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Cleveland, once called the mistake on the lake, is on the cusp of cool

Cleveland, once called the mistake on the lake, is on the cusp of cool

I am sitting on the deck of a once-derelict building that is now the city's trendiest microbrewery, watching the sun set over old smokestacks, the arches of early 20th century bridges and a river that once burned, and I am thinking that something intriguing is happening in Cleveland.

The city is getting, uh, cool. Cleveland? Yes, Cleveland.

Count me among the most surprised to see amazing stuff happening in the Rust Belt. I fell for a local guy and moved here a few years ago, a baby boomer who spent 30 years in Boston, which in my mind is the center of the universe.

But this old Midwest city — thrust into the Industrial Revolution when John D. Rockefeller founded...

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