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posted by Donna Stewart on 2023-05-02T16:21:00-04:00 in History (Local) | 0 Comments


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Community Development in a Legacy City: The Cleveland Lab 1985 - 2010
by Eric Hoddersen

Cleveland State University's MSL Academic Endeavors, publishing imprint of the Michael Schwartz Library, is pleased to announce the publication of a new book titled Community Development in a Legacy City: The Cleveland Lab 1985 - 2010, by Eric Hoddersen. Available exclusively from EngagedScholarship @ Cleveland State University, this retrospective describes and assesses Cleveland’s approach as a legacy city to neighborhood revitalization from the early 1980s to the subprime mortgage foreclosure crisis of 2008 and its immediate aftermath. The preconditions, strategy, leadership, staff, financing, program design and outcomes will be viewed through the lens of a public-private partnership to develop affordable housing and inclusive neighborhood place-making. Central to this effort was creating a system to support grass roots community development corporations and their revitalization efforts.

This is a participant observer view with all the strengths and weaknesses, not an academic study. The author was for 20 years the CEO of Neighborhood Progress Inc., a nationally recognized Foundation intermediary that was integral to the system described. The last two chapters assess the achievements and limitations of that system and conclude with the author’s suggestions for moving forward.

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ISBN: 978-1-956812-01-05
Publication Date: 05-02-2023


About the Author

Eric Hoddersen is a thirty-year Cleveland resident who dedicated much of his career to Cleveland’s community development and strengthening its neighborhoods. He was formerly a Job Corps Counselor; Teamster Union organizer; Founding Director of Union-Miles Development Corporation; Project Manager of Gordon Square Arcade; Director, Cleveland Neighborhood Partnership Program, and mostnotably, CEO and President of the Neighborhood Progress, Inc., Village Capital, and New Village Corporation, where he retired after 21 years in 2010. Mr. Hoddersen was also the Vice Chair of the Ohio CDC Association and of the Community Development Partnership Network (national). He served as a Board member on St. Luke’s Foundation, ShoreBank Cleveland, and the Cleveland School Board Bond Accountability Commission.

He received his BA in anthropology from the University of Washington.  He studied political economy at the New School for Social Research, and earned a CMN in Non-Profit Management at Case Western Reserve University. His Fellowships include: Fannie Mae Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School; and Senior Urban Planning Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, MIT School of Urban Planning, and Cleveland State University’s Levin College (now known as Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs).

The author lives with his wife Carolyn in Cleveland's Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood.


About Michael Schwartz Library Digital Publishing

MSL Academic Endeavors, the publishing imprint of Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library, accepts manuscripts from local authors about the culture and history of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. We also accept scholarly material from CSU faculty to publish open textbooks and other open educational resources. Books and Open Educational Resources are digitally published in EngagedScholarship @ Cleveland State University, a virtual showcase for CSU’s research and creative output.

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