I was so excited to see this today: Cleveland was ranked number 7 in the top 20 cities for 20-somethings by Greatlist.com.
We Northeast Ohioans may joke about our losing sports teams, and we may reminisce not-so-fondly about our river that caught on fire, but I think the vast majority of us love it here. Northeast Ohio is a great place to live (especially if you’re a 20-something, apparently).
Yes, there are poor neighborhoods and good people lost their jobs as a result of the Recession, but what big city doesn’t have that? Chicago or New York City we are not, but I doubt people around here truly want that. Traffic in those cities make an Interstate 77 traffic jam feel like a vacation. And with rent and housing costs so high, is there any money left to enjoy everything these cities have to offer?
As one of my co-workers who recently transferred to Akron from our NYC office put it: “New York is a great city to visit, not so great to live in.” I know there are quite literally millions of people who would disagree with me on that, and that’s ok. Truthfully, if I had oodles and oodles of money, I would move to New York City tomorrow. But right now, I’m more than content in Northeast Ohio. In fact, I’m very happy here.
So to everyone out there who makes fun of Cleveland: don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.
And to all you NEO inhabitants who complain about our hometown: enough. The weather is really not that bad (just ask anyone in Wisconsin or Maine) and the local economy could really be a lot worse (just ask anyone in Detroit). And if you can’t find anything to do around here, whose fault is that? It might be time to consider the possibility that maybe you aren’t bored…maybe you’re just boring. The problem is not Northeast Ohio.
I heart AKR & CLE