Tenyears of careful spade work by The Cleveland Founda tion pay off as
of The Cleveland Foundation has considered several areas ofstrategic
bulldozers begin digging the basin
concern, but, recognizing that it is onlypossible tofocus on a limited number for Cleveland’s of large initiatives at one time, the Committee has identified two areas that
new Inner Harbor
are particularly ripefor major commitments. They are the Cleveland Pub lic Schools and the needfor increased investment in decent housing and neighborhood revitalization.
Indeed, The Cleveland Foundation has
already made substantial commitments ofstafftime and grant dollars to both— more than doubling itsfundingfor programs to strengthen the school system to SI million-plus in thepastyear and, recently, joining with a group oflocal and nationalfunders to create a $l-million pool offunds to help support the operating costs ofsix ofthe city's mostpromising neigh borhood development groups.
The casefor extraordinary investments
by The Cleveland Foundation in these two areas is simple and compelling. The long-term health ofthe region as a whole depends upon the vitality ofthe central city. We know that deteriorating or substandard housing a dearth ofsuitablejobs and services available nearby, and inadequatepublic schools drivefamilies with meansfrom the city and make it difficult to attract new residents. Both trends must be reversed.
If we are to be successful in
turning Cleveland around, moreover, we must deal with the realities of poverty and race. We know that withinfive years, one-third ofthepopula tion of Cuyahoga County and one-quarter ofthe metropolitan population will be members of racial minority groups. Poverty is already afact of life for one in five county residents, and, to a large degree, minorities and the
C The Facade Renova tion Program ’s Frank Picarillo (left) is working with
poor are concentrated in the city of Cleveland. The school system, as the
owners like George
major single institution servingpoor and minorityyouth in the region, is
Torres to modernize
our best hopefor changing the course ofthe next generation.
store frontage in nine neighborhoods.