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Downtown Cleveland is now home to 15,000 residents. Is this new interest in living downtown a blip, or does it have legs? ideastream's Amy Eddings and lifestyle blogger George Hahn, both Downtowners, engage the curious at the intersection of Urban Policy and Lifestyle in this podcast.

The Downtowner: Why We're Doing This

"The Downtowner" hosts George Hahn and Amy Eddings at the corner of Euclid and E. 9th St. in downtown Cleveland (Drew Maziasz, ideastream).

The most recent Census data showed a continued drop in population for the Cleveland-Elyria population area. But that's a huge chunk of Northeastern Ohio, encompassing nearly 2,000 square miles.  Drill down, and you'll find Downtown Cleveland is experiencing a population boom.  Fifteen thousand people live there, up from 10,000 in 2010 and nearly 8,000 in 2000.  Luxury apartments are opening in repurposed buildings like the old Halle's department store and The Standard, a former office building near the city's Justice Center. 

What is going on here?

That's what ideastream's new podcast, "The Downtowner," aims to find out.  Amy Eddings, host of WCPN's "Morning Edition" and lifestyle blogger George Hahn lay out the questions they'll be asking: who's moving down here, and why?  Who are the winners and losers of Downtown Cleveland's rising residential status?  How can the rest of the city benefit from Downtown's growing popularity?  And what's the vision of urban liveability in a region where the American dream of a single-family home and a two-car garage has a lot of emotional and political power?

Cleveland's getting its groove on.  Find out what's happening here.  Subscribe to "The Downtowner."  


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