We know a lot of you all are in Cleveland this week participating and celebrating the Gay Games, so we’ve put up our incredible feature on this surprising Rust Belt city from Matthew Wexler.
I grew up with a chip on my shoulder about Cleveland. Tired of defending my hometown from nomenclatures such as “the mistake on the lake,” I eventually gave up and rolled my eyes as if to say ‘It’s not that bad.’ Well the underdog of the Rust Belt has reinvented itself once again, this time poised to be an international destination for culture, dining, and innovation. Watch out world, Cleveland is back on the map.
Of course, ask any Clevelander and they will probably rattle off one of the city’s various claims to fame. Perhaps it is the prized collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art, which opened in 1916, or the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. Maybe it is Playhouse Square, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, or the Cleveland Indians, Browns, or Cavaliers—who no matter how much they win or lose, attract record-breaking crowds to sporting events year round.