From the Daily Scot:

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I’ve been keeping my eye on the long-neglected and forgotten rust-belt cities of the U.S. for awhile now.  You know the ones: Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Detroit and the like.  With the trend of Millennials flocking in numbers to inner-city ‘hoods over the suburbs, I figured it was only a matter of time before they seek out the cheaper, gritty, post-industrial cities once considered the powerhouses of the nation.
The draws are many: cheap real estate and rents, great historic architecture, and walkable districts with great bones crying out for some love.  Judging from this article and video, Cleveland is one of those Rust Belt towns enjoying the spotlight once again and it appears Restaurants are the catalyst.

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Cleveland

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I think these days you’re finding our developers lead at the ground floor with the restaurant, and everything fills out around it. Retail these days, as we all know because of the Internet, is a fairly precarious proposition ….

The FlatsRendering of a new Cleveland restaurant part of a mixed-use infill development.   (The Wolstein Group and Fairmount Properties).  Located along a new river boardwalk, the building will spill out onto a massive ground-level patio adjacent to boat-docking areas.  A rooftop-seating area will also provide al fresco dining.

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According to the author, Cleveland has embraced the “foodie” culture as more and more millennials moved downtown. Jobs and apartments are following close behind, spurring a development wave.  Again, it comes back to affordability, something we are severely struggling with here in Vancouver:

The kids that left Cleveland to be educated somewhere else would stay in Chicago, they’d go to San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York. Now those people are coming back to Cleveland. That’s the future,” said Bruell. “Look at what the cost of living in Cleveland is. It’s really affordable, and there is a sophistication here that exists in those markets, so you can practice your craft here and maybe buy a house, save some money and raise a family, which would be very difficult there.

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 Downtown Restaurants

A pedestrian-only street in Downtown Cleveland home to series of bars and eateries.

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The Lower Mainland seems to be experiencing the opposite flow as young families and professionals are leaving the area for other locales, perhaps the Canadian version of a post-industrial town that can reinvent itself.  Hamilton, Windsor

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