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Old 11-24-2014, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR -> Rocky River, OH
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I have no idea why, but I have a growinh fascination with Cleveland. From it's origins in 1796 to its history as a 20th century industrial center hub, it seems to be packed with history. And it appears to be a city with strong culture and generational roots. I love cities with aet, grit, and character. Cleveland appears to have all 3. So, I have decided to take a flight out there. Never been to the mudwest, so it should be fun.

Questions; where to explore downtow for history, restaurants, and potential living? Keep in mind I am not a 4 star kinda guy. Local eats are fine and actually preferred.

2nd question; where is the "artistic" neighborhood? Open mics, coffee houses, local performing arts venues. Again, I am def not looking to hear a major act. I prefer small local stuff. I like to get the pulse of the local area wherever I am.

Any suggestions are appreciated!
1) Eat at Sokolowski's in Tremont! http://www.sokolowskis.com/ Very Cleveland working class.
2) An amazing live venue joint of acoustic music/folk/poetry etc...the Barking Spider http://www.barkingspidertavern.com/
3) Happy Dog http://www.happydogcleveland.com/about.php combination of food and live music

A cheap place to stay is the Cleveland Hostel...situated right on the Red Line. http://www.theclevelandhostel.com/

What week are you flying in?

You may want to start your own thread outside of this one.

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Old 11-24-2014, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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I have no idea why, but I have a growinh fascination with Cleveland. From it's origins in 1796 to its history as a 20th century industrial center hub, it seems to be packed with history. And it appears to be a city with strong culture and generational roots. I love cities with aet, grit, and character. Cleveland appears to have all 3. So, I have decided to take a flight out there. Never been to the mudwest, so it should be fun.

Questions; where to explore downtow for history, restaurants, and potential living? Keep in mind I am not a 4 star kinda guy. Local eats are fine and actually preferred.

2nd question; where is the "artistic" neighborhood? Open mics, coffee houses, local performing arts venues. Again, I am def not looking to hear a major act. I prefer small local stuff. I like to get the pulse of the local area wherever I am.

Any suggestions are appreciated!
Artsy neighborhoods: Tremont, Ohio City, Gordon Square, University Circle, Waterloo, Lakewood, Cedar-Lee
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Beachwood, OH
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There's a locally owned bookstore in Tremont (I don't recall the name offhand). As you're walking along, pop in. There's an Images of America series of history books on Cleveland that I'm sure they have and that you migh be interested in.

They look like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Cleveland-1796...veland+history
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:21 AM
 
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1) Eat at Sokolowski's in Tremont! Cleveland Restaurant | Polish Food, Ethnic & Polish Restaurant in Tremont | Sokolowskis Very Cleveland working class.
2) An amazing live venue joint of acoustic music/folk/poetry etc...the Barking Spider Cleveland Ohio music live folk blues bluegrass rock jazz gospel songwriters barking spider tavern
3) Happy Dog ABOUT HAPPY DOG combination of food and live music

A cheap place to stay is the Cleveland Hostel...situated right on the Red Line. The Cleveland Hostel

What week are you flying in?

You may want to start your own thread outside of this one.
Thanks to you and Cleverfield for the suggestions. Sounds great! Those two venues are exactly what I am looking for. I love the look of Happy Dog. I am planning this in a couple months, since everyone I spoke with told me now is not the season to do it. I may just go in a couple weeks though, because I'd like to experience some real Cleveland/Great Lakes weather. I mean, why not get the full experience? I guess my idea of a "vacation" is different than most . I will definitely put up a thread when I have it all planned out.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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There's a locally owned bookstore in Tremont (I don't recall the name offhand). As you're walking along, pop in. There's an Images of America series of history books on Cleveland that I'm sure they have and that you migh be interested in.

They look like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Cleveland-1796...veland+history
Awesome, thanks! I watched an hour long documentary of Cleveland on Youtube the other day. Really fascinating stuff.
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Old 11-25-2014, 09:45 PM
 
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I have no idea why, but I have a growinh fascination with Cleveland. From it's origins in 1796 to its history as a 20th century industrial center hub, it seems to be packed with history. And it appears to be a city with strong culture and generational roots. I love cities with aet, grit, and character. Cleveland appears to have all 3. So, I have decided to take a flight out there. Never been to the mudwest, so it should be fun.

Questions; where to explore downtow for history, restaurants, and potential living? Keep in mind I am not a 4 star kinda guy. Local eats are fine and actually preferred.

2nd question; where is the "artistic" neighborhood? Open mics, coffee houses, local performing arts venues. Again, I am def not looking to hear a major act. I prefer small local stuff. I like to get the pulse of the local area wherever I am.

Any suggestions are appreciated!


The grit, culture, and great food are why we love it here! Curious-- are you from Sacramento?
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Old 11-26-2014, 09:19 PM
 
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Here are a few other performance venues:

Rock'n Roll Concert Niteclub and restaurant: The Brothers Lounge 216.226.2767

Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

THE GREATEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE IN CLEVELAND

Home - Nighttown

Music Box Supper Club

There are others.

Gordon Square:

Gordon Square Arts District | About Us - The Art of Economic Development

Perhaps plan to visit Cleveland for a Third Friday celebration.

78th Street Studios

Here's some additional info, especially about dining.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g5...Cleveland.html

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Old 12-08-2014, 03:21 PM
 
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The grit, culture, and great food are why we love it here! Curious-- are you from Sacramento?
Yes from Sac. The more I research Cleveland the more I love it. Thanks WR Native for those suggestions too. Friend suggested I tour the entire great lakes region during my visit. I just might do that.
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:48 PM
 
Location: cleveland
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Hi All,

I just got accepted at Case Western Law for the Fall of 2015, so I'll be moving to Cleveland when my lease here in Brooklyn expires in May. I'm looking for some general help with relocating.

I grew up in Cleveland Heights/Shaker Heights, but I've been gone ever since I left for college. That was about 8/9 years ago (I'm 27 now). I'm moving back with my girlfriend and 2 cats, and this time around I'm pretty insistent on living in Cleveland proper.

My preference is to live on the West Side, but I'm flexible. The two neighborhoods that interest me the most are Tremont (I generally hang out there when I come home to visit family) and Ohio City, but I would like to hear other suggestions.

Budget is around $1100/month, but I'd much prefer something cheaper than that. I also prefer to have my own house, but I understand that isn't always in the cards. Second to that would be a duplex, then a larger apartment building.

I'd love to hear anyone's general advice on moving to Cleveland, but I also have a few specific questions:

-Would anyone consider parts of Detroit/Shoreway unsafe? The area caught my attention due to it's proximity to Ohio City, but I know next to nothing about the place. Would I be all right living around, let's say, 44th and Bridge, and walking to and from bars around w. 25th? Are there any cutoff streets to use when searching for places?

-Where the heck do you find someone with a rental unit in Tremont? I get that it's the hip place now, but I'm having a decent amount of trouble with this.

-If I were to live in Tremont, it seems there might be a situation in which I would walk to the Red Line at w. 25th. Bad idea?

-My general perception of Tremont is that you stick in between the highways. Is that still the case? How big of a deal would it be to live outside those highways?

Anyway, thanks so much to anyone who has the time to answer any of this. It really seems like there is a wealth of Cleveland knowledge here, and I want to make sure I make an informed-as-possible decision.
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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I'm not too familiar with those areas in terms of finding housing or safe neighborhoods (though I can tell you, you still want to stay between the freeways in Tremont). But another area that might be worth checking out if you're going to Case would be University Circle. It's really changed a lot for the better in recent years, with lots of bars, entertainment, restaurants, new condos/apartments, and a short distance from Little Italy and Coventry. The commute from Tremont or Ohio City to UC can also be rough during rush hour, so keep that option in mind.
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