Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Cleveland Ohio


51 Comments:

Anonymous Heather said...

Hey. I really like your blog! But I just wanted to say that I honestly think ghettos have a beauty. I live in south phoenix, which is considered one of the bad areas, but I love it here. Sure, it can be beyond frightening sometimes, but then again, I've lived here practically my whole life, and I think that it will always be a huge part of me. Haha, I just wanted to say that...but you should try and put some pictures up of ghetto phoenix!

11:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

yesh, send me some, im on the east coast and dont have much time to go out there. Id love to check them out though.

4:13 PM  
Blogger cclemens31 said...

I used to live in cleveland and I think I drove by the last picture. Interesting blog...keep it up.

2:30 AM  
Blogger Aimée said...

shout out to Cleveland! Grew up there. Cool blog idea

2:12 PM  
Blogger Timothy said...

im from Toledo ohio and that is 100 miles away from Tha CLE and it aint got shyt on my Blocc

2:11 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Part of the problem is that the rich do not want the poor getting rich. When you are rich you have more power. The problem could be solved tomorrow but it will never happen.

It is the same way with stocks. If you already have the money you can buy the expensive stocks and get richer.

People around the world should understand this. The rich want to keep that power. The slums will never go away here.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Aimée said...

aimée's comment weirded me out a little cause i was about to say the same thing

i definitely go thro areas similar and sometimes worse on my drive to work it's to bad...cleveland has so much potential

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you really want to hit up a ghetto, go to toronto canada, dat place is the worst ,, besides detriot, nothing is worse then detriot, but toronto is the 2ndworst for sure

8:12 AM  
Blogger marieth k said...

well this blog of urs has really given me a wake up call of what america consists of. when i was young, i thought the states was the place to be...ofcourse its still the place to be coz of disney and stuff but its also sad to knw so ppl in the states have to live in the houses that are broken down..ma question is where is the government?

3:42 AM  
Blogger Bryan said...

Beauty would be undefined if not for Ugly

11:20 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

These pictures are nothing. The real ghetto is the East Side. I used to love walking in Cleveland. Now I'm to afraid to walk! Down my old street there was a shooting! I moved out of Cleveland. I am happy in my new town.

12:40 AM  
Blogger Nate said...

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12:43 AM  
Blogger FillmorePlayaz said...

Canadas clean and safe, why you wanna be broke. Be thankfull.

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is the same way with stocks. If you already have the money you can buy the expensive stocks and get richer." Stocks do not work that way.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cleveland is one of the worst cities in the country. It is truly a ghetto. I can't even go to my appt's at the Cleveland Clinic without fearing for my life. The whole downtown area is unsafe and there are at least 5 murders a week- all innocent people going about their daily lives, shot down by 11-14yr old thugs.

Vever move to Ohio. It is a PIT !

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Trucker Mark said...

I'm a trucker, used to work near East 79th & Kinsman 20 years ago for a few years. North and west of there up to East 40th and Cedar definitely wasn't too choice an area back then but I used to drive that area five days a week and never had any problems. Lots of abandoned industrial property around there. Try East 65th and Central!!! In 1987-88 I used to live in Tremont too.

While Cleveland's east-side inner city is old and there are lots of abandoned buildings, it isn't nearly as rough as the South Bronx anywhere near Hunt's Point Market or South Philly near the Food Terminal. Detroit is one huge ghetto. Check-out the Eastern Market area sometime or up around Davison. I used to haul meat there every week and even used to work for a truckline in the Eastern Market in 1982. Or try Chicago's south side or even the near northwest side around Cabrini Green. I used to work in the Chicago Stockyards area in the early 1980s too, and have 10 years every week recent experience there also.

Want to see some other good ghettos try Buffalo or Pittsburgh. Even Wierton, WV doesn't look too good going by from the freeway. And the next time that you are in El Paso, just look over at the other side of the Rio Grande River at Juarez!!! Now there's a tough-looking ghetto if I have ever seen one.

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should write a book, trucker mark ;)

to the guy who said toronto has the worst ghettos, what part of toronto are you talking about?!

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Torontonian said...

Hell what part of Canada are you talking about?

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, Cleve is where it's at. I find tragic beauty in the ghetto, I really do. These people that everyone is afraid of are just real people trying to survive the best they can with the tools given to them, either by parents, mentors, gang members. They're surviving any way they can, con, wits, street smarts, book smarts, they're are beautiful in their own right, I did them. Spoken by a whitey in Seattle.

12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ps, it's real life and even though I've never lived through it directly, my empathy is extremely high and I think more documentaries need to be made to show America where some of the strength lies, it really does.

12:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easy for me say as whitey whiitie-ington, but I sure do appreciate the hardship blacks have to though. I really am facinated by it all.

1:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should feel no empathy towards the people in the ghetto's. Lets be real, they live there cause they want to, easy to do srime and live the "lifestyle" if you feel sorry for them go ride with te police department and then see how bad you feel for them. They love the ghetto cause its the hip thing to do. the people are scim, littler there own streets, and steal from there neighbors....there is nothing romantic about that you idiot.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous tweet45 said...

Born here, on E.99. Grew up on da 10-5. Was real rough growing up. Good thing my parents loved me. They Had me on a strict curfew, and they wouldn't allow me to go past tower city, towards the west side. When we moved to ATL a couple years ago, I was sad cuz I was leaving the place I grew up. But when I realized that the place that I had grown to love was an ugly horrible dream eating place it made me realize that anywhere could be made to seem beautiful. even a ghetto.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was born and raised in Cleveland and sure East Cleveland is pretty bad, but other than that everything on the west side is not to bad. I grew up off of 150th and over the years its gone down hill a little bit but nothing major. O and anyone who says downtown is ghetto is most likely a yuppie from the burbs. Downtown Cleveland is awesome compared to Columbus and Cinncy.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the person who said that Toronto is one of the worst ghettos have you been to Toronto, have you had your eyes checked because no where in Toronto is as remotely ghetto as some of these places in the US. The "ghettos" in Toronto are:

Jane and Finch
Regent Park
Lawrence Heights

That's all I can think of but they make those ghettos in Cleveland look like a really nice area.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Born and raised in Cleveland , I love it here . Its home , however I dont think its that bad how some of the people are saying it is . I lived on the west side my whole life , and I can admit it is qettin pretty bad . But ghetto isent always a bad thinq ,

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Cleveland and these pictures only include downtown and 1 old store on Cedar by the Clinic...Ive been around the country and trust me Cleveland is 1 of the worst cities out there in looks and crime. I lived in Toronto for 3 years in the past and theres nothing ghetto about it, stop hyping it up. Cleveland is 1/5th the size of Toronto yet has nearly twice the number of murders per year...Toronto is soft Cleveland is the 7th most dangerous city in America, not bragging just the truth. Come to Superior and see how nice it looks. Not bragging, just the truth.

12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every city has its good and bad areas.

Just do your best to avoid the bad areas.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous l.blox angel said...

well i live in london and we have grimy ghetto areas here too, however becayse america is much bigger the scale of it looks much worse. in our ghettos there could b a rich area a few stops away on the train.talk about segregation. its like 2 diffrent worlds in 1 country...i was interested 2 see that the government dont knock down all those abandoned buildings..dont they know thats potential building for new homes /shops which would bring up revenue in the endz? gess they dontcare y should they with their glossy lives.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cleveland has its good and bad. Most of the East side is bad. Its so desolate and abandoned.

Like someone said, Superior from East Blvd. to Euclid ave. is awful.

St. Clair in Glenville is awful.

Cedar road near the Clinic is awful.

Central is bad.

To me though, while the East side looks worse, the southside feels less safe. I dont feel safe in the Slavic Village or near Broadway.

The South side seems worse, although it is definitely more populated and less run down.


This is what happens though when jobs leave and a city's tax base leaves.

It was once a great, diverse city, but its a shell of its former self.

But all of the neighborhoods on the eastside save a few aren't places you want to live.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

East Cleveland is horrible. Grew up there, when i had kids....i moved. Slavic Village!!

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pictures don't even depict the pictures of the real ghetto of Cleveland, Ohio and I know because I live in one in Cleveland, Ohio. The pictures are located in the industrial wastelands of Cleveland (we are not Detroit but soon could be in the same shape) that the city failed to repair. A ghetto is a term used for a urban neighborhood that has been worn down because of the economy in that area stores owned by people of Arab decent, Indian, or Asian. The richer get rich and move into the outskirts of Cleveland the west side of it is the same, but at the same time you are correct Cleveland is nothing but a huge ghetto and was never really a rich a city we only have 2 buildings which consist of Key Tower and Terminal Tower City which used to be a complete large transit center not it's / mall.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clevelands east side is like a third world shithole. Roads suck, buildings are all shitty, and I'm usually into tags but they all look like a 6 year old got a hold of a can of krylon. I live and work here and can't wait to get the hell out.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Born in Cleveland... moved to the burbs as a youngster... many family still live in Eastside hood.... Now living in california .... and Cleveland my friends it truly is SO HOOD.. for real... this is a true statment ...every stereo-type is at your finger tips especially on the east side ...... GO CHECK IT OUT. LOL

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ec is crazy.. thats why when niggas get a lil money they move to euclid..my homie just got shot on woodland a few weeks ago

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having lived in Cleveland, the blogger did not truly cover the inner city. Too many of these shots are around the downtown area.

You need to go to 55th and Woodland, 120th and Kinsman, etc.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Shawn said...

I grew up around the Kinsnman area, it was really bad. The best thing I did was get out of the "ghetto". I now live in NYC and I am working as a Jones Day lawyer. I want to come back one day and educate the young people that live in these awful areas and tell them to get a good education and how to make the most of what you have without dealing drugs or joining gangs. God Bless Cleveland.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Demolish the old, the decayed and start anew with a clean, smaller, more managable slate. A smaller infrastructure is more easily managed and policed and would require less resources to maintain. As our cities shrink, so should the infrastructure. Promote safe, new core business districts and let outlying urban areas be reclaimed as farmlands.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to live in Cleve.From 72 till 99 .Worked towards downtown on St Clair.for over 25 years .Lived for almost 20 years in the peaceful community of Collinwood. A blue collar proud, railroad neighborhood .Loved living there ,everyone new your name and all were friends .Busing started ,kids was coming across 152 to go to our school.They wrote graffti on the houses,stole the morning paper ,broke out decent people's windows for no reason. Stolen cars on my quite street A couple burned.Neighbors started selling and running for thier lives.It was like war had came.The beautiful yards and landscapes became trodden baren wasteland . A ghetto . All those many years it was beautiful now all gone .I fled leaving Cleveland in its squaller. The only thing I wanted from Cleve. was to see it in my rear veiw mirror and I left. I Live in a beautiful laid back small town in Va. and would not go back for a million bucks.

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Taya said...

I LOVE MY CITY OF CLEVELAND!!! Wouldn't wish i lived anywhere else!! BEST CITY EVER!!! Haha i drove past 1 of the places in this picture 2day :D

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Born and raised in Cleveland. "Tha land" is what we call it. Ghetto areas 79th kinsman(garden valley),woodland,Morris black, king Kennedy,30th central,EC(east Cleveland), all down the Clair and superior, kinsman,union, all down 116th,the Westside fucked up too

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Josh said...

Cleveland isn't that bad... It's cleaned up a lot since 2006 when this was posted. The only really bad areas are East Cleveland, and near the Flats.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen brother give a street wit ,ghetto smart gang member a hammer and nail he wont try and build something he' ll try and nail somene to something...workn with the skills they have....what a joke they are all uneducated punks......pick up trash .clean and mow yards get urself some cash the american way by working for it .....quit waiting on the gonverment to give it to you.....cause they are taking from working middelclass like myself to give it to u.....

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm born and bred in Cleveland. Sure I hate it but, God help me, I love it too! Living here is like watching a slow motion train wreck. You don't WANT to watch but you can looke away either.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Born and raised in Cleveland on Harvard and I love my city

4:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work in cleveland, born and raised in Akron. I thought Akron was bad. I couldn't believe the poverty and decay that has taken over this city. You get depressed driving through the city. Doesnt matter where you are east side or west side. I would never live north of Parma. All of thr hospitals in the city are in very poor and bad neighborhoods. You could drive to the hospital with a broken arm and walk into the ER with a gunshot wound because of the drive to the hospital. Everyone has a bad attitude and they treat you like crap. I have lived in NE ohio my whole life and I cant wait to get out of this wasteland.

4:16 PM  
Blogger shades20 said...

I can sum cleveland up in a short sentence...suburban white girls that wont stop breeding with wanna be ghetto white boys that get sent to county for dope. Thats all it is. Go to Walmart in the Steelyard and take your camera. You'll see a mid 20's girl with three kids under thr age of 7 that look nothing alike. Thats tha land for you.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Born and raised in CLeveland.
When I had my first son I had a homeless guy pull a knife on me with my child, the schools spend more time making sure no one dies than teaching, and that was even when I went and I'm 30 years old.
I would never step foot on the eastide, though I had to once and had to go to MLK Drive for a specialist for my son. The building was falling apart.
We moved out of Cleve to the suburbs years ago, it is just not a safe place to raise a family.
Women can't leave the house looking nice for fear of getting harassed or worse. As soon as I hit the 150th line I can just FEEL the oppression and sense the hopelessness of the city My elderly mother refuses to move out despite slumlords who not upkeep or repair their properties. Downtown is not bad as long as you don't wander around. Tower City is amazing for shopping, but honestly if the city spent half as much money in the schools and communities as they do on the Loser Indians and Browns teams,maybe we could get somehwere.
The on going construction of roads is everywhere yet nothing ever gets fixed. You have to drive at a snails place to make sure your car doesn't get ripped apart. Noone has any respect for human life,or pride in the appearance of their homes or lands. Kids go to school mostly for the social and gang interaction rather then education and the teachers live in fear of their students and do not try to reach out to them.
Think of every movie you have seen about a ghetto or slum and Cleveland is it.
My advice-
If you stay,get out of the inner city and avoid the east side at all costs.
If you move,move far enough away that in 3 years it doesn't filter out to you,as my husband and I moved to Elyria and it's bad here but nowhere NEAR as horrible as living in Cleveland. I only go back for my family ties or else I would never return. All the pathetic attempts to clean up and rebuild and adding fancy casinos and stadiums are NOT helping the people who need it and that is those who are stuck in the ghetto, who can't even buy food much less a ticket to a game.
Ohio is the most depressing,horrible place to live,and I promise you,I may have been born here,but I will not die here.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are some great shots. I grew up on the East side of Hastings in Vancouver. There was Psychiatric hospital that was closed down back in the 80's and all the patients just ended up there. Some extremely unstable people on some of the dirtiest drugs. It's some crazy shit. Plus it gets cold as fuck.

3:24 AM  
Blogger Spencer Smith said...

Y'all that's saying Cleveland isn't bad and this don't look so tough . Check the muder rate

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really ????????

8:07 PM  

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