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Readers Poll Winners: People & Places 

Best Local Landmark

The West Side Market

On the verge of its 100th anniversary, the West Side Market remains as culturally relevant today as it was when we were parking our horse there.

1995 West 25th St., Cleveland, 216-579-6800, westsidemarket.org

Best TV Personality

Dick Goddard

In a job custom-made for vacuous hunks and beauties, Goddard trumps them all with actual knowledge of what's going on with the weather and a warm way of breaking the news that cold is on the way.

On WJW-TV Fox 8

Best Sportscaster

Tony Rizzo

With twin gigs at Fox 8 and 850-AM WKNR, Rizzo is most amazing for his seemingly unflagging energy. A Clevelander through and through, Rizzo feels our pain but doesn't let us dwell on it.

Best Famous Clevelander

Drew Carey

No matter how big he gets, Carey never forgets his hometown. Good for you for not forgetting him either.

Best Park

Cleveland Metroparks

When it comes time to get away from it all, there's simply no better — or easier — way to do it.

clemetparks.com

Best Place to Be Seen

East Fourth Street

From bowling and brews to rock & roll and fine dining, the new heart of downtown has it all. Little wonder that Cleveland's beautiful people make this the top stop on their itinerary.

Between Euclid and Prospect Aves., Cleveland,east4thstreet.com

Best Radio Personality

Alan Cox

Whether he's riffing on the thong of the day or the latest Mel Gibson tapes, WMMS' afternoon drive-time host is the perfect radio personality for Cleveland: He comes off on-air as being just like you and your friends, only funnier.

On 100.7-FM WMMS

Best Reason to Love Cleveland

Lake Erie

The hectic pace of life can make it easy to overlook our Great Lake. But when we stop to count our blessings, it's simply impossible to forget.

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Visitors

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

We fought for the right to build it here and we remain proud to show it off to others. Any trip to the birthplace of rock & roll should include a reverent afternoon on the lakeshore.

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, 216-781-ROCK, rockhall.com

Best Neighborhood

Tremont

Arts, dining, bars, parks, churches, and an eclectic mix of residents — Tremont boasts everything you could need, plus the charm of one of the city's most historic neighborhoods.

restoretremont.com

Best Area You'd Like to See Revitalized

The Flats

Those too young to remember the Flats' entertainment heyday stare now in disbelief at the ruins of a lost civilization, while those who took part in the waterfront fun still ache for its eventual return.

Best Suburb

Lakewood

Ethnically diverse, culturally rich, and decidedly unpretentious, Lakewood is the charming college town that happens not to have a college.

onelakewood.com

Best Day Trip

Put-in-Bay

Just a short drive and boat ride across Lake Erie, Put-in-Bay will make you feel like you've escaped to another world.

putinbay.com

Best Politician

Dennis Kucinich

No one's better than Dennis at firing up followers for his litany of peace and social justice issues. He's got a small army of devoted grassroots supporters in his district who virtually assure he'll be a congressman as long as he wants.

Best Troublemaker

Dennis Kucinich

Kucinich gets the nod here for the activist trouble he stirs up so well. The U.S. congressman has long been known as a feisty champion of the underdog. And underdogs play well here in God's country.

Best Photographer/Photo Studio

Posh Portraits

Sarah Kraus' Strongsville studio is dedicated to "making women feel beautiful in their own skin," and her long list of clients always winds up empowered by her results.

21530 Drake Rd., Strongsville, 440-785-0035, poshportraits.com

Best Place to Take the Kids

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

A zoo to rival the best in America is also one of Cleveland's best deals. Buy a one-year family admission and discover new wonders with every visit.

3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, 216-661-6500,clemetparks.com

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