Things To Do Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio Suburbs.

Life in Cleveland Suburbia

Cleveland, like many northern cities has suffered a severe population decline since it's heyday in the 1950s. Many people have left the savage city of Cleveland and sought solace in the soft underbelly of the middle class suburbs.

•North Olmsted, Ohio

•Parma, Ohio

•Westlake, Ohio

In contrast to the fortunes of the inner city of Cleveland, the suburbs of "Greater Cleveland" (notice how the name itself reeks of superiority) have done QUITE well for themselves in the last 40 years.

Cleveland, like many other rust belt cities experience a period of "white flight" from the inner cities into the suburbs from the 1950s on that left the inner city drained of a middle class. Revitalisation efforts are always talked about as being vital to the city, but they almost always fall short when the topic turns to neighbourhoods. The people of Cleveland want what the suburbs of Cleveland already have: good city services, decent public schools and a relatively high quality of life.

Things to do in North Olmsted, Ohio

North Olmsted is located in Northeast Ohio and is easily accessible by major highways, close to the Ohio Turnpike and minutes away from Hopkins International Airport. It also has access to the RTA, our regional transit system.

Shopping and Dining choices are very diverse. North Olmsted is the home to the "Great Northern Mall" a huge shopping town that is anchored by fine stores like Dilliard's, Sears, JC Penney, and Kaufmann's. It could easily take a day to browse all the shops, so be sure that you wear comfortable walking shoes! Great Northern has a food court that is sure to please. Sbarro, McDonald's, Harry Buffalo, and Taco Bell are some of the choices offered. There are also strip malls in the same area with merchants like BestBuy, Bed Bath and Beyond, PetSmart, Pier 1 Imports, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Home Depot. In the same immediate area you can find a number of dining choices. Applebee's, Bennigans, Chili's, Lone Star Steakhouse, Macaroni Italian Grille, Ruby Tuesday's, Panera Bread, Brueggers Bagels, Red Robin, and Chuckie Cheese are just a few.

The Great Northern Mall is easily found off of Interstate 480. You can enter and exit from both East and West. (I 480 also terminates into the Ohio Turnpike) There are many hotels and lounging in the area if you decide you want to extend your stay.

North Olmsted has a large recreation center that offers indoor and outdoor (seasonal) swimming pools, indoor skating and hockey, indoor tennis courts, and various classes to learn karate, gymnastics, adult fitness, irish step dancing, tennis. Classes are affordable, and vary on times and pricing.

Information on Parma Ohio

Parma, Ohio is a surreal place. Once you've visited there, you'll understand what that statement means. Travel down State Road to a simpler time, when all stores were named with a prefix of Parma, such as Parma Meats, Parma Pets and Parma Bicycles, all real stores on State Road in Parma. Most structures were designed in the 50's, when being "homey" meant something and big box retailers hadn't yet been let out of the box.

What is the quintessential Parma?

The thing that just screams "Parma!" the most is the naming of Amrap Rd. Amrap, of course is Parma spelled backwards. Pure genius. Who would have thought of that? If you plan on operating in Parma, you need to think Parma

Parma is also well known for pierogies and some other stuff called chicken paprikash. They both are tasty, and chicken paprikash was something I never had until living in the Parma area.

Of course, Parma wouldn't be complete without a mall. The ParmaTown Mall. Anchor stores are Wal-Mart, Kaufmann's, JCPenney's, Sear's, and the Disney Store. Dining in the area includes

If you love bowling, you will love Parma, Ohio. Parma has many bowling lanes to choose from. Myself, I enjoy automatic scoring so it's got to be the Freeway Lanes on Brookpark Road for me. Your mileage may vary.