In a USA Today
article titled "Build a craft brewery, urban revival will come," writer Tali Arbel describes the positive effects that craft breweries often have on their surrounding neighborhoods. In the piece, Great Lakes Brewing and its host Ohio City are given robust attention.
"The arrival of a craft brewery was also often one of the first signs that a neighborhood was changing. From New England to the West Coast, new businesses bubbled up around breweries, drawing young people and creating a vibrant community where families could plant roots and small businesses could thrive. It happened in Cleveland."
Great Lakes Brewing, which opened in 1988, built a brewery and a brewpub from historic structures.
"Other breweries and businesses -- a pasta maker, a bike shop, a tortilla factory, as well as restaurants and bars -- followed. Newcomers are flocking to the neighborhood, even though Cleveland's overall population is still declining. The city repaved the quiet street next to the brewery, Market Ave., with cobblestones, and poured millions into renovating the West Side Market, whose origins date back to the 19th century. Today, more than 100 vendors sell produce, meat, cheese and other foods there."
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