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Focus on Facts

This series provides brief, thought-provoking information about urban policy issues based on research conducted at the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs. Our purpose is to stimulate additional discussion and debate. The series will include a “Map of the Month” as well as other formats. Questions or comments about specific topics can be addressed via email to the author(s). Questions or comments about the series of publications can be addressed to the Focus on Facts editor, Dr. Bob Gleeson at

DATE Focus on Facts Reports Author
August 2020 Efforts to Promote Voting by Mail May Help Ensure Strong Voter Turnout Among Both Young and Old Voters in Cuyahoga County's Fall 2020 Election Dr. Mark Salling
August 2020 Reliance on Voting by Mail Could Reduce Voter Turnout Among Black and Hispanic/Latino Voters in Cuyahoga County Dr. Mark Salling
June 2020 Thinking like a Region in Northeast Ohio? Factors that Predict Local Government Participation in Collaborative Policy and Planning Dr. Meghan Rubado, Dr. Joanna Ganning, Dr. Thomas Hilde, and Dr. Wendy Kellogg
March 2020 Ohio Workers and the COVID-19 Global Health Emergency Joseph Andre and Dr. Bob Gleeson
Februrary 2020 "Don't Count Us Out!" Who is Likely to be Missed in the 2020 Census? Dr. Mark Salling
Februrary 2020 Why Do We Still Conduct a Costly Census of All U.S. Residents Every Ten Years? Dr. Mark Salling
November 2019 Before The New Street: Opportunity Corridor Residents and Jobs, 2017 Dr. Bob Gleeson and Joseph Andre
November 2019 Gradual Growth in Regional Collaboration in Cuyahoga County, Ohio Dr. Roland V. Anglin and Rene Kizys
September 2019 Identifying Sector-Based Opportunities to Create Living-Wage Jobs in Cuyahoga County, Ohio Dr. Bob Gleeson
May 2019 Congressional District Boundaries in Ohio: Impact on Voters and Party Representation in the U.S. Congress Dr. Mark Salling
May 2019 Slow Job Growth and Economic Structure in Cuyahoga County, Ohio Dr. Bob Gleeson
April 2019 Measuring the Seeds of Neighborhood Gentrification Minkyu Yeom
April 2019 Home Purchase Loans are Denied More Often for African American Applicants than White Applicants in Northeast Ohio Dr. Mark Salling
March 2019 A Bit of Craic and a Few Facts About the Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day Dr. Mark Salling
February 2019 Can U.S. Energy Demand be Supplied by Renewable Sources? Dr. William Bowen
February 2019 How Well Do Spanish-Speaking U.S. Residents also Speak English? Recent Data from the American Community Survey Dr. Mark Salling
October 2018 Rethinking Our Regional Identities Dr. Bob Gleeson and Joseph Andre
July 2017 10 Years of Foreclosure Prevention in Cuyahoga County Molly Schnoke
June 2017 Change in Persons with Health Insurance Before and After the Affordable Care Act: The Akron & Cleveland-Elyria MSAs Dr. Mark Salling
June 2017 Change in Persons with Health Insurance Before and After the Affordable Care Act: The State of Ohio Dr. Mark Salling
June 2017 Change in Persons with Health Insurance Before and After the Affordable Care Act: The National Picture Dr. Mark Salling

June 2017

Persons with Health Insurance Before and After the Affordable Care Act Dr. Mark Salling
May 2017 How Criminal Activity Nuisance Laws Can Hurt Victims of Domestic Violence Dr. Joseph Mead, Marissa Pappas, Dr. Megan Hatch, Dr. Rosie Tighe
March 2017 Deregulating Electricity Prices Saves Ohio $3 Billion Each Year Andrew Thomas, Dr. William Bowen, Dr. Edward Hill, Adam Kanter, Taekyoung Lim
February 2017 Community Development Lending by Banks in Cuyahoga County, 2015 Dr. Joanna Ganning
December 2016

Did Low Voter Turnout in Minority Neighborhoods Drive Trump’s Victory in Ohio? What the Cuyahoga County Results Indicate

Dr. Mark Salling
November 2016 The Vote for Trump/Pence in Cuyahoga County, by Race/Ethnicity and Educational Attainment Dr. Mark Salling and Dr. Bob Gleeson

November 2016

Map of the Month: Early In Person Votes in the 2012 General Election and Percent African American Voting Age Population

Dr. Mark Salling