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Sunday, August 19, 2018

INDUSTRIAL CLEVELAND, OHIO -- part 9

THE FLATS

Larger than life contraptions hulked all over Cleveland's Flats.

Heavy industry inspired some larger than life music to come out of Cleveland.

And more legendary bands than can be counted owe their first big break to airplay on Cleveland rock radio and appearances at its many music venues.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

INDUSTRIAL CLEVELAND, OHIO -- part 8

THE FLATS


Brother where you bound?

The west bank of the Flats is a bit of an entertainment center.

The east bank has lots of condos, apartments, and new places to eat and drink along a riverwalk.

Ohio City and Tremont are booming classic old Cleveland neighborhoods on just west of the Flats.

Friday, August 17, 2018

INDUSTRIAL CLEVELAND, OHIO -- part 7

THE FLATS


Tearing down old, rusty things and removing any touchstones of the past used to be consider the best way to do urban renewal.

Thankfully, best practices shifted toward keeping essential parts of the old DNA, so the new could be contextual.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

INDUSTRIAL CLEVELAND, OHIO -- part 6

THE FLATS


So much steel -- in the bridges in the Flats and made in the giant mills just south of it.

The auto industry made Midwest cities huge in the first half of the 20th century.

Cleveland (forget our rival Pittsburgh) made steel.

Akron made rubber tires.

Toledo made glass.

Detroit put it all together.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

INDUSTRIAL CLEVELAND, OHIO -- part 5

THE FLATS



Dozens of great bridges spanned the ravine separating the west side of Cleveland from the east.

Many carried cars. 

Movable lower ones carried industrial trains.

Some carried commuter rail.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

INDUSTRIAL CLEVELAND, OHIO -- part 4

THE FLATS


Cleveland's red brick factories, steel bridges, heavy wires and concrete masses inspired my sense of what an urban place should look like.

Monday, August 13, 2018

INDUSTRIAL CLEVELAND, OHIO -- part 3

THE FLATS


From the first time my family left the suburbs to go into Cleveland for an Indians baseball game, I was greatly impacted by the industrial bridges.