[permaculture] The Cleveland Model

Brent McMillan brent at gp.org
Fri Feb 12 13:08:29 EST 2010

The Cleveland Model
By Gar Alperovitz, Ted Howard & Thad Williamson

This article appeared in the March 1, 2010 edition of The Nation.
February 11, 2010

Something important is happening in Cleveland: a new model of 
large-scale worker- and community-benefiting enterprises is beginning to 
build serious momentum in one of the cities most dramatically impacted 
by the nation's decaying economy. The Evergreen Cooperative Laundry 
(ECL)--a worker-owned, industrial-size, thoroughly "green" 
operation--opened its doors late last fall in Glenville, a neighborhood 
with a median income hovering around $18,000. It's the first of ten 
major enterprises in the works in Cleveland, where the poverty rate is 
more than 30 percent and the population has declined from 900,000 to 
less than 450,000 since 1950.


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Brent McMillan, Steward of Woodhaven
Avilla, IN USA

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