Young Adults Fuel Inner City Growth In Cleveland

In what would have been a startling turn of events just a few years ago, this story of the continuing rise of inner cities comes from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

When a new job brought Stacey Brown to Cleveland from San Francisco two months ago, she went looking for an apartment downtown. Her manager told her that’s where young people were flocking. Sure enough, she found a full house.

“It was soooo hard finding an apartment,” said Brown, an upbeat and single 26 year old. “I mean I looked for three weeks, all over downtown.”

The hunt was worth it. She found an opening at The Residences at 668 Euclid on bustling lower Euclid Avenue. Soon, she was meeting new friends over beers at Winking Lizard and tapping into the free Wi-Fi at Colossal Cupcakes.

“It’s hard not to like it,” said Brown, a medical-device saleswoman for Stryker. “Clevelanders are such great people. It’s that Midwest charm. And the restaurants are phenomenal.”

When she joined the downtown scene, she helped to swell what’s shaping into a historic migration. Twentysomethings are creating a new and potentially powerful housing pattern as they snap up downtown apartments as fast as they become available.

Thanks largely to young professionals, the inner city is growing faster than the outer city and the county for the first time in modern history, a recent Case Western Reserve University study found.

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