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Pittsburgh transplant moves to downtown Cleveland

I recently had a former resident of Pittsburgh sign a lease for my condo in downtown Cleveland’s Warehouse District.  Since it’s so important for new residents to feel welcomed and get connected, instead of just saying “Welcome to Cleveland!” and handing them the keys and cashing their check, I included some resources that I thought would be helpful for someone who’s new to downtown.  Here’s what I wrote:

You’re living in Ward 13 and your city councilman is Joe Cimperman.  He’s a good guy and if you have any city-related issues, his contact info is on his webpage at http://www.clevelandcitycouncil.org/Home/CouncilMembers/Ward13JoeCimperman/tabid/87/Default.aspx

Cleveland police can be reached at 216-621-1234.

The number to report a street light that’s out is 216-621-5483.

If you need a free escort to walk you from one place to another anywhere within the downtown special improvement district, you can call 216-621-6000 for the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.  Their website is http://www.downtowncleveland.org/.

Speaking of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, they’re sponsoring a street fair for the next four Thursdays starting tomorrow just a block away from you:  http://www.downtowncleveland.org/page/tnl.aspx?parent=77

The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club is a great networking/social club for young professionals.  They do lots of great events, happy hours, speakers, etc…  http://www.cleveland2030.org

CoolCleveland is a great weekly e-mail newsletter that lists lots of events going on around town.  Sign up at http://www.coolcleveland.com/

You mentioned dog walking…  Jenn and I normally go to “Walk A Hound, Lose a Pound.”  Great times and not far at all.  http://www.clevelandhealth.org/steps/content/calendar.asp?view=event&date=5/19/2009&eventID=39 (the date is old here, but the info is correct…  Every Tuesday)

You’re probably familiar with metromix.com.  Also check out pluggedincleveland.com.

And I sometimes write downtown Cleveland articles here:  http://www.examiner.com/x-6824-Downtown-Cleveland-Examiner

Alright, I’ll stop…  Let me know if you need anything.

- Jeremy

What information would you pass on to someone new to the city?

This post was written by a DCA City Advocate.  To learn more about the City Advocate Program, please click here.

5 Comments

  1. Heather Furman
    Posted August 26, 2009 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    I definitely wish someone had done that for me when I moved to Cleveland!

  2. Posted August 26, 2009 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I’d probably be most interested in knowing where to buy groceries downtown.

  3. Posted August 26, 2009 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    As a coffee drinker, I think mentioning local coffee shops is a wonderful addition! (ahem, Erie Island on E 4th and Phoenix on W 9th). You know, if that person is a caffeine fiend as well.

    And a map of the downtown (and nearby) entertainment areas. Sort of a “who’s who” and “what’s hot” of Cleveland (determined by age bracket).

  4. Robert Carillio
    Posted August 26, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Nice Job Jeremy… Always good to welcome the Pitt. transplants. Your attitude is what the cab driver of Ian’s Chicago people needed.

  5. Jeanne
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I’d definitely take them on a tour of the neighborhoods and show off the lesser-known spots that will make them feel at home.

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