Lakewood Description:

Lakewood is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. It is part of the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area, and borders the city of Cleveland. The population was 52,131, making it the third largest city in Cuyahoga County. Lakewood, one of Cleveland's inner-ring suburbs, borders the city of Cleveland to the west. Lakewood's population density is the highest of any city in Ohio and is roughly comparable to that of Washington, DC. The median age in the city is 35.4 years. 19.6% of residents are under the age of 18; 9.6% are between the ages of 18 and 24; 34.3% are from 25 to 44; 25.7% are from 45 to 64; and 11% are 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city is 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

Lakewood Schools: 

The City of Lakewood Public School System is managed by a directly elected school board. The Lakewood City Schools has been rated Continuous Improvement by the Ohio Dept. of Education in 2013. Lakewood boasts brand new elementary schools and middle schools. The high school is under renovation. Two more elementary schools are slated to be rebuilt or renovated in the next two years.The Lakewood school system is one of the largest employers in the city of Lakewood.

        Lakewood High School - One of the largest high schools in the state of Ohio, is highly diverse with over 2000 students attending. Has outstanding athletic facilities which regularly host regional competitions, as well as a successful music department.

         Grant Elementary, 1470 Victoria Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio

        Emerson Elementary, 13439 Clifton Blvd., Lakewood, Ohio

        Harrison Elementary, 2080 Quail Street, Lakewood, Ohio

        Hayes Elementary, 16401 Delaware Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio

         Lincoln Elementary[14] 15615 Clifton Boulevard, Lakewood, Ohio 44107.

         Horace Mann Elementary, 1215 West Clifton Blvd., Lakewood, Ohio

        Roosevelt Elementary, 14327 Athens Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio

         Harding Middle School - A new building replaced the original facility in 2007.

         Garfield Middle School - A new middle school building that was formerly an elementary school, re-opened in 2007. 

        Lakewood Catholic Academy - a private Catholic K-8 school offering academic and religious education through a challenging curriculum. Lakewood Catholic Academy was established in 2005 when three separate Catholic grade schools (St. James, St. Clement and St. Luke) combined into one academy located at the former St. Augustine Academy campus.

        Lakewood Lutheran School - 1-8 integrated elementary education.

        Padre Pio Academy - a K-8 elementary school founded by lay Catholics striving to be loyal to the Magisterium of the Church. It offers a classical curriculum and is a member of NAPCIS, the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools.

         St. Edward High School - Private Roman Catholic High School for boys which attracts students from around northeastern Ohio. New athletic facilities and chapel constructed in 2004 and 2006. 2010 Ohio Division I football champions.

         The Virginia Marti College of Design - Offers degrees in Digital Media, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Graphic Design and Interior Design.

         The University of Akron maintains a satellite branch in downtown Lakewood.

Lakewood Awards:

         Travel + Leisure Magazine - Top 10 Suburbs in the USA.

         Business Week - Best Place to Raise Your Kids: 2010.

        The City of Lakewood Department of Planning & Development  won an award for Economic Development from Inside Business Magazine in 2009.

         In 2009, the American Institute of Architects and the Cleveland Restoration Society honored the City of Lakewood Department of Planning & Development and LakewoodAlive with an award for Creative & Effective Preservation Advocacy in 2009.

        The Ohio Historic Preservation Office honored the City of Lakewood Department of Planning & Development and LakewoodAlive  for their collective efforts to recognize, preserve, and promote Lakewood’s historic resources in 2009.

        This Old House Magazine chose Lakewood as the best city in the Midwest to buy a house in 2008.

        Scene Magazine rated Lakewood the best city to live in 2006 and again in 2013.

         The City of Lakewood was awarded the nationally renowned MainStreet program in 2005.

Lakewood Attractions:

         Lakewood Park is one of the largest lakefront parks in Ohio and features a live concert stage, outdoor swimming pool, picnic pavilions, 4-season public pavilion, kids' playground, baseball, volleyball, and a skate park, which opened in 2004. Lakewood has more than 150 acres (0.61 km2) of greenspace citywide. The park's million dollar lakefront promenade opened in 2006 and offers an excellent panorama of Downtown Cleveland and the presence of viewing telescopes enhances the viewing experience of Downtown Cleveland. An all-purpose trail that circles the park was built in 2006.

         The Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks System forms part of the city's western border. The Lakewood Dog Park, built in 2004, is located next to the Metroparks, in the Rocky River valley.

        Lakewood Public Library has won numerous awards and has two branches: the main branch on Detroit Avenue and a smaller branch on Madison Avenue. The Lakewood Library is normally ranked one of the top 5 libraries in the USA for its size on a regular basis, and was awarded "Best Place to Hang Out if You're Broke" by Scene Magazine in 2009.

        The Beck Center for the Arts is the largest cultural arts center in Northeast Ohio and showcases numerous theatrical productions, concerts, events, activities and art shows.

        Lakewood houses at least 4 art galleries: Bela Dubby (art gallery and coffeehouse), Breakneck Art Gallery, the Local Girl Gallery and the Wobblefoot Gallery.

        Lakewood boasts a very popular bar scene up and down both Madison Avenue and Detroit Avenue.

        Home of the Winchester Music Hall is in Lakewood, which hosts live music and has been named the best music venue in Cleveland.

         The home of Malley's Chocolates is in Lakewood, still retaining its original 1960s charm.

        Aladdin's Eatery, a national restaurant brand, is based in Lakewood. Their first restaurant was founded in Lakewood by Fady and Sally Chamoun in 1994. Aladdin's Lakewood Headquarters was expanded in 2007.

         New York Life Insurance Company's expanded its Lakewood offices, center of the company's midwest operations in 2005.

Lakewood Neighborhoods

         Arts District (Proposed in 2006) - 3 locations have been proposed with the most likely location to be centered around The Beck Center For The Arts, just west of downtown Lakewood.

        Birdtown - Southeastern corner of Lakewood, a well-known 8-street residential district on the southeast side of the city that was built specifically for the workers of the nearby Union Carbide company in the 1890s. The houses are distinctive and most of the streets are named after birds. Birdtown was recently designated a National Register Historic District. Located adjacent to Madison Park, the former Union Carbide factory, and the W. 117th St. Rapid Transit Station. Many of the original houses built there were boarding houses. Birdtown achieved National Historic Register status in 2006.

         Clifton Boulevard - Lined with big trees and multi-family homes, apartment complexes, and 4x4 brick structures, the 7-lane Clifton Boulevard is one of the busiest streets in Lakewood.

        Clifton Park - The wealthiest neighborhood of Lakewood is situated in the northwestern corner of the city, and consists mostly of magnificent Victorian mansions. Bounded by Sloane on the south, West Clifton on the east, The Rocky River on the west, and Lake Erie on the north. Built in the late 19th century, this area has been historically and continues to be the home to many of greater Cleveland's most prominent citizens. Includes the private Clifton Beach community.

       Downtown Lakewood - The main section of Lakewood is centered at Detroit Avenue and Warren Road. This district was formally identified when Lakewood was chosen as a member of the national MainStreet program in 2005. The area is lined with office buildings, restaurants, and variety shops. Lakewood Library, the USPS, Lakewood Hospital, and Lakewood City Schools are all located in this district.

         The Edge - This easternmost neighborhood includes many concert venues, pubs, and taverns and co-exists partially in the city of Cleveland.

         Victorian Village-named after the large Victorian homes on Grace, Clarence and Cohassett Avenues on the city's east end. When constructed in the early 1900s, served as residences for executives from National Carbon Company.

        Rockport Square - Rockport Square (not to be confused with the former Rockport Township) is an urban renewal project along Detroit Avenue on the eastern side of the city. Construction began in 2004 of roughly 200 condos, lofts, and live-work spaces.

       West End - The West End is the westernmost neighborhood of Lakewood, along the Rocky River Reservation. There was a proposal to create a lifestyle center here in 2003, but after a controversial Mike Wallace "60 Minutes" segment critical of the City's attempts to use eminent domain, residents voted against it by a handful of votes.

        Lakewood's nickname "City of Beautiful Homes" is due to the fact the city was intentionally designed in the early 1900s with a lack of industry and an emphasis on a diverse variety of residential housing structures including many large Tudors mainly near the lakeshore, and multi-family and smaller single family homes in many other sections of the city.

Lakewood Transportation:

        {C}The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's 55 and 55F routes (the F is an express route), run east and west along Clifton Boulevard, terminating at Cleveland State University in downtown Cleveland to the east and in Fairview Park (55) or Avon Lake (55F) to the west.

         RTA Route 26 serves Detroit Avenue, Route 86 serves Warren Road, Route 70 runs along Bunts Road, and Route 25 serves Madison Avenue.

        There is an RTA rapid transit station located just inside Cleveland city limits at W. 117th St. and Madison Avenue, offering access to the Red Line east to Windermere via Downtown Cleveland and west to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Another RTA station that serves Lakewood is Triskett.

         RTA's Route 804, the Lakewood Community Circulator, was discontinued by RTA in late 2009. But Lakewood residents and city officials are campaigning for it to return.

         I-90 borders the south side of Lakewood and has on/off-ramps at W. 117th St., Bunts Road, Warren Road, and McKinley Road.

        The Cleveland Memorial Shoreway begins approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) east of Lakewood via Lake Avenue and Clifton Boulevard and serves as a transportation hub to and from downtown Cleveland.

       Lakewood is included in the service areas of several taxicab companies.

        Lakewood is pedestrian-friendly, with sidewalks on both sides of most streets, and the majority of the city's residences within 1-mile (1.6 km) of the commercial districts on Madison and Detroit Avenues.

       Lakewood is bicycle-friendly, with designated "share the road" paths through the city.