Claudia Coulton on Cleveland’s Rise and Fall

”Cleveland has had its ups and downs and resurgences in the past, so there’s a trend there” said Claudia Coulton, a co-director of Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, to ABC News in “Cleveland on the Rise: Look Back on the City’s Comeback Before RNC” on July 17, 2016.

”The big picture trend for Northern industrial cities has been declining population and employment from about 1960 forward, but there have been so many different reasons from the different decades,” she said, citing suburbanization and deindustrialization. Also, the industrial dumping in The Cuyahoga River created many environmental hazards during the 19th century.

The latest positive indicator that Cleveland has been on the rise is the increase in the percentage of college-educated young adults . According to the article, a study from the Center for Community Planning and Development, Cleveland’s share of the region’s  went from 10.6 percent in 2006 to 16.0 percent in 2016. Coulton said that when a city sees an uptick in its millennial population, “it’s maybe one of the first signs that something is taking shape there.”

Increasing job opportunities and new investments are keeping Cleveland’s economy on the rise .Read the full article at and read our other posts on urban poverty.