Location: Cleveland, OH USA
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|This is great for a tourist, but after you've exhausted these destinations, then what?
I think a major issue that has been overlooked is the homogenity of the populace. It's not just about a city's attractions -- the people are just as, if not more, important. It feels as if one mainstream culture/mindset dominates, and the fringe sub-cultures are extremely small and poorly supported. That's the antithesis of "hip" -- if anything, Cleveland often embodies the ignorance and suppression of anything that could be considered hip.
Also overlooked are the absence of basic services for city dwellers, like grocery stores. And most of downtown is a ghost town after business hours. Those hardly seems like characteristics of a "cosmopolitan" city.
All that naysaying and whining aside, I do agree that Cleveland does have a lot of great places, and the museums are excellent. But I feel like one would exhaust all that fairly quickly, and there isn't enough left over to sustain a culturally interesting life. Then again, we dance music freaks probably have a much different perspective on life than the average joe, but it would be nice to feel like there were more people here like us -- a lot more.
Cleveland needs to provide massive tax breaks for bio-tech and IT companies. Build a new intellectual class, and get a lot of young folks from all over the world to move here and bring their diverse perspectives. If you can centralize your young demographic rather than spread them throughout the urban and suburban sprawl, Cleveland would really be revived. This city lacks the energy of life teeming from its pores -- no number of restaurants, breweries, clubs, or museums can replicate that.