Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River: 50 Years after the Fire

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How Two Mayors Connected Environmental Sustainability and Social EquityOn June 22, 1969, sparks from a passing train set fire to oil-soaked debris floating in the Cuyahoga River and set the river ablaze. The fire wasn’t the worst of the Cuyahoga River fires – it burned 13 times going back to 1868 – but it was the last. It ignited an environmental revolution in Cleveland and across the United States. The river fire in 1969 wasn’t the only issue that plagued Cleveland – at the time, the city faced social unrest due to racial discrimination in housing, deindustrialization, unemployment and declin...