My Beautiful Wickedness

Why did I have to read the BBC to find such in-depth reporting
November 28, 2007, 8:15 am
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on the foreclosure crisis in the US? The article is about my old hometown, Cleveland, where one in ten houses is now vacant thanks to sub-prime lending foreclosures. However, one could make the same general observations about a lot of places — Nashville, Atlanta, Detroit.

It’s an excellent treatment. It’s a pity I had to hunt in an overseas newspaper to find this sort of coverage.

On a somewhat related note, Dennis Kucinich is from Slavic Village — one of the areas hardest hit, where he still owns his home. I am not sold on Dennis as a candidate (as a human being, he’s got his flaws and he’s got his ways), but I think it’s instructive to understand where he’s coming from. You really have to understand Cleveland and the near West Side. (There’s an article by Scott Raab in the latest issue of Esquire that makes the same point, with some brilliant ethnography about east/west divides in Cleveland and their socio-political importance.)

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One in ten? (Hangs head and mourns) Gawd. I’m glad I’m not there to see it….

Comment by imfunny2

On the otherhand, Jellybean, there are going to be some excellent housing bargains in our old ‘hoods. Just sayin’.

Comment by bridgett

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