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The race for Mayor of Cleveland is getting started early this year with a full slate of candidates saying they want the job. One of them is Mayor Frank Jackson, who will likely be a target of all the other contenders.

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A certain theme of the others will be spending public dollars on downtown development at the expense of neighborhoods. The Mayor addressed the criticism In a sit down interview with Paul Orlousky saying he’s made changes that will ensure both get a fair share.

He believes it is a worn out theme.

“Whenever someone wanted to have a political statement they said downtown versus neighborhoods, but to me it’s one city,” Jackson said.

Jackson is sensitive to the criticism saying there are investments in the neighborhoods too, but some neighborhoods are not responding quickly.

“We invest heavily in neighborhoods in terms of public dollars, our biggest problem is to get private investors to follow suit and invest in some neighborhoods,” Jackson said.

He’s setting up a $65 million fund, $40 million of it from private sources.  The money is aimed at making private investors avoid more attractive areas by seeding the profit motive.

“We anticipate that we’ll get some serious development going on in neighborhoods that traditionally have been left out because of investment models,” Jackson said.



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

Picture Courtesy of Z107.9 WENZ-FM and 93.1 WZAK-FM Cleveland

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