LA Times: Once the 'mistake on the lake,' Cleveland on the cusp of cool

    Sunset over Cleveland as seen on July 22, 2016. (FILE - WSYX/WTTE)

    LA Times writer Fran Golden said Cleveland is the "mistake on the lake" no more, citing music, culture and attractions as reasons to visit.

    "The city is getting, uh, cool. Cleveland? Yes, Cleveland," said Golden in a new piece in the LA Times.

    Cleveland, once called the mistake on the lake, is on the cusp of cool

    I am sitting on the deck of a once-derelict building that is now the city"s trendiest microbrewery, watching the sun set over old smokestacks, the arches of early 20th century bridges and a river that once burned, and I am thinking that something intriguing is happening in Cleveland.

    Golden said with the Republican National Convention and NBA and MLB championships helped bring new energy to the city.

    She said food and arts are leading the revival of entire neighborhoods, and more people are making the move to downtown.

    Golden said since falling for a local guy and moving to the "Rust Belt," she has seen Cleveland on the rise.

    "This city of nearly 400,000 residents is where millennial boomerangs are returning and transplants are arriving, bringing with them big ideas," said Golden.

    She recommended visiting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and West Side Market.

    Her favorite restaurants included Collision Ben Brewing Co., Greenhouse Tavern, and L'Albatros Brasserie.

    Golden asked Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson to rate the city's cool factor, and said "It's a 10," adding, "It’s nice that everyone else is now recognizing what we have known for some time."

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