Discover Something New at Home in Cleveland

by Joe Baur 
Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AMUpdated Dec 20th 2013 10:53 AM

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Detroit Superior Bridge over Cuyahoga River, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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The "Cleveland is surprisingly not awful!" narrative has become unbearably trite. As Clevelanders, we're well aware we do not suck.

If you're heading home for the holidays, you'll find a city constantly changing, young people eager to play an active role in Cleveland's future and enough Christmas Ale to get you through the cold sting of winter along the shores of Lake Erie.

New Restaurant: The Willeyville

The Flats neighborhood on the banks of the famously flammable Cuyahoga River has seen its ups and downs. Once bustling, then dead and now revitalizing again, the Flats is home to The Willeyville, which boasts an informal menu modestly billed as modern American. The "chicken ate my chicken" stuffs chicken sausage into a half chicken with chimichurri. Chicken cannibalism never tasted so good.


Newly Hip Hood: Waterloo

Collinwood's Waterloo Arts District has come a long way from the days of Irish mobster Danny Greene and his bomb-fueled exploits. Today the gritty blue-collar neighborhood is on the upswing thanks to an ongoing streetscape project bringing in new restaurants, like Caribbean-flavored Callaloo Café.

Meantime, you can still grab a Great Lakes brew and catch your favorite undiscovered band at city favorite Beachland Ballroom amid the orange construction barrels of progress.

Word on the Street

Millennials are moving to the city for the first time in decades. They're opening new businesses and embracing car-lite/-free lifestyles complemented by public transportation and cycling.

Unfortunately, the entrenched powers are moving slower than many would like to accommodate change. In good news, the Warehouse District is working to bring "small-box" local retail to fill those awful parking craters in the heart of town by converting recycled shipping containers into shops. Beats the mall in the 'burbs.

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Joe Baur is a travel writer, filmmaker and author of Best Hikes Near Cleveland. Confirming millennial stereotypes, he has lived car-free downtown going on 3 years now, because the Rapid could totally take out a measly car any day of the week. Find him at joebaur.com, @BaurJoe on Twitter or at Happy Dog sucking down a hot dog with chorizo and a sunny-side-up egg.

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