Thursday, May 26, 2005

Treat the Problem, Not the Symptoms

To understand the Full Cleveland requires an understanding of its fundamental opportunities and challenges. Many of the economic hurdles our region now faces are self created, either deliberately or by neglect. Case in point is the recent focus of energy on the “brain drain.” Rather than focusing on the symptom, we should be treating the fundamental problem, which is the region isn’t attracting enough brains – irrespective of geography. If we focus resources on fixing or improving the fundamentals, the symptoms of our economic decline like the “brain drain” will take care of themselves.

Friday, May 20, 2005


Welcome to The Full Cleveland.

The "Full Cleveland" was originally coined to describe how the region's residents dressed and appeared, as they were often depicted as wearing polyester shirts and pants, white shoes and matching white belts.

Many of us who live on the North Coast know someone who fits that description. We also have neighbors who can be described differently, everything from white-collared, wing-tipped professionals to blue-collared, steel-toed trades people; rabid sports fans to cultured advocates of the arts, to name just a few.

It's this variety that makes Cleveland a great place to live. It's also least understood or appreciated by those native to the region. They're often blind to the region's riches until a transplant or an outsider points these out.

This blog is dedicated to helping Greater Cleveland's native sons and daughters to recognize and appreciate the birth rights of living on the North Coast.

Visit for an unofficial definition of the "Full Cleveland".