Letters from the Island: Living and Working in Cleveland Heights

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Living in Cleveland Heights is like living on an extremely sustainable island, you never have to get off the island, unless you want to get off the island.

There are more than a half dozen commercial districts in Cleveland Heights ranging from quaint little areas to small towns of their own. Many of the districts seem to be hitting a new stride, instead of one district sucking the life out of the others.

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My own home sits between Cedar/Fairmount and Coventry, which means I have dozens of restaurants and several bars within walking distance. American grill, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Italian, Irish, India – forgive me if I missed a nationality or two – you get the idea. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert are all covered.

Hardware store, record store, coffee shops, men’s apparel, vintage toys, and independent bookstores, we’ve got them. There’s even a Marc’s for the value shopper.

Finally, being adjacent to Little Italy is what got me roped into this blog. A friend asked me to write about what it was like to live and work in such close proximity.

Living in Cleveland Heights is like living on an extremely sustainable island, you never have to get off the island, unless you want to get off the island.

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The answer is simple: it’s amazing. A short, stress-free commute takes me just off the island into Little Italy. I’m close enough to walk, bike, or take a very short drive. I’ll be honest. I mostly take the drive; but knowing I could walk if I wanted to, makes it a huge mental win.

Well, I’m running out of steam, so I’ll bring this to a close. But if you need to find me, you need look no further than the Island.

By: Roger Frank