Cleveland Makes it to Forbes List for Something Other Than Miserableness



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Well lookee here: Forbes finally decided to throw us a bone after gleefully dicking us over year after year. Or maybe they were totally chastened by Scene’s hilarious and penetrating evisceration of their annual Miserable Cities round-up. Whatever the impetus, we now rank in their latest sorta-nebulous but encomiastic list, “15 U.S. Cities’ Emerging Downtowns,” which, as the article elaborates, are roughly characterized by their ability to “capture the mobile, college-educated young and restless” who increasingly seek “urban lifestyles,” resulting in “surprising real estate booms.”

Um. We’re so young and restless and urban that we’d rather be at Liquid plying other young restless urbans (hopefully sexy ones! With “surprising” real estate holdings!) for dranks, but we guess we can summarize what the suits at Forbes find redemptive and not-too-miserable about downtown Cleveland.

Cleveland’s entry lists recent redevelopment triumphs, including the Global Center for Health Innovation (née Medical Mart, which sounded a little too methadone clinic-y for Ed FitzGerald), the sweet Flats skate park opening this spring, the aquarium, and the projected mixed-use development of the Ameritrust complex. New housing units downtown swelled by 13% last year, with an additional 715 units planned for 2013. See! SURPRISING.

In other listy news, Bubba’s Q in Avon, a barbecue destination owned by former Browns defensive lineman Al Baker, made it to USA Today’s round-up of the best athlete-owned restaurants in the U.S.

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