Richey Piiparinen Director, the Center for Population Dynamics at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University

Richey Piiparinen is the Director of the Center for Population Dynamics at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. His focus is on the cultural, psychosocial, and demographic changes in Rust Belt cities, particularly as they relate to economic and community development. His essays have appeared in Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, City Lab, Cleveland Magazine, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and his research has been highlighted in various outlets, including CBS Evening News, NPR's Morning Edition, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN the Magazine. Richey is co-editor of the book "Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology" and is currently working on a manuscript entitled "Rust Belt Shame, Rust Belt Chic", a book detailing the psychosocial history of Rust Belt cities and the influence collective thinking has on urban policy.

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