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Ohio's legacy cities may be attractive to younger people
Six of 18 cities on the list are in Ohio; four of those in the northeast corner

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A Massachusetts think tank has named six of Ohio’s aging industrial cities as “legacy cities,” a title rooted in population loss, poverty and crime.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy researched and ranked 18 so-called “legacy cities” across the nation. Its report is aimed at finding ways to move the industrial cities out of decline.

Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Canton, Cincinnati and Dayton made the list, ranking between seven and 16.

Co-author of the study, Alan Mallach, says the industrial cities put Ohio in a good position to build a new economy because urban areas are growing more popular.

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"You look at areas like the Warehouse District or Ohio City in Cleveland, these areas are being revived because they are attractive to younger generation people in their 20s and 30s,  who do not want to live in a mansion somewhere out in Lake County. That’s a huge opportunity for Ohio." 

But Mallach says Ohioans should not expect an influx to its legacy cities anytime soon as any changes will happen gradually.  

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