Young People Love Cleveland's Grit and Funk, or Something

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The latest good news squeezed out of a depressing Census: Young smart people love us.

The number of college-educated young professionals who moved into the city rose by 49 percent since 2000, according to a recent crunch of the numbers. This means we beat out such allegedly desirable locales as Boston, Chicago, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Reasons for the increase vary depending on who you ask, but grit and funk seem to be key indicators.

“Young people want to live in a cool, hip, funky district,” says councilman Matt Zone of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, which has seen considerable growth in funky residents.

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