I co-wrote an op-ed with Eric Wobser that appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The gist is that cities cannot simply develop for young professionals, but for families as well. The key, though, is to reinvest into existing community capital as opposed to develop neighborhoods at the expense of city residents that have remained. Not an easy task but one I am excited to examine over the next year. An excerpt:
Achieving this involves developing a city for people, not for demographics of preference. To that end, the best community building cuts across age, class and racial lines, with quality of life coming in a number of forms, be it schooling, safety, public transportation, waterfront access, walkability, affordability and various place-based amenities. By investing in people — a variety of people — the city can continue to grow a pipeline of young professionals seeking a city experience and also help retain those individuals as they age and procreate — not to mention make the city more livable for the diverse mix of Clevelanders who never left.