Cleveland and Pittsburgh have similar histories and now face similar challenges. Both need to attract investment and immigrants, to rebuild aging infrastructure and to revamp balkanized governments. On the plus side, both cities have priceless assets on which to build: world-renowned medical centers, research universities and cultural institutions.
This postindustrial corridor will be the heart of any Rust Belt revitalization. Congressman Tim Ryan is the champion of the mega-region. Cleveburgh should rally around his efforts and devise a coordinated economic development strategy to take full advantage of Obama's first year.