Unfortunately, a new study identifying stressed cities by zip codes has Cleveland top the list of the largest 100 cities cited by the Economic Innovation Group, a new non-profit research and advocacy group.
The report (download the PDF) belies all the happy talk you get from the Cleveland news media. The kind of media that concentrates only on happy results.
Further troubling, among the top 10 “most distressed large cities” [see page 26 of the study. JH] are Toledo (4th) and Cincinnati (10th). Ohio is the only state with three cities in the top 10 stressed cities. Even as Gov. John Kasich, who has relieved (stolen) Ohio cities of revenues they formerly received, traipses around the nation in a quixotic quest for the Presidency with claims of great advances in Ohio.
Cleveland’s rating in the study is a distress score of 99.9 with a percentage of 76.8 percent of the population living in “distressed zips (codes).”
The criteria used by the study include the following categories:
The New York Times report on the study said, “The gap between the richest and poorest American communities has widened since the Great Recession ended, and distressed areas are faring worse just as the recovery is gaining traction across the country.”
We all knew that, didn’t we?
It wrote that the study provides “… one of the most detailed looks at the nation’s growing inequality.”
Hasn’t that become a major issue at least among Democratic candidates? Republicans, like Cleveland leaders and media, may not have noticed. Or don’t want too.
The study can be found at this web site:
It should be no surprise to anyone living here that the goodies of government itself have lent to the distress of certain communities. I have outlined ad nauseam the pouring of public revenues and subsidies, not to distressed areas of the city, but to limited private interests.
And typically with taxes – as sales and sin taxes – that fall most heavily upon the distressed.
For the most detailed report of this heavy public investment to private interests please check ROLDO RIGHTS ON BOX SCORES FOR DOWNTOWN…
The EIC report tells it once again:
The Distressed Community Index provides a multifaceted look at the circumstances underlying the prevailing economic anxiety for many Americans. While more Americans live in communities that have recovered from the Great Recession, there are large swathes of the country that continue to be plagued by disproportionate poverty and joblessness. The DCI reveals that more than 50 million Americans live in economically distressed communities.
“Millions of Americans continue to feel left behind by the economic recovery. The DCI helps us understand what is driving these sentiments and why, and how, place matters,” said Steve Glickman, co-founder and executive director of EIG. “Achieving the American dream should not be predetermined by the zip code where you happen to be born.”
But we all know it does and doesn’t seem to bother most civic/business/political leaders, in Cleveland.
The dearth of city leadership is outstanding, as if a spell had been cast over even the ambitious politicians who remain mostly silent and dumb.