--People are generally friendly. Eye contact is not percieved as a threat. This is why I "came home" after ten years in New York.
--Ethnic and cultural variety, from old European to Chinese. Yes, we have a Chinatown, Little Italy, Little Arabia, and Slavic Village. Want good food? Try a new neighborhood.
--Lake Erie. I know it stinks (literally,) but it is beautiful.
--I dunno, I just love looking at downtown even though we only have three skyscrapers and eight other high rises, especially when it's lit by dawn or dusk light.
--A movie theatre around every corner. Corner markets.
--I live ten minutes from the animal shelter and the airport. Kewl.
--For a city this size, the public transit systems and infrastructure are crummy. The trains are old and creaky and don't have lavs (nor do the stations.) The buses stop running after 10 PM
(if that late) unless you're on three main routes. Taxis are more expensive than anywhere else I've lived. The airport is on the far west side of Cleveland which means anyone on the east side of the metro area has up to an hour's drive. The roads are full of potholes due to our numerous freeze/thaw cycles, yet the Ohio Dept. of Transportation is just beginning to use more durable and flexible materials (concrete, DUH!) We have a major water main break at least once a year.
--There is no night life after 2:00 AM
. I was spoiled by that in New York.
--They want to promote business in downtown Cleveland, yet the parking zones are nearly impossible. Parking garages are few and far between and they are inconvenient to any event sites.
--Major League Baseball? Yeah, right. I'd rather drive to one of the area minor league parks (Lake County or Akron) where I'll get a decent game at a decent price.
--On the same note, we have MLB, NFL and NBA, but the *winning* teams (WNBA, MISL, WNFL, IHL) don't get any coverage.