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Featured Artist: Blown In Ohio
In a recent Slate article, Mathew Yglesias proposed moving all the big tech firms from the Bay Area to Cleveland (Move Silicon Valley to Cleveland). It’s a pretty well-informed piece that gets beyond the tongue and cheek suggestion of Google moving here…kind of:
All you need is a city that has bigger problems than douche-y Facebook posts, creating plenty of room for local housing investment to become a win-win rather than an engine of displacement. Cities such as Buffalo, N.Y., or Pittsburgh come to mind, although unlike Detroit and Cleveland, they lack a major airport. Plans to save Detroit, however, are a bit cliché at this point, and I worry that any tech hub you tried to build there would naturally drift over to Ann Arbor, Mich., anyway. But Cleveland’s got plenty of affordable housing, plenty of available office space, flights to every important North American city, and even its own Federal Reserve bank.
Whether it is coverage of the surprisingly good food scene (the New York Times has continuous amnesia on this topic) or favorable rankings of world-class institutions like the Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Orchestra, the world seems to be composing a new tagline for our city. Cleveland: Better Than You Think. Continue reading