Layout and landmarks
Public Square is the heart of downtown Cleveland. A statue of Moses Cleveland, the city's founder, is located here. Surrounding the square are the city's tallest office buildings, including the 216m/708 ft tall Terminal Tower – once the tallest building in the United States – and the 271 m/888 ft Key Center. The city's major streets extend out from Public Square into the downtown districts and on to the suburbs.
The lakefront is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Browns Football Stadium, Great Lakes Science Center, and several other recreational venues. The Warehouse and Flats districts are where many of the newer restaurants and trendy nightspots are located.
Cleveland has an extensive network of roads linking it to the rest of the state and its residential suburban communities. Interstate 90, known in parts as the Ohio Turnpike, runs from east to west through downtown Cleveland. Interstate 480 is a major commuter highway serving the Cleveland suburbs.
Once dominated by heavy manufacturing, Cleveland has reinvented itself. Today's commercial activities include professional services, financial services, biomedicine, biotechnology, and research. Some 100-plus corporations have their headquarters in the region, including several Fortune 500 firms. It is also a base for some 150 or so international companies.
Top employers include Quest Diagnostics, Cleveland Clinic Health System, Sherwin-Williams, and Cliff's Natural Resources, a mining company established in 1847. The Cleveland Clinic has been ranked number one in heart care by U.S. News & World Report for 19 years. Unemployment in late 2013 was seven percent.
The downtown area has been revitalized. Cultural and recreational facilities have been added and improved. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and two popular television shows set in Cleveland – the nine-year run of The Drew Carey Show and current Hot in Cleveland – brought the city into the limelight for those familiar with popular entertainment. Once-shabby neighborhoods have been transformed into trendy nightspots with restaurants, bars and clubs; disused warehouses into loft apartments.
Downtown Cleveland neighborhoods have seen significant population growth, even as people leave the suburbs. Skilled young professionals are a growing segment of that population.