Cleveland, Ohio and Baltimore have a lot of similarities. Both were successful industrial towns after WWII. Both have been losing population since the 50s as jobs left with the decline of heavy industry. They both now have crime, vacant housing and poor school performance.
Baltimore and Cleveland have used some of the same failed approaches to turning their cities around. For example they both have sued banks because of the high foreclosures and both have high taxes.
Drew Carey Saves Cleveland
Drew Carey has made a career about being from Cleveland where he grew up. He loves Cleveland and wants to see it prosper again. So Drew approached the people from the Reason Foundation to go to study Cleveland to see what they could do to help. Reason.tv now has a 10 part series (short videos) on You tube.
If you are interested in politics or urban development, I think you will find these videos fascinating as I did. They give good examples of what works and what doesn’t work. Like the city council member who was proud that he got a permit through in 18 months for a constituent, contrasted to Houston, TX where a permit can be had in 1 day. Which city do you think has better economic growth?
Here is the Drew Saves Cleveland intro video
Go here to see entire save Cleveland series. John Stossel did a show with Drew using some of the same footage . Watch the Stossel Cleveland show on Reason.tv or on Hulu.com. Both are excellent and worth watching.
Mayor pay attention, Baltimore can use these tips
Baltimore can benefit from the same common sense approaches to growth and government that are recommended for Cleveland. These have been shown to be successful in Houston and around the country. Baltimore and the entire state of Maryland are both in a bad fiscal cycle. In good times they spend money like drunken sailors and in bad times the struggle to pay bills and raise taxes. Little thought is put to the long term consequences to policies put into place.
Happy viewing Mayor, apply these tips and you will be a hero.