I was overwhelmed with excitement to explore a new state and new city. This time I was embarking on a bus ride from Brooklyn, NY to Cleveland, Ohio. I didn’t know what to expect but I was ready for a new adventure!
I arrived at Cleveland State University for a conference. I didn’t have any high expectations for the city. All I knew about Cleveland was that it is close to the birthplace of the NBA legend Lebron James (Sorry Miami fans). To my surprise, the downtown area of Cleveland has so many things to do!
The Cleveland State University (CSU) was very welcoming. CSU was originally Fenn college, a private school that was operating since 1923. It became a public research university in 1964. CSU offers many disciplines and research facilities, with 70 academic majors, 27 master’s degree programs, two post-master’s degrees, six doctoral degrees and two law degrees. It also has research cooperation agreements with the nearby NASA Glenn Research Center.
One of my favorite places on the campus is the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. It was originally known as Cleveland Law School when it was founded in 1897. It later merged with Cleveland-Marshall Law School in 1946. It was Ohio’s first evening law school and also the first to admit women. The first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city, Carl Stokes, graduated from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. It has a history of integrating women and people of color into the American legal field.
The campus is very beautiful. It is located in the center of downtown and you can either walk down the main street of Euclid Avenue or take a bus. The scenery was very tranquil at day and I felt very safe.
As I walked down Euclid Avenue, I noticed that there were bars, stores, restaurants, and even live performance theaters. Within the downtown area is the Cleveland Theater District. This is the main center for Cleveland’s theater scene. I love the Performing Arts so this was like finding a hidden gem in C-Town. In April of 2013, restorations were made to the Theater District to include lights and signage. This effort became known as “Dazzle The District” which was completed on May 2, 2014. One of the most important theatrical landmarks in this area is The Playhouse Square. Built in the 1920’s, The Playhouse Square is the largest performing arts center in the United States outside of New York. It has 11 performance spaces and hosts concerts, comedy shows, fine arts productions and youth theater performances.
Don’t be fooled by the name of the Theater District because there is more than just theaters and performing arts here. At night time, this area is the main hot-spot for night life entertainment. The city definitely achieved the goal of making it the dazzle district. At night, this area is lit up like a Halloween pumpkin (I should be a comedian or maybe not, haha!)
As I cruised down I-77 with a friend, I was blinded by the city lights. Cleveland is a surprise for all travelers. I recommend taking a trip to C-Town and seeing all the glory for yourself.
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