Monday, October 1, 2012
Fiscal Emergency The City of East Cleveland, Ohio is headed back into fiscal emergency sometime this fall. Despite being released from state control after about 14 years, the city, is back in trouble. In eight months, the city has not taken reasonable steps to address a series of serious fiscal, administrative, and operation decisions. A absence of revenue, new programs, and experienced municipal expertise to drive innovation and capitialize on its resources and assets have lft the city vulnerable again to political opportunists.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Lawrence, MA: City of the Damned Crime is soaring, schools are failing, government has lost control, and Lawrence, the most godforsaken place in Massachusetts, has never been in worse shape. And here’s the really bad news: it’s up to controversial mayor William Lantigua to turn it all around. I first saw the title to this Boston Magazine article a few weeks ago, and thought, never, in all my years of working and living in urban cities have I come across both a title and a description of an American City so brutal, so harsh, and so desscriptively depressing.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
There are a growing number of urban amd rural cities whose financial condition grows weaker by the day. You know, cities like East Cleveland, OH, or Lawrence, MA, whose troubles were profiled in the New York Times yesterday. The Boston Magazine labeled, Lawerence, MA, the " most God-forsaken place in MA". a horrible, and truly replusive way to describe a struggling, municipal city. Due to significant federal and state cutbacks in allocations in city governments, the decline in tax revenues, among other things, have placed numerous cities on fiscal emergency and fiscal watch status. Stay tuned on more critical insight.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Economic Development for the People? Often, it is said in the economic development realm, that the result of economic development planning and programs, is to bring jobs,and enhance the quality of life for residents who are most impacted by such strategies and designs, but has that been really true? Maybe downtown, but what about uptown? Do low-income residents benefit or is it just what they spend leaves the community and does not return? Just thinking.