From Steel To Arts, A Rust Belt City Tries To Reinvent Itself

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Volunteers prepare FireFish on a Saturday afternoon in Downtown Lorain, Ohio. (Matt Richmond/WCPN)
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Lorain, Ohio, just west of Cleveland, has struggled for years. Once a thriving steel town, the Lake Erie community of 64,000 now has a poverty rate of 28 percent and unemployment above 8 percent.

But city officials are beginning to change the way economic development is done there, and, as Matt Richmond of Here & Now contributor WCPN ideastream reports, they hope to bring about a revival.

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Matt Richmond, reporter for WCPN Ideastream in Cleveland.

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