Posted by John Bracken and Jennifer Preston
“Your elected representatives at all levels are no better or worse than you deserve,” said Jack Knight in 1946. “It is depressing to hear citizens say they’re too busy for politics and then express disgust at the outcome of an election. Just who is supposed to make that fight ...
Sept. 5, 2014, 7:53 p.m., Posted by Anne Tschida
Sept. 5, 2014, 1:26 p.m., Posted by Jason Segedy
Photo of Main Street in Akron, Ohio by Flickr user Kevin T. Quinn.
Jason Segedy is director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study. Akron is one of 26 Knight communities and the birthplace of Knight Foundation.
Akron is a city with a storied past and a bright future. It’s a city navigating its way through a decades-long transition from an industrial economy to a prosperous future.
It was the fastest-growing city in the United States between 1910 and 1920, growing with the automobile and rubber and tire industries. But since the mid-’70s, we have seen heavy industry leave our city, and have lost 31 percent of our population.
The transition has been difficult, but we have many assets to build upon: strong civic leadership, a solid history of public, private and philanthropic partnerships; and a legacy of solid, well-planned neighborhoods. However, many of the houses and commercial buildings that were built during our boom years turn 100 this decade. Many of our oldest structures are increasingly blighted, vacant or abandoned.
Sept. 5, 2014, 9:32 a.m., Posted by rsharp
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