The Industrial city


Even at its peak as a manufacturing powerhouse, beginning in the early 1900s and lasting until a little past mid-century town was home to steel mills, auto assembly plants, and General Electric’s Nela Park the city paled compared to many of its Midwestern neighbors like Detroit and Pittsburgh. It later gained a reputation for ineptness, as it was the first important U.S. town to declare bankruptcy, and its primary watercourse (that the Cuyahoga River) famously caught fire from the 1970s due to rampant pollution.

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