Here is an article that will be shared this Friday on the Weekly Link Round Up, but I thought it was so interesting that it deserved it’s own blog post. The National Journal posted this article titled, “How One Family Made Cleveland (Yes, Cleveland) Cool.” There are many similarities between Cleveland and Newburgh in their quests to revitalization. Both are old manufacturing cities on waterfronts that have experienced economic crises and riots. Both were named All-American Cities. Both have seen a large drop in population. Many people who grew up in Cleveland leave for larger cities and rarely come back home. Some how though, downtown Cleveland has been making a comeback over the past decade largely in part of the efforts of one family. Today the East Fourth neighborhood is an entertainment district and is home to one of America’s voted 10 best restaurants, the Greenhouse Tavern. The neighborhood is a walkable mixed-use area and residential occupancy rates are over 95 percent. Pretty amazing for a neighborhood that used to be a haven for drug dealers and prostitutes!
The article is an excellent read and I encourage you to read the entire thing.
How One Family Made Cleveland (Yes, Cleveland) Cool National Journal
Published August 1, 2013
Photo: Courtesy of Downtown Cleveland Alliance