An interesting note from Rustwire.com:
"Everyone attributes young people moving away from this area because of lack of opportunity. I attribute it to lack of good leadership and hope for a better region because of that deficiency. When you have the right people in charge of a place, young people will stay and take chances, hoping to stay near their families. When they inherently feel like the leadership of a place is making decisions that destabilize their future prospects, they leave. No one wants to talk about that as a factor in brain drain. All they want to attribute it to is lack of job opportunity instead of lack of openness to new ideas for different kinds of economies and industries."
I couldn't agree more with this. I'm a leaving example of this. I am leaving Cleveland after I graduate because, simply put, there is no opportunity here for me. More significantly, I don't see Cleveland as a place where the people are willing to embrace change.
However, there is a different side to this argument. That is... taking a bad situation and making it something good. With a shrinking city like Cleveland, it might inspire an urban designer to stay here to make it better. With that in mind, i'm not quite sure if I want to be the leader or follower...
Brandon E. Young