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The Detroit Shoreway neighborhood sits on a bluff, overlooking Lake Erie. Just southwest of Downtown Cleveland, Ohio, the neighborhood is home to more than 17,000 people.
The Gordon Square Arts District is the hub of growth in this west Cleveland neighborhood. The District has helped to put more than $500 million in the neighborhood through economic development. The crime rate in the neighborhood is close to four times the national average.
Other areas within the neighborhood are Battery Park, the Franklin Boulevard-West Clinton Historic District, Cleveland’s Eco Village, and the Lorain Avenue Antiques District.
Neighborhood life is centered around its anchor building—the Gordon Square Arcade. A concerted effort has been made to revitalize this area into the cultural and artistic center of western Cleveland.
A very small percentage of the population is foreign-born. Over 64% of its residents were born in the state of Ohio. The average household size is three and one-half times the size of the city-wide average. The population density is almost double that of the city-wide Cleveland average.
The greatest percentage of the female workforce works in sales and office occupations. While the greatest percentage of males work in the service industry.
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Detroit Shoreway’s proximity to Lake Erie makes it prone to severe storms and floods that cause damage to properties and public utilities.
The neighborhood is also among the communities in Cleveland that experience urban heat island effects. Due to climate change, the neighborhood and other communities near the Great Lakes region are facing higher temperatures and high heat days.
Because of higher temperatures in the area, there is also an increase in the risks of high intensity storms, flooding, and heat waves.
Detroit Shoreway is among the neighborhoods in Cleveland that have been actively working on strategies to adapt to a changing urban climate.
Initiatives include improving poor housing conditions, maintaining shared green spaces, and beefing up coordinated response to disasters.
The Northwest Freeway intersects Detroit Shoreway east and west. The Freeway split the western half of Detroit Shoreway, making it easy to access the city from the neighborhood.
Cleveland Memorial Shoreway runs along the eastern one-third of Detroit Shoreway’s northern border—connecting the neighborhood with Downtown Cleveland. Lorain Avenue and Detroit Avenue are major streets that connect Detroit Shoreway with Downtown Cleveland.
Downtown is easily accessible from most areas of the neighborhood. But traveling north and south through Detroit Shoreway can be time-consuming because there are very few major streets, and no expressways.
Authorities in Detroit Shoreway have been working on curbing crime in the neighborhood, as the area’s crime rate is among those that are higher than the Ohio and national averages.
Crime rate in the neighborhood is at about 7,000 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 178% higher than or nearly four times the national average. Detroit-Shoreway’s crime rate is higher than about 74% of communities in Ohio.
Violent crime rate in the area is 1,774 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 366% higher than the national average.
Property crime rate, meanwhile, is more prevalent at 5,398 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 145% higher than the national average.
One’s chances of becoming a victim of crime in the neighborhood is 1 in 14.
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Cleveland is home to the nation’s second school voucher program, which allows families to enroll their children in private and parochial schools with public funds. Children can also enroll in schools outside the city.
Because some of the children in Detroit Shorewater may attend schools outside of the neighborhood, statistics about the schools could be somewhat misleading.
In 2012 Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools was signed into law. The nonprofit Cleveland Transformation Alliance was created in that same year to execute the Cleveland Plan.
Since then, the four-year graduation rates have gradually began to improve in Detroit Shoreway and the rest of metropolitan Cleveland. But Detroit Shoreway lags significantly behind the rest of Cleveland.
Twice the number of children drop out of high school as the average dropout rate for Cleveland as a whole. And according to city-data.com, the graduation rate in Detroit Shoreway is less than one-third the graduation rate of greater Cleveland.
South Coast Metro Housing 2020
The median list price of properties in Detroit-Shoreway fluctuate more than in nearby Cleveland neighborhoods, as seen by trends taking sharp dips and large increases from July 2016 through July 2019.
From July 2016 to July 2017, there was a steady decline in the median list price from 224K to $37K. From there, prices vary from a high of $444K to low points of $60K.
Of course, these low points correspond with the median size of properties sold, which dips during the same months over the years as the median list prices. Together, these prices form a more comprehensive picture of the neighborhood’s real estate trends.
As for median price per square foot, as expected considering the before-mentioned information, there was a sharp decrease from July 2016 to July 2017, going from $144 to just $49. From there, the median price per square foot fluctuates between low points of $56 to highs of around $217 from July 2017 to July 2019.
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Over 60% of the houses in Detroit Shoreway were built prior to 1939. And less than 1% of the homes in the neighborhood have been built since 2014.
One-bedroom and two-bedroom rental houses and condos outnumber larger units by three-to-one. Whereas, owner-occupied three-bedroom and four-bedroom house and condos outnumber other sized units by two-to-one. The most common size of home or condo is five rooms in owner-occupied units. The most common size renter-occupied apartments is five rooms.
The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) is an non-profit organization that owns and maintains over 300 affordable house units, in addition to 15 market-rate units in the Templin Bradley Co. Lofts. The DSCDO partners with other area non-profits to provide housing for low income residents. The DSCDO also offers free advice to first-time home buyers in Detroit Shoreway.
The City of Cleveland has a purchase program called ‘Afford-A-Home.’ To purchase a completely rehabbed older home, a 3% down payment is required for a 30-year fixed loan.