The `Burbs Fight Back

They're teaming up with cities to lure back business and families

In the years after World War II, Euclid, Ohio, epitomized the American Dream. Thousands of war veterans moved seven miles from working-class Cleveland neighborhoods into spanking-new bungalows near Lake Erie. By the 1970s, though, Euclid's factories began shutting down. Its middle class fled even farther out, leaving behind a poorer, aging population of 53,000. Today, its tax base eviscerated, Euclid needs money to repair sewers and streets and to reopen schools for a recent influx of lower-income families from the city.

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