Wi-Fi in Cleveland
Favorite thing: Public wireless access in Cleveland is pretty accessible. At Tower City, which is the center of the city's public transportation world, the building itself has a public network, although it's Websense-d (i.e. - censored), but both Panera Bread and Caribou Coffee have public networks in the building that are not.
Case Western University has a campus-wide public network that seems to be unrestricted and in (or out of) almost every building. Several areas around University Circle also have free wi-fi.
Downtown, there are some other outdoor public areas that have free wi-fi in addition to the main library.
Fondest memory: Driving to Tremont on a Saturday morning to find a coffee shop, we ended up at a converted old house across from the central park. We sat on a long church pew while typing away on our laptops, and watched the quiet neighborhood wake up and the day begin to get muggy, cloudy and warm. We walked out to the car and I spied a barber shop. My girlfriend encouraged me and I ended up with one of the better haircuts of my life by several Dominicanas who lived upstairs. We then drove off to eat lunch at West Side Market, me getting an enormous clown face cookie for dessert and eating it on the bricked retaining wall across the street while the buses and people walked by. Great Lakes (my favorite brewery east of the Mississippi) was right there, but something was too perfect about that day to drink beer.
Favorite thing: rock and roll hall of fame is a must see when u come here
Fondest memory: its a working class big enough city. nice people and a good nightlife. i was working there and ended up socialising in all parts of the city, from mansion houses to ghetto projects. never had a problem there. there were 10 of us from ireland north and south. we turned up at a party in a realy dodgy project with 10 cases of beer and a couple of bottles of vodka. the local gangsters couldnt believe it . said we were crazy. wot a night !
Good website for finding things to do in Cleveland
Favorite thing: There is a really good website for finding day trip ideas, looking up attractions and other things to do. It's at www.positivelycleveland.com. They also have the website split up by interest, so if you are interested in arts or rock and roll or family activities, they have pages highlighting ideas of things to do for each.
One of my favorite things about Cleveland is the variety of good ethnic food. If someone was visiting me and had never been here before, I'd make sure to take them out to eat at one of our local ethnic restaurants.
Fondest memory: Sadly, along with what is my favorite thing about Cleveland, what I miss most when I am away is the restaurants. The ethnic restaurants in Cleveland are so good, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Lebanese, everything is delicious!
- Family Travel
- Food and Dining
another day in Cleveland
Favorite thing: If you want to see how the Cleveland weather is right now (or over the last several weeks) then use the link below.
The camera is located in the Clevland Zoo so you may see some wildlife too.
- Road Trip
For some great images
Favorite thing: Flicker page of JCGoga.
Fondest memory: Here are some great pictures of the marinas, Science Museum, Jacob's Field, and several of the numerous railroad bridges crossing the Cuyahoga River. I remember spending a day down in the flats, it was an "industrial tour" day. We visited many of the businesses along the river (before the restaurant era). My favorite was the fire station on the river and the fireboats. Next to that was the tug station. JCGoga has some excellent pictures of the tug Rhode Island.
Favorite thing: I was incredibly surprised at how beautiful the city is, I guess because of its bad rep.
The public parks, the Downtown mall, the architecture, the public gardens, the suburban boulevards, everything was just so gorgeous.
Fondest memory: The first time I drove down MLK was quite a shock. I wasn't expecting a long parkway like that.
Favorite thing: C-Tix is a web-based discount ticketing service, and I've been impressed by the deals in the e-mailed newsletter. So, I think it's worth it to investigate what they have to offer.
- Budget Travel
The Burning River
Favorite thing: Yeah... our river caught on fire once.
Or so you think: the Cuyahoga river didn't actually burn, people... the oil and garbage covering the surface did. This happened on 22 June 1969. We oft receive mockery by outsiders who are just looking for a reason to tease because they don't like Cleveland, but the river has been greatly improved, and Cleveland is up and coming 'green' city. The river itself still need progress, as do most mjaor Great Lakes area rivers. No one's proud that the conditions on the river were allowed to become so awful, but we are proud of our 'Crooked river' and the role it's played, and continues to, in northeast Ohio and Cleveland. We've preserved it's heritage and are always making the river cleaner. Come see for yourself. ;)
So, now you have the facts straight. ;)
- Sailing and Boating
- Water Sports
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: During Autumn, if you are an enthusiast about fall foliage colors, going to gaze at the trees in any of the Cleveland Metroparks reservations is a must-do! Even if you don't particularly seek places for leaf colors, if you're here you might as well, too. Early in Autumn you'll see a spectacular multitude of colors and have access to many scenic overlooks.
- Hiking and Walking
- Horse Riding
The Christmas Story - (Movie)
Favorite thing: The The Christmas Story where Ralphie wants his Red Rider Range Air Rifle was filmed in Cleveland.
The Christmas Parade took place here on Clevelands Public Square. The department store window is the corner window (Ontario & So. Public Square) of Higbees (well it's now Dillards).
See my Travelogue Take a Walk Around Public Square
The house used in the movie is now accessible to the public. It's in the Tremont Area of Cleveland, just off I-71. The "Christmas Story" Museum is located across the street.
Location: 11th Street & Rowley.
Take I-17 or Jennings Freeway north, exit at 247A (W 14th Street). The 3rd right turn is Rowley. 3 blocks to the end.
Fondest memory: The movie reflects one of my families tradition (not in the forties, but in the sixties) of going downtown before Christmas to shop and see the Christmas Lights. We arrive downtown about 8 in the morning. It would be still dark. Dad would have rented a day room at the Cleveland Hotel and we'd spend the day, shopping and resting. We'd have dinner on the way home or late at home. The movie the "Christmas Story" reminds me of those days.
- Family Travel
Peter Lewis Building, at Carnegie Mellon (2002)
Favorite thing: Frank Gehry comes to Cleveland!
The Peter Lewis Building is home to the School of Business and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Gehry's signature use of molded aluminum panels makes the building stand out dramatically on the pleasant CM campus. Peter Lewis, a local entrepreneur, generously contributed the tub of money which was necessary to commission the structure, and played a vital role in seeing the project through to completion. Cleveland architectural fans are indebted to this modern Maecenas for bringing Gehry's work to their city.
Fondest memory: at 10090 Euclid Avenue, in the University Circle district. Architectural tours of the building are offered on weekdays.
Terminal Tower (1930)
Favorite thing: The Terminal Tower is no longer the tallest building in downtown Cleveland, but it's still the most dramatic and graceful, IMHO. This classic of 1920s skyscraper design dates from an era when architects did not hesitate to use historicist detailing to make their buildings stand out on the skyline. In other words, they believed the top of a tall building should really make a point. And this structure literally comes to its point!
52 stories, topping out at 708 feet.
Rockefeller Building (1903)
Favorite thing: Said to be the finest Louis Sullivan building not actually designed by Louis Sullivan. The actual architects were Cleveland based William Knox and John Elliott, men who had absorbed much of the style of the "Chicago School" during their apprenticeships with the Burnham and Root firm. Especially notable is the elegant and intricate cast iron relief that wraps around the lower three floors of the building.
As I stroll through downtown Cleveland, I was often reminded of Chicago - and now I know why!
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: You'd have to fly back in time thirty years to the most famous period in the history of Cuyahoga River: pollution was so thick and heavy that the river regularly caught fire. Happily those days are long gone, and the river has become the focal point for a dining and entertainment district known as the Flats.
"Society for Savings" Building (1889)
Favorite thing: Cleveland's first important "skyscraper" was this notable 152 ft structure designed by the Chicago based firm of Burnham and Root. Principle architect John Wellborn Root was a great admirer of the "gothic style" and sought to incorporate it in his buildings, even when they were intended to be used as banks and businesses. This graceful edifice is now part of the Key Bank complex, located right in the center of the city at Public Square.
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