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Cleveland Mayor Bibb and Downtown Cleveland Alliance CEO discuss bringing people back to Downtown

On today's show we hear about the state of Downtown Cleveland's recovery, post-covid [Shutterstock / AevanStock]
On today's show we hear about the state of Downtown Cleveland's recovery, post-covid [Shutterstock / AevanStock]

COVID-19 cases remain at a fairly steady, yet manageable level across much of the US.

Cuyahoga County is looking at a little under 190 cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks.

That's even with large events happening in the area, think of the recent Guardians post-season run, and other sporting events like the Cavs and Browns.

A string of warm weather has us seeing crowds at bars and on restaurant patios.

But even with all of that happening, we're still a long way away from what was a normal pre-pandemic level of economic activity.

Combine that overall decline in activity with the increase in work from home jobs and many cities will struggle for years to bring people back into an urban core.

To kick off today's show we'll discuss the challenges in a city rebounding post-covid, and what the landscape looks like now as we close in on the end of 2022.

Mayor of Cleveland Justin Bibb, and the CEO of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance Michael Deemer will be with us.

Later in the hour, a discussion about the tern 'rust belt' with two of the educators at Ursuline college who are designing a curriculum around the concept of a 'rust belt revival'.


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- Justin Bibb, Mayor, The City of Cleveland

- Michael Deemer, CEO, Downtown Cleveland Alliance

- Katherine Trostel, PhD, English Department Chair and Assistant Professor, Ursuline College

- Valentino Zullo, PhD, Anisfield-Wolf Postdoctoral Fellow in English and the Public Humanities, Ursuline College

Drew Maziasz is a coordinating producer for the "Sound of Ideas" and also serves as the show’s technical producer.