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Best reason to stay in Cleveland

The people

Come for the most non-existent potential for a sports success story, stay for the people. It's a motto that most everyone in Cleveland takes to heart. The people - the masses, the unrelenting horde—enliven this town and give us all a reason to stash our dreams of greener grass in the closet for the time being. We don't take life terribly seriously (except when doing 95 on I-480) and we're pretty humble overall. There is that nasty and mostly pointless East Side/West Side dichotomy that tends to rip our population apart and galvanize the residents into some sort of booze-fueled civil war, but beyond our geographic prejudices we are are pretty laid-back people.

Best Apartment

Complex

Tremont Place Lofts

Once a college – or at least one of the buildings was – and the setting for a massive religious printing production, the cavernous Tremont Lofts are a testament to rebuilding what the city has standing already. Trendy, spacious, and with all the amenities of city living—close to bars, restaurants, public transit, and all that historic Tremont has to offer—the Tremont Lofts are where many young professionals choose to live and for good reason. More than 100 apartments and 20 hotel-style rooms have something for every budget and every lifestyle. 710 Jefferson Ave., 216-274-0866,

tremontplacelofts.com

Best Place to Buy or Lease a Car

Ganley

It's hard enough buying a car without some weasely salesman handing off a clunker for a jacked-up sticker price. Car salesmen have a reputation for a reason. At Ganley, however, you'll find courteous, honest help in searching for your next automobile. Offering the best new and used Chevrolet, Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan or Subaru models, Ganley's multiple locations are here to make buying a new car something more reasonable than you would think, and for that we're thankful.Ganleyauto.com

Best Auto Customer Service

Jay Honda

Need new wheels? Look no further than the glittering Bedford Auto Mile and the friendly folks at Jay Honda on Broadway Avenue. With over 300 ratings on the industry aggregator DealerRater, Jay Honda has a stratospheric 4.9/5 score in Customer Service, Friendliness and Overall Experience. Deals on Hondas are a sure thing, but the quality of the salesmanship and personal interactions should make Jay one of your top-tier destinations when looking for a new or used vehicle. They'll help you finance a new car and make sure you get top-dollar on your trade-in. With insanely low APR financing and deals on 2013 models, there's no reason

not to head down to Jay today.

Best Reason to Come Downtown

East 4th St.

Michael Symon moved Lola from Tremont to East 4th and thus began the transformation from wayward street to downtown hotspot. Now, count Greenhouse Tavern, Corner Alley, Zocalo, Wonder Bar, Pickwick & Frolic, House of Blues and more among the dining and entertainment options that have all of Northeast Ohio congregating on one street. But hold on, it's not just for the tourists. East 4th is also a destination for living, sporting dozens of chic apartments. With several new additions lined up for this year, the transformation shows no signs of slowing down.

Best Local Radio Station

87.7Cleveland's Sound

Though its signal isn't particularly strong, this locally run radio station takes an old school approach to its formatting and lets local DJs pick the tunes they want to play. So on Sunday nights, Pat the Producer spins local tunes on his long-running Inner Sanctum show and Melt Bar and Grilled owner Matt Fish plays whatever the hell he wants for an hour. The station has also promoted and sponsored local events like the Thank Hank roast/toast that took place at the Agora last month. 877cleveland.com

Best radio personality

Best radio show

The Alan Cox Show

Are you ready for showtime? From 3 to 7 p.m. each day, the rantings and ravings of Cleveland transplant Alan Cox fill many a Honda Civic throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond. His worldview pairs well with Erika Lauren's delightful chimings-in ("Oh yaaahh...") and newly christened co-host Bill Squire's laid-back fart observations. The vibe on the show is conversational and confident, brimming with insight and inside jokes. The show is truly a community, emblematic of the notion of the journey being destination. Hell, in those quick four hours, you can pick up amateur mouse-hunting lessons, learn the ins and outs of tampon-sucking and convert to the Church of Literotica. For all that—and much, much more—Cleveland is happy to continue wearing out our favorite phrase: "Hate the show!" alancoxshow.com

Best TV Personality

Dick Goddard

What is left to say about the iconic TV personality? He's delivered the weather to us for years, smiled and made our day brighter, maintained a better sense of humor than most, and led the Woolly Bear Parade and celebration. If he's not a machine or an alien, we're not entirely sure how he's made it this long. Dick Goddard was here before us, and he'll be here long after we're gone. Here's to the silver fox's reign never ending.

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