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July 2011

  • Nature’s Path
    Organic fine artist Susie Frazier finds a home inside 78th Street Studios.
  • Sign Here
    Kim Schneider
    The city's storefront renovation program brings a new look to a street near you.
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  • At This Rate
    Steve Gleydura

    ESPN's Power Rankings. Men's Health's Metrogrades. Forbes' Most Miserable Cities. As media, we love rankings — because as readers, we love rankings, a piece of solid footing in an otherwise shaky world.

    Yes, there is something incredibly satisfying about knowing the Worldwide Leader in Sports believes the Indians are the third most powerful team in the major leagues (even though they were one slot better the week before, then proceeded to lose five of their next six).

    Or that our town is among America's top fun cities (No. 23), according to Portfolio.com, thanks to our plethora of low-impact sports (golf, bowling and boating); food and dining options; and ski slopes, rec centers and fitness facilities. (Just imagine how well we'll finish once the casino opens, as we currently come up snake eyes for gambling.)

    It is even oddly fulfilling to realize that Cleveland is among the worst places in the country to be a man (No. 89 of 100), according to Men's Health. Such white-gloved slaps in the face of our reputation make us heartier, more able to overcome in our everyday struggles — which include the endless online lists by Forbes.com.

    If those troubles aren't enough, Men's Health points out that we have other, more pressing problems: dead last in median household income, next to last in number of bachelor's degrees, bottom five for housing appreciation and number of fitness centers (even though Portfolio.com said we did well in that area, but whatever). At least we rate in the top 15 in cost of living, availability of single women (but does that make it worse to be a woman in Cleveland?), air quality (although the American Lung Association may have something to say about that), and doctors (because it appears we need lots of them).

    Portfolio.com would also like to remind us that this is a bad place to be young (ahead of only Detroit for best labor markets for young adults), or run a small business (No. 94 of 100, with Detroit last again), or use our brains (No. 99 of 200).

    So, here's my advice as you read this month's "How We Rate" and ponder your place in the world: Sometimes how we rate depends on who you ask, so have some fun with it, whether you're a man, single woman, young person, magazine editor ... or resident of Detroit.

Feature
  • How We Rate
    Edited by Jim Vickers; reporting by Steve Gleydura, Kim Schneider, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Erick Trickey
  • How We Rate: Education
    Edited by Jim Vickers; reporting by Steve Gleydura, Kim Schneider, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Erick Trickey
  • How We Rate: Environment
    Edited by Jim Vickers; reporting by Steve Gleydura, Kim Schneider, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Erick Trickey
  • How We Rate: Health
    Edited by Jim Vickers; reporting by Steve Gleydura, Kim Schneider, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Erick Trickey
  • How We Rate: Home
    Edited by Jim Vickers; reporting by Steve Gleydura, Kim Schneider, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Erick Trickey
  • How We Rate: People & Places
    Edited by Jim Vickers; reporting by Steve Gleydura, Kim Schneider, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Erick Trickey
  • How We Rate: Philanthropy
    Edited by Jim Vickers; reporting by Steve Gleydura, Kim Schneider, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Erick Trickey
  • How We Rate: Recreation
    Edited by Jim Vickers; reporting by Steve Gleydura, Kim Schneider, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Erick Trickey
  • How We Rate: Romance
    Edited by Jim Vickers; reporting by Steve Gleydura, Kim Schneider, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Erick Trickey
  • How We Rate: Technology
    Edited by Jim Vickers; reporting by Steve Gleydura, Kim Schneider, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Erick Trickey
  • How We Rate: Work
    Edited by Jim Vickers; reporting by Steve Gleydura, Kim Schneider, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Erick Trickey
  • Power Source
    By John Hitch, illustration by Mike Oeming
    Comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis' Rust Belt-gritty vision caught the eye of Marvel Comics in 2000. Since, he's gone on to create storylines for some of our most beloved superheroes. A consultant on the Avengers movie filming here this summer, the University Heights native has also just done something no man, woman or supervillain has done before: kill Spider-Man.
  • The Burning Question
    By Rebecca Meiser, photos by Benjamin Wirtz Siegel
    After decades as our city's symbol of demise, can the Cuyahoga River be transformed by a group of rowers, environmentalists, developers and civic leaders into a vibrant place to live, work and play?
Lake Effect
Public Square
  • Changing Minds
    Jennifer Keirn
    Alonzo Mitchell III's city birthday party, Ohio Homecoming, heaps love on Cleveland.
  • Perfect Fit
    Amber Matheson
    Inspired by her granddaughter, Karen Bowersox created a clothing line for those with Down syndrome.
Screen
  • Behind the Wheel
    Matt Tullis
    Broadcaster Jeff Phelps gets personal with classic car owners on Fox Sports Ohio's Cruise-In.
Shop Talk
  • A Mane Affair
    Kristen Hampshire
    Tied Up and Tousled headbands give locks a trendy flair.
Sounds
  • Wicked Combo
    Carly Toyzan
    Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel and the Cleveland Orchestra unite at Blossom Music Center for a mix of Broadway hits and a little Lady Gaga.
Spaces
Special Sections
  • Reshaping You
    Lynne Thompson
    Dramatic weight loss and new cosmetic surgery innovations have made body-contouring procedures popular choices.
Talking Points
  • The Fading City
    Michael D. Roberts
    Cleveland is shrinking fast. The city faces a bitter future because its political leaders failed to grasp a piece of it.
The Dish
  • Flavor Fancy
    John Long
    Jeff Jarrett's refreshing Palate brings trendy neighborhood tastes to a suburban strip mall.
On the Side
Quick Bite
The Terminal
Voice
  • Dawn Patrol
    George Bilgere
    6:45 on a weekday morning in July. I pull up on my bicycle in front of Cumberland Pool and look through the chain-link fence at the lap swim area. Most of the 10 lanes are already taken.


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