Cleveland’s uphill battle for its reputation has been going on for years—at least since 1969, the year its Cuyahoga River infamously caught fire (sorry, Cleveland—had to). The city has made its water, well, water again, but stopping the runoff of its best and brightest citizens has proved a tougher challenge, and the economic crisis hasn’t helped. “We're hurting. No doubt,” says Jack Storey, a native Clevelander and co-founder of the Saving Cities initiative, a new project aiming to combat brain drain in aging Rust Belt cities.
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