleveland, Ohio. (Jill Ryan/Here & Now)
Vacant homes seen through a car window in East Cleveland, Ohio. (Jill Ryan/Here & Now)
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Vacant homes seen through a car window in East Cleveland, Ohio. (Jill Ryan/Here & Now)
Jim Rokakis, director of the Thriving Communities Institute and a former local Democratic party official, drives on a tour through an East Cleveland, Ohio neighborhood hit hard by the housing crisis. (Jill Ryan/Here & Now)
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Jim Rokakis, director of the Thriving Communities Institute and a former local Democratic party official, drives on a tour through an East Cleveland, Ohio neighborhood hit hard by the housing crisis. (Jill Ryan/Here & Now)
A vacant brick building in East Cleveland, Ohio. (Robin Young/Here & Now)
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A vacant brick building in East Cleveland, Ohio. (Robin Young/Here & Now)
Vacant brick buildings in East Cleveland, Ohio. (Robin Young/Here & Now)
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Vacant brick buildings in East Cleveland, Ohio. (Robin Young/Here & Now)