Stan Jaffe Interview, 03 March 2008

Stan Jaffe, a native of Queens New York, and former CFO at Judson Manor, recounts the history of Judson and the unique concentration of cultural institutions within University Circle. He briefly discusses some of the negative perceptions of University Circle that may affect patronage of the area. He describes some of the direct effects that the loss of manufacturing has had on the Cleveland area, such as the deterioration of commercial districts including; downtown, Shaker Square and East 105th and Euclid. Jaffe places this trend in a national context, and offers his views on the various factors that have led to the decline of manufacturing in the United States. He also notes positive actions to preserve historic areas and buildings. He mentions the excellence of the Playhouse Square production of "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well, and Living in Paris," the pivotal fund raising event designed to save Playhouse Square from demolition in the early 1970's. Other subjects include the history of Little Italy and Lakeview Cemetery, and the quality of education at Cleveland State University, where Jaffe is enrolled in the Project 60 program.

Participants: Jaffe, Stan (interviewee) / Souther, Mark (interviewer) / Calder, James (interviewer)
Collection: University Circle
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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University Circle is home to many of the city’s oldest and most respected institutions: Severance Hall, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Case Western Reserve University to name just a few. Since 1970, University Circle Inc. (UCI) has coordinated development in the area. These interviews with UCI staff, community activists, and local residents and workers in the University Circle area, conducted by students as part of a CSU Provost-funded Undergraduate Summer Research Award project led by Drs.…