11 years, 2 executives: Is Cuyahoga County’s charter meeting expectations? Plain Dealer Nov 11, 2021

Plain Dealer November 11, 2021:
11 years, 2 executives: Is Cuyahoga County’s charter meeting expectations?
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Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish on the day he announced his candidacy at the new Ernst & Young Tower in Cleveland on Thursday, May 30, 2013. Budish would go on to succeed Ed FitzGerald, in background on left. On right in background is Rep. Marcy Kaptur. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer)The Plain Dealer


Sprawl vs. Smart Growth: Building an Equitable and Thriving Region at City Club of Cleveland 2/3/2021 at Noon


Sprawl vs. Smart Growth: Building an Equitable and Thriving Region

  • Annette Blackwell
    Mayor, City of Maple Heights
  • Grace Gallucci
    Executive Director & CEO, NOACA
  • Edward H. Kraus
    Mayor, City of Solon
  • Moderator
  • Steven Litt
    Art and Architecture Critic, The Plain Dealer

On December 11, 2020, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) adopted a new policy prioritizing racial and economic equity when making regional decisions about highway interchanges. NOACA is the first metropolitan planning organization (MPO) in the state to require this level of analysis for proposed highway interchange projects. Previously, decisions were made primarily focused on the impact of traffic flow and safety; with the new policy, consideration will be given to economic development, environmental justice, quality of life, transit and bike use, and racial equity.

This new policy follows decades of highway additions and expansions that encouraged suburban and exurban sprawl at the expense of the urban core – a practice that is often cited as a contributing factor to the region’s racial segregation, persistent economic inequality, generational urban poverty, and struggling school systems.

Many supporters of the policy believe it is long overdue – and hope it will lead to greater cooperation to strengthen the region as a whole, rather than pitting communities against each other in competition for jobs and new development. Others question the practicality of any continued suburban expansion given the region’s flat population growth.

Join us as three regional leaders discuss the policy and its short- and long-term implications for the future of Northeast Ohio.

The livestream will be available beginning at 12 p.m. here:

Produced and hosted by The City Club of Cleveland. Community partner: League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland

“The 2020 Census: what does it mean for Ohio and Cleveland?” a forum on September 12, 2019

“The 2020 Census: what does it mean for
Ohio and Cleveland?”
Thursday September 12 7pm

the flyer is here
the forum write-up is here
the forum video is here

with panelists:

Lisa Neidert, Univ of Michigan Institute for Social Research

Daniel Ortiz, Policy Matters Ohio

Michele Pomerantz, Cuyahoga County Government

The forum will begin with brief comments from County Executive Armond Budish, Co-Chair of the Cuyahoga County Complete Count Committee of the 2020 Census

Moderated by Rich Exner Cleveland.com 

Rich Exner, cleveland.com

CWRU Siegal Beachwood Landmark Centre
25700 Science Park Dr., Suite 100, Beachwood, OH 44122

Cosponsored by Cleveland.com, LWV-Greater Cleveland and CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning


“How Can We Reduce Gun Violence in Cleveland” (when the laws are made in Columbus) a forum on Feb 26, 2019

Tuesday February 26, 2019  7pm
“How to Reduce Gun Violence in Ohio

Here’s the video from the forum

The Cleveland.com preview is here
The flyer is here

Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus
11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland OH 44106
Free and open to the public

Moderated by Peter Krouse,
Public Interest and Advocacy Reporter, Cleveland.com

Andrés González, Chief of Police, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

Dr. Lolita McDavid, MD,
Medical Director of Child Advocacy and Protection, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children

Judge Joan Synenberg,
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court

Jane Timmons-Mitchell, PhD,
Senior Research Associate, CWRU Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education

This forum takes a non-political perspective and asks a judge, a suicide prevention expert, and a physician for advice on how to reduce gun violence and gun deaths in Northeast Ohio

Co-sponsored by Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer, Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education Case Western Reserve University
Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

“Is Northeast Ohio a Sanctuary Region?” a forum on Jan 17, 2018

League of Women Voters Cleveland Hts/Univ Hts Chapter and Heights Public Library Present:

Is Northeast Ohio a Sanctuary Region? 
Laws and policies: Where does our region stand on immigration?

The Cleveland.com preview for the forum is here

Video from forum

Wednesday January 17, 2018
From: 7:00-8:30pm
Heights Library Main Branch
2345 Lee Road Cleveland Hts 44118

This panel will take an informed perspective on current Cleveland Hts, Cuyahoga County, Ohio and U.S. immigration policies and laws.

Kahlil Seren, Councilperson, City of Cleveland Heights

Farhad Sethna Esq., Immigration-America

Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director, America’s Voice

Moderated by Elizabeth Knowles Esq, Immigration & Human Rights Law Clinic, University of Akron

Free and open to the public


Plain Dealer columnist Philip W. Porter endorses 1959 Cuyahoga County Charter reform

October 29, 1950 column by Philip Porter, Plain Dealer endorsing County Charter reform

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Plain Dealer columnist Philip W. Porter endorses 1959 Cuyahoga County Charter reform. The creation of an elected official and body of representatives that would assume many of the responsibilities of the local cities and townships.

It lost in November 1959…both Cleveland and many suburbs voted against it.


Carr vs. Jackson debate on County Reform Sept 1959

Columbus is triple the size of Cleveland in area; answers to that and other census questions 5/23/2015 Cleveland.com

Great piece by Rich Exner from Cleveland.com comparing Cleveland and Columbus

Columbus is triple the size of Cleveland in area; answers to that and other census questions 5/23/2015 Cleveland.com 

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Columbus is nearly triple the size of Cleveland in terms of square miles.

That answers one question that commonly comes up every time the Census Bureau releases new population figures that show Columbus has far more people than Cleveland.

Yes, Columbus is growing. Yes, Columbus is the 15th largest city in the country. Yes, now at an estimated, 835,957 people, Ohio’s capital city is approaching 1 million in population.

And yes, to the chagrin of many proud Clevelanders, Columbus now has more than twice as many residents as Cleveland (389,521).

But population estimates are complicated for many reasons.

So, in the wake of the latest population figures released Thursday for every city in the United States, here are answers to some common questions.

Is Cleveland smaller in square miles than a lot of other major cities?

Yes. The only cities larger in population than Cleveland but smaller in square miles are Miami, San Francisco, Boston, Long Beach, California, and Washington, D.C..

Cleveland measures 77.7 square miles. Columbus is nearly triple the size at 217.2 square miles.

Put another way, Columbus is closer to the combined size of Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo (236.3 square miles). Cincinnati is 77.9 square miles and Toledo 80.7, according to the Census Bureau.

Columbus is by far the most populated city in Ohio at 835,957, but it’s not as densely populated as Cleveland.

The latest estimates place Cleveland at 5,013 people per square mile versus 3,849 for Columbus.

As for population, Cleveland (389,521), Cincinnati (298,165) and Toledo (281,031) total almost 1 million people (968,717).

How big are some of the growing cities elsewhere?

Columbus is not alone in topping 200 square miles.

Among the big cities that cover more ground are several from Texas. Austin is 305 square miles, Forth Worth and Dallas are 340 square miles each, San Antonio is 461 square miles and Houston is 600 square miles.

For a comparison, all of Cuyahoga County is 457 square miles.

The three largest cities in excess of 200,000 people are Anchorage (1,704 square miles), Jacksonville (747), Oklahoma City (606) and Houston (600).

Cleveland has so many suburbs. What about the region’s population?

Cuyahoga County remains the most populated county in Ohio, with 1,259,828, according to the latest estimates.

Franklin County (1,231,393) likely will grab that honor soon.

In terms of the metro area, Cuyahoga and the surrounding six counties have an estimated 2.8 million people, far more than the 1.9 million people in Franklin County and the six counties that surround it.

How are the estimates made?

The Census Bureau tries to account for everyone with its once-every-10-year census. In between, the bureau estimates populations.

At the county and state level, the estimates have proven to be very accurate. This is due, in part, to good tracking of births and deaths at the county level, as well as information about people who move from one county to the next.

The annual estimates for cities sometimes can be off. This is because the bureau uses a mix of new and old data to come up with city estimates, based in part on new estimates for housing units and old estimates for vacancy rates.

The Census Bureau first totals the populations for all cities, villages and townships in a county. The estimated population for each community is then adjusted up or down at the same rate so the total matches the estimate for the county.

What we found after the 2010 census is that the earlier estimates were often far off at the city level. But the estimates do offer the best accounting of people available until the next decennial census collections. The alternative is to rely on the 2010 numbers until 2020.

Rich Exner is data analysis editor for the Northeast Ohio Media Group