The science of a city merger

Kevin Chill Heard | 5/7/2014, 2:40 p.m.
Cleveland Councilman Kevin Conwell has taken on an analysis matrix style of assessing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (S.W.O.T.) ...
Glenville area Cleveland City Councilmen Jeff Johnson and Kevin Conwell, with East Cleveland Councilman (center) Nathaniel Martin. Photo by Kevin Chill Heard

Councilman Johnson as already stated that a “Northeast Region” of Cleveland would greatly serve that area of Cleveland residents. He sees no reason why inclusion of the East Cleveland area into that part of Cleveland would not enhance and further benefit all parties.

Johnson offered a scenario where he may have to come to the residents of East Cleveland to seek votes for election to Cleveland City Council if the suburb became a part of Cleveland. He also suggested that a reorganization of the suburb’s political leadership into Cleveland may be just what the residents need.

“I believe the long term benefit for East Cleveland and Cleveland is for both cities to merge. I am deeply concerned about the future of East Cleveland. I hope in the end we can provide the residents another option of governance that they will support,” added Johnson.

Choosing to stay on the side of further investigation, Kevin Conwell has yet to come out on a side for merger or not. He did attempt to calm a few fears that many East Clevelanders have about losing their community identity by pointing to Cleveland areas like Little Italy, Tremont and Ohio City as a few that maintain their distinctive characters.

Both Tremont and Ohio City were municipalities that merged into Cleveland.

Johnson added ironically that Glenville itself was a separate city that merged with Cleveland.