When Cleveland became the center of the foreclosure crisis nearly a decade ago, the city found its way forward leveraging power from an unlikely source: the city's lone housing court. Behind the bench, Judge Ray Pianka became a force to be reckoned with by absentee landlords and banks alike. We'll remember his legacy with those who knew him best. Plus, the effort moves ahead to re-tool artist funding in Cuyahoga County.
-Jim Rokakis, Vice President, Western Reserve Land Conservancy; Director, Thriving Communities Institute
-Anthony Brancatelli, Ward 12, Cleveland City Council
-Angela Shuckahosee, Director of Resident Advocacy at Millennia Housing Management
-David. C. Barnett, Sr. Arts & Culture Reporter, Ideastream
-Andy Chow, Ohio Statehouse News Bureau