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(MSNBC)   Meet America's poorest big city, Cleveland. "Cleveland Rocks" actually a song about their currency   ( divider line
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2004-09-23 12:30:21 PM  
Stupid article doesn't say what the richest city is!

/new yorker
//not really, i live in the 'burbs
2004-09-23 12:30:35 PM  
Drew Carey still not funny.
2004-09-23 12:30:40 PM  
Yeah, living in NE Ohio, cleveland is pretty much a shiathole.
2004-09-23 12:30:47 PM  
2004-09-23 12:31:19 PM  
2004-09-23 12:31:35 PM  
Ah yes...The Mistake By The Lake.

2004-09-23 12:31:48 PM  
Great, our first championship in 40 years is this.
2004-09-23 12:31:54 PM  
I'm in Dayton and I think Cleveland is cool.

Then again so are Cincinnati, and Columbus...... cause well I'm in Dayton.
2004-09-23 12:32:10 PM  
Couldn't have happened to a better city. I hate Cleveland. Hahahahahahaha!
2004-09-23 12:32:13 PM  
Drew Carey=Never Funny
2004-09-23 12:32:24 PM  
In your face Ohio!
2004-09-23 12:32:29 PM  
It is Ohio, what do you expect?
2004-09-23 12:32:43 PM  
Great Headline...
2004-09-23 12:33:53 PM  
cincinnati is better
2004-09-23 12:34:08 PM  
Cleveland, the largest money pit in the state of Ohio. Tired of all the petty handouts given to such a wasted city. Blow up the SOB's I say, b l o w t h e m u p !
2004-09-23 12:35:12 PM  
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2004-09-23 12:35:24 PM  
Anyone else catch that in the HBO series, '6 Feet Under' the cheapo-model coffin they sell at the funeral home is called "The Cleveland" model?
2004-09-23 12:36:15 PM  
Happened to have a reason to be in Cleveland about three years ago.

Not a goddamn notable thing about it. Was there for a screening of a film that wasn't playing anywhere else nearby at the time.

The roads sucked. The area sucked. The people were fairly nice - in the non-scary areas. And did I mention that the roads sucked? Nothing led anywhere correctly, and I'm used to Ann Arbor, the Land of the One Way Street.
2004-09-23 12:36:32 PM  
Ohio is just the most messed up state anyways. Its like New Jersey in the fact that everyone knows several people from that state but thats where the similarities end.

New Jersey is a filfthy arm pit of waste, infested with rude assholes too obnoxious to live in the Bronx anymore.

I can't really explain Ohioans though. They're all just kind of Candiens, I guess.
2004-09-23 12:36:45 PM  
2004-09-23 12:36:52 PM  
yet another example of the need for an ohio tag, yet another example of what a hole ohio is, aside from the buckeyes of course

/dayton->columbus->back to dayton
2004-09-23 12:37:05 PM  
If they're so poor then where did this pimp get the money for such a fancy cane huh?
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2004-09-23 12:37:40 PM  
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2004-09-23 12:37:42 PM  
I worked in downtown Cleveland for 4 years and have to admit, it has it's scary spots. However "The Flats" are pretty cool. It's a spot where bars, clubs and restaurants line up and down a part of the river. They have water taxis to take you from one side to the other as you bar hop.

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2004-09-23 12:37:48 PM  
And the best thing is, we can insult Cleveland as much as we want on this thread, since they're too poor to afford computers to access the internet. Although I think their bearded ladies might make enough money at the carnival to buy an Atari 2600.
2004-09-23 12:38:11 PM  
Great headline!! LMAO... cleaning up keyboard...etc
2004-09-23 12:38:51 PM  
Very surprised it wasn't Bridgeport, CT - known as the one of the poorest cities that happens to be in one of the riches counties in America. (Goddamned Fairfield County..)
2004-09-23 12:39:00 PM  
What do you expect from the city that tried to convince the world that the words "Mayor" and "Kucinich" go together??
2004-09-23 12:39:34 PM  
I went there once w/ my husband to visit a pal of his from college. We went to Lake Erie for a little walk. We saw a ton of used syringes on the beach and (as a special bonus) a used tampon. Farking nasty.

I know the guy who wrote the Cleveland Rocks song. It was originally about Charlotte, NC.
2004-09-23 12:40:15 PM  
thank god president bush lowered taxes and promoted free trade, providing boundless opportunities for clevelandians. they're not benefiting now, but just wait, supply side economics is an ironclad means of lifting people out of poverty.
2004-09-23 12:40:19 PM  
to all you haters: 'Cleveland Rocks' was a kickass Mott the Hoople song long before the POTUS remade it for the Drew Carey Show...
2004-09-23 12:40:51 PM  
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2004-09-23 12:41:04 PM  
Awww, we should donate free turkeys to them for Thanksgiving.

Anyone have access to a helicopter?
2004-09-23 12:41:44 PM  
in poverty
2nd in taxation

Nobody lives there cause their community services suck. Schools bad, fire police/protection bad, roads bad. Where does the money go? Its cheaper to live in the surrounding suburbs, there is no compelling reason to actualy live there unless your downtrodden and effectively stuck there.
2004-09-23 12:42:09 PM  
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2004-09-23 12:42:15 PM  
As Clevelander, I have to say there are good things and bad things about living here.

1. We have several excellent museums.
2. We have a wonderful theater district
3. We have a lot of colleges
4. Crime isn't TOO bad
4. The people are generally nice and down to Earth
5. You can buy a NICE house for $250,000. Rent isn't that bad, either (when I was in Santa Monica a crummy one bedroom was over 1500 a month) here you can get one for around $500.

Bad stuff:

1. Too many fatties
2. shiatty elementary/high schools
3. Too many poor people
2004-09-23 12:43:02 PM  
and (as a special bonus) a used tampon.

i just threw up in my mouth a little bit
2004-09-23 12:43:53 PM  
Todd_In_Texas, sad to say, The Flats are all but dead now. Most of the bars are boarded up or have moved out of the flats. It's a pretty desolate area on the weekend evenings.
2004-09-23 12:44:49 PM  
The top five states where the tax burden as a percent of income is the highest are: New York (12.9%), Maine (12.3%), Ohio (11.3%), Hawaii (11.3%), Rhode Island (11.1%).

Not surprising Ohio is ranked THIRD as the highest taxed state. When I lived there you not only got hit with State Income Taxes but local/municipal/city taxes as well. Ouch.
2004-09-23 12:45:26 PM  

and (as a special bonus) a used tampon.

That's nothing. I found a used tampon under my couch one morning.
2004-09-23 12:46:10 PM  
DanB, better be COOKED turkeys, or they'll end up with that "roasted over a garbage fire" taste, and that'd be a waste...

But remember folks, its all bush's fault. Not that the unions killed employment there and its been going steadily downhill for, oh, about 50 years.
2004-09-23 12:46:41 PM  
WOW! I moved out back in 1997 so it's been a while. Too bad.... that was a fun place.
2004-09-23 12:47:11 PM  
In other news, Christa Miller, who played "Kate" on the Drew Carey Show, is teh hotness.
2004-09-23 12:47:34 PM  
2004-09-23 12:47:41 PM  
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2004-09-23 12:47:44 PM  
Let's face it, my Fellow Cleveland Farkers. The only reason we haven't left NE Ohio is because WE CAN'T AFFORD TOO!
2004-09-23 12:47:48 PM  
On the subject of poor people...

"Congressional negotiators beat back efforts yesterday to expand and preserve tax refunds for poor families, even as they added $13 billion in corporate tax breaks to a package of middle-class tax cuts that could come to a vote in the Senate today."

Washington Post
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Page A04

2004-09-23 12:47:52 PM  
danb nice wkrp reference, but that was cincy
2004-09-23 12:48:25 PM  
Is that real poverty or American poverty, where the "impoverished" have food, clothing, shoes, houses and cars?
2004-09-23 12:48:41 PM  

Yeah the flats WERE COOL, its not like that anymore. Most of the bars and nightlife down there is gone completely. Literaly rows upon rows of boarded up empty clubs. City had downtrun in economy, seeked new revenue streams, upped taxation on dining out(or something like that) alot of places couldnt afford to opertate down there.
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