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Cuyahoga County’s vaccination rates range from 90% in wealthier suburban areas to 30% in low-income Cleveland communities, aligning with the region’s health disparities along racial and socioeconomic lines, according to data obtained by The Land.
There won’t be a deal to rescue Shaker Square in time for the holidays. Cleveland officials and nonprofit leaders answered questions about a proposed $12 million deal for Shaker Square at a public meeting at York Rite Masonic Temple on Kinsman Road Friday morning, but Ward 4 interim councilwoman Anita Gardner withheld her support, leaving it to her successor to decide.
Richard Starr, a political newcomer who ran unsuccessfully to be Ward 5 city councilman in 2017, will face off against recently appointed incumbent Delores Gray in the Nov. 2 general election. Despite its proximity to Cleveland’s relatively affluent downtown, the Central neighborhood, which makes up most of Ward 5, has remained one of the city’s poorest areas.
Community development corporations have launched a neighborhood platform to influence the next mayor’s agenda after the Nov. 2 election. They see an opportunity to not only influence a Kelley or Bibb administration, but also to help the city recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted city services, exacerbated disparities between residents, and wreaked havoc on local business districts.