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.