PLAIN DEALER - Cleveland allows residents to keep farm animals

Cleveland's City Council on Monday approved two measures aimed at reshaping the city's urban landscape.

One ordinance will allow residents to raise and keep farm animals and bees. It's a step, proponents believe, toward finding innovative uses for vacant land.

The other ordinance sets guidelines for how Mayor Frank Jackson will spend $25.5 million in federal neighborhood improvements money. The bulk of it will be used to tear down abandoned homes left behind by the foreclosure epidemic.

Both were passed after intense debate.