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Why Cleveland won’t die.

June 6, 2009

Sometimes Cleveland is number one, sometimes it hovers somewhere in the middle, but it’s always in the top 10: the top 10 poorest cities in America.

Now, I haven’t seen the updated figures, but considering America in general has been on a downward spiral economically for the past year it’s probably safe to say the top 10 haven’t changed all that much. The midwest (especially the Great Lakes region) was once prime real estate for the industry of all things metallic, but with companies dedicated to making the most out of capitalism we now have factories and such moving overseas.

In lieu of all this, Cleveland possesses something socio-economic sister cities like Detroit don’t have: companies that aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, they are expanding on a seemingly continuous basis–the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital, among others. Around these parts, it’s easy to find someone who works in the 68,963,509* medical fields and professions that abound, whether they be in the hospital itself or even insurance.

Simply put, when all else folds these hospitals, especially the Clinic, are high and dry for the most part and a major reason as to why Cleveland won’t die. At least, not anytime soon or in the same way other cities have.

I came across this article while looking for poorest cities stats, and it assured me that I’m not crazy or anything, lol. However, from just living here and reading the article, it does raise another important question: will Cleveland become an medical industry focused major city? Will inhabitants, well, inhabit simply because they work here?**  Instead of being called “Mistake on the Lake” (whatever Charles Barkley, no one has said that since ’93 or something!) will it have a new nickname with a medical connotation? The reason I ask is because even though these hospitals are thriving, Cleveland still mirrors other cities in that most other industries (auto, steel, ect…) are faltering. In fact, that’s a primary reason as to why I’ve questioned how “kind” this city would be to me as a journalist. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Greater Cleveland has an extremely high concentration of medical professionals living here.

These next couple of years will be some interesting ones for the city of Cleveland. Above all else, I want this to be an extreme wake-up call for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The city does in fact have a number of schools considered math and science centered, but that’s all irrelevant without the resources and teachers necessary to actually succeed in graduating future math, science and medical professionals. Even more so, I would like to see the district make leaps and bounds in all areas.

:::Warning: Random Slight Subject Twisting:::

Cleveland ranks number 15 on the media market list. This makes me wonder about how journalism may operate in a strictly industry centered city. Weellll…I guess I have a possible subject for my next post.

~ Bliss

*exaggeration :D:D:D

**a number of workers do, in fact, live or commute here (even from PA) to work at the Clinic and other hospitals.

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