Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cleveland's Arcade

Cleveland's Arcade opened in 1890 as one of the first indoor malls in America. Obviously, working in retail, I had to check out this testament to time and consumption.

Driving into downtown from Cleveland Heights foreshadowed what was to come. Many once very prominent business, banks, etc. were shuttered on our way in, and the same was true inside the Arcade.

Maybe it is just the Gen-X in me, but I'm a little disappointed to experience the ashes of my predecessors. I echo my coworker's sentiments when she said, "I wish I could have seen this place when my grandparents were young."

The Arcade is gorgeous, and it still well maintained (probably thanks to the Hyatt which has converted many of the offices on the upper levels to suites). However, it is an empty, hollow, and fairly soulless shell of what I imagine it once was.

401 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 696-1408

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