10 reasons why I choose to live in Cleveland Heights

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I’ll start out by saying that I recognize that there are many problems in Cleveland Heights, as there are in most communities.  And I agree with others who post on Next Door that our relatively high taxes and the performance of our schools are issues that reduce the desirability of our community to some current […]

Share your ideas for creative place-making in the Heights

Bob Brown discusses historical foundations for place-making at the BottleHouse
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On October 10, FutureHeights held a public forum at the BottleHouse Brewery and Meadery on elevating areas of our community through creative place-making. Attendees enjoyed hearing from several presenters, each with a unique view on what place-making is and how it can be incorporated into our neighborhoods. Bob Brown discussed historical foundations of place-making and […]

Enjoyable Ghost Stream Bicycle Ride featuring the Dugway Brooks Led by Roy Larick

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  Ghost Stream Bicycle Ride Featuring the Dugway Brooks:  Sunday October 8th. As part of the Fall 2017 local history lectures, Dr. Roy Larick (local author and archaeologist) led a group of 20 plus enthusiasts (and one dog travelling via bicycle basket) around the Heights searching for the above ground pieces of the east and west […]

City Storm/Sewer Water Conveyance, Berkshire Rd.-Derbyshire Rd.

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It is difficult to promote the City of Cleveland Heights for private investments (Capital Formation) without a well developed, first class infrastructure. The City of Cleveland Heights may keep losing population and be second in a domino effect after East Cleveland’s failure if it cannot set its priorities right on its infrastructure. If Cleveland Heights […]

Quality vs. exclusivity: Understanding Heights schools

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Ten years ago, it was pretty easy to see the scientific flaws in the State of Ohio’s school ratings: no valid test samples, no comparison of pre-test and post-test, no time-series tracking of student results over the years, meaningless descriptions for the attainment levels—basically, no way of telling which schools were having what effects on […]

Cleveland Hts v. Solon: Comparing cost and understanding value

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Now that we’re safely past the election season, maybe we can have a reasonable discussion about taxes. If you say taxes are high in the Heights, heads nod. But what does “taxes are high” mean? To find out, let’s compare some real estate listings from Cleveland Heights, a “taxes are high” place and Solon, a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Update on CH water system from City Council Member Jason Stein

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The water system in Cleveland Heights is in need of significant repair, estimated at $20 million. It also owes more than $3 million to the Cleveland Water Department, which supplies water to Cleveland Heights through a “master meter” (i.e. Cleveland Heights pays for all the water it uses, and then distributes the water to residents […]