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County Blight: East Cleveland residents want the county to stop ignoring them

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East Cleveland residents want to rest of the county to stop ignoring them, East Cleveland residents want to rest of the county to stop ignoring them,
EAST CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A new Boys and Girls Club is opening up in East Cleveland which is terrific but 19 Action News wants to show you the side of Cuyahoga County a lot of people never see.

You won't see it in any big TV marketing promotion from city or county officials.

It's the neighborhoods -- that need big  time help.

There are more than 15,000 blighted properties across Cuyahoga County. Some of them are empty houses, vacant properties and you won't find many of them in downtown Cleveland.   That is where the jobs are and the construction and the money but in neighborhoods outside of downtown Cleveland there is a problem.

The line for food starts early over at the Garden Valley Neighborhood House. It's a spot where you can get lunch, a GED Or job training.

Ruthetta  Patton who was at Garden Valley told 19Action News, "I think neighborhoods could have more funds here. We live in the neighborhoods. We make up Cleveland."

The new Convention Center wasn't built in that neighborhood and you won't find any sin tax going to anything in East Cleveland.

"I don't feel good about it because first of all they are not concerned about these people the way I look at it," said Quinton Durham.

East Cleveland resident Quinton Durham wants Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and other community leaders to rethink their ideas.

"He need to look at it from a different approach and try and do something with these people who don't have anything. Don't have jobs," said Quinton Durham.

People who live in the neighborhoods say jobs are the answer. And we can't argue that. 

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