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Rehab or Tear It Down?

Posted Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Rehab or Tear It Down? Tearing down the hundreds of abandoned homes and buildings that litter the Northeast Ohio landscape and creating some new green space sounds like a win-win. But, some say we're throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Preservationists claim there are plenty of well-built older properties that could be brought up to snuff with a little rehabilitation. Others say those preservation dollars would be better spent patching up roads and fixing ancient water lines. And, what happens when you add the price of abating lead and asbestos from an older home --- does that make it cheaper to tear down or rehab? How best to “right-size” Northeast Ohio, Tuesday morning at 9:00 with host David C. Barnett.


Community/Human Interest, Environment, Housing/Real Estate


Jim Rokakis, director, Thriving Communities Institute, Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Terry Schwarz, director, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
Kathleen H. Crowther, president, Cleveland Restoration Society
Rochelle Fisher, president, Habitat for Humanity of Summit County
Anthony Brancatelli, Cleveland City Council member, Ward 12

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