Cleveland On The Rebound

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Cleveland was just featured in the LA Times article Cleveland has been on the rebound even before LeBron James news.

Love him or hate him, LeBron is going to bring a lot of hype and money to our city. But this article discusses how Cleveland has been on the rebound well before we found out the news about the return of LeBron. With all of the fun tourist things to do including the museums, Botanical Gardens, zoos, etc. during the day and the night life in Ohio City, Tremont, E. 4th, etc. there are so many fun things to do here. Not to mention all of the exquisite restaurants and famous chefs that have made their mark here in Cleveland, there are more restaurants than you can imagine to choose from. And new hotels popping up, including the gorgeous new Westin, offers beautiful accommodations for our visitors to stay. This city is consistently improving and continues to be a wonderful place to raise a family. Check out the article for more details!

July 15, 2014, 6:05 AM|Reporting from CLEVELAND

Two years before LeBron James decided to make “bringing one trophy back to northeast Ohio” his new priority, Roz Quarto decided to pick up and move to Cleveland for no other reason than it seemed like a nice place. Friends in her hometown of New York City all reacted as if in unison..

“They said, ‘Cleveland, as in, Ohio?'” Quarto, 48, said while sitting on a bustling patio surrounded by blooming flower boxes in this city’s Ohio City neighborhood.

Now, she and her partner own a big yellow house not far from this neighborhood, which was recently named by USA Today as one of the top 10 places in the world to barhop, alongside New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro and Dublin, Ireland. And when friends from New York come to visit, Quarto says, they get it and are happy to help the couple tick off another thing on their Cleveland bucket list. (The list includes visiting the Botanical Garden and going to a high school football game.)

Her partner’s boss, who lives in Alaska, even purchased a second home in Cleveland.

The news trifecta of James moving back to his hometown Cavaliers, hotshot college quarterback Johnny Manziel signing with the NFL’s beleaguered Cleveland Browns, and the Republican Party picking the Cleve for its 2016 national convention may have put the city in the spotlight in recent days, but locals say all of it is simply more proof there’s a Cleveland resurgence underway.

“The GOP and LeBron are going to grease the skids on a process that’s already started,” said Richey Piiparinen, a senior research associate at the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University. “People are realizing it’s not your grandpa’s Rust Belt anymore.”

Changes are already evident in the city, where new construction is booming. Hammers and drills sound at all hours on the Flats East Bank, a onetime hip area that fell into disarray a decade ago and is experiencing a renaissance. Downtown, a new convention center just opened, and developers are rushing to build hotels and luxury condos to keep up with demand. Ohio’s first opened downtown in 2012. And restaurateurs are following in the steps of Cleveland native and James Beard Award winner Michael Symon, opening bistros where you can get entrees such as frog legs and rabbit pie with Parmesan and prosciutto crust.

To be sure, Cleveland still has its problems. Poverty is rampant, with half of the city’s children living in poverty in 2012, a rate second only to that of Detroit, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. The years of out-migration have led to neighborhoods of vacant homes, something that became all too evident last year when three women escaped from a basement where they’d been held captive for years by Ariel Castro.

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