Quirkier Cleveland

A glimpse into the true heart of the city

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Freeway Lanes

A notable bright spot on an otherwise mind-numbing strip of Brookpark Rd. in Parma, this venerable institution offers a giant panorama of family bliss. Pull into the parking lot and you're confronted with three building-size murals — father, mother, and son, all swinging bowling balls. Stare at these beaming faces, frozen in 1950s "Leave it to Beaver"-goodness, for too long and you might start to get the willies. All the more reason to get your ass inside and bowl.

Classic Auto Body

Finding this place is part of the fun. It's parked on an industrial stretch of East 71st St. below Harvard Ave., where sections of numbered streets seem to disappear in dead ends at random, only to re-emerge a couple hundred yards away. Although the body shop has a longtime rep for doing quality work on old cars, it's most notable for the front half of a vintage '30s roadster bursting through the front wall. It's a sight to behold, but be quick about it — this is not a neighborhood where you want to linger.

—Kyle Swenson


Like any city, Cleveland has had its share of disasters -— Ten Cent Beer Night, "The Decision," Ted Stepien's infamous baseball drop from the Terminal Tower — but we're talking real disasters, the soul-scarring events that still raise a chill decades or even a century later. No tour of Cleveland is complete without these sad monuments to traumas past.

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