Video Series on the ‘Mistake on the Lake’

This week, we will be publishing six installments of a video series from the Reason Foundation on how taxes, spending, and regulation turned Cleveland into the ‘Mistake on the Lake’—and how free-market policies can turn this beleaguered city around. The series features sit-com actor and Price Is Right host, Drew Carey, who is an outspoken libertarian and a native of Cleveland. Below is more information from the Reason Foundation.

Reason Saves Cleveland

Reason Saves Cleveland with Drew Carey is an original documentary series that will air during the week of March 15-19.

Featuring sitcom legend, Price Is Right host, and proud Clevelander Drew Carey, each 10-minute episode investigates and analyzes the problems that turned Cleveland from the nation’s sixth-largest city in 1950 into today’s “Mistake On The Lake.”

Like all too many American cities, Cleveland seems locked into a death spiral, shedding people, jobs, and dreams like nobody’s business. When it comes to education, business climate, redevelopment, and more, Clevelanders have come to expect the worse. Is a renaissance possible? Of course it is, but only if the city’s leaders and residents are willing to learn from other cities such as Houston, Chicago, Oakland, and Indianapolis. And only if they’re willing to try new approaches to old problems.’s Nick Gillespie narrates and talks with educators, elected officials, businesspeople, policy experts, and residents from all walks of life. Stay tuned for a documentary series that maps a route back to prosperity and growth not just for Cleveland but for other once-great American cities.

Reason Saves Cleveland with Drew Carey is written and produced by Paul Feine; camera and editing by Roger Richards and Alex Manning; music by the Cleveland band Cats on Holiday.

While this documentary focuses on Cleveland as a case study of a “once-great” U.S. city, the policies discussed are applicable everywhere, especially in cities facing budget crises.

The preview website and a trailer are available here:


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