East of Downtown, Cleveland

Cleveland is much like St. Louis in that it is much longer than it is wide. In this case, however, the city stretches along a lake, and is longer east-west.

St. Clair and Superior avenues in many ways are like the equivalents of North Broadway back in St. Louis, as well, passing through industrial zones and other interesting factories and warehouses. The two arteries are two blocks apart.

This is Public Safety Central, which is basically the police headquarters.

Below, the Tower Press building was an early redevelopment in the area.

More luxury condos and apartments in old warehouses…

This Italianate house jumped out to me, suggesting this was once a much more residential neighborhood, and much more rural. It is now a non-profit office.

Of course there are taverns and other houses mixed in among the old factories where the workers drank and lived.

The warehouses and factories are huge, and it is a big deal that they are being renovated and not being left empty.

The building below is a mystery to me.

It may have been the school and parish hall of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, just a block away from the building on Superior Avenue.

It’s a beautiful church, which has received a good coating of patina, no doubt due to its location so close to the factories along the lake.

Rows of working class houses line the streets behind it.

Just take a look at one such factory, below, further east. It’s all completely gone now, of course. The buildings came right up to the houses where the workers lived.

Historic American Engineering Record, Creator, and Thomas White. White Company, East Seventy-ninth Street & Saint Clair Avenue, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH. Ohio Cuyahoga County Cleveland, 1968. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Library of Congress.

One of my oldest memories of Cleveland back in 2006 was standing on an overpass near Case Western Reserve University and watching the sunset over the massive railyards spreading out before me all the way towards downtown.

Historic American Engineering Record, Creator. Collinwood Railroad Yard Coal Tipple, Between East 146th Street & East 152nd Street, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH. Ohio Cuyahoga County Cleveland, 1968. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Library of Congress.

Further east, things get rough, sadly.

I was starting to work my way up out of the lowlands along the lakefront, and I was confronted with vacant lots and thick undergrowth.

There’s some newer public housing, but it looks like its siding is already starting to fall off.

Rundown commercial strips predominate.

There is new development, but I wonder how long it will last.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Beverly Snider says:

    Did u live in Cleveland as a child, adult or both?

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Actually, this was just my third visit! I wanted to visit to study how the city might relate to St. Louis, due to its size and how it grew in the same time period, and its similar industries, etc.

  2. Sean B. says:

    Thanks for sharing us some more Computer filed, Cleveland Area located photographs taken from your camera equipment. I especially like those Northern (North of our Northern Hemisphere’s fortieth parallel latitude line. Like how the National Road parts of US Route 40 got it’s name.) Ohio bricks. They make me think of Millstadt and Chester, Illinois. Plus that four story, non handicapped, indoor elevators installed appropriate, Cleveland’s Police Department’s headquarters building makes me think of Daniel Burnham. Albeit with more Washington DC styled height restrictions than Arlington, Virginia. Plus to be honest, it you actually read through the regional economic and housing history of Cleveland among our country’s June MCM/1900 census’s thirteen most populated “municipal” cities. Cleveland was closer to some “Stove Capital” era Detroit, Chicago’s east of Halsted Street, giant South Side, and Buffalo’s non grain warehousing economic activities than Saint Louis, but that’s just my opinion

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