East Cleveland itself can be viewed as a community. Back in my time we had the annual East Cleveland Community Picnic at Euclid Beach Park. Yes there were things, which united all those smaller communities I just mentioned. They were the things, which made East Cleveland a true community and not just a batch of fiefdoms and power centers. We were all proud to be East Clevelanders.
Finally, the voters selected a Judge of the East Cleveland Municipal Court. During my life in East Cleveland, there was only one Judge. His name was Stanton Adams. He was still there long after I left town. He had the reputation of being quite strict but fair in enforcing the law.
Some Final Thoughts
An example of my above proposal concerns the East Cleveland Library. That fine institution is currently trying to serve a population in great need of its services. It must do that with very limited financial resources. There was a recent effort to have the East Cleveland Public Library absorbed into the Cuyahoga County Public Library system. That Cuyahoga County system is one of the best in the United States. It serves my present community of Beachwood quite well. For reasons I do not understand, a majority of the East Cleveland Library Board turned down the offer of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. In my opinion the citizens of East Cleveland lost a lot by that decision. If the county library serves communities like Beachwood well, it could provide equally fine service to East Cleveland with the advantages of the larger county tax base. The offer was a gamble for the county, because the expense of the East Cleveland system would probably exceed the additional revenue collected from East Cleveland residents. However, the county would probably have provided better services at a lower cost due to efficiencies and economy of scale. In any case this was an opportunity lost.