Boston’s major daily paper, the Boston Globe, devoted nearly a thousand words to Cleveland as a tourist destination in its Sunday travel section this week.
Much of the article reiterated places and attractions that come as no revelation to us and that “Visit Cleveland” articles have been pointing out for years — the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Severance Hall, the refurbished PlayhouseSquare, even Sokolowksi’s, Tremont’s traditional ethnic-style restaurant which seems to serve as an emblem of Cleveland’s eastern European past to outsiders. And cue the gratuitous mention of LeBron James.
But it did dig a little deeper and mention some things we’ve been telling you are truly cool for a while, even if they might escape the notice of outsiders looking for things to do here. The piece kicks off by talking about the 78th Street Studios Third Friday art walks, a fast-growing event unparalleled in other cities.
“Hundreds pack the halls on Third Friday events at the region’s largest fine arts complex with 40 plus galleries and studios all under one roof,” it says. “This is the arts showpiece of the Cleveland Renaissance, the Mother of all Art Walks.”
And it gives a nod to a couple of our Cool Neighborhoods, singling out a distinctive business in each: Little Italy’s La Bella Vita with its array of Italian gift treasures and Detroit Shoreway’s Sweet Moses, serving homemade sweet treats in a ’50s soda shop environment. Of course, the West Side Market, another uniquely Cleveland institution, gets a shout-out too, although the article doesn’t take note of the burgeoning brewery district around it.
One thing left us scratching our heads though. It refers to Cleveland as “The Cle (as locals say).” We haven’t heard any local say this but we’re asking around.
Read the article here.