If you rent a car be aware that the local cops are famous for setting up speed traps and being merciless. Speed limits are set rediculously low on purpose, - some major streets have 25 mph limit! So, you have been warned. Be especially careful in those small independent municipalities that surround Cleveland.
SmokeFreeOhio - Public smoking ban
This controversial ban was voted into effect in November of this year (2006) and requires that public work places and other public places be free of cigarette smoke. If you're a smoker, where you can smoke is greatly limited. If you're not a smoker, it will be easier to enjoy going to bars, cubs and restaurants, amongst other public places, and will ultimately be better for your health by limiting your exposure to second-hand smoke. I encourage you follow the link below for more information and clarification of any confusion, and where smokers can smoke.
In the 80's, urban flight left downtown Cleveland in trouble. The town has done much towards rebuilding the area such as with a relatively new baseball stadium and warehouse district with restaurants and bars. Nonetheless, there is still remnants of urban problems and so there are homeless and the like downtown. I guess every city has this to some extent. Tower City seems to attract all sorts and so be mindful not to stray too far from your destinations.
Crazy Speed Limits
Driving in Cleveland is a drag as main roads often have a speed limit of 35 miles per hour with some areas changing to 25 miles per hour. One road, Mayfield, runs from Case Western to the suburbs and has such changes (i.e. speed traps). This is par for the course in old cleveland. One needs to pay attention to the posted speed limits. Also, in some places there are traffic lights every 1/8th of a mile so sometimes its slow going. (Hm. It's said Cleveland's economy is sluggish - wonder if it has anything to do with their outdated traffic system!!!)
I can't say that there are any...
I can't say that there are any unique dangers that are specific to Cleveland. One should use general precautions, as you would in any 'big city.' But I think, for the most part, Cleveland is pretty safe. I did find myself stranded in a seedier part of downtown once, and that wasn't the best feeling in the world, but the police were patrolling fairly frequently, and I made it home in one piece!
Well, Cleveland is a relativly...
Well, Cleveland is a relativly safe place. Take the same precautions you would anywhere. Drivers here are not the best, but it is better than many oher places I have been. Do beware of the slick winter driving conditions. Also, beware of the many panhandlers downtown. They are mostly harmless, but very aggressive in their tactics at times.
After a Browns game-Yikes!
Watch out after a game at night tons of people head out onto the streets all at once..Some people forget how to drive after they have had a few. The Rock and Roll hall of Fame, waterfront and Great Lakes Science Center are near here making this a very congested place at times.
Not as dangerous as said to be.
The only neighborhoods considered dangerous are those tourists have no reason to visit. There are many panhandlers downtown, but they are harmless. Enjoy your stay in Cleveland! :)