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    Nation's Best Start Up Cities - Cleveland!


    In 2006 Anne Trubek came to Cleveland and later launched Belt, an online magazine and book publisher that covers the Rust Belt revival. She chose the city, in part, for the low cost of living and running a business. She's staying because she loves the place—and the spirit of its people. "We were down for years," Trubek says, "but energy is coming back to the city. Good things are happening, and we know we need to give those good things a push." 

    Along with the local biomedical and biotechnical industries (and Trubek's work at Belt), those pushes are also coming from Cleveland's own little-known maker scene. Six years ago Jason Radcliffe, a local designer and fabricator of metal furniture, organized the first F*SHO furniture show with four other makers. "In one day we drew 350 people," he says. Last year F*SHO exhibited work by 30 craftspeople, and more than 2,500 people attended. "Each year the show brings new buzz," Radcliffe says. "The show has brought success to a number of participants and inspired other people to become makers themselves." Cleveland's resurgence has begun, and for once its prospects have nothing to do with LeBron. 

    Original Popular Mechanics post