Travel & Leisure Magazine named Lakewood among its top ten “Coolest Suburbs Worth a Visit.” The magazine touts Lakewood’s “well-established (and thriving) nightlife and gastronomic scene along Detroit Avenue,” noting that Lakewood has been on hipsters’ radar for some time.
“I’m thrilled that Lakewood is getting another national recognition,” said Mayor Ed FitzGerald. “From Melt to Pier W, Beck Center to the Winchester, Lakewood is home to cool shopping, nightlife and restaurants. Even our library is cool.”
The City of Lakewood has been noticed by other national publications including BusinessWeek and This Old House Magazine, finding Lakewood tops for raising a family and buying an older home, respectively. The city has the highest population density in the region, and has among the highest concentration of young adults and first time homebuyers.
“It’s not just the new businesses and restaurants that draw people to Lakewood. Lakewood has been cool for a long time, but with a revitalized downtown and businesses opening city wide, even in a tough economy, it’s easier to get noticed,” FitzGerald said.
Thomas Mulready of CoolCleveland weighed in: “We’ve known this about Lakewood for a long time. There’s a lot we’d add to their lists, including safety, retail, artists in residence, accessibility to world class amenities, rebuilt schools…the list goes on and on for us.”
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