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 […]

Crime trends downward in Cleveland Heights

Trend in serious crimes committed in Cleveland Heights, Full-year / 2011-2015. Copyright Heights Observer 2015. Data from CHPD.
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Here is a series of charts using crime data from the Cleveland Heights Police Department. All of these have been published previously in the Heights Observer. I’m providing them as a quick visual to see crime trends. For information on how the data are gathered and managed, read the original article in the Heights Observer series, […]

Charter Titans’ Political Contributions Keep Ohio Charters Unregulated

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In Policy vs. Politics: Which Will Prevail in the Looming Ohio Charter School Reform Fight? researchers from the Ohio Charter School Accountability Project examine the connection between political contributions made by David Brennan and William Lager—Ohio’s two largest charter profiteers—to prominent Republican state legislators and the passage of Ohio laws that keep Ohio’s charter schools […]

Citizens Police Academy – Part VII: Wrapping It Up

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I had every intention of wrapping up my experience with the Cleveland Heights Citizens Police Academy back when it ended last fall. But I didn’t know what to say. That is until a Cleveland Heights resident named Samuel Taylor allegedly led police on a brief car chase through a residential neighborhood here. Then, after he […]