Monday, June 29, 2009

Curse of the Colavito People

Maybe the biggest impediment to Cleveland's self-image are those of us old enough to remember Rocky Colavito. Once we're all gone, contemporary Cleveland won't be constantly measured against memories of the time when it had 900,000 people, Fortune 500 headquarters companies, championship sports teams, a vibrant downtown, industrial vitality and a lot of local cultural icons. With us gone, the Cleveland of tomorrow only has to beat the present and recent past, which maybe would be an achievable goal.