(Re)Telling the History of Cleveland Urban Neighborhoods

Author(s): Elizabeth Hoag; Hanson Paul

Year: 2017


Like many Rust Belt, Midwest cities, Cleveland has seen a large demographic shift over the last century in its urban neighborhoods. In many cases, the same street or city block has been shaped by the unique sociocultural practices and material arrangements specific to a range of different racial and ethnic groups. In this paper we focus on the 20th century history of two different downtown neighborhoods, Hough and Cedar-Central. We examine how the representations of urban space specific to Cleveland city planning and development affected how those neighborhoods are preserved, lost, and re-invigorated over time. Building on the theoretical work of Henri Lefebvre and Joseph Varga, and by examining the archeological and historical record, we document a representational space that emerges from the interaction of planned and lived space and is a realm not fully captured by the dominant narrative of Cleveland planners. 

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(Re)Telling the History of Cleveland Urban Neighborhoods. Elizabeth Hoag, Hanson Paul. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435221)

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