This is a placeholder to brainstorm potential write-ups of highlights of the bibliography, pieces I think are significant contributions to a radical history of Cleveland.
I welcome other ideas and writeups. Please send me an email if you want to get involved.
In no particular order:
Todd Swanstrom's 1985 book The crisis of growth politics: Cleveland, Kucinich, and the challenge of urban populism, which remains one of the most in-depth looks at Cleveland urban governance.
The writing of Roldo Bartimole and his Point of View magazine, a valuable on-the-ground look at Cleveland over time.
Kimberly Phillips' book AlabamaNorth: African-American Migrants, Community, and Working-Class Activism in Cleveland, 1915-1945.
Nishani Frazier's 2017 book Harambee City: The Congress of Racial Equality in Cleveland and the Rise of Black Power Populism.
The work of EcoCity Cleveland and David Beach, which can contribute a useful critique of the environmental impacts of sprawl in Northeast Ohio.
The reporting of Thomas S. Andrezjewski in the Plain Dealer in the early 1980s about budget cuts to neighborhood groups.
The work of Norm Krumholz and other equity planners in Cleveland's City Planning Commission, including the famous 1975 Cleveland Policy Planning Report.
Randy Cunningham's 2007 book Democratizing Cleveland: the rise and fall of community organizing in Cleveland, Ohio, 1975-1985, which provides a useful history of changes to the Cleveland power structure and its effect on community organizing and development.
The work of William Jenkins and Todd Michney on the urban renewal and public housing.
Daniel Kerr's (2011) Derelict paradise: homelessness and urban development in Cleveland, Ohio.
Magnet, M. (1989, March 27). How Business Bosses Saved a Sick City. Fortune, 27, 106–110. Not because it presents a radical perspective, but for quite the opposite reason. It reveals the underlying assumptions and motivations of the corporate leadership during the Voinovich era quite succinctly.
The work of Michael McQuarrie (most notably his dissertation, From backyard revolution to backyard reaction), which tracks the emergence of an anti-politics machine in Cleveland community development.