Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway is in many ways the archetype near-urban neighborhood that fell into some level of disrepair before being reclaimed, renovated and reimagined by impassioned community members. According to the neighborhood’s own web site
, median home sales during the 1990s fell as low as $16,000, a symbol of descent for a neighborhood that can trace its history back to the early 1800’s and the lifeblood of a canal, of all things.
The Detroit Shoreway borders likely change based on who you ask, but generally speaking, this area just west of Cleveland’s downtown tour is a sprawling, largely residential tract of land that traces Lake Erie. A handful of commercial corridors provide the main bar and restaurant concentrations for the area, but, as always, the dive bars, diners and food trucks that dot the area often veer off the beaten path.
What makes the area such a great neighborhood crawl is the mixture of time-tested history (evident in both the repair and disrepair of some of the key architecture in the area) and gently renovated offerings, creating a pretty impressive network of breweries and bars with just the right amount of neighborhood-infused diveyness to be worth the visit.