Fortune Magazine Names Cleveland the New Brooklyn

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CLEVELAND – Could Cleveland be the next Brooklyn? Fortune Magazine thinks so. They claim the odds are about 63 percent.

The magazine recently released its list of ‘2014’s Break Out and Break Down Towns.’

In it, they go on to explain their reasoning behind the big prediction. They point out that there’s a downtown revival going on right now, plus major growth in three of Cleveland's neighborhoods: Ohio City, Tremont, and Gordon Square.

“Well I’ve never lived in Brooklyn so I couldn’t really speak on that,” said Cleveland State University Student Evan Schultz. “But I think that Cleveland more or less wants to be its own kind of place. I don’t think they want to be another Brooklyn. I think they just want to be Cleveland.”

Others, like Brandon Stanley, thought the prediction was fairly accurate. He’s been going downtown for years and said he’s seen a lot of change.

“It’s coming up. Money’s coming in. It’s started to get bigger. And a lot of people are moving in and businesses are getting bigger. The casino helps, too,” he said.

Positively Cleveland, an organization that promotes tourism, was thrilled with the list. Its Communications Manager, Jennifer Kramer, said everyone has worked hard to get the city back on the map.

“I think Cleveland is very easily dismissed as a tourist destination or as a visitor destination, so what we really want to do is change that story,” she said.

Kramer said there’s still more work to be done; they’re always trying to recruit more people and businesses to the area.

“To be thought of as something that’s growing to that kind of potential, it’s a great compliment for us,” she said.

To see the list of 2014’s Break Out and Break Down Towns, CLICK HERE.


  • Amber Blonski

    I was confused by this story as I was under the impression that Brooklyn had a somewhat negative reputation. I thought we were supposed to be sad being compared to Brooklyn; however, the journalist implies it is a good thing. Huh?

  • Rick Adams

    You know that’s just like Las Vegas you only see the enter city not outside the city where the real lives start and end. I lived in Vegas for 4yrs. and once the lights and glitter wears off and to really see Vegas for what it is you begin to look at that place in a different way. i remember a place north of the city where there was a empty wal-mart and it was home for the homeless at least 100 people and it had a fence around it so if you were not in at a certain time you were out for the night to be harress by the police or whoever. give it time Cleveland will be the same way just a place to go for a short time. All they have to do is fence off the outside of the city and you call it a “resort” and hire outside of the city for local entertainment, showgirls, cooks, house cleaning, etc.

  • George Valachi

    I just love it when they try to sell this city as being something. What have we got here to draw people to the area? All the industry that once was here is gone. Look around you, empty factories falling apart. High taxes. This city is so hungry they went to traffic cams to fill the coffers.

    The “New Brooklyn”, give me a break. This place is more like “Barter Town” from Beyond Thunderdome.

  • Jujubean

    Lol if you’ve been to Brooklyn lately Cleveland is actually worst . Brooklyn is rich in diversity, lol Cleveland is still stuck in racist 50’s. This story is pretty funny.

  • Marc Williams

    Brooklyn is actually one of the hottest areas in the country! Most people from Cleveland should take this as a compliment! Brooklyn got a new multi event arena that hosted MTV music awards and the local hoop team Brooklyn Nets! Housing market is on fire and became new York’s hottest for under 40! Would be wise to follow their lead

  • Jeff Calloway

    Cleveland’s diversity: 140 nations, over 200 languages spoken.Over 550 different ethnic restaurants, businesses, places of worship, consulates, mosques and temples. I wouldn’t call that pro in diversity.

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