Recovery and Rebirth in Cleveland

A city in decline for decades, Cleveland is showing signs of recovery, according to this article from Smithsonian.

Writer Charles Michener returns to his childhood home and finds much to like, despite the decline.

"During the 50 years since I left for college back East and a career in New York, Cleveland's population has declined to something around 430,000-less than half of what it was when, in 1950, it ranked as the seventh-largest city in America. The number of impoverished residents is high; the big downtown department stores are shuttered; many of the old factories are boarded up.

And yet four years ago, I couldn't resist a call to return. The spark had been an article I wrote about the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra, still flourishing in its opulent home, Severance Hall, where I acquired my love of classical music. Across the street, waterfowl still flocked to the lagoon at the Cleveland Museum of Art, which had begun a $350 million renovation to house its superb holdings of Egyptian mummies, classical sculpture, Asian treasures, Rembrandts and Warhols."

Full Story: Cleveland’s Signs of Renewal

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