Zinn Man wrote:Thanks snowpeach! I just don't really know anything about the Cleveland area. I am married, so my wife will have to find a job near the area. She should be able to transfer easily with her company, but I don't know what the areas are like and which ones are safe. We live in Los Angeles, so we are familiar with city living, but we didn't know if there were any artsy districts, trendy areas or even nice historical areas to live in. And what are typical rent prices?
First thing you should note: Cleveland is not a real city. Granted there is a downtown area, but Case is not in it. We are in what's called University Circle, right next to all the museums, Severance Hall (the really great orchestra) and the hospital. Right down the street is the Cleveland clinic. Seems like half the people who live around here are employed by Case or one of the two main hospitals. So, if she is in the medical field, well, that would be great. Anyway, the public transportation is really sketchy, most people drive. I personally, get more of a suburban than urban feel. The Suburbs here are really nice. Some really wealthy ones, but even they are somewhat affordable to live in. Living here is cheap, at least compared to NY which is where I grew up. Cleveland suburbs, and the Case campus is safe. But a block away is the ghetto. We get crime reports weekly. The city is super dangerous, so don't walk around at night.
As for trendy areas, uhm, Coventry is a street (really close by!) with a small music venue and a bunch of really good restaurants. It's where all the emo kids hang out. Downtown also has a ton of fantastic restaurants, but they are a bit more expensive. There aren't really any 'artsy' areas around here, but there are artsy places if you look for them. Shaker Heights has a lot of gorgeous old houses. If that is what you want. Really, any suburb is a good place to live. Near campus, there are apartments in Little Italy. But, it's mostly younger students who live there. Hope this answers your questions. If you need me to narrow down more places I can, since, it's kind of hard to sum up everything.