Best Neighborhood/ Best Suburb

Lakewood

Lakewood charms the denizens of Northeast Ohio with its tight-knit neighborly qualities year after year, feeling small enough to be a neighborhood but sporting the wide array of services and variety that a full-blown suburb offers. And that much is very evident even from City Hall, where people like Dru Siley (director of planning, development, housing, and building) and Tom Bullock (councilman at-large) actively engage the community with transformative results. Compare and contrast present-day Detroit Avenue with that of, say, the 1990s. Whole different world, complete with gems like the Root and Dan Deagan's Humble wine bar. And do check out what's happening at Lakewood Park later this year (the best place to catch a sunset). Lakewood boasts the densest population between New York City and Chicago, and the city also lays claim to a very large number of residents living within a relatively small area.

Staff Pick (Neighborhood): Ohio City

Staff Pick (Suburb): Cleveland Heights