Drew Carey saves Cleveland: The decline of a once-great city

Sixty years ago Cleveland was a booming city full of promise, opportunity and people. Sometimes its sports teams won something more than an indoor soccer championship. Today the city’s population is less half of what it was in its prime and it ranks as one of the poorest big cities in the United States. Drew Carey reflects on how the city became “the mistake on the lake” and wonders about the city’s future. Is a Cleveland renaissance possible or is the city doomed to long, slow death? My guess is long, slow death. But if I did not have some glimmer of hope, I would not post this video on my site. Or care.

Reason Saves Cleveland with Drew Carey is written and produced by Paul Feine; camera and editing by Roger Richards and Alex Manning; narrated by Nick Gillespie; music by the Cleveland band Cats on Holiday. This is the first of six episodes that will air between March 15-19, 2010. I am posting all of them on my Web site. In between Drunk History segments and 5-second movies, of course.

Cleveland leaders and voters, I hope you are watching.

Joe Donatelli
Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles

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