An abandoned house in Cleveland, Ohio.
Bits of Talk of the Nation are in Cleveland for today's show, and last night, Jon Eckerle took my boss, Sue Goodwin, for a tour of the town. He's a community activist and real estate agent in Cleveland who's passionate about homes like the one in the above photo he took on their tour. He describes it:
This is a home at East 65 and White in Cleveland. It is a foreclosed abandoned home in an area where it is not that uncommon to see abandoned homes and vacant lots. This one is a little unique in that the aluminum thieves must of used a ladder to get the second story metal.
Eckerle's interested in considering these abandoned properties and the ramifications of their existence. For instance, what does it do to a neighborhood when homes like this stand? Should they be torn down, or used for other things? Turns out, there are a lot of creative ideas for turning this plight — also seen in cities across the rust belt — into positive things for the community, from greenhouses to cold storage to vineyards. More on this in our second hour today. Join us!