Every year when the time comes around to plan the annual People Issue, we are awash in reminders of just how beautiful this city and region really are. The issue is a chance to highlight Clevelanders who are working every day to make the city better, to drive it forward, to contribute to its successes and rectify its shortcomings.
Mayor Frank Jackson, addressing the press in the Red Room on Tuesday, made a string of vague pronouncements that provided little clarity on whether the 75-year-old will indeed run for an unprecedented fifth term in office. "It is what it is," Jackson said at the beginning of the press conference, before going silent.
You've arrived. Whether you've lived here your whole life or you just stepped off the runway at Cleveland-Hopkins for the first time, there's no denying that Cleveland is, at least in some ways, new to each one of us.
"Pleased as punch" barely begins to scrape the surface of how pleased we are, here at Scene Magazine, to present to you our Second Annual Fiction Issue. Last year, to kick off what we hoped would be an annual tradition, we solicited work from some of the region's biggest literary celebs, its quote unquote "hottest talents."