Let’s Get Real About Cleveland

Hi – and welcome back! I never realized how much commitment a blog can take and how much of my time is devoted to other things. I apologize for my absence, but I’m back with a quick little tidbit that has been bugging me lately.

There has been something on my mind for quite some time now, and I finally need to get it off my chest! One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say they’re from Cleveland, but what they really mean to say is, they’re from ‘outside’ of Cleveland.

If you do not have a Cleveland address, you do not live in Cleveland. If your property taxes aren’t going to the city of Cleveland, then you do not live in Cleveland.

I hate to sound rude but it’s the honest truth and when people use this kind of claim, they are hurting Cleveland.

Do not support a city but fail to see its potential. Do not highlight the good in cities, but disown them for the truth.

Cities are big, scary, beautiful, dark, fun, exciting places (see what I did there)? Cities are good and bad, and you have to accept both of those items if you’re a true city dweller. 

Cities still have a stigma from the era of baby boomers (i.e. white flight), especially Cleveland. Even when I was younger, Cleveland wasn’t as exciting as it is today. Cities took a turn for the worse from the 1960’s through the 1990’s, the post industrial era that riddled cities with debt, loss of population and unfortunately, crime. It’s hard to move away from these stereotypes as we push toward a new outlook on cities. It’s ideal to have the city be the place you work, live, and play.

It has been shown that cities help increase mobility. No longer do you need to drive and worry about parking with apps like Uber or Lyft. If you live in a city with access to public transit, that’s even better. Cities are starting to provide more pocket parks and access to green space and waterfronts (if applicable), but what I really mean to say is that they are beginning to highlight and utilize their greatest assets and provide citizens for what they want and need. The city should feel like you have everything at your fingertips, because it is the center of commerce after all. Forget big box stores, those are terrible conglomerate corporations that exist everywhere in America, and they don’t need your money because they have everyone else’s. Mom and pop shops need your support. In order to help a city thrive we have to believe that we have the power to change it. Do you believe in Cle? Believeland!

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