Richey Piiparinen

Richey Piiparinan is director of the Center for Population Dynamics at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and the editor of Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology.

The Cracks in the Melting Pot

Cities are supposed to be the antidote for America’s growing racial divides. But diversity isn’t enough.

The Wrong Way to Grow a City

A lesson from Cleveland: To avoid deepening inequality, prepare for economic growth before it starts.

'Smart Decline' Is Dumb

We don’t know the future. Rust Belt cities need to stop planning that there isn’t one.

The Perils of Rust Belt Memes

National coverage of ruin and revival gloss over deeper truths about these cities.