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 […]

Learning from Trick or Treating

Trick-or-treating at Spirit Corner community green space in the Coventry Village neighborhood.
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In our Cleveland Heights neighborhoods, most of us live fairly close together.  And when we live close together, we will, for better or worse, be affected by the actions of our neighbors! So in Cleveland Heights, it’s particularly important that our neighborhoods function as communal places, where neighbors communicate and socialize and work together to […]

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 […]

Section 8 and Source of Income Discrimination: is there something in this for us?

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Coming up with smart and effective social policy is “Mission Impossible”. And evaluating social policy is not much easier. One way to evaluate a social policy is to ask, “does it do more harm than good?” Insert social policies into that phrase and ask yourself, “Does Obamacare do more harm than good?”; “Does Social Security […]

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 […]