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PBS Bill Moyers Journal: The morgage crisis in Cleveland (Slavic Village)

You TubeSen. Obama answers questions from community leaders: Barbara Anderson, East Side Organizing Project (ESOP)

You TubeHow the Markets Really Work

You TubeCredit Crunch


Neighborhood Watch Video Competition (pdf)

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About the series

The foreclosure crisis in Cuyahoga County did not happen overnight. Similarly, the strategies for moving our communities and residents Beyond Foreclosure will take time to evolve. Over the coming year, the Levin College Forum will focus on strategies, tactics and projects that are new, creative, environmentally sustainable and invigorating to the marketplace. Challenging times are not new to Cleveland, and on this issue, where no roadmap exists, we have an opportunity to create a new path to our future.

What do we want the 2020 census say about our region, our cities, our residents and our neighborhoods? What are the tactics and strategies we can employ now to make this happen?

Join us as we work together, Building our Future Beyond Foreclosure. Be part of the conversation, connect with policy makers and rebuild Northeast Ohio’s cities.

"Feeding Cleveland" Photography Contest
As part of the Building our Future Beyond Foreclosure series, we will be having a photo contest. This contest is open to all photographers living in Northeast Ohio. The theme is “Feeding Cleveland” and we are looking for images of the greater Cleveland area that convey the role that urban agriculture has played in feeding Cleveland in difficult and challenging economic times and provide visually ideas for what Cleveland may look like using local agriculture for the reuse of vacant and abandoned land in Cleveland. See http://urban.csuohio.edu/forum/events/feeding_cleveland_photo_contest.html for more details.
Upcoming Event
The Cuyahoga County Land Bank
November 19, 2009

The new newly incorporated Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank) holds great promise for helping cities reutilize distressed properties, rebuild neighborhoods and shore up declining tax bases. As a partner with cities and other units of government, lenders and individual property owners, the Land Bank has the potential to restore housing markets, rebuild communities and change development patterns on a regional scale, targeting future growth and development to core areas.

Join us as we take an in-depth look at the Land Bank and the roles it can play as a partner in rebuilding our communities. Featuring Jim Rokakis, Cuyahoga County Treasurer and Gus Frangos, President, Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation.

Past Events & Related Resources
Reconsidering the American Dream
October 8, 2009

Keynote Address: Alyssa Katz, author of Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us and consultant with the Pratt Center for Community Development in New York

Building our Future Beyond Foreclosure continues with a discussion of what proposed policy, programmatic and regulatory reforms now under consideration in Washington might mean for affordable housing providers, low and moderate income households seeking access to good credit products, and others seeking to keep neighborhoods thriving. Panelists will explore how Community Development Finance Institutions, the Community Reinvestment Act, Individual Development Accounts, and other programmatic and regulatory reforms currently under discussion can be used to channel opportunity into the best possible outcomes for households and neighborhoods.

Read blog entry about this forum on Rustwire.com


Feeding Cleveland: Building a Sustainable Local Food System
September 16, 2009

Featuring C. Clare Hinrich, Associate Professor of rural sociology at Penn State University and editor of the new book, Remaking the North American Food System: Strategies for Sustainability. Dr. Hinrichs is widely viewed as an expert on the intersection between agriculture, food systems and the environment. This forum will focus on the state of Northeast Ohio's food system from production to distribution and consumption. It will explore ways that Northeast Ohio can craft and sustain local food systems to improve social, economic, and environmental outcomes in our communities through the innovative use of land.


Reweaving the Neighborhood Fabric at MOCA Cleveland
July 22, 2009

There Goes the Neighborhood explores the evolution of communities here and abroad. The exhibition focuses on how architecture and landscape embody a neighborhood's past, present, and potential future.

Restoring Prosperity to Cleveland Mini-Summit
June 8, 2009

As part of the Brookings Institution/Greater Ohio Restoring Prosperity to Ohio Initiative, join Policy Bridge and corporate, civic, political, academic and philanthropic leaders from the Cleveland area to explore alignment of the Cleveland urban revitalization agenda with state reforms.

Alex Kotlowitz
Creating a New Story:
From Crisis to Opportunity

May 11, 2009

Join the Forum Program in welcoming Alex Kotlowitz, an award winning author, journalist and regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine. See his recent article about foreclosures in Cleveland “All Boarded Up” which ran on March 8, 2009 at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/magazine/08Foreclosure-t.html

Keeping the Faith in Slavic Village in The Plain Dealer, May 12, 2009.

There are no neighbors here, by Marc Lefkowitz, GreenCityBlueLake Blog, May 12, 2009.

Survey results from the forum program

Alex Kotlowitz

Aquarias Water Museum
Lessons from the Ruhr Valley
April 24, 2009

Ralf Ebert, Director, STADTart, Consultancy for City, Culture and Planning, Dortmund, Germany and Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Werningerode/Harz. Germany discussed the relationship of artists, culture, creativity and urban development. His talk focused on the Ruhr, a region that comprises 53 towns and cities and is home to 5.3 million people– all within the “borders” of what was originally known as the Ruhr Coal Settlement Association, created in 1920.

Blog: Lessons from Germany's Rust Belt, by Marc Lefkowitz, GreenCityBlueLake

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Setting the Stage, Beating the Odds
April 23, 2009

Panelist Bios
David Beach
Lavea Brachman
Andrew Jackson
Robert B. Jaquay
Wendy Kellogg, Ph.D.

Plain Dealer Op-Ed: NE Ohio can lead the way in helping cities turn the corner on foreclosure crisis, by Kurt Karakul and Kathryn Wertheim Hexter

Rust Wire Blog

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Questions & Answers

Beyond Foreclosure: Small Scale Strategies that Work

September 25, 2008

The foreclosure crisis in Cuyahoga County did not happen overnight. Similarily, the strategies for moving our communities and residents Beyond Foreclosure will take time to evolve. Over the coming year, the Levin College Forum will hold a series of forums that will look Beyond Foreclosures to strategies for creating a new, more prosperous future for Northeast Ohio's neighborhoods and communities.

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