East Cleveland, Ohio
2000 population - 27,217.
Black/African American - 93.4%.
Median household income - $20,542 (compared to $41,994 nationwide)
Median family income - $26,053 (compared to $50,046 nationwide)
Families below poverty level - 28.0% (compared to 9.2% nationwide)
Individuals below poverty level - 32.0% (compared to 12.4% nationwide)
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Wait a minute ... this is suppsedly one of the most troubled communities in the United States; a mismanaged inner ring suburb that went from being a well-regarded working- and middle-class, primarily white community in 1960 to a primarily black, lower income city in 1970. It's a city usually mentioned in the same context at East St. Louis, Illinois and Camdem, New Jersey.
Well, that part is true. Most of East Cleveland looks like this.
However, I'm about to show you a little enclave among all that blight. It's East Cleveland's forgotten neighborhood, Forest Hill.
While most of East Cleveland developed with "doubles" and small apartment buildings, Forest Hill was built on a portion of the former estate of John Rockefeller. While the area "down the hill" experienced socioeconomic upheaval in the 1960s and 1970s, Forest Hill remained an upscale enclave.
Let's look around this beautiful neighborhood. Everything you see in the following images, except the sign above, is in the City of East Cleveland.
Although Forest Hills, like the rest of East Cleveland, is primarily African-American -- many "buppies" and prominent community leaders -- a few white holdouts that remain also call it home.
Of course, larger images are in the Cyburbia Gallery at http://www.cyburbia.org/gallery/show...=1&perpage=9&=