CLEVELAND's potential to be influencial has been historically due to its connections. Located on the banks of Lake Erie and linked by numerous canals, railroad lines, and the navigable Cuyahoga River, Cleveland is a prime location for commercial and manufacturing growth as a transportation hub to the rest of the country. In fact, the first car to drive across the U.S. was built here, John Rockefeller founded Standard Oil here, and President James Garfield is buried here. During the early 20th Century the city prospered to become the nation's fifth largest city. A real "Crossroads of America" success story if there ever was one.
But the region has suffered hardships -- as has the rest of the country -- when manufacturing shifted overseas and Cleveland fell victim to tough times. Its once prominent steel factories and manufacturing sector became idol, and the region was considered to be part of the Rust Belt. But today the city is on its way to recovery and resurgence. In fact, this week it's in the public eye as the Republican National Convention meets here to nominate its leaders, and that has to be good for business.
For me, Cleveland marks 2500 miles on my virtual walk and 30 weeks into my journey across America. Originally I had planned to visit the city's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but now I'm tempted to avoid the downtown altogether because the Republicans and their crazy delegates have taken over. And just as there's controversy about which musician deserves induction into the Hall of Fame, there is sharp disagreement as to who deserves the presidential nomination from the Republican party. And the battleground is here...
After all the sound and fury of party politics departs, I expect Cleveland will continue on its path of rebirth and regeneration. America needs affirmation of a brighter future, and Cleveland can lead the way.
Week 30, Miles 2529, Weather 81F☀️