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The Flats, Cleveland

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The Flats is a mixed-use industrial, entertainment, and increasingly residential area of Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The name reflects its low-lying topography on the banks of the Cuyahoga River.HistoryIn 1796, Moses Cleaveland and his survey party landed on the banks of the Cuyahoga upon their arrival from Connecticut. Early settlers included Lorenzo Carter, whose land holdings included much of what makes up today's East Bank entertainment district, including Whiskey Island, which was created when the mouth of the river was straightened by the Corps of Engineers. A log cabin on Merwin Road near Center Street on the East Bank is a recreation of Carter's house, which was further upstream.Early residents found the Flats inhospitable, with humid summers that brought airborne illness and harsh winters with strong winds and snowfall off Lake Erie. Many took to higher ground in current-day Downtown. These settlers often relied on local Native American residents who lived on the West Bank and were more adept at living in the area.Cleveland developed slowly until the arrival of the Ohio and Erie Canal, which brought a trade route from the Ohio River and other southern Ohio cities. The heavily Irish immigrant workforce that built the canal took residence on the West Bank of the Flats and neighboring Ohio City.
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  • The Flats have never really made the grade, after many years of trying to be hip. Just a bunch of bars in an old polluted industrial area. Could be much more.  more »
  • Perfect to walk around on a nice day. There were so many cool restaurants/bars, and more to be open this summer. We went to the winter music festival and it was packed but so much fun! Parking is not ...  more »
  • A variety of places to eat and drink. Parking is not a problem and the atmosphere is great. The city put large amounts of time into the flats and it is on the rise again. Take the time to visit the Aq...  more »