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Friday, February 4, 2011

Cleveland Makes List of Visionary Cities

Posted By on Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 2:32 PM

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Yahoo delivered some sweet vindication for Cleveland this morning when they included our fine home in a list of the top ten most visionary cities in the world. The world! Finally, someone sees that we're a forward-thinking, innovative city, not one stuck in the closed-steel-mill morass of yesteryear.

Cleveland, No. 4 on the rankings, takes its place with Seoul, Paris, and a bunch of other cities that are jealous they're not Cleveland.

Specifically, the Forest City was singled out for its local food movement and urban farming.

While Cleveland's forlorn steel mills may be crumbling, the city's shopping malls are springing to life—plant life, that is. In the former Galleria at Erieview mall, a project dubbed Gardens Under Glass is helping the mall morph into a greenhouse. Sunlight streaming through the glassed-in atrium, as well as a hydroponics system, ensures the lush growth of vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, and tomatoes. Once harvested, the veggies are sold at the mall's weekly farmers' market.

Suck it, New York.

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