Recovery and Rebirth in Cleveland

A city in decline for decades, Cleveland is showing signs of recovery, according to this article from <em>Smithsonian</em>.
April 14, 2011, 10am PDT | Nate Berg
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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."

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Published on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Smithsonian
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