The Common Traits of Successful Inner Ring Suburbs
Cleveland.com has produced a slideshow series of short about the relative success of some of the region's inner-ring suburbs, as exemplified by the cities of Lakewood and Cleveland Heights.
The premise of the coverage: "older communities don't have to accept decline." That is, older suburbs can compete with the new construction and quality schools of newer suburban expanses.
The slideshow delves into the common elements of successful inner-ring suburbs, such as the "classic appeal" of the architecture in Lakewood and Cleveland Heights, maintenance of building stock (as monitored by the city), local assets (e.g., a waterfront location), and investment in the public realm, among others.