Jim Rokakis, Cuyahoga County Treasurer; Anthony Brancatelli, Cleveland City Council member, Ward 12.
Whether the foreclosure crisis has bottomed out nationwide is a moot question in greater Cleveland where the crisis is very much alive. Cuyahoga County still averages 1200 foreclosures each month. As a result, neighborhoods sink further into decline as abandoned homes proliferate, stripped by thieves of copper and other materials of value. Rokakis and Brancatelli have long waged visible battles against the effect of the crisis. Rokakis was the driving force behind the county’s foreclosure prevention program and is in the process of setting up a county land bank with the aim of returning foreclosed properties to productive use. Brancatelli’s Slavic Village Ward was the area that felt the greatest impact of the foreclosure crisis. Brancatelli has championed legislation making it easier for the city to maintain abandoned properties and assist residents seeking to avoid foreclosure.
They’ll talk with Mr. Feagler about their plans for combating the crisis in the future and about the prospects for a turnaround.
And we meet local artist Amy Casey, winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize as the year’s most promising emerging artist. Casey, a painter, uses the foreclosure crisis as her motif and her palette.
This is an encore edition of Feagler & Friends. The show originally aired July 3, 2009.