Why do people hate Cleveland?

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Okay, so the Cuyahoga River caught fire, literally. But that was over 40 years ago. Sure, Cleveland went into default in 1978, but doesn’t that kind of economic blow happen in other places?

Of course, one great athlete after another made a quick stop, only to exit quietly or loudly (insert favorite LeBron James story here) and win championships for our opponents. There’s more, but let’s not bemoan the past.

Cleveland has a wealth of checks in the positive column, too. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a growing harbor area at Port of Cleveland, the Horseshoe Casino and amazing metro parks, to name just a few.

Still, people aren’t coming to Cleveland, in spite of all it has to offer.

Many of the best athletes in various sports are on record, saying they’d rather retire than play in Cleveland (okay, that may be an exaggeration). Coaches want nothing to do with the Browns and Cavaliers. Both teams have had openings recently, only to see the top candidates sign with other clubs, before a Cleveland team owner could even invite them for an interview.

I’ve lived in Cleveland all my life, so maybe I don’t know any better, but there is a certain pride in Clevelanders about living in Cleveland. Is it possible that you have to be here for more than a day or two to comprehend this? Or is Cleveland really a crappy place, and I’m too blind to see it?

Am I wrong, or do people really hate Cleveland?

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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