How The City Of Ohio Became Ohio City

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Once upon a time, an inner-ring suburb of Cleveland wasn’t doing so well. It was down on its luck, economically hard hit, and losing business to its bigger, wealthier neighbor, Cleveland. One day, citizens had had enough; they decided that the two cities had to merge, and that it would be in the interest of both to have Cleveland annex it and expand its reach and influence. Because of that Cleveland grew, and the residents of the annexed city got all of the benefits of being part of a larger, growing metropolis. It went through its shares of ups and downs, until finally, today, it’s one of the most popular neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio complete with breweries, bars, restaurants, businesses, full apartment buildings, and one of the top markets in America.

That’s how the City of Ohio became Ohio City.

That is the broad outline. There are details to fill in, of course, including Cleveland’s cross-river “war,” the creation of the modern presidential campaign, the Underground Railroad and Prohibition. There is water to talk about - lots of it - and the argument that the East Side/West Side split was originally religious. And if you come, you'll also find out why Whiskey Island was named Whiskey Island far before Prohibition.

We’re going to fill in the details at the next Living History: The City of Ohio, on September 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ohio City Room of Market Garden Brewery. Joining us will be Cleveland historian Tim Barnett, as well as some of the current and future leaders of the Near West Side. They will help us understand how this vibrant neighborhood became what it is today, and where it is going in the future.

NOTE: We'll have about 115 seats out, and then it will be standing-room only until we reach capacity. GET TO MARKET GARDEN BREWERY EARLY, get food and something to drink, grab a seat if you can, and get ready to learn about the City of Ohio!
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