Educational Redlining: How Zillow’s School Ratings Help Segregate Communities

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Heights Community Congress has just released Educational Redlining: How Zillow and GreatSchools Profit from Suspect School Ratings and Harm Communities,  a report on the practice by Zillow, the real estate website, and GreatSchools to guide home buyers to choose communities according to color-coded school ratings posted online. Heights Community Congress (HCC), founded in 1972, is […]

Poetry Friday: Kisha Nicole Foster

Book cover from Kisha Nicole Foster's book of poetry 'Poems 1999 - 2014'
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Last night I went to church*. Church in this case was a mixer for Literary Cleveland at Platform Brewery in Ohio City.  It was loud, the beer was flowing, the congregation distracted. Between the words, text and talking – I heard only one voice.  Kisha Nicole Foster on stage, on the altar, her words, her strength. I was […]

ShopCLE: An onslaught of litter every Wednesday

Desota Ave., Nov. 17. There are at least 11 copies in this photo, of which only one made it onto private property. Can you find them all?
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Video and photos of the streetscape after weekly distribution of the ShopCLE “shopper” throughout Cleveland Heights. Week after week after week, they drive through our neighborhoods and toss thousands of bagged papers out the window without regard to where they land. Complaints to the Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group, which publish this product, are ignored. […]

What comes after the tax increase

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Congratulations Cleveland Heights. We’ve voted ourselves a tax increase. Nobody wants to pay more taxes, but by a vote of 7,573-5,135, the select group of residents who bothered to go to the polls on election day determined that it’s in the best interest of the city. I happen to agree. But here’s a message for City […]

Residents have questions for CH-UH Board of Education candidates at Oct. 14 forum

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More than 170 people attended the Oct. 14 Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and FutureHeights, I moderated both the CH-UH Board of Education and the Cleveland Heights City Council sections. Here are the questions that were asked of the Board of Education candidates. Candidates responded at the forum, but if they […]

Residents have questions for Cleveland Heights City Council candidates at Oct. 14 forum

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More than 170 people attended the Oct. 14 Candidates Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and FutureHeights, I moderated both the CH-UH Board of Education and the Cleveland Heights City Council sections. There were so many questions directed to the candidates for Cleveland Heights City Council that we didn’t have time for them […]

Positive crime trends continue through first half of 2015

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Crime data from the Cleveland Heights Police Department for the first seven months of 2015 indicate a positive trend is continuing, as year-to-year crime rates declined in all but two categories. The only categories that didn’t show a decrease in the number of crimes were murder and rape. Through July of this year, there has […]

Tussie-Mussie?

My first attempt. Success!
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Saturday, October 10th at the Cleveland Botanical Garden marked the Western Reserve Herb Society’s 70th Annual Herb Fair.  A celebration of herbs in all forms and varieties was on display with a myriad of activities (make your own herb vinegars and meat rubs) to delicious baked goods and exquisite jams for sale.  It was a […]

Educational Redlining

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Heights Community Congress (HCC), founded in 1972, is Greater Cleveland, Ohio’s oldest fair housing enforcement organization.  For over four decades HCC has been conducting audits of the real estate industry to expose and discourage racial steering and disparate treatment of African American and white home seekers.  Each September, HCC organizes a home and garden tour […]