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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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  • We had visited the market in Ohio City and saw some interesting sites toward Lake Erie. We ended up in the Flats. An area that is shadowed by numerous bridges that cross the Cuyahoga river. What is ch...  more »
  • To many overpriced BS restaurants in this area that was once a thriving party area in Cleveland. The best bars were basically forced out by greedy developers that were in tight with the political scen...  more »
  • Week-end spent in downtown Cleveland it was awesome; traffic was heavy but we ha a great time.There is a variety of places to choose from when visiting the flats.  more »
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