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Many Offerings, Cold Winter - 1/6/2011
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Cleveland
North Royalton, OH

I have always been a warm weather person, so winters in Cleveland are tough for me. If it weren't for the cold, snowy, and gray winter days, I would be happy to stay here. There are many recreational, cultural, sports, and medical offerings here from professional sports, to amusements parks, to wineries, to wonderful theater. To name a few: The Cleveland Cavs/Browns/Indians, The Cleveland Clinic, Case Western, Cedar Point, Playhouse Square, etc. There are beautiful country roads for Sunday drives. Mentor Headlands Beach is great on Lake Erie. The waterfront needs to be developed further in Cleveland.

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Matt
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Carter
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Great climate if you like snow - 5/28/2012

First, you should know that Cleveland gets A LOT of cloudy days. If you require sun, you may want to look elsewhere (or buy a plant lamp). I actually like Cleveland's climate. It is usually milder in the summer than most other places. In the winter, it does get cold. Snowfall amounts vary drastically. The East side generally gets more than the West. If you are moving to Cleveland, make sure you find a home with good windows and insulation or you will suffer during the cold winter months. Be sure to plan for driving in snowy conditions as well as having snow removed. If you can handle snow and lots of cloudy days, you will love Cleveland's climate!

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felicia
Cleveland, OH

lemons vs strawberries - 6/7/2011

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KJ
Wheaton, IL

The suburbs and people overall are pleasant and fr - 5/23/2011

It is true that Cleveland is one of the few cities in the world that get the " lake effect snow". But the upside to that is if you bundle up and venture outside,the streets are beautiful under the soft glow of the streetlights, the trees are draped in lacey white veils and a peacefulness descends upon the once bustling neighborhoods. The spring/summer/fall months are often beautiful in their varying colors and activies. And the Metroparks system is unlike any I have ever seen in any other city. My daughter Brynne and I would walk among deer,beaver and geese(North Chagrin Reservation) or bike/rollerskate and sit beside the waterfalls(Berea Reservation) and always have a fabulous time. The city is easy to access compared to other big cities and is quite easy to get around,traffic-wise. Berea on the west-side is an excellent place to raise a family and there are really quite nice suburbs on both sides of town. The art museum and Cleveland symphony are second -to -none and Cleveland supports all major sports teams for you rabid sports fans. The restaurants are fantastic and we are one of the few cities w/ our own Iron Chef(Michael Symon-Lola's and other restaurants) and of course Sololowski's University Inn-good Polish/American food served cafeteria style in what looks like like an old Bavarian inn from days of yore. Have you tried their homemade peirogi's dripping in melted butter or their savory mushroom soup? Even a former president of the USA stopped to eat there on his campaign trail. Also,The housing is affordable. And where else can you live that you stop at the local CVS and Matt the manager comes out from behind the counter to give you a hug(Richmond Rd and Mayfield) or you return something at Giant Eagle and they apologize to YOU(Cedar Rd and Richmond). You can find some of the best doctors here and they are quite friendly(especially at Huron Hospital). Give Cleveland a try. Just bundle up in the winter and make sure you have warm boots that keep your feet dry! Oh! and try Heinen's grocery store(Cedar and Green) w/ some of the best(organic and other) produce and, of course, that fabulous mid-western friendliness -that I'm finding many cities lack.

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Dennis
Beachwood, OH

Cleveland has its blemishes - 1/9/2011

Grew up in Cleveland, lived in Nashville, Louisville, and now in Cleveland suburb. Cleveland has crime & grime like most medium cities. Great areas just outside of city. Very good public transit, cultural venues, medical facilities. The people are mostly friendly, The folks that don't think we're friendly-well every town has snobs and idiots. Night life is very poor for younger set except on the weekends. Lots of winter activities (although I don't care for it). High taxes, especially where I live, but the housing stock is great and inexpensive, and oh yes, suburbs are great places to raise children, but not Cleveland proper. Hope this helps.

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Cleveland
North Royalton, OH

Many Offerings, Cold Winter - 1/6/2011

I have always been a warm weather person, so winters in Cleveland are tough for me. If it weren't for the cold, snowy, and gray winter days, I would be happy to stay here. There are many recreational, cultural, sports, and medical offerings here from professional sports, to amusements parks, to wineries, to wonderful theater. To name a few: The Cleveland Cavs/Browns/Indians, The Cleveland Clinic, Case Western, Cedar Point, Playhouse Square, etc. There are beautiful country roads for Sunday drives. Mentor Headlands Beach is great on Lake Erie. The waterfront needs to be developed further in Cleveland.

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linda
Amherst, OH

Cleveland is full of snobs - 11/26/2010

Laura from Beechwood is exactly why I cant stand Cleveland. Like she advised me not to generalize a group of people, she generalized me by saying I need to go to more than sports bars in Cleveland. And you know why? she assumed that I just go to sports bars because I didn't mention anything cultural,its annoying just using that word ,So nauseating ,people like her that live in Cleveland think they are better than everyone else. They automatically think your "simple" if you aren't all fake and brag about all the stupid facts you know about the area.

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sabrina
Cleveland, OH

About Cleveland - 10/25/2010

I have lived in Cleveland most of my life and find it to be one of the best places to work and raise a family.

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Abhd
North Royalton, OH

Beautiful seasons, but can be taxing if you're not - 10/12/2010

Cleveland has a variety of great areas where you can enjoy a many recreational activities that align with the changing seasons. You will see a true Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter throughout the year, which can be challenging for some if you're not properly prepared. You will need a raincoat in spring, a bathing suit in summer, sweaters or jackets in the Fall, and winter coats, multiple layers, hats, and gloves in the winter. Rest assured though, if you prepare for the season, you can really get out and enjoy what Cleveland and it's surrounding areas have to offer. Don't let others' unpreparedness and spiteful comments deter you from the beauty each season has to offer. In other words, dress for the season and you will be able to enjoy the many climate changes throughout the year in Northeast Ohio.

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Gloria
Miami, FL

My memories - 10/1/2010

I first lived in Pepper Pikes,(a suburb) then in the city, I loved the West Side market. I love the Western Preserved, the folliage in Autum, the incredibly beautiful dowtown library, where I learned English and going to all the festivals: Irish, Polish, Italian, etc. I left in '77 due to the cruel winters, otherwise I'll still be calling Cleveland home!

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Bob
Cleveland, OH

The Pros and Cons of Cleveland and the Cleveland A - 9/27/2010

I was born and raised in Cleveland and in the Cleveland Area and I would like to share the Pros and the Cons of Cleveland. First I will start with the CONS. CONS 1. Poorly run and Corrupt government. 2. High taxes 3. Poor Public Schools 4. Incompetent Police Department. 5. Inability to re-invent itself in a way that can attract businesses. 6. Not as "Cultured" as other cities if you are into that type of thing. 7. Sports teams that are hard to cheer for because they are more disappointing then a deadbeat father. 8. Uneducated voters- they vote for the same people that are part of the problem. PROS 1. Cost of living is still relatively low compared to other cities. 2. Contrary to what people think, there are things to do here. There are tons of sporting events, concerts, museums, nightclubs, shopping, food, parks, outdoor recreational, etc. Its not as good as cities like New York ,Chicago, Philly, or Boston. But its not bad. 3. If you are a fan of the four seasons of weather then Cleveland is a good spot to be. 4. Location- If you are the type of person that likes to travel and go on Weekend getaways, then Cleveland is the spot to be. Cleveland is from an hour to an four hour drive to places like Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinatti. Cleveland is also a short flight away to places like NYC, Chicago, Nashville, Philly, Toronto, Milwaukee, etc. 5. Colleges- The Cleveland Area provides alot of great higher education choices. Top Colleges like Case Western, John Carroll, Baldwin-Wallace, Oberlin, Hiram, and others surrond the Cleveland area.

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Dave
Amherst, OH

Cleveland is a large toilet bowl - 7/26/2010

I have lived near Cleveland for over 30 years. I avoid the city as much as possible. The Veterans Affairs hospital is brimming with snooty kids studying medicine at Case. Also, there are many blacks that work in the VA hospital in Cleveland whom have some sort of vendetta against whites. The blacks that work there will not say thanks or you are welcome, obviously they enjoy their guaranteed positions in the government. I hate Cleveland. I hate the roads, The dirty air, yuck. The annoying educated white people who wear striped shirts and drink Starbucks are very sickening. If you are there at night, you might get shanked or shot. Yay. This town is dirty, and it is just a mess. Little Italy is really cool though. Everything else sucks.

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BOJ
Cleveland, OH

A Little Defense - 7/12/2010

I have only lived here for a little less than a year and plan to move when I am done with grad school, but only because the plan was always come here for Case Western and move back home. Reading some of these posts makes me think Cleveland needs a little defending because, it isn't nearly that bad (maybe because I have only lived here for a year). First, for the repeated culture bashing I saw below, this area is actually quite rich in that area. There are unique ethnic neighborhoods abound; plenty of museums including the rock hall of fame (the Cleveland Museum of Art is currently going through a major renovation that will essentially double its already impressive size--for a city this size), the Museum of Contemporary Art is getting a brand new home designed by a world renowned architect; the Museum of Natural History is about to begin a complete remodel and expansion, etc. (the list of museums/gardens is actually quite long); Playhouse square is the home of the second largest live theater complex in the country (right behind Broadway); and the Cleveland Orchestra is actually world renowned--known as one of the "Big Five." Those are just some of the items I have learned and I have only been here a year. There are plenty of “cultural” aspects to find if one chooses to look for them, heck there is even a rain forest in the botanical garden at University Circle. As for the health care and schools and active life deal...I know Cleveland is home to some of the best hospitals and doctors in the country and in the Cleveland Clinic's case--the world. Cleveland city schools = not good, but there are plenty of highly touted private schools and some very good suburban school systems. As for active lifestyle, I don't get out much being a grad student, but I do know that there is a ring of metroparks that surround the city called the “Emerald Necklace” and a surprisingly clean lake (the water is not what it was 40 years ago when the river caught on fire). The pollution is not nearly as bad as it is in other metro areas and is getting better. The weather can be an issue, but the winter is much shorter than it actually seems and if you are on the west side it is more moderate than on the east. From what I have come across it is also cheaper to live on the east side than the west and the weather may have something to do with that. I have looked at several cities on this site and it seems like mostly people come on here to speak negatively about the cities (not just Cleveland, but most of the cities I looked at). I can only assume that is due to the premise that if one has a negative experience they will tell ten people and if one has a positive experience they will tell three. There is no way that every city in this country is an awful place to live. Don't get me wrong there is plenty to complain about, but on the other hand there is plenty to enjoy in Cleveland if people take the time to look. Again, I have only been here for a year so I know there is more to enjoy if people want to find them. I didn’t take the time to pick out the negatives because there plenty of people have already done so.

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Xtal
Sanford, FL

What happened? - 6/17/2010

I moved back to Cleveland about a year ago and was shocked. I have only been gone for 7 years, but it seems like the city has gone down hill. The public schools sound even worse than when I attended them and downtown seemed like a bunch of empty store fronts with people wondering around aimlessly. The only two good things I have heard about are the hosiptals and the metroparks. The job market is bad unless you are a nurse. There are many homes that are empty (less population) and boarded up. Now, a bill passed and a casino is being built in the downtown/Flats area. I can see more crime coming this way. I just hope I can move to a new state soon, as I am not loving comeing back to this city.

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jj
Euclid, OH

Heading South - 6/10/2010

Cleveland Rocks !! Yeah, ROCK BOTTOM !!!

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Laura
Beachwood, OH

Cleveland Love - 6/4/2010

To all who have written horrible reviews calling Cleveland "disgusting" with its inhabitants all "crabby, cranky, and pale", I say that I'm sorry that you feel that way, but if you don't like it you can leave. We don't need any more negativity here. Obviously you have not bothered to explore any of this city other than the local sports bar, where of course you will see people drinking and watching sports (which is all you claim Cleveland has to offer). On Anthony Bourdain's travel show he claims that the episode where he explores Cleveland was his favorite. Why? Because we've got character. Yes the weather is rough in the winter, but we have beautiful fall, spring, and summer seasons as well. If you are not tough enough to brave a little snow, move back south. We could do without driving behind you while you are going 10 miles an hour with an inch of snow on the ground anyways. Downtown has its rough parts but also has very bustling entertainment districts with bars, comedy clubs, theaters, etc. such as E. 4th Street, W. 6th Street, and Playhouse Square. Sure it has its poor surrounding neighborhoods, but also has wonderful up and coming as well as historical neighborhoods such as Ohio City, Tremont, University Circle, Coventry, Little Italy, Asiatown, and the Detroit Shoreway with its growing Gordon Arts district. All these neighborhoods feature wonderful restaurants (4 of the James Beard Award semifinalists are chefs from Cleveland), concert venues, boutiques, art galleries, and more. And I challenge you to name any U.S. city that doesn't have its areas where crime is more prevalent. Cleveland has the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, the Cleveland Playhouse, The Cleveland Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Museum of Natural History. Throughout the year Cleveland's neighborhoods constantly offer free and family-friendly festivals celebrating art, music, food, and culture. Yes our sports teams, with the exception of the Cavs, can be frustrating. Yet every season we come back and support them in full force with new hope, because Clevelanders have heart. So, I challenge you to put just a little effort in getting to know what this city has to offer before pigeonhole the entire geographic area and all its people. The fact that Cleveland has its problems, yet Clevelanders remain tough as well as hopeful is just why I like it.

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Laura
Beachwood, OH

I have LOVE for Cleveland...sorry if you don't - 6/3/2010

To all who have written horrible reviews calling Cleveland "disgusting" with its inhabitants all "crabby, cranky, and pale", I say that I'm sorry that you feel that way, but if you don't like it you can leave. We don't need any more negativity here. Obviously you have not bothered to explore any of this city other than the local sports bar, where of course you will see people drinking and watching sports (which is all you claim Cleveland has to offer). On Anthony Bourdain's travel show he claims that the episode where he explores Cleveland was his favorite. Why? Because we've got character. Yes the weather is rough in the winter, but we have beautiful fall, spring, and summer seasons as well. If you are not tough enough to brave a little snow, move back south. We could do without driving behind you while you are going 10 miles an hour with an inch of snow on the ground anyways. Downtown has its rough parts but also has very bustling entertainment districts with bars, comedy clubs, theaters, etc. such as E. 4th Street, W. 6th Street, and Playhouse Square. Sure it has its poor surrounding neighborhoods, but also has wonderful up and coming as well as historical neighborhoods such as Ohio City, Tremont, University Circle, Coventry, Little Italy, Asiatown, and the Detroit Shoreway with its growing Gordon Arts district. All these neighborhoods feature wonderful restaurants (4 of the James Beard Award semifinalists are chefs from Cleveland), concert venues, boutiques, art galleries, and more. And I challenge you to name any U.S. city that doesn't have its areas where crime is more prevalent. Cleveland has the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, the Cleveland Playhouse, The Cleveland Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Museum of Natural History. Throughout the year Cleveland's neighborhoods constantly offer free and family-friendly festivals celebrating art, music, food, and culture. Yes our sports teams, with the exception of the Cavs, can be frustrating. Yet every season we come back and support them in full force with new hope, because Clevelanders have heart. So, I challenge you to put just a little effort in getting to know what this city has to offer before you pigeonhole the entire geographic area and all its people. The fact that Cleveland has its problems, yet Clevelanders remain tough as well as hopeful is just why I like it.

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Laura
Beachwood, OH

I have love for Cleveland...sorry if you don't - 6/3/2010

To all who have written horrible reviews calling Cleveland "disgusting" with its inhabitants all "crabby, cranky, and pale", I say that I'm sorry that you feel that way, but if you don't like it you can leave. We don't need any more negativity here. Obviously you have not bothered to explore any of this city other than the local sports bar, where of course you will see people drinking and watching sports (which is all you claim Cleveland has to offer). On Anthony Bourdain's travel show he claims that the episode where he explores Cleveland was his favorite. Why? Because we've got character. Yes the weather is rough in the winter, but we have beautiful fall, spring, and summer seasons as well. If you are not tough enough to brave a little snow, move back south. We could do without driving behind you while you are going 10 miles an hour with an inch of snow on the ground anyways. Downtown has its rough parts but also has very bustling entertainment districts with bars, comedy clubs, theaters, etc. such as E. 4th Street, W. 6th Street, and Playhouse Square. Sure it has its poor surrounding neighborhoods, but also has wonderful up and coming as well as historical neighborhoods such as Ohio City, Tremont, University Circle, Coventry, Little Italy, Asiatown, and the Detroit Shoreway with its growing Gordon Arts district. All these neighborhoods feature wonderful restaurants (4 of the James Beard Award semifinalists are chefs from Cleveland), concert venues, boutiques, art galleries, and more. And I challenge you to name any U.S. city that doesn't have its areas where crime is more prevalent. Cleveland has the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, the Cleveland Playhouse, The Cleveland Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Museum of Natural History. Throughout the year Cleveland's neighborhoods constantly offer free and family-friendly festivals celebrating art, music, food, and culture. Yes our sports teams, with the exception of the Cavs, can be frustrating. Yet every season we come back and support them in full force with new hope, because Clevelanders have heart. So, I challenge you to put just a little effort in getting to know what this city has to offer before pigeonhole the entire geographic area and all its people. The fact that Cleveland has its problems, yet Clevelanders remain tough as well as hopeful is just why I like it.

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Laura
Beachwood, OH

I have love for Cleveland...sorry if you don't - 6/3/2010

To all who have written horrible reviews calling Cleveland "disgusting" with its inhabitants all "crabby, cranky, and pale", I say that I'm sorry that you feel that way, but if you don't like it you can leave. We don't need any more negativity here. Obviously you have not bothered to explore any of this city other than the local sports bar, where of course you will see people drinking and watching sports (which is all you claim Cleveland has to offer). On Anthony Bourdain's travel show he claims that the episode where he explores Cleveland was his favorite. Why? Because we've got character. Yes the weather is rough in the winter, but we have beautiful fall, spring, and summer seasons as well. If you are not tough enough to brave a little snow, move back south. We could do without driving behind you while you are going 10 miles an hour with an inch of snow on the ground anyways. Downtown has its rough parts but also has very bustling entertainment districts with bars, comedy clubs, theaters, etc. such as E. 4th Street, W. 6th Street, and Playhouse Square. Sure it has its poor surrounding neighborhoods, but also has wonderful up and coming as well as historical neighborhoods such as Ohio City, Tremont, University Circle, Coventry, Little Italy, Asiatown, and the Detroit Shoreway with its growing Gordon Arts district. All these neighborhoods feature wonderful restaurants (4 of the James Beard Award semifinalists are chefs from Cleveland), concert venues, boutiques, art galleries, and more. And I challenge you to name any U.S. city that doesn't have its areas where crime is more prevalent. Cleveland has the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, the Cleveland Playhouse, The Cleveland Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Museum of Natural History. Throughout the year Cleveland's neighborhoods constantly offer free and family-friendly festivals celebrating art, music, food, and culture. Yes our sports teams, with the exception of the Cavs, can be frustrating. Yet every season we come back and support them in full force with new hope, because Clevelanders have heart. So, I challenge you to put just a little effort in getting to know what this city has to offer before pigeonhole the entire geographic area and all its people. The fact that Cleveland has its problems, yet Clevelanders remain tough as well as hopeful is just why I like it.

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Laura
Beachwood, OH

I have love for Cleveland...sorry if you don't - 6/3/2010

To all who have written horrible reviews calling Cleveland "disgusting" with its inhabitants all "crabby, cranky, and pale", I say that I'm sorry that you feel that way, but if you don't like it you can leave. We don't need any more negativity here. Obviously you have not bothered to explore any of this city other than the local sports bar, where of course you will see people drinking and watching sports (which is all you claim Cleveland has to offer). On Anthony Bourdain's travel show he claims that the episode where he explores Cleveland was his favorite. Why? Because we've got character. Yes the weather is rough in the winter, but we have beautiful fall, spring, and summer seasons as well. If you are not tough enough to brave a little snow, move back south. We could do without driving behind you while you are going 10 miles an hour with an inch of snow on the ground anyways. Downtown has its rough parts but also has very bustling entertainment districts with bars, comedy clubs, theaters, etc. such as E. 4th Street, W. 6th Street, and Playhouse Square. Sure it has its poor surrounding neighborhoods, but also has wonderful up and coming as well as historical neighborhoods such as Ohio City, Tremont, University Circle, Coventry, Little Italy, Asiatown, and the Detroit Shoreway with its growing Gordon Arts district. All these neighborhoods feature wonderful restaurants (4 of the James Beard Award semifinalists are chefs from Cleveland), concert venues, boutiques, art galleries, and more. And I challenge you to name any U.S. city that doesn't have its areas where crime is more prevalent. Cleveland has the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, the Cleveland Playhouse, The Cleveland Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Museum of Natural History. Throughout the year Cleveland's neighborhoods constantly offer free and family-friendly festivals celebrating art, music, food, and culture. Yes our sports teams, with the exception of the Cavs, can be frustrating. Yet every season we come back and support them in full force with new hope, because Clevelanders have heart. So, I challenge you to put just a little effort in getting to know what this city has to offer before pigeonhole the entire geographic area and all its people. The fact that Cleveland has its problems, yet Clevelanders remain tough as well as hopeful is just why I like it.

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