September 11, 2016 RHINO Lead and demolition After reading Richey Piiparinen's Op/ed in the Plain Dealer today, I got to wondering how many lead safe homes (built after 1978 when lead was banned from paint, were demolished in the campaign to create vacant lots in Ohio's neighborhoods. Mr. Piiparinen makes the point in his article that these housing could have made Cleveland a haven for folks looking for affordable rents, but even more important, they could have been replacement housing for families of children poisoned in pre-1978 units. In a related story, Toledo's land bank is offering fixer-upper houses for sale to the public now that the demand is returning. Is the land bank disclosing known lead hazards? Is the health department checking to see if poisoned homes are coming back on the market? See, this could be why Cleveland, Toledo and Ohio need Lead Czars to help identify synergies among health and housing programs that could help remove lead from the urban environment.