Cleveland 2015...I

Cleveland is a city in the state of Ohio and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state. The city is located in northeastern Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie, approximately 60 miles west of the Pennsylvania border. It was founded in 1796 near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, and became a manufacturing center owing to its location on the lake shore, as well as being connected to numerous canals and railroad lines. Cleveland's economy has diversified sectors that include manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and biomedical. Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the world renowned Cleveland Clinic.

Cleveland obtained its name on July 22, 1796 when surveyors of the Connecticut Land Company laid out Connecticut's Western Reserve into townships and a capital city they named "Cleaveland"(note the spelling) after their leader, General Moses Cleaveland. General Cleaveland oversaw the plan for what would become the modern downtown area, centered on Public Square, before returning home, never again to visit Ohio. The first settler in Cleaveland was Lorenzo Carter, who built a cabin on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. The Village of Cleaveland was incorporated on December 23, 1814. In spite of the nearby swampy lowlands and harsh winters, its waterfront location proved to be an advantage. The area began rapid growth after the 1832 completion of the Ohio and Erie Canal. This key link between the Ohio River and the Great Lakes connected the city to the Atlantic Ocean via the Erie Canal and later via the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River. Growth continued with added railroad links. Cleveland incorporated as a city in 1836. In 1836, the city then located only on the eastern banks of the Cuyahoga River, nearly erupted into open warfare with neighboring Ohio City over a bridge connecting the two. Ohio City remained an independent municipality until its annexation by Cleveland in 1854.

I often visited Cleveland as a youngster going to see my cousins almost every Summer. But I was even more proud to return years later as an adult, and as a professional photographer. As a photographer, I see the city with a much different "eye" than I did as a youngster. Of course, things have changed drastically since then, with high-rise office buildngs, towering condos, new museums, restaurants and public art. During my trek through Cleveland, my cousin Jackie tried to hang with me by taking me around. But as time went by, he began to "tire out", and found out that he couldn't really hang. But to give him the benefit of the doubt, he does work nights. But like I told him, "This...is what I do"! Some of my Day One highlights included: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, Hard Rock Cafe, Tower City Center, U.S. Courthouse, Carter Road Bridge(blue), Big Four Railroad Bridge, New York Central Lift Bridge and old B&O Railroad Station. The old Arcade is now the Hyatt-Regency Cleveland. I shot FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns football team, the Cleveland Convention Center and much, much more!