Cleveland's theatre district attracting residents

A model of synergy that links the arts, urban development, affordable homes

Published Thu, Apr 3, 2014 · 10:00 PM
Share this article.

[CLEVELAND] When a national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat played here last month, Vincent Wil Hawley walked from his apartment at Residences at Hanna, a new 102-unit conversion in a renovated office building annex, and was in his seat five minutes later. "It's basically like you're living in the middle of Broadway," said Mr Hawley, 30. "It's fun to have so much culture outside your door."

Residents of midtown Manhattan are accustomed to walking to the Theater District to see what's new on Broadway.

But Mr Hawley's trip to and from Cleveland's gilded Palace Theatre was something much more significant. It was a sign, decades in the making, that this city's efforts to create a thriving residential real estate market in its downtown core were starting to look more like a box-office hit than a flop.

BT is now on Telegram!

For daily updates on weekdays and specially selected content for the weekend. Subscribe to



Get the latest coverage and full access to all BT premium content.


Browse corporate subscription here