by Michael Gill
Cleveland’s arts scene scored well in Travel and Leisure magazine’s 2009 list of America’s Favorite Cities, the Rock and Roll capital’s first appearance there. Our orchestras, conservatories, galleries, and theaters —plus a good supply of inexpensive hotels—made Cleveland the magazine’s Number One affordable getaway.
And it’s for reasons you might expect: No. 2 for its classical music scene (behind New York, of course, and ahead of No. 3 Boston and No. 4 Chicago), No. 6 for its theatre scene (behind New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Providence, and Houston, in that order, but ahead of No. 7 Boston), and No. 7 for museums and galleries (behind the mostly Eastern Seaboard lineup of Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and Santa Fe, but ahead of Houston and San Francisco).
Whatever anyone thinks of such rankings (and this one even ranked the “attractiveness” of the surveyed cities’ people, with Cleveland ranking 28th—make of that what you will), Travel and Leisure’s annual scorecard does support the long-held contention that Cleveland’s arts scene compares favorably with that of cities many times its size.