The editorial from a person who moved from Chicago to Cleveland, and he writes:
Having spent a year now in Cleveland, I realize that it is not a small city with nothing going on. It is truly a major city with sufficient scale for most things you find in major cities. We have finance and legal industries.We have designers and publishers. We have bicycle messengers. We have at least a half dozen companies that do nothing but walk dogs for busy professionals. We have a sand volley ball league, a dozen ski clubs, and thirty-some yoga studios. We have immigrants from all over the world in our universities and running ethnic groceries. We have commuter trains, valets, and loft condos with concierges. Life in Cleveland is much more like life in Chicago than people there, here, or elsewhere recognize. Is our perception about smaller cities also wrong?
It’s a reasonable question, particularly for writers like Richard Florida who are interested in how urban culture is marketed and consumed. How big does a city need to be in order to be cosmopolitan?
Then there’s the other flip side of the question: if this isn’t about civic boosterism, does it really matter if nobody else knows how wonderful your city is?