One of my side hustles here in Cleveland is working as a freelance editor and writer for Great Lakes Publishing, the Condé Nast of Ohio responsible for a roster of magazines that started with its flagship, Cleveland Magazine, in 1972.
My boss is Lute Harmon, Sr., the executive publisher and founder. One might think of him as the S.I. Newhouse of Ohio. After a mutual friend connected us last year, Lute immediately assigned me to write about notable Cleveland figures who were doing good and making a difference for his latest venture, a magazine called Community Leader, a quarterly supplement to Cleveland Magazine.
When I announced to Lute that I was moving downtown, he asked if I’d be interested in editing a new section of the magazine dedicated to Downtown Cleveland, which would be done in partnership with an incredible organization called Downtown Cleveland Alliance. As a huge fan of my new environs, I jumped at the chance to do something that showcased how fabulous this town is, particularly through the lenses of a native Clevelander who returned home after 22 years in New York City. With that, a 5-page section of Community Leader called “Downtown Now” was born.
This February marks our second issue, and the theme of this issue is Downtown Cleveland’s walkability. I open the issue with a “letter from the editor” type of note, followed by stories that echo Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s tagline: LIVE (a story about living downtown), WORK (a story about working downtown) and PLAY (a story about having fun downtown). I also added a short section inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York series called… wait for it… “People of Downtown.”
We’re shaping the new section as we go. The job is challenging, but it’s also a lot of fun. Among my hopes for Downtown Now is a more pronounced digital presence on the web, on social media and with multimedia like videos and a podcast. But it’s all about the journey, one step at a time. For me, it’s an opportunity to feature the wonders of this fantastic town not just to readers in Northeast Ohio but to a wider audience who, like me two years ago, might be in the market for a smart, affordable and cosmopolitan place to live, work and play. (And, P.S., we have a stunning Great Lake in our backyard.)
Below are links to the stories in the February 2018 issue. I hope you enjoy them!
Showcasing Cleveland’s Walkability
Discover the reasons traveling by foot is the ideal way to experience the 3.2 square miles of the city’s centerpiece. Read the story.
Living in Cleveland
A family living downtown reveals a city that offers the perfect lifestyle for parents and children. Read the story.
Working in Cleveland
Employees at Acrisure revel in the variety of opportunities to experience the city from their office downtown. Read the story.
Moving to Cleveland
Discover the reasons Dwellworks’ founder considers downtown an ideal destination for business success. Read the story.
People of Downtown: Susan Winston
A downtown resident’s thoughts on living in the city’s core. Read the story.