It’s Cooler By The Lake
Lakewood, situated on the shores of Lake Erie and on Cleveland’s western border, is about as diverse a city as you’ll find anywhere. With young and old, trendy and traditional, artsy and entrepreneurial, and a high school where students have more than three dozen native tongues, it mixes up the best of community-oriented suburban living with its quiet streets of solidly built and beautifully landscaped homes and duplexes and its thriving, walkable, old-school commercial strips jammed with mile after mile of small shops, great restaurants and friendly bars.
Lakewood is also known for its dedication to sustainability and the local food movement with a couple of farmers markets. multiple community gardens, several vegan cafes, parks large and small and a commitment to bike-friendliness.
It’s an arts town too, with music happening from one end to the other, many art galleries and its crown jewel, the Beck Center for the Arts, with its packed schedule of theater productions, art exhibits and classes in all areas of the arts. The Lakewood Arts Festival in August brings together artists from all over with enthusiastic arts patrons, but you’ll find festivals of all types all year long in this active, engaged city.
While much of Downtown Lakewood can be found along Detroit Avenue, there is a thriving retail and restaurant district along Madison Avenue in Lakewood, that retains a hip, community vibe: http://UptownLakewood.com.[above photo: The Lakewood Citizen]