Is Cleveland Too Negative?

A recent opinion article by Richey Piiparinen of the Center for Population Dynamics at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University says “Cleveland's negativity is a challenge to the city's future.”
April 17, 2014, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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In reacting to the recent launch of the “Positively Cleveland” campaign, Richey Piiparinen finds fault in the "nattering nabobs of negativism" he believes to be holding back the city.

In starting a new era for the city, Piiparinen agues that “what's missing from the equation is that deciding on whether or not to invest in Cleveland is made through a perceptual lens. After all, cities are like stocks, and whether or not Cleveland is a ‘bull’ or ‘bear’ market depends partly on the vibe given off.”

The article provoked critics on Twitter, such as Angie Schmitt, who pointed to a recent study finding that 53.9 percent of children in Cleveland live in poverty. Schmitt's thoughts on the power of positive thinking:

So what do you think? Where does the time for positive reinforcement end and the time for sober assessment begin, or vice versa? 

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Published on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in
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