Communities at the Crossroads: How First-Ring Suburbs Are Using Data to Revitalize Neighborhoods

APA Ohio Cleveland Section


Friday, November 2, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. EDT

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Many first-ring suburbs need to rekindle their market appeal to build confidence in the future of these communities. The goal of a recent project was to measure the assets and conditions of five of Cleveland’s first-ring suburbs, within the context of larger economic and social trends affecting the entire region. This project also used predictive modeling tools to assess the impact that demolition, rehabilitation, and other interventions have on building inventory and overall tax base. The majority of homes in the five suburbs were built about 60 years ago—not old enough to seem “historic” to many buyers, but of an age where remodeling is often necessary. Although most houses in these communities are well-built and well-maintained, they do not always align with preferences of contemporary home buyers. This session outlines the three components of this project: data collection on over 60,000 parcels, housing research and real estate market trends and finally predictive modeling on the impacts of housing rehabilitation and demolition. The session will conclude with an action agenda for first-ring suburbs moving forward.


Frank Ford

Frank Ford is Senior Policy Adviser at Western Reserve Land Conservancy. He also serves as the Chair of the Greater Cleveland Vacant and Abandoned Property Action Council (VAPAC). He is a licensed attorney who has worked in the field of community development for 40 years. Mr. Ford was admitted to ... Read More

Isaac Robb

Isaac Robb is the Manager of Urban Projects for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. Isaac is responsible for redevelopment scenario planning, supporting urban open space projects, as well as assisting with the Land Conservancy’s property inventory program. A native Oregonian, Isaac holds a BA in Economics from Willamette University ... Read More

Sally Martin

Sally Martin has served as the Housing Director for the City of South Euclid since 2008. Her main duties include managing residential code enforcement and overseeing the daily operation of the Housing Department. In addition, Martin helped establish the city’s affiliate community development corporation, One South Euclid, creating the ... Read More

Nigel Griswold

Nigel Griswold is an innovator in the field of spatial econometrics, the study of the effects of distance and proximity on economic activity. Nigel’s work in urban policy began in 2004, when he examined the relationship between blight abatement and housing values in Flint, Michigan, at the behest of ... Read More

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