Why I’m Moving to Cleveland
This is a letter to everyone who will listen. I’m writing this letter because I’m tired of your response when you hear I’m moving to Cleveland. Your single word response, punctuated with a question mark, says it all.
You don’t have to add that tilt of your head or the wrinkled brow. And if you haven’t been to Cleveland lately (if ever at all) then who are you to tilt your head, wrinkle your brow or even put a question mark on the end of the word Ohio?
So let me set the record straight. I’m not moving to Cleveland, Ohio? I’m moving to Cleveland, Ohio! If you want to add a question mark – then try asking a question.
If you ask me ‘why’ I might share with you my top nine reasons…
C ost of Living
According to a variety of website calculators including Bankrate.com, the cost of living in Cleveland, Ohio is 23.86% less than my former home of Anchorage, Alaska. And it is between 25-59% less than many cities in New York and New Jersey. But I think the barista who recently moved there from NY, who now manages my soon to be local coffee shop, put it best… “You can live like a princess in Cleveland.”
L ake Erie
They call it a lake but it seems like an ocean, especially when you’re living where you can see it from your living room window. If you’re into water sports you’re in luck, especially since it’s the shallowest of all the Great Lakes; it warms rapidly in the spring and summer. And if you happen to like bridges, then you’re in heaven.
E conomic Development
I’m not an economist and I don’t care to read a ton of reports, but I happen to have a friend who knows what’s happening on the ground in Cleveland – and the reports are good. One fun development includes the recent addition of Food Trucks to the streets and events of Cleveland. These portable restaurants “make areas safer and more vibrant” according to Kevin (read more at Cleveland.com) and one Cleveland food truck owner recently won national recognition by finishing second on “The Great Food Truck Race” on Food Network – and now he’s about to open a brick and mortar restaurant in my new home town. Yum!
V ibrant Friends
Moving to a new city is hard enough when you don’t know the people– but I’m lucky to know several and they are all amazing. They are artists, business owners, foodies, book lovers, writers, wine drinkers, boaters, community leaders, volleyball players, dog owners, urban hikers, suburban bikers, downtown dwellers, movers and shakers. And they have each made me feel at home before I’ve even moved to town. I adore you all and I look forward to all the Clevelanders I have yet to meet.
Unfortunately I’m not talking about green energy – but something equally important to me – and that’s the energy of the city and its people. And the energy in Cleveland is good. From the store clerks who greet you with warmth to the strangers who seem genuinely happy in their daily lives, the energy is palpable. The city even has a downtown trolley that’s “free with a smile” – and how cool is that?
L GBT Community Cruising
I bet I got your attention with that one. If ‘cruising’ is your scene then this is a great place – but I’m actually talking about an annual boat cruise where the LGBT community comes together to have fun and raise money. And it’s just one example of the events held for the community and all their friends – because everyone is invited. Just like everyone is invited to participate in the Gay Games when they come to Cleveland in 2014. And everyone means everyone – so will you come play in Cleveland?
I couldn’t write a better description, so I’m pulling this right from Insider Ohio:
“Often called “One Perfect Mile,” University Circle is the epicenter of Cleveland’s robust art scene. In just one square mile art fans will find the matchless Cleveland Museum of Art, the renowned Cleveland Institute of Art, and the avant-garde Museum of Contemporary Art. But art thrives outside the Circle too, most notably in trendy Tremont, where scores of funky galleries rub shoulders with gourmet bistros. Over in historic Little Italy, eclectic studios share cobblestone lanes with third-generation bakeries. Perhaps taking their creative cue from thriving Playhouse Square, downtown’s galleries are every bit as admired as those beyond the urban core.”
I’m not a party girl but I want to live somewhere with a variety of entertainment options, funky restaurants, small and large theatrical stages, coffee shops with open mics and so much more. I want choices. And yet I don’t want to have to drive great distances or fight crowds of people for a ticket. I want bigger than Brigantine and smaller than New York. I want Cleveland – a place where it’s all downtown – which brings me to the D in Cleveland.
D owntown Digs
One thing I’ve always wanted is to live in a city where it’s possible to park your car and forget you own it. A place where I can be more pedestrian. A place where artist lofts are created in run down warehouses. A place like Cleveland. More specifically, a place like the Bradley Building, located in the Warehouse District of Downtown Cleveland. A place where my girlfriend and I just signed the lease and will be moving the first of September.
Now if you’re a person who likes a perfect Top 10 List then add an exclamation point because “Cleveland Rocks!” Then be sure to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while you’re hanging out at our new place overlooking the lake.
And thank you for removing your cock-eyed question mark from the word Ohio – unless you have first hand knowledge you feel the need to share. And don’t bother telling me about the ‘brutal winters’ – you’re talking to a girl who lived in Alaska for seven years.
Want to keep reading? You might like: The Fun and Fear of Moving or The Journey is the Destination