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Mistake on the Lake. “The Cleve.” Burning River.
Over the past few decades, the second largest city in Ohio has caught a lot of flack. As a blue collar town, Cleveland had a rough go of it when the steel and automotive industries shipped out, and the recovery has been slowed by the housing collapse and recession.
But you know what? Much like the teen moms from our high school days who managed to get their kids through Kindergarten, Cleveland might be worth a second look.
Over the past decade, almost $6 billion has been invested in the city – from new roads to gorgeous waterfront apartments to lively bars and entertainment, there is a lot to bring postgrads back towards downtown.
WE HAVE JOBS HERE. Between the 10 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the area, the Cleveland Clinic, and the focus on bringing startups to the Midwest, there are opportunities aplenty for our generation, as long as you’re not a pretentious douche. And with the cost of living well below the national average, you can actually afford to pay your rent and your student loans while still having enough to check out the new exhibits at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
As most folks are aware, the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead – and the Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA Champions. The RNC was held here, shit show that it was, and the city didn’t burn down. The Indians are in the ALCS, despite having one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. The Cuyahoga River hasn’t caught fire in the past 47 years.
But what does all this mean for those of you on the outside looking in (with apathetic distaste I’m sure)? It means that Cleveland is a city of hope. Hope can be hard to come by these days, with our crappy desk jobs, our bleak relationship prospects, and the election looming next month. But despite all the gloom and doom, and the Browns being the laughing stock of the NFL, the city is alive with energy and excitement. 2016 has been good to the 216, and there is a feeling of hope here that is unlike anywhere else in the country.
So if you need a fresh start, a good beer, or access to the best medical care/cost of living/sports renaissance you can find, give Believeland a shot. At least we’re not Detroit..
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