Cleveland General Information
Cleveland sits on the southern banks of Lake Erie at the mouth of the Cuyahoga
River - a city of green parks, lively neighborhoods and historic buildings.
Local residents are proud of its high quality of life and recent awards that
attest to its livability. Miles of parkland encircle the city, while museums,
sporting and cultural events and visitor-friendly attractions lure residents and
visitors alike to Downtown areas. It is one of the few American cities with park
access in the heart of the city. Visitors, especially, are often surprised to
discover a vibrant Downtown with distinct neighborhoods and a lively urban
atmosphere. True, its roots are certainly more prosaic than those of New York,
Los Angeles or Boston, but Cleveland has outgrown its industrial past. Once
known as a 'steel town' during the Industrial Era of Ohio's development, it is
now a healthy mix of manufacturing and service industries.
||Whether Lake Erie freezes over, the drumbeat
on the Erie waterfront signals the party: Cleveland rocks, all right,
and more than a million fans from all over the world prove it each year with
their lakeside pilgrimage to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum -
Cleveland's "temple of rock." Suddenly, Cleveland is a destination, and the
Rock Hall isn't the only draw.
Consider: The $37 million renovation and expansion of the Cleveland
Botanical Garden; the new super high-tech HealthSpace Cleveland (the first
health museum of its kind in the Western Hemisphere); and the impressive
state-of-the-art veterinary hospital and research center going up at
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Last summer, the world-class Cleveland Museum of
Art got a $225 million makeover, and Blossom Music Center (the summer home
of the Cleveland Orchestra) unveiled its $17 million face lift last year.
Before Cleveland's renaissance, this city of 478,403 was known as an
industrial town - but, while it's kept a healthy manufacturing base, it's
grown out of its stodgy former image. The city has seen a 5% increase in
population since 1990, and Greater Cleveland, with its diverse suburbs, a 3%
One of the most dynamic changes has been the influx of urban young
professionals and empty-nesters - more than 65% of Clevelanders are single,
according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many are working in Cleveland's newer
high-tech and medical research industries and are buying up new town homes,
converted loft condos and new market-rate houses downtown and in the
The city's achievements are eclectic: It's one of the country's 10
best cities for African-American women, according to Ebony magazine; it ranks
7th in the nation in the number of coffee shops per capita; and good news for
commuters: Clevelanders spend only 11 hours in traffic delays each year,
according to a Texas A&M study - the second-lowest rate in the country. It's
even one of the top 10 walking cities in America, says the American Podiatric
Medical Association, because of the city's unique mix of city parks, air
quality, variable-but-not-threatening weather and safety.
Cleveland scores high on everyone's interest and affordability scales, so it's
also a popular meeting, conference and trade-show destination: Nearly 9 million
business travelers visit each year. The city is home to such corporate giants as
American Greetings (greeting cards), Sherwin-Williams Co. (paint), The Austin
Co. (established in 1878 and known worldwide for its construction services), OMG
(international supplier of refined and processed base and precious metals), as
well as financial institutions National City Corp. and KeyCorp.
It's the easiest city in the world to learn: Everything either runs along Lake
Erie or away from it, and Public Square is the historic center of the city.
Numbered streets run perpendicular to the lake; those west of the Square are
"West" streets (West Third, West Ninth, etc.) and those east of the Square are -
well, you get the picture. Just west of downtown, a river runs through it - the
twisting Cuyahoga ("Ki-ah-hog-ah").
Cleveland enjoys long, hot summer days, during which locals enjoy the many
restaurants featuring alfresco dining, picnic in the surrounding state, national
and municipal parks, or gather around the barbecue for casual entertaining.
During its cold sometimes snowy winters, the city's cultural attractions,
including theatre, symphony, opera and museums, thrive. The city offers all the
trappings of any American city - shopping, sightseeing, excellent service - and,
although it possesses a historic flavor popular with tourists and residents, it
is most definitely a city that keeps moving forward.
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