In a city peppered with buildings that are barely standing, a snowy weekday allows residents to huddle in a dining room brainstorming about how to make East Cleveland better.
The Neighborhood 2 Block Association cares for six blocks and was set up by the Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope (NOAH).
“They are legitimately able to prioritize issues that were actually addressed and it’s the most efficient way to administer city resources,” said NOAH Executive Director Trevelle Harp.
In neighborhood 2, Hank Smith says the impact is already clear.
“We’ve got so much accomplished in the last year and a half,” said Smith. “We’ve gotten more done than I’ve seen get done in 20, 30 years…for years, we didn’t know where our tax money was going because things were not getting done.”
Neighborhood 2 has gotten the city to trim or remove trees that threatened homes and people. Their group, and groups in other neighborhoods, figure out what needs to be prioritized by walking the streets they cover and filling out charts for each block. The charts highlight where there’s garbage to clear out, trees to remove, homes to demolish, or stoplights and stop signs to replace
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