New Book Spreads the Love on C-Town

In Julia Kuos world, every hood is sketchy.
  • In Julia Kuo's world, every hood is sketchy.
When Julia Kuo moved from L.A. to Cleveland in 2007, she found a city that felt vacant and cold. Even after landing a job at American Greetings, she considered the new place rough around the edges, notable mainly for harsh winters and really bad sports teams.

At that point, if somebody had told her that she'd eventually be spouting her fondness for Cleveland, she probably never would have believed it.

Kuo adjusted to Cleveland life by creating community with her neighbors and discovering the city with their help. Lo and behold, the dirty little burg became a home. During a dry spell from freelance work, she launched a popular blog — 100 Days in Cleveland — where she posted a daily drawing about Cleveland life. The blog caught the attention of urban planner Justin Glanville, who asked Kuo to contribute illustrations to a book he was writing about all things Cleveland.

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