Forbes.com: ‘Cleveland is America’s Hottest City’

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland rocks.

Even Forbes.com agrees.

A column by contributor Peter Lane Taylor actually calls Cleveland ‘America’s hottest city right now.’

He highlighted our winning streak — the Cleveland Cavaliers taking the NBA Championship and the Cleveland Indians making it to the World Series.

Then there was the Republican National Convention, which called Cleveland home this past summer.

Taylor also mentioned the city’s restaurant, bar, arts and music scene.

He said: “All of which makes every Saturday night along East Fourth Street just north of Quicken Loans arena look more like SoHo or South Beach than the “Rust Belt” strip some would conjure up in their minds when anyone says “Cleveland”. So just who sprinkled the fairy dust on Cleveland this year?”

David Gilbert, director of Destination Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, told Forbes “it’s the result of years of forward-thinking investments in community revitalization, tourism infrastructure, and creating an identity that’s distinctly “Cleveland.”

“But this city is about so much more than the fifteen players on the Cavs, or the Indians being in the World Series. Cleveland has lived with a strong head wind for decades,” Gilbert said. “But this is our time. And we have a little tail wind to take advantage of right now, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

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