The Problem With Depicting Cleveland

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The Smithsonian Mag's April issue had a nice piece from native Clevelander Charles Michener on the hope and revival of our humble town. It stopped short of glowing, but nevertheless took readers on a guided tour of reasons to be thankful for Cleveland.

Greg Ruffing was the photographer for the article, and he writes on his blog about the troubles of capturing the Cleveland Michener described and the Cleveland he sees on a daily basis. We all might be happy in Cleveland, resolute in defending Cleveland, and cheerleaders for a city that both deserves it and needs it, but blind optimism isn't good for anyone, and Michener's honest internal dialogue about depicting Cleveland is thoughtful and worth your time.

An excerpt after the jump.

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