Dear Cleveland by Izzy from Hawken School

Dear Cleveland, It seems like despite recent successes our city and the surrounding areas are incredibly disconnected, we live in a city with communities that are rich in diversity, whether […]

April 30, 2018 // EYEJ // No Comments //

Dear Cleveland,

It seems like despite recent successes our city and the surrounding areas are incredibly disconnected, we live in a city with communities that are rich in diversity, whether it be in terms of identity, background, or socioeconomic status. Yet, the communities are divided by both geographical boundaries and perceptual separations which oftentimes fosters hostility or misunderstanding between areas and people. I live in Cleveland Heights, in a privileged neighborhood not far from Coventry. Yet, just a few miles away from me down a physical hill lies a community that does not receive the same opportunities as I do. Collaboration rarely happens between these two groups, creating an unnecessary disconnect that perhaps eliminates the possibility for the groups to learn from each other.

Cleveland – it is time to come together. Our city is filled with both opportunity and hardship, but the only way to make requisite and important change to address pertinent issues is to collaborate and come together, regardless of background with a common goal making of our city the best it can be.

Sincerely,

Izzy

Hawken School