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While it is important to help the poor, you need to be realistic. The poor in Cleveland do not have College degrees and never will.
This ain't Boston or Chicago or other gentrified cities that have college degree people living in the city.
MYNYC, I agree with you on all points. It's a shame that Clevleand isn't pressing the feds harder of being a destination for refugees. I've seen what the Somalis have done for C-Bus and it was positive. NE Ohio and Cleveland has so much to offer, but for some reason is not being proactive.
I'm still not certain about the order of events here. Are immigrants making cities more economically vibrant or are they moving to economically vibrant cities that present them with opportunities. I'm sure there's a little of both going on in any given city, but I'd bet the latter is the dominant aspect. In other words, I think that if we want more immigrants, we have to turn our economy around first, instead of hoping that immigrants come here and do it for us.
this is an important topic as foreign immigration into ne ohio seems to have ground to a halt. can anyone say if there is any new immigration into ne ohio? even anectdotally? years back there was somewhat of a rush of russian jews into the region and before that some spillover from the columbus somalis. but that was then. anything now?
Immigrants won't just come to Cleveland b/c it's Cleveland, or b/c we told them too. They will come because there are opportunities.
Because it is pretty well established that the U.S. cities that have healthy immigration are doing much better. I read an article a few years ago, I can't recall where, that looked at a lot of cities and their economic/social health and their immigrant populations. Cleveland was among those singled out as having continued problems in part because of low immigration levels. Immigrants tend to revitalize neighborhoods.