Northeast Ohio has held down top spots on an array of depressing lists in the past few years. No one seems to care that we have a #happyinCle hashtag, a veritable bounty of gourmet hot dog options, or a moderately sized skyscraper that is lit in different colors every once in awhile. No, everyone seems much more preoccupied with poverty, education, crime, housing, and other depressing topics in which Cleveland and Akron don't fare well.
Here's another entry on the Debbie Downer list, courtesy of Bloomberg Business Week: Akron is one of the top ten worst cities for renters in the country. It's not that there aren't affordable joints in the Ak-rowdy, it's that folks looking to rent in Akron aren't making enough. As the piece rankings intro points out, "Over the past few decades, rental affordability has become a widespread problem in the U.S. as rent levels grew faster than renter income. Nearly half of renters pay more than 30 percent of their monthly income for rent, including 26 percent that pay more than 50 percent of income, according to a new report by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies."