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Courtesy of Positively Cleveland

Cleveland has recently undergone a renaissance, one that began seemingly suddenly with several major events occurring in rapid succession—the redevelopment of the 1930 Terminal Tower in the heart of downtown, including a beautiful new indoor shopping center, restaurants and an adjoining Ritz Carlton Hotel; the construction of a new baseball stadium, coinciding with the Cleveland Indians’ resurgence as an MLB contender, and adjacent basketball arena (and, later, a contending NBA Cleveland Cavaliers team); and the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.

At the same time, the early 20th-century theaters of Playhouse Square were being saved and then beautifully restored. They were taken over by a non-profit foundation, formed into one presenting company and live today as the second-largest theater complex in the country.

This was followed by the brand-new Great Lakes Science Center next to the Rock Hall; a new Cleveland Browns football stadium next to the Science Center, and hotels popping up all over downtown. Then came the redevelopment of several downtown areas, with restaurants, nightclubs and the first new downtown residences—thousands of them—in half a century. Cleveland—always a melting pot of nationalities and cultures—is a city of many diverse and distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique shops and restaurants. It is also a major arts center—one aspect that did not disappear during the city’s leaner years—home to dozens of theater and dance companies, musical ensembles of every genre, art galleries and museums, several of which are internationally renowned. No longer the Mistake on the Lake, Cleveland will surprise you.

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