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VANITY - Lifelong Baltimorean in Praise of Cleveland
Vanity | 7/14/2014 | Matthew Collins

Posted on 07/14/2014 8:27:56 AM PDT by scouter

I posted this as a response in another thread, but thought I'd also post it as a vanity, in case someone else might see it and decide to look beyond the reputation of the city to see what it might really have to offer.

I've lived in Baltimore almost my whole life. And despite its problems, I love it. Those who don't know it will knock it, but it really is a great place to live, politics notwithstanding.

But Cleveland was a complete unknown to me until I forced my daughter to consider attending Case Western Reserve University for nursing school. Why I did that is a story in itself and leads me to believe without any doubt in Divine Providence. Anyway, when we went to visit we both fell in love with Cleveland immediately. On the drive back to Baltimore she decided she wanted to attend Case, both because of the school itself and because of the city. She just graduated this past May, and my whole family says we're going to really miss visiting Cleveland so frequently. Cleveland a GREAT city! There really is a lot to offer there. It has its problems, sure, but there's so much going for the city that I'm sure it'll rebound. In any case, my wife and I, along with her sister and brother-in-law, intend to go there periodically so we can visit some of the great museums and attractions. Here are just a few:

I don't know about other universities in Cleveland, but Case Western Reserve University is fantastic. It is the "MIT of the Midwest." The nursing education my daughter got really can't be surpassed. In her freshman year, she told us in amazement "It's considered cool here to study!" If you know anyone who's looking into colleges and universities, you should definitely encourage them to consider Case Western Reserve. I highly recommend it. It's a beautiful campus in a beautiful area of the city, with a lot to offer students, both in terms of their education as well as just living. While it's expensive, their financial aid office really worked with us, especially when we suffered a significant financial setback as a family.

As far as healthcare goes... they've definitely got it going on! The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals are among the best in the world, and so they attract patients from all over the world. I've worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital (no slouch of a hospital itself) for over 25 years, and I have to say that Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals are every bit as good as Hopkins.

And I love the architecture throughout the city. They really know how to honor their own history at the same time they welcome excellence in modern architecture.

Cleveland is a great city, even if it is going through a rough time. If it weren't for the winters and the fact that my family is all in the Baltimore/Washington area, I'd definitely consider moving there.

I'm thrilled Cleveland landed the RNC convention, and even if the direct economic benefit is minimal, I hope it does a lot to restore the pride that Clevelanders should have in their city.

For your own benefit, you should consider putting Cleveland on your bucket list.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; History
KEYWORDS: baltimore; cleveland

1 posted on 07/14/2014 8:27:56 AM PDT by scouter
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To: scouter

Wow. Martin Luther King Drive in Cleveland is a good place to visit, an historic street which pulls you into the history?

In too many places, Martin Luther King Drive or Blvd. is in the ghetto, and the conditions there hardly are an honor to King.


2 posted on 07/14/2014 8:32:36 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: scouter

An unholy alliance of Democrats/unions/corrupt politicians effectively destroyed Cleveland turning much of it into a desolate ghost town.

As a native Clevelander, I hope and pray I will see major turnaround sometime in my lifetime.

Cleveland, for decades the butt of many jokes, rarely gets a break. But with both the RNC and LBJ announcements last week, they finally have something to cheer about.

Good luck and God bless Cleveland always.

It truly was a great city at one time.


3 posted on 07/14/2014 8:33:18 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: scouter; cripplecreek

I grew up around detroit. I say the same thing...for now. the downtown area from River-front to Mexican-town to Greek-town is one of the best neighborhood areas in the US (during daylight hours, natch).

Now, let’s talk about how you ^now^ have that LeBron fella...


4 posted on 07/14/2014 8:35:31 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: scouter
THE MISTAKE BY THE LAKE!!!
5 posted on 07/14/2014 8:38:02 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ken5050

Lighten up. When was the last time you visited Cleveland?


6 posted on 07/14/2014 8:40:39 AM PDT by grania
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To: Dilbert San Diego
If you call this ghetto, then I'd really like to see where you live!

I haven't followed MLK Blvd. the whole way, but I'm referring to the part from University Circle north to the lake.

7 posted on 07/14/2014 8:40:44 AM PDT by scouter
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Yeah the Detroit riverfront and downtown are looking good these days. A total rework of Belle Isle is also underway.

http://www.hellyeahdetroit.com/2014/05/23/these-6-before-and-after-photos-show-you-just-how-far-the-detroit-riverfront-has-come/


8 posted on 07/14/2014 8:43:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: scouter

That’s probably why; I assure you it gets much more ghetto as you go south.

But I agree with you; Cleveland gets a bad rap and is a great choice for a convention. I hope the delegates try some Great Lakes Brewing Company beer and stop at Melt for a gourmet grilled cheese. :)


9 posted on 07/14/2014 8:44:11 AM PDT by pleasedontzotme
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
An unholy alliance of Democrats/unions/corrupt politicians effectively destroyed Cleveland turning much of it into a desolate ghost town.

I don't know about Cleveland's politics, but as a frequent visitor to the city, I have to say I love it and wish it the best. Baltimore suffers from the same triad of scourges: Democrats, unions, and corrupt politicians. But the city itself is still a great place to live, despite them. And anyone who says otherwise is only displaying their ignorance of the place. Either that, or they just don't like city life, which I can understand and respect. But as far as city life goes, both Baltimore and Cleveland are great places.

10 posted on 07/14/2014 8:45:40 AM PDT by scouter
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To: pleasedontzotme
That’s probably why; I assure you it gets much more ghetto as you go south.

I did go south once, and I've gone through some pretty sketchy parts of the city (all cities have them). I never found one, though, that compares to some of the sketchy places in Baltimore.

But I'm not turned off by cities that have ghettos. That's just a reality of all cities, and you have to look beyond them to see what a city really offers. Cleveland should be proud of itself.

11 posted on 07/14/2014 8:48:28 AM PDT by scouter
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To: scouter

Both cities have done much in recent years to improve their waterfronts.


12 posted on 07/14/2014 8:49:24 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: scouter
Cleveland on my bucket list?

I'd probably enjoy visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but that it's not on my bucket list. I've been to Sun Studio in Memphis, though.

13 posted on 07/14/2014 8:54:13 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Remember Mississippi!)
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To: scouter

PS...Thanks for the Ravens.


14 posted on 07/14/2014 8:57:15 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Night Hides Not
Cleveland on my bucket list?

Your loss!

15 posted on 07/14/2014 8:59:25 AM PDT by scouter
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To: dfwgator
PS...Thanks for the Ravens.

Don't thank me... I'm from Baltimore. I'm just a Baltimorean who loves Cleveland.

16 posted on 07/14/2014 9:00:40 AM PDT by scouter
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

We just need to bring the cities back under conservative control.

Much of the news out of Detroit is actually media spin based on good things happening. The recent blowup over water is a result of increasing privatization which is actually a good thing. The murder rate in Detroit has plummeted as well but nobody talks about it because its mostly a result of firearms freedom.


17 posted on 07/14/2014 9:20:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: scouter

Don’t forget to check out the Cuyahoga Nation Valley Park. It’s got a great bike path that goes pretty much from Cleveland to Akron. It is a converted towpath from the old canal.

Also, an hour drive away is Cedar Point Amusement park, and the Erie Islands!


18 posted on 07/14/2014 9:22:12 AM PDT by parmamenian
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To: scouter
I'm just a Baltimorean who loves Cleveland.

To each his own. My vacation travels have been focused on the Western US for the past couple of years. One of my favorite towns is Kanab, UT. From there, you're a two hour drive (max) from several National Parks, to include Zion and Bryce Canyon.

19 posted on 07/14/2014 9:23:54 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Remember Mississippi!)
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To: cripplecreek

Bringing Cleveland and Detroit back under conservative control will prove to be easier said than done as both cities have majority black populations which remains the Dems’ most loyal and overwhelming voting bloc.

Cleveland did have two GOP mayors when I lived there as a child, Ralph Perk and George Voinovich, but back in those days ethnic groups primarily from Eastern and Southern Europe were the dominant voting blocs. And Republicans could sometimes win their votes.


20 posted on 07/14/2014 9:31:38 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Dilbert San Diego
MLK Drive, a parkway long before it was named for MLK, meanders pleasantly from near the shore of lake Erie to the cultural center known as University Circle, home of CWRU. It follows a winding creek through a valley, and the road is lined with an array of gardens called the Cultural Gardens, designed and maintained to celebrate the ethnic groups that settled Cleveland, mostly early in the twentieth century. Recently an African American Garden was added. Overpasses for major east-west streets are artistic creations of stone, with winding staircases from the valley to the upper street level.

Along the parkway is the city Greenhouse, and at its southern terminus is the Botanical gardens, the Art and Natural History museums and Severance Hall. The Cleveland VA Hospital sits at the edge as well.

It is continuously being maintained and improved, with pools and fountains, and is a history lesson to drive down it. Previously unfriendly for pedestrians, law enforcement has cleaned up the surrounding neighborhoods and the park today is useful and frequented by families.

One of Cleveland's well-kept secrets.

21 posted on 07/14/2014 9:51:02 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: parmamenian
Don’t forget to check out the Cuyahoga Nation Valley Park.

Yeah, that's one of the things we never got to see in the 4 years my daughter went to CWRU, and one of the things we're gonna go back for. Thanks for the reminder.

22 posted on 07/14/2014 10:49:20 AM PDT by scouter
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To: Night Hides Not
My vacation travels have been focused on the Western US for the past couple of years. One of my favorite towns is Kanab, UT. From there, you're a two hour drive (max) from several National Parks, to include Zion and Bryce Canyon.

Yeah, the national parks are great vacation spots. I've always heard that Bryce Canyon is the one you really have to see if you can't see them all. My wife is a little older than I am, and we just got a lifetime pass into all the national parks. It only cost $10. What a bargain!

If you ever head east, you should definitely check out Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive. It's only about an hour west of Dulles Airport, in Virginia. One of the great national parks, with a fascinating history.

23 posted on 07/14/2014 10:53:14 AM PDT by scouter
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To: grania

Many times...I have relatives in Shaker Heights..I couldn’t resist the “dig_”..it was too easy.. Parts of Cleveland are really nice..the new football stadium..and the Jake is a great place for a baseball game..and of course the Rock and Roll Museum. OTOH, Cleveland is a popular venue for “The First 48”


24 posted on 07/14/2014 1:35:13 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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