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Downtown

Downtown Cleveland - Photo Bob Perkoski
Downtown Cleveland - Photo Bob Perkoski
During the day, downtown Cleveland functions as the governmental, commercial and legal nucleus of Cuyahoga County. Daily, tens of thousands of people commute here to work at law firms, banks, insurance companies and in municipal offices. At the end of the day, many of those people get in cars or hop on trains and return home to far-flung suburbs.

But not all of them.

More and more, people are choosing to call downtown home. Taking up residence in converted warehouse lofts or sleek new condos, these pioneers are carving out an existence utterly opposite their suburban colleagues. And why shouldn't they? At every turn another architectural gem awaits admiration. Areas like E. Fourth Street and the Warehouse District offer hip places to eat, drink, and play. The Indians, Browns and Cavs all work downtown. On the lakeshore, the Rock Hall and Science Center offer educational fun.

Downtown Features

bizarro land: cleveland's weird, wacky and wholly unexpected delights

Now that we've emerged from our respective huts, it's time to stop squinting towards the sky and go do something. Sure, the usual line-up of outdoor activities awaits -- but aren't there any surprises left in CLE? You bet there are, and we're about to point you in the right direction.

excerpt from 'best hikes near cleveland,' penned by fresh water contributor joe baur

In the recently released Best Hikes Near Cleveland, Fresh Water contributor Joe Baur offers readers a deep dive into some of the best local hikes Mother Nature has to offer. Seven of those hikes are urban, taking readers through Downtown, Ohio City, Tremont, Forest Hill and elsewhere. Here's an excerpt -- and an introduction by the author.

inside out: global cle's talent attraction campaign aimed at filling jobs, repopulating city core

On Thursday, May 1, Global Cleveland will officially launch its talent attraction campaign at a major event at the Cleveland Convention Center. The event -- like the organization hosting it -- is focused on increasing the population while strengthening the local economy.

follow you, follow me: the social media mavens we can't get enough of

In Cleveland’s ever-evolving social media community, there is a wide variety of contributors to the civic dialogue. We've complied a list of some of our favorite voices -- a mix of up-and-comers and seasoned vets from different corners of the web who are using their blogs, podcasts and Twitter feeds to give the city a voice.

what cities like cleveland can learn from memphis

The City of Memphis is on the rise thanks to a growing startup community, investments in bike lanes, a burgeoning arts district and people moving back to the city. Through it all, the city has listened to its residents and embraced "lean urbanism." Cleveland should take heed.
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Downtown Founders

mark kohoot

mark kohoot

City: Downtown

Meet Mark Kohoot, founder of Aeroscena LLC, a Cleveland company with three employees that develops Ascents clinical aromatherapy.

jon stahl

jon stahl

City: Downtown

Meet Jon Stahl, founder of LeanDog, which designs and delivers high quality software and helps clients create continual improvement cultures.

kevin goodman

kevin goodman

City: Downtown

Meet Kevin Goodman,managing director of business development partner and one of the original seven employeesof BlueBridge Networks, a leading total technology solutions provider in Cleveland with 15 employees and more than 30 contract employees.

tim miller

tim miller

City: Downtown

Meet Tim Miller, founder of Abeona Therapeutics LLC, which develops gene therapy for potential cures for children with rare genetic diseases. 

tom lix

tom lix

City: Downtown

Meet Tom Lix, founder of Cleveland Whiskey.

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